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Basketball Activity Specialist

The 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 part-time Basketball Specialist who will be responsible for developing a broad range of recreational activities that include but are not limited to outdoor free-play & organized sports, games, tournaments, competitions, social & special events, physical education, and mentoring.  Under the direction of the Center Director, plan, organize and manage programs and staff and volunteers, and perform administrative duties that support and facilitate the above primary functions.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Model and uphold all agency policy &  procedures
  • Plan, organize and conduct Basketball instructional clinics for center activity specialists as well as clinics and Tournaments/Leagues for participants ages 6-18.
  • Ensure that age-appropriate Basketball clinics and one-day events are implemented for youth ages 6 to 18.  Plan, organize and oversee these activities and at all times, ensure safety, structure, learning, and sportsmanship.
  • Recruit participants as well as volunteers leagues and events
  • Provide a safe and secure environment in which the children can play; lead youngsters in various activities, following PAL curriculum, rules and regulations.
  • Attend PAL Cops and Kids Sporting events to report statistics and game day.
  • Ensure that program objectives are carried out in an orderly and professional manner, adhering to PAL rules and regulations.
  • Monitor youth interactions for injuries/conflicts and treat/resolve as needed;
  • Document situations by completing forms for submission to the Sports Department.
  • Coordinate and assist in teaching youngsters PAL approved rules and regulations for tournament gameplay; and counsel youth in the areas of life skills, drug prevention, conflict resolution as needed.
  • Act as a mandated child abuse reporter, being aware of the signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; report incidents/suspicions to the Sports Department.
  • 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.
  • Advise youngsters and parents of schedules, special events and policies, and procedures.
  • A PAL Sports Activity Specialist is a role model. Encourage youth to actively participate in all available activities, and that they receive respect and recognition and understand that advice/guidance is available from staff concerning problems onsite or offsite.
  • Provide ideas and suggestions for improving programs and services as often as possible.

Additional Responsibilities

  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) no later than the day of the incident.
  • Ensure that both Site staff & youth participant attendance log books are signed and well kept.
  • Work with the Center Director and Program Managers on specialized projects and assignments as needed and assist with the coordination of special activities and events.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Prior Basketball Playing/Coaching Experience
  • A minimum of sixty credits towards a degree from an accredited college or university in recreation. Psychology, sociology, education, counseling, or related field.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth service and recreation.
  • 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 and cell phone.

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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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