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Police Athletic League Drama Activity Specialist in Queens, 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.


The Drama Activity Specialist will be responsible for developing and leading drama activities that promote creativity, self-expression, teamwork, discipline, commitment, opportunity for mastery, emotional and professional growth, and fun learning. In consultation with the Education Specialist and Leadership Staff, plan, organize and manage related programs, staff and volunteers, and perform administrative duties that support and facilitate the above primary functions. 


Major Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Model and uphold all Agency policies and procedures. 

  • Ensure that age-appropriate activities are implemented for youth in K-8th grades. Plan, organize and oversee varied activities with the support of leadership staff, group leaders, volunteers, and other specialty staff. At all times, ensure safety, structure and learning. Work with the Education Specialist to ensure activities align to NYS Education Standards and support the goals of the schools participants attend. 

  • Create and submit weekly lesson plans associated with the activities taught. 

  • Promote and stimulate interest and participation in all performing arts activities. 

  • Facilitate purposeful activities that foster the development of new skills in youth in an engaging, creative and holistic manner. 

  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the Education Specialist and leadership staff for improving programs as often as possible. When presenting a problem or offering constructive criticism, also present an alternative solution. 

  • Build positive relationships with youth and adults and serve as a role model with respect to demeanor, communication and behavior. 

  • Provide direction to staff in a manner that ensures that program areas are neat and clean, and that equipment and supplies are managed appropriately. 

  • Quickly identify and seek to resolve conflicts and behavioral problems in consultation with the leadership staff. 


Additional Responsibilities 

  • Plan and post activity schedules and evidence of work in approved areas. 

  • Make periodic reports/announcements on program activities and evaluate participation, progress and development of program youth. 

  • Responsible for the inventory, ordering, care and maintenance of all related supplies and equipment. 

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

  • When directed, attend meetings with staff, parents, volunteers and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery and promotion of programs.


Skills/Knowledge Required 

+ + A minimum of two years of academic preparation in drama or theater, or other equivalent training. 

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

  • A minimum of two years of experience working with youth in elementary or middle school. 

  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor and artist. 

  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation and mentoring concepts. 

  • Good oral and written communication skills.    

  •  Ability to speak professionally to staff, members, parents, groups and community residents. 

  • Familiarity with office protocols involving dress, demeanor, record keeping, confidentiality, staff meetings, visitors, and employee use of supplies and equipment. 


Salary: $18.00-$20.00 Per Hour

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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