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.

  • Assistant Program Director

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  • Group Leader

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  • Instructor

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  • Education Specialist

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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.

After-School Program Assistant Director ($35-$40K/Year)

Job Description

Overview

The Assistant Program Director should be a dynamic individual who will have overall responsibility for the work environment. This person must be innovative, creative, and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills. The Assistant Program Director is responsible, with the Program Director, for ensuring the programmatic quality and integrity of all activities. The Assistant Program Director will be responsible for working as a team member for the benefit of the participants and the program. The Assistant Director will assist the Program Director in managing daily planning, scheduling, and operations at their site. She/he will work with the Program Director to integrate services and assume overall leadership of the DFOY Program in the absence of the Program Director.

Responsibilities
  • Assist with recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with creating, developing, maintaining and supervising the implementation of neighborhood programs.
  • Promote program membership/registration.
  • Maintain registration, attendance, surveys and questionnaires, and comply with School Age Child Care (SACC), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) requirements.
  • Assist staff with making adjustments and designing activity instructional materials.
  • Evaluate and provide recommendations to improve curriculum planning, lesson plans and activity implementation methods across respective grade levels.
  • Organize special events and serve as staff liaison with school administration as directed by the Program Director.
  • Assist Program Director in developing a parent council and/or youth council.
  • Actively participate in designated meetings, training sessions and special events.
  • Be an active leader in developing a positive staff and participant culture.
  • Help manage staff schedules and the creation of staff meeting agendas.
  • Provide support with the facilitation of parent orientations and meetings.
  • Support the Program Director in collaborating with school staff to align program with the school’s mission.
  • Review student attendance trends and provide needed interventions such as student conversations, parent contact and other progressive methods.
  • Support the evaluation of staff needs for professional development and the coordination of staff training and observations in accordance with contractual and Department of Health (DOH) requirements.
  • Attend program related meetings in the absence of the Program Director.
  • Undertake other program tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Work with School Staff, School Safety and Cafeteria department to insure all proper permits are submitted for the entire year.
Daily Tasks:
  • Check emails and voicemails: Follow up with parents, subcontractors, stakeholders, Program Director and the Central Office as needed.
  • Check in with the designated staff to ensure all activities are properly staffed and taking place accordingly.
  • Ensure supplies are accessible for special events and program activities.
  • Work with the Program Director to ensure recruitment outreach is taking place as needed.
  • Provide guidance to staff members on daily activities, ensuring all staff members are following the activity curriculum and program schedule.
  • Respond to program phone calls in the absence of the Program Director.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in curriculum Development
  • A team player with demonstrated commitment to working with inner-city youth and young adults
  • Experience in word-processing, database computer software programs, and the Internet

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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