The YWCA of the City of New York (YW-NYC) is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are a social justice organization dedicated to addressing issues that emerge at the intersection of race, class and gender. Founded in 1858, the YW-NYC is the first YW in the United States and part of an international movement of YWs worldwide. We currently serve 1,500 New York City school children by providing leadership and advocacy training for young women through our high school Girls Initiatives and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs for elementary and middle school students in diverse communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Under the leadership of the Program Director and Assistant Director, the Group Leader oversees the development and engagement of elementary and/or middle school students in the after-school program. The Group Leader is caring, creative, passionate about maintaining the safety and well-being of students, and ensures that all group interactions support the YW-NYC’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women and girls.
A successful Group Leader will: bring a positive youth development lens to the role; build meaningful relationships with program participants and families; support the academic, physical, social, and emotional development of students; manage administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner; assist with the implementation of developmentally appropriate curricula in alignment with YW-NYC’s program standards; communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
Furthermore, in the 2020-21 school year, we anticipate programs will start off as a blended learning model, with some in-person and some virtual activities. There is a high possibility of programs transitioning to a complete virtual model during the winter season. This will include implementing student engagement strategies remotely; actively participating in virtual team meetings; and documenting all aspects of the program in shared systems.
- Ensure effective behavior management and a positive learning environment
- Assist and support specialists in program facilitation, utilizing both virtual and in-person facilitation
- Ensure the engagement of students during activities
- Reinforce YW-NYC philosophies within all interactions and programming
- Oversee the physical and emotional safety of students throughout in-person and virtual programming
- Provide homework assistance and tutoring, utilizing both virtual and in-person facilitation
- Maintain responsibility for program supplies and proper use of all facilities
- Submit required program documentation
- Communicate effectively with supervisor, colleagues, parents, and school staff
- Attend and participate in virtual staff meetings
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Since this position also incorporates eLearning, applicants are required to have their own computers, computer headsets and a stable Internet connection
- Use engaging technologies (third party or media) in appropriate and varied ways
- Computer skills: knowledge of telecommuting platforms, SharePoint and Microsoft Office suite products (Outlook, TEAMS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Associate’s/Bachelor’s Degree preferred or commensurate experience
- 2+ years working in OST programs or other education/youth programs
- Effective behavioral management skills
- Knowledge of anti-racism and gender equity principles and practices
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
- Strong capabilities in math, reading, and other general academic studies
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) a bonus
- Strong work ethic and professional values
- Commitment to promoting YW-NYC’s social justice mission and educational and youth development philosophy
This is a part-time, non-exempt position with fluctuating hours of operation, hours may be anywhere from 2:00 – 7:00pm, with occasional evening and weekend hours required. Normal schedule will be a 3-4 hour workday, M-F. The Group Leader must be able to sit and stand for long stretches of time and use a computer and phone to communicate with staff, students, and partners. Reasonable accommodations will be made if needed for candidates who can fulfil the essential functions of the job. The salary rate is commensurate with credentials and experience.
The YWCA of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer and contractor. We provide equal employment and contracting opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. The YWCA of New York City utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees. Moreover, we encourage applicants from historically underrepresented communities to apply.
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter that addresses your qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above to Resume-HR@ywcanyc.org with “Group Leader” in the subject line.
Benefits we offer: eligibility requirement rules apply
- YWCA Retirement Plan
- 403(b) Plan
- Paid time off
- UNUM Voluntary insurance (Additional Life, Life AD&D, Dep. Life)