Queens Community House Youth Development Specialist in John Adams HS- YABC Program, New York
Title of Position: Youth Development Specialist
Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Compensation: $21.97/hour, 35 hours/week
Schedule: (Sept – June) Monday through Thursday 1:00pm-9:00pm; Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Summer hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Ozone Park, Queens, Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) at John Adams High School
Are you passionate about reaching new heights, teamwork, and making a meaningful contribution? Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site nonprofit organization serving the diverse population of Queens through a broad network of programs for children and youth, adults and families, and older adults. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. We are a modern interpretation of the traditional settlement house, bringing to our work innovative leadership and a passion for social and economic justice. We welcome amazing individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change lives.
The Young Adults Borough Center/ Learning to Work Program (YABC/LTW) Program is an alternative pathway to graduation for youth 17 years and older, funded by The NYC Department of Education and implemented in collaboration with Queens Community House (QCH). We are committed to providing support services to students who desire to pursue their high school diplomas.
The YABC/LTW Program is an alternative pathway to graduation for youth 17 years and older, the program is funded by the NYC Department of Education and implemented in collaboration with Queens Community House (QCH) at the site of the High School for Arts and Business. We are committed to providing students with support services to achieve this goal of a high school diploma. The YABC/LTW Youth Development Specialist will provide comprehensive support services to program participants as required by contract and appropriate to their needs. As the students' Primary Person, the Youth Development Specialist will provide one on one wellness counseling, and prepare students for positions in internships, support the college readiness process, assist with post-secondary planning. The Youth Development Specialist reports to the Program Director.
Responsible for a caseload of 35-50 students, including attendance outreach, one-on-one counseling, and home visits.
Counsel each student on the creation and implementation of a post-secondary plan for college, training, or employment within 60 days of enrollment
Providing a minimum of (2) individual sessions per month for each student; one on academic progress and the other on career advisement
Conduct advisory groups by facilitating curricula and discussion in the following content areas: job readiness, career exploration, conflict resolution, political education, mediation, leadership, community service, youth employment, gender groups, psychoeducation, etc.
Maintain ongoing communication with parents and guardians of participants to support positive outcomes for the students and assist families with identified needs
Connect students to outside resources and make appropriate referrals if needed
Begin the CUNY and FAFSA application process with each eligible student on the caseload
Meet bi-weekly with immediate supervisor and come prepared with agenda items to discuss
Ensure that required follow-up is made to graduates in the month of July and February
Work collaboratively with DOE staff. Take initiative and demonstrate flexibility in responding to school needs
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or a related field
Must be cleared and maintain clearance throughout duration of employment by DOE fingerprinting screening, NYS Central Registrar Background Check, and 3 Reference checks.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with youth
Demonstrate ability to plan and facilitate activities and manage classroom expectations
Experience in facilitating group sessions in community services, leadership, college readiness, and employment opportunities with a connection to counseling
Demonstrated attendance and punctuality in meeting the required schedule
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, and communication skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion
Knowledgeable of computer skills with various programs and willingness to learn new ones
Able to work 1:00pm to 9:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays during the school year (September through June). July and August Summer schedule are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. As well as being flexible with your schedule when needed as per program needs.
What you’ll get:
Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Paid Family Leave
403b Retirement Plan
Eligible for up to 27 days of annual leave, and 12 sick days
Specified Federal Holidays off
Professional development, training, and networking opportunities
Additionally, QCH supplements the New York State Paid Family Leave benefit to ensure our team members receive full pay during their approved leave.
Queens Community House requires all staff to be fully vaccinated and must provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of having received one dose of the two-dose vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons.
Queens Community House, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Working hours during September through June are Monday-Thursday 1:00pm to 9:00pm; Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. July and August working hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. As well as being flexible with your schedule when needed as per program needs.