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Jewish Community Center Group Leader, Summer Youth Employment Program in New York, New York

Principal Responsibilities:

Summer Youth Employment Program for Younger Youth****

The NYC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation's largest youth employment program, connecting New York City youth between the ages of 14 - 21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. SYEP Younger Youth Program is designed to prepare 14 & 15-year-olds for the workforce through project-based learning strategies and workshops that will develop their professional skills, and prepare them to become successful working adults.


Group leaders are responsible for academic tutoring and assisting lead instructors in preparing students to demonstrate newly acquired skills in culinary arts, food business and health and wellness.


  • Organize, lead, and promote the students' interest and participation in the activities offered by the program
  • Foster an atmosphere of fun and learning, and serve as a role model to students, always professionally conducting yourself and maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and procedures for maintaining order among the students
  • Provide academic support, homework guidance, assistance, and supervision to students
  • Promote positive character development
  • Maintain effective classroom management that encourages full participation and student growth
  • Supervise groups of students while maintaining their physical and emotional safety and health
  • Closely coordinate with Program Director and coworkers for any programmatic changes or any other issues or concerns
  • Participate in staff meetings, program evaluations, program improvement, and professional development sessions throughout the school year.
  • Provide other program support as needed.


  • Part-time position
  • Monday - Wednesday (5 1/2 hours each day)


  • Work is performed in a typical community center and school environment.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • High school diploma and must be at least 18 years old
  • Experience working with youth in a classroom, afterschool, or community-based environment


  • Strong academic skills and knowledge of New York state standards and test preparation.
  • Genuine interest in working with culturally diverse 6th-8th Grade students, and able to promote positive character development.
  • Sincere desire to effect positive social and academic change in the lives of NYC youth.
  • Well-organized, reliable and punctual.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Can work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Comfortable to learn and model universal Jewish values while working in and with a large, diverse population.


  • Able to travel to various sites in upper Manhattan


  • College Degree
  • Bachelor's or Associate Degree in progress
  • Experience as a Group Leader using a positive youth development model


  • Documentation of U.S. citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Must pass the background check, medical exams, fingerprinting and other requirements of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DOE), and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Agency Information:

Established in 1917 as one of the first Jewish community centers in New York City, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (?the Y?) is a thriving and visionary not-for-profit human services organization in Northern Manhattan. We welcome people of diverse ethnicities and all ages, from pre-school to older adults, into the Y family with a wide range of educational, recreational and social services and programs that focus on improving the quality of their lives. With a long and distinguished history, the Y is a multi-service community center that is well known for its nurturing environment and non-judgmental philosophy.

Date Posted: 05/17/2019

Title: Group Leader, Summer Youth Employment Program

JCC: YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood

Location: New York, NY