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Police Athletic League Dance 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 Dance Activity Specialist who will be responsible for developing a broad range of dance activities that promote creativity and self-expression. Under the direction of the program coordinator, plan, organize and manage programs, staff, and volunteers, and perform administrative duties that support and facilitate the above primary functions.

This position is available at Webster Giannone Center - Bronx. (

Working hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Model and uphold all Agency and PAL Center rules

  • Ensure that age-appropriate activities are implemented for youth ages 6 to 18.

  • Plan, organize, and oversee varied activities with the support of recreation leaders, assistance counselors, volunteers, and other specialty staff.

  • At all times, ensure safety, structure, and learning. Never permit recreation leaders to leave groups unsupervised.

  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the program coordinator 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 the 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 all schedules and dance equipment in approved areas.

  • Make periodic reports/announcements on program activities.

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

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

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

  • Interact with parents and keep open lines of communication to enable you to better understand and manage their/our child(ren).

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of two years of academic preparation in dance or other equivalent training.

  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency with supervisory experience.

  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor and artist.

  • 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.

The 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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