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Police Athletic League Chess Instructor in Staten Island, New York

The 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 part-time Chess Instructor to work with Elementary aged participants in our after-school program. In consultation with the Director of Education and Program Development and Center Director, the Instructor will plan, organize and manage chess club(s), staff, and volunteers, and perform administrative duties that support and facilitate the above primary functions.

This position is available to work in person and remotely.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Model and uphold all Agency policies and procedures.

  • Ensure that age-appropriate activities are implemented for youth in K-5h grades.

  • Plan, organize, and oversee varied activities with the support of Center leadership staff.

  • Work with the Director of Education and Program Development to ensure activities align with NYS Education Standards and support the goals of the school's participants attend.

  • At all times, ensure safety, structure, and learning.

  • Promote and stimulate interest and participation in all chess activities while supervising gameplay.

  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the Director of Education and Program Development, Education Specialist, and Center Director 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 program coordinator.

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.

  • Interact with parents and keep open lines of communication to better understand and manage the children.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of two years of academic preparation in art or recreation discipline, 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 school.

  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor.

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

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. 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.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

  • Member of New York State Chess Association, US Chess Federation, and/or other chess association, a plus.

  • Must have a computer/laptop with a camera and microphone, and internet access.

  • Online teaching experience is required, preferably using Zoom.

No calls, please. External recruiters and agents, please don’t contact this job poster.

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.

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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