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Police Athletic League Nutrition / Cooking 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 Nutrition/Cooking 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 Webster Giannone Center - Bronx. (

Working hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide nutrition education workshops based on an established curriculum to afterschool program youth.

  • Conduct cooking demonstrations.

  • Motivate children to make healthy changes, in regards to wellness and physical activity.

  • Communicate openly with Center Director and Sports Specialist, Wellness and Fitness on the progress of the program.

  • Participate in training held by Cornell wellness staff on approved curriculum and best practices.

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in wellness and fitness.

  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.

  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the student’s needs.

  • Prepare materials for workshops ahead of time.

  • Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.

  • Provide after-school programming from 3 PM- 5:30 PM 2-5 days per week

  • 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 Nutrition or Culinary art, 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.

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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