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Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc. Program Director's Assistant, After School (PS 104) in Far Rockaway, New York

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms Afterschool programs unlock student potential by providing a safe environment for them to develop away from the negative influences on their streets. Our unique combination of project-based learning, character development, and eye-opening opportunities puts at-risk children on the track to success. Learning comes to life with our hands on projects that enhance academic achievement. From book publishing to stock trading, students are putting their skills to work. Pre and Post exams ensure academic rigor in tutoring sessions and all Afterschool curricula. Our events and workshops provide gateways for parent involvement in children’s schooling, and a chance to bond with neighbors, teachers, and staff. Programming provides a safe space for children, as well as peace of mind to parents who work late to support their families. Our Afterschool clubs and trips also prepare youth to meet the future. A special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs ensures students gain the technical skills and insights they need to lead as future urban planners, computer programmers, doctors, and more!

Sheltering Arms is currently seeking a Program Director’s Assistant for our New Fall 2019-20 After School Program. The Program Director’s Assistant will provide support to the Director of the After School site, assisting with the day-to-day management and operation of the program.

Program Director's Assistant - $19.00 per hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with day-to-day operation and administration of the afterschool program, summer camp and holiday programming; Providing support to program director, and leadership in the absence of program director for oversight of the program

  • Assisting with staff development and program development; Supervising staff and participants; Reviewing staff performance, providing suggestions and coaching; Steps in for activity specialists and group leaders as needed

  • Communicating with school administration, staff, and parents as needed

  • Ensuring overall program safety and compliance with funding and regulatory agencies

  • Attending weekly staff meetings; completion of professional development hours; Data input (i.e. registration forms, attendance records, and activity sheets into an online database)

  • Performs additional duties/projects as assigned


  • High School Diploma required; Associate’s Degree preferred

  • At least three years of experience working with youth

  • Prior experience supervising staff in a management role within an afterschool or camp setting

  • Ability to handle multi-faceted tasks, effective communication, group management and conflict resolution skills

  • Strong work ethic and professional demeanor, with a team-oriented attitude

  • Organized, self-motivated, with excellent time management skills, and the ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure

  • Ability to motivate staff and participants

  • A strong leadership and community service background is a plus

  • Computer savvy (database and attendance tracking, outreach and program scheduling), with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job.

    Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.

    It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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