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Position:       Activity Specialist

Department: Youth Services

Reports to:   Community School Director

Hours:          8 hours per week

Rate:             $25 per hour

FLSA:          Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

We are seeking an Activity Specialist for our 21st Century Community School Program at Esperanza Preparatory Academy. The Activity Specialist will be responsible for curriculum development, activity facilitation, and classroom management in organized sports, performing arts (theater, dance, spoken word etc.), STEM, photography/media/graphic design, visual/creative arts or leadership. We also seek to provide our participants with many of the services to which they would otherwise not have access: computer classes, specialized high school prep, arts enrichment, tutoring, consistent physical education and recreation, and one-on-one mentorship and guidance.


·      Plan and implement weekly lesson plans related to organized sports, performing arts (theater, dance, spoken word etc.) STEM, photography/media/graphic design, visual/creative arts or leadership afterschool participants.

·      Assist with dismissal and escort students outside of building and across the street to a safe location.

·      Create a workshop environment conducive for learning and mastery.

·      Lead project-based activities and prepare participants for quarterly presentation, showcases, and performances.

·      Produce mandated program reports based on participant’s achievements as requested.

·      Contact parents/guardians weekly with positive inspirations and log all calls in Google drive.

·      Work cooperatively with all staff, community-based organizations, students, and parents.

·      Meet with Community School Director during bi-weekly one to one and submit agenda for meeting three days prior to supervision.

·      Participate in special events, staff meetings, USA program committee, monthly Youth Services Department meetings, and all school trips/afterschool events.

·      Additional duties as assigned by the Community School Director and Director of Youth Services.

·     Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field preferred; at minimum three years’ experience working in a youth services program.

·     Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

·     Ability to tutor any participant in at least one subject area.

·     Strong verbal, written, clerical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

·     Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks effectively in a fast-paced, challenging, and constantly changing environment.

·     The ability to perform at a high level.

·     Dedication to serving youth in an urban setting. innovation and patience.

·     Demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing youth in an urban setting.

To Apply:

Please send Cover Letter, Resume and References to: Please indicate Activity Specialist in the subject of e-mail.


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