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Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc. Education Specialist in Manhattan, New York

Organization Overview: 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.


Job Summary: The Education Specialist will ensure that the afterschool program utilizes the best practices in youth development and COMPASS/SONYC program site(s); will identify suitable program curricula; facilitate the development of lesson plans and codify learning goals and objectives for all program activities; research to ensure that the best tools which promote program effectiveness are available to staff; and, in collaboration with Program Director, ensure that program model is effective.


Essential Functions

  • Designs and implements program curriculum and works with COMPASS/SONYC program staff to develop sequential learning goals and objectives for all activities 

  • Ensures the integration of Positive Youth Development, Social Emotional Learning, Literacy, Arts, 

Physical Recreation, Academic Study Skills and STEM-based learning and enrichment through sequenced, curriculum-based programming

  • Develops and assist staff with the creation lesson plans ensuring activity plans meet funder goals and lead up to work displayed, ceremonies, presentations and or competitive play/showcases) 

  • Ensures that implementation of program activities aligns with demonstrated best practices

  • Provides continuous quality improvement

  • Conducts on-site activity observations to ensure written lesson plans/curriculum are aligned with framework and facilitated with excellence

  • Co-facilitates activities with Activity Specialists and Group Leaders, as needed, modeling best practices. 

  • Facilitates professional development trainings and workshops

  • Researches best practices in afterschool programming and brings new ideas to program staff

  • Identifies and develops supplementary resources, supplies, cultural field trips to connect students’ learning to real word examples. 

  • Provides feedback in the creation of Program Satisfaction surveys 

  • Assists the Program Director and Assistant Site Director with overall program supervision

  • Performs other duties as specified. 

Shift: 3pm-6pm during school year, 8am-6pm during summer Mon-Fri

Salary: $22/hr


  • Covid-19 Vaccination

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field; Master’s Degree in education or other related area preferred

  • Two years of experience working with students in an after-school or school setting 

  • Supervisory experience of staff is a plus 

  • Knowledge of google sheets, slides, Microsoft word, excel PowerPoint etc. 

  • Solid presentation skills and demonstrated ability to speak in public and in front of large groups

  • Familiarity with best practices in curriculum building 

  • Prior Experience literacy enrichment and lesson plan writing



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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