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Police Athletic League Art / Illustration Activity Specialist in Bronx, New York

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 Art/Illustration Activity Specialist who will be responsible for developing a broad range of social, recreation and artistic activities that promote creativity, self-expression, teamwork, discipline, commitment, and fun learning. In consultation with the Education Specialist and Center Director, plan, organize and manage related programs, staff, and volunteers, and perform administrative duties that support and facilitate the above primary functions.

This position is available at MS 118 - Bronx.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and facilitate workshops for middle school students focused on developing Art literacy and drawing skills, including but not limited to: graphic design, animation, printmaking, Production design (theatre/television/film)

  • Manage classrooms effectively and create a positive learning environment;

  • Collaborate with Education Specialist to ensure that all lesson plans are developmentally-appropriate and engaging

  • Identify innovative ways for students to engage in Art learning beyond the program, including supporting student innovation and pursuit of independent projects;

  • Assist in organizing program-wide events, including student presentations, competitions, and activities with technology and community partners;

  • Consistently document lesson plans and records of student performance, and effectively communicate these with Program Director;

  • Communicate with other staff about student needs across programming;

  • Attend staff meetings and professional training.

  • Model and uphold all Agency policies and procedures.

  • Plan, organize and oversee varied activities with the support of Center leadership staff, Group Leaders, volunteers, and other specialty staff.

  • At all times, ensure safety, structure, and learning.

  • Promote and stimulate interest and participation in all performing activities.

  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the Education Specialist and Center Director for improving programs as often as possible.

  • When presenting a problem or offering constructive criticism, also present an alternative solution.

  • Build positive relationships with youth and adults and serve as a role model with respect to demeanor, communication, and behavior.

  • Provide direction to staff in a manner that ensures that program areas are neat and clean and that equipment and supplies are managed appropriately.

  • Quickly identify and seek to resolve conflicts and behavioral problems in consultation with the program coordinator.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Plan and post-activity schedules and evidence of work in approved areas.

  • Make periodic reports/announcements on program activities and evaluate participation, progress, and development of program youth.

  • Responsible for the inventory, ordering, care, and maintenance of all related supplies and equipment.

  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations) no later than the day of the incident.

  • When directed, attend meetings with staff, parents, volunteers and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery and promotion of programs.

  • Interact with parents and keep open lines of communication to better understand and manage the children.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of two years of academic preparation in Art/Communication Design/Design Technology or other equivalent training.

  • A minimum of one year of experience working with school-aged children.

  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor.

  • 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.

  • Familiarity with office protocols involving dress, demeanor, record keeping, confidentiality, staff meetings, visitors, and employee use of supplies and equipment.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

No calls, please. External recruiters and agents, please don?t contact this job poster.

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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