Location and Job Title:
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040
BE ME AFTER SCHOOL
Be Me is the Y's in-house Jewish after school Program for Kinder to 5th-grade students. At Be Me, we are committed to instilling universal values such as enrichment, inclusion, and curiosity to learn new things. Our warm, welcoming culture creates a vibrant afterschool community, where we all look out for each other and take care of the world around us, especially for our children. Staff members are central to carrying out this vision by supporting, running, and sometimes even creating programs that are in line with our educational goals and values, and by providing positive and enthusiastic energy every day.
The Dance Activity Specialist is an expert in all things related to dance and movement.
He/she is responsible for developing dance-related activities and lessons, while fostering a fun, inclusive and respectful environment that welcomes all participants from diverse backgrounds.
The person in this role is a role model to youth, always conducting him/herself the utmost professional manner and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
- Model and uphold agency values, policies and procedures.
- Participate in the development of program goals for the upcoming program year.
- Develop curriculum and implement educational and recreational activities that promote physical, mental, and social development.
- Document curriculum for reference and distribution to parents and families of participants.
- Act as a positive role model for young people at all times, promoting responsible and healthy decision-making and healthy relationships with family, peers, partners, and program participants.
- Develop a relationship with students by communicating, advising, assisting them in a warm, friendly environment, and treating them with respect.
- Enforce rules and expectations of Program to maintain safety at all times, including consistent classroom work, play, and clean-up routines.
- Model appropriate behavior to participants, and use positive behavior-management techniques when necessary to help youth solve problems.
- Organize and supervise recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
- Ensure that all participants are appropriately supervised or dismissed at the end of each activity.
- Attend all staff meetings.
- Apply principles of youth development.
- Use effective strategies to support participants with learning, emotional or behavioral challenges.
- Learn and follow safety and emergency procedures.
- Monitor the health of program participants and administer immediate health care if necessary.
- Report suspected abuse.
Work is performed in a typical community center environment.
POSITION TYPE / EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
- Part-time position
- Thursdays, 4 pm - 5:30 pm
- Paid at $31 per hour
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Teaching credential preferred.
- CPR and First Aid Certification preferred.
- At least three (3) years of experience teaching elementary age students in the field of movement and dance.
- Minimum educational qualification H.S. Diploma.
- Knowledge of principles of youth development.
- Proven ability to exercise mature judgment and sound decision making.
- Strong communication skills; can speak professionally to participants, staff members, and guests.
- Experience working in a multiethnic, urban community.
- Experience promoting the physical, intellectual, social, cultural and emotional well-being of elementary age students.
- High level of energy and endurance for 1 hour of dance lessons, movement and interaction with participants between the ages of 5-7.
WORK AUTHORIZATION & CLEARANCE
- Documentation of U.S. citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S.
- Must pass the background checks by the Y and Department of Health (DOH).
- Received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning your employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical reasons through the reasonable accommodation process.
Established in 1917, YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the "Y") is a not-for-profit Jewish community center that welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational and social services programs to enhance the quality of life of the people we serve. From topnotch early childhood education and youth development programs to innovative senior center services, there's always something for everyone at the Y!