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Part-Time Basketball Specialist

Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a Seasonal Part-Time Basketball Specialist who will be responsible for developing a broad range of sports-based activities that promote good sportsmanship, team comradery, and character development to youth at the assigned site location. Direct and oversee all sports and team-based activities according to the sports curriculum. Plan, organize and facilitate sports programming that is cohesive within the cluster under the direction of the Site Director.  Perform administrative duties that support primary functions.


Meets Monday (2:30pm-4:30pm), Wednesday (3:30pm-5:30pm) and Thursday (3:30pm-5:30pm)

Location: Bronx, New York - IS 117X

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach basketball fundamentals to youth ages 10 to 14.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate basketball skills, drills, and routines to encourage player development and team progression.
  • Implement game play and tournaments in accordance with program schedule.
  • Engage youth in organized social games that foster strategic and interpersonal skills.
  • Exhibits excellent problem-solving skills and takes initiative.
  • Attend and participate in preseason training sessions.
  • Communicate with the Site Director on a regular basis.
  • Serve as a cluster liaison and work with all personnel involved with the program.
  • Welcome and record attendance for youngsters on site.
  • Set up and take down program equipment at the site daily, on time; dress in PAL-provided and approved attire (staff t-shirt, appropriate shorts/sweats, and athletic footwear).
  • Coordinate and assist in teaching youngsters PAL approved social activities that counsel youth in the areas of life skills, drug prevention, and conflict resolution as needed.
  • A PAL Basketball Specialist is a role model.  Encourage youth to actively participate in all available activities; promote respect, teamwork, and recognition; inform youth that advice/guidance is available from staff concerning problems onsite or offsite.
  • Monitor youth interactions with injuries/conflicts and treat/resolve as needed; document situations by completing forms and submit to Site Director.
  • Act as a mandated child abuse reporter, being aware of the signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; report incidents/suspicions to Site Director.
  • Sign off on required paperwork such as payroll sheets and attendance log books for submission to Site Director.
  • Represent the agency and program to the neighborhoods in a positive fashion.
  • Engage and interact with the neighborhood business owners, parents, senior citizens, etc., representing the program and PAL in a professional manner.
  • Develop clear communication and working relationships with NYPD officers as well as PAL partner organizations.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Plan and post all schedules in approved areas.
  • Make periodic reports/announcements on program activities.
  • Responsible for the inventory, care, and maintenance of all supplies and equipment.
  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) no later than the day of the incident.
  • Work with Site Director and Basketball Specialist on specialized projects and assignments as needed and assist with the coordination of special activities and events.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of two years of academic preparation in physical education, exercise science sports management or other equivalent training.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency with supervisory experience.
  • Previous basketball coaching/playing experience.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor and coach.
  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.  Ability to speak professionally to staff members, parents, community residents, visitors, NYPD officers and PAL partner organizations.
  • Familiarity with administrative protocols involving dress, demeanor, record keeping, reporting, confidentiality, visitors, use of supplies and equipment. 

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Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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