As part of our commitment to Homegrown Community Investment, Directions For Our Youth seeks competent, creative individuals who share our dedication to New York City’s underserved communities to join our staff. While experience in youth development or education is preferred, we encourage anyone interested to explore our current openings listed below. DFOY offers competitive compensation and benefits, as well as meaningful opportunities for growth and leadership.

Job Vacancies

After-School Group Leader ($15-$17/hour)

Job Description

Overview

A DFOY After-School Group Leader should be a dynamic individual who will work with the program team to deliver and ensure smooth and efficient programming as well as administrative support. The After-School Group Leader is responsible for ensuring the programmatic quality and integrity of all program activities. The After-School Group Leader will be responsible for working as a team member for the development of participants, and the program.
The After-School Group Leader will report directly to the Team Leader/Assistant Program Director.

Responsibilities
  • Work in collaboration with the Team Leader/Assistant Program Director on all daily program management matters.
  • Work as part of the DFOY team and ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.
  • Assist participants in the Homework Lounge with homework completion
  • Review and communicate activity instructional materials to the participants.
  • Implement and facilitate daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for school-age children
  • Engage participants in activities and play that stimulates their development
  • Ensures all participants are following the Agency and program norms associated with appropriate behavior.
  • Assist in outreach and program marketing if and when necessary.
  • Provide and collect completed daily attendance sheets for all assigned activities that occur during program hours.
  • Work in conjunction with other community and program leaders to develop and sustain community participation in the program.
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate practice and best practice methods at all times
  • Participate in the implementation of strategies designed by the Program Director(s) and Supervisor(s) as specified in the grants regarding recruitment and retention of participants.
  • May be required to oversee evening and/or weekend program hours & activities.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions
  • Mentally and physically capable of caring for a large group of children alone in a classroom
  • Possess a strong work ethic, be punctual, and have minimal absences
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A team player with a demonstrated commitment to working with inner-city youth and young adults
  • Have at least 1 year of experience working with children and/or a certificate in early childhood education or currently working towards the completion of one.
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, database documentation systems, different computer software programs, social networking, and internet-based research and reporting.
  • Bilingual is a plus, but not required.

After-School Group Instructor ($16-$20/hour)

Job Description

Overview

A DFOY After-School Instructor should be a dynamic individual who will work with the program team to deliver and ensure smooth and efficient programming as well as administrative support. This person must be innovative, creative, and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills. This person must possess basic researching skills, specifically possessing the ability to research creative projects and activities to present to participants. The After-School Instructor is responsible for ensuring the programmatic quality and integrity of all program activities. The After-School Instructor will be responsible for working as a team member for the development of participants, and the program.
The After-School Instructor will report directly to the Team Leader/Assistant Program Director.

Responsibilities
  • Develop weekly work plans and activity lesson plans to engage participants in activities and play that stimulate their development
  • Facilitate daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for school-age children
  • Track and support participant academic growth and development
  • Participate in the identification and recruitment of new participants
  • Ensure all participants are following agency and program rules and norms.
  • Work with other program staff to identify participants who may require additional assistance
  • Appropriately supervise participants while keeping them safe at all times
  • Assist participants in the Homework lounge
  • Maintaining an environment that is clean, organized, and safe for all participants
  • Attend and engage in occasional parent participation events and other events that may be on nights and/or weekends
  • Maintain a professional self-image and project the values of the organization at all times
  • Ensure all attendance sheets are collected at the end of each program day, and numbers are forwarded to the appropriate staff.
  • Promote good habits for the purpose of improving the quality of participants’ outcomes and encouraging participant development.
  • Attend all staff meetings and sessions of training, including but not limited to DFOY Academy.
  • Perform all other duties as required to ensure the safety and security of all participants
Skills/Qualifications
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions
  • Be mentally and physically capable of caring for a large group of children alone in a classroom
  • Possess a strong work ethic, be punctual, and have minimal absences
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A team player with a demonstrated commitment to working with inner-city youth and young adults
  • Have at least 1 year of experience working with children and/or a certificate in early childhood education or currently working towards the completion of one
  • Experience in word-processing, database computer software programs, and the Internet
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish preferred) is a plus, but not required.

The ideal candidate possesses excellent written and oral communication skills and attends all mandatory staff meetings/training/conferences. The program hours are between 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

To apply for a position at Directions For Our Youth, please fill out our online application form below. If your credentials match our current openings, a member of our program staff will be in touch.

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