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Part-Time Activity 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 seeking a Part-Time Activity Specialist who will be responsible for working with at-risk youth between the ages of 14 to 17. The Activity Specialist will be developing, implementing, facilitating, and supervising a Service Learning Project. The development of concepts and curriculum for the Service Learning Project is an important component of this position. The project will include but is not limited to, recreation, group activities and community service, which will help enhance self-expression, commitment, discipline, teamwork and a fun learning experience. The Activity Specialist will also be responsible for co-facilitating and developing curriculum for the weekly Life Skills Workshop. The ideal candidate is responsible for engaging teens using a strong strengths-based approach. The candidate will be familiar with all teens that are enrolled in programming and act as an informal mentor to help youth develop healthy behaviors. In conclusion, the candidate will work collaboratively with the Senior Youth Link Social Worker and the Associate Director Juvenile Justice and Reentry Services.

We require a cover letter for this position.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop strong rapport with all youth based on strength-based perspective.
  • Develop and implement structured group life skills activities and community service projects.
  • Build positive relationships with youth and serve as an adult role model and engage youth using healthy behavioral modeling in the areas of demeanor, communication, and behavior. 
  • Help youth to develop positive pro-social behaviors using life skills and community service as a vehicle.
  • Quickly identify and seek to resolve conflicts and behavioral problems in consultation with Senior Youth Link Social Worker or the Associate Director of Juvenile Justice and Reentry Services.
  • Work in conjunction with other specialists and volunteers to develop programming and offer a wide range of activities, relevant to the needs of the participants and center.
  • Present ideas and suggestions for improving programs as often as possible.
  • Ensure that program areas are neat and clean; put away equipment and supplies, and pick up litter.

Additional Responsibilities

  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) when necessary.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, written and verbal reports as requested.
  • As assigned, maintain a program bulletin board announcing current and upcoming program events and displaying photographs of program participants.
  • Have youth sign daily attendance sheet and submit every week to administrative staff.
  • When directed, attend meetings with staff, parents, volunteers and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery and promotion of programs.
  • Conduct school and other program visits.


Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth development.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage high-risk adolescent youth.
  • Experience and/or proficiency developing youth curriculum.
  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to speak professionally to staff, members, parents, groups and community residents.

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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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