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Police Athletic League Baseball Activity Specialist in New York, New York

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 Baseball Specialist who will be responsible for the safety, enjoyment, and development of every ballplayer under their care. Our Coaches provide their ballplayers with guidance and instruction throughout the day, always encouraging a respectful and positive atmosphere so that each player experiences success while in the program. Coaches must possess the ability to communicate with a variety of ages, interests, and skill levels as well as have an enthusiasm for baseball while approaching each day and its unique challenges with energy, patience, and a sense of humor.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Must have knowledge of the rules of baseball and the modified rules by the Sports Department.

  • Required to set up the site daily.

  • Required to follow all Covid-19 policies.

  • Serve as a role model for the participants.

  • Must be able to communicate with Coaches/ballplayers effectively.

  • Model and uphold all agency policy & procedures

  • Plan, organize and conduct Basketball instructional clinics for center activity specialists as well as clinics and Tournaments/Leagues for participants ages 6-18.

  • Ensure that age-appropriate Basketball clinics and one-day events are implemented for youth ages 6 to 18. Plan, organize, and oversee these activities and at all times, ensure safety, structure, learning, and sportsmanship.

  • Recruit participants as well as volunteers leagues and events

  • Provide a safe and secure environment in which the children can play; lead youngsters in various activities, following PAL curriculum, rules and regulations.

  • Attend PAL Cops and Kids Sporting events to report statistics and game day

  • Ensure that program objectives are carried out in an orderly and professional manner, adhering to PAL rules and regulations.

  • Monitor youth interactions for injuries/conflicts and treat/resolve as needed; Document situations by completing forms for submission to Sports Department.

  • Coordinate and assist in teaching youngsters PAL approved rules and regulations for tournament gameplay; and counsel youth in the areas of life skills, drug prevention, conflict resolution as needed.

  • Act as a mandated child abuse reporter, being aware of the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; report incidents/suspicions to Sports Department.

  • Engage and interact with the neighborhood business owners, parents, senior citizens, etc., representing the program and PAL in a professional manner.

  • Develop clear communication and working relationships with NYPD officers as well as PAL partner organizations.

  • Advise youngsters and parents of schedules, special events and policies, and procedures.

  • A PAL Sports Activity Specialist is a role model. Encourage youth to actively participate in all available activities, and that they receive respect and recognition and understand that advice/guidance is available from staff concerning problems onsite or offsite.

  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the Sports Department for improving programs and services as often as possible.

  • Communicate with Sports Department on a regular basis.

Additional Responsibilities

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

  • Ensure that both Site staff & youth participant attendance logbooks are signed and well kept.

  • Work with Director of Sports and Sports Program Managers on specialized projects and assignments as needed and assist with the coordination of special activities and events.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Prior Basketball Playing/Coaching Experience

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.

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

  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth service and recreation.

  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to speak professionally to staff members, parents, community residents, visitors, NYPD officers, and PAL partner organizations.

  • Familiarity with administrative protocols involving dress, demeanor, record keeping, reporting, confidentiality, visitors, use of supplies and equipment, and cell phone.

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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