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YMCA of Central New York POWER SCHOLARS TEACHER ASSISTANT in Syracuse, New York

Job Title: Power Scholars Assistant Teacher

Reports To: Director of Education

FLSA: Non-exempt – Seasonal/Temporary

Location: Northeast Community Center, Kirk Park or Schiller Park

Work Schedule: Training 6/22 9am-2pm, 7/8-8/9 M-Th 8am-1pm and some Fridays

Salary Range: $20.00/hour

A Career with a Cause:

We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and grow. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

Our purpose is to strengthen the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We are committed to these causes because a strong community is achieved when we invest in our children, health, neighbors, and values. Historically founded on the Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; our mission is to put these principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

We are for ALL.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement | YMCA OF CENTRAL NEW YORK ( (

Position Summary:

This position supports the mission and work of the Y, a leading nonprofit charitable organization. Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Power Scholars Academy Assistant Teacher will ensure that the YMCA meets the needs of its members in the safest and most enjoyable atmosphere. They are responsible for focusing on summer learning loss for low-income children living in urban communities and thereby enhancing overall youth development, academic performance, and graduation rates. The incumbent will teach, enrich, inspire, and transform children into scholars. The Assistant Teacher communicates and creates collaborative relationships with students, parents/guardians and other significant staff members. The Teacher Assistant provides leadership and assures the well-being for all, in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and Association policies.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary: $20.00/hour, Seasonal Part-time non-exempt

  • YMCA Membership

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement collaborative teaching strategies with academic and/or enrichment teachers to a cluster of scholars.

  • Support the development and delivery of relevant, engaging, and rigorous lessons.

  • Ensure the academic and social development of scholars throughout the course of the program.

  • Adhere to all Power Scholars Academy and/or district expectations and compliance issues.

  • Serve as a role model for an assigned group of scholars.

  • Work with teachers to identify scholar needs and develop instructional plans and practices to best support scholars.

  • Monitor scholars’ educational and social progress and making necessary recommendations for adjustments.

  • Support classroom and behavior management consistently to develop a safe and productive learning environment.

  • Maintain attendance and supporting classroom procedures/functions.

  • Supervise scholars during classroom transitions as well as during lunch, snack, recess, etc.

  • Assist in field trips and special events that will be held on Friday’s.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Director.

Experience, Education and Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in an education related field.

  • Academic skills – proficiency in elementary math and literacy.

  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback.

  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with diverse populations.

  • Desire to work with elementary scholars and their families in under-resourced communities.

  • Outstanding communication (both verbal and written), organizational, interpersonal, and technological (computer/internet) skills are critical to the success of this position.

  • Ability to build relationships and influence scholars, staff, community members and families.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • Committed to the goals of the program and approach.

  • Ability to observe confidentiality.

  • Love and respect for children.

  • Belief and commitment to the Y’s mission and values.

Trainings & Certifications:

  • Must complete online Bloodborne Pathogens, Employee Safety and Youth Protection Series trainings prior to initial assignment to position.

  • Must hold CPR, AED, and First Aid (may be required at some branches) certifications or successfully complete no later than 30-days after employment begins.

  • Must complete online Hazard Communication training within the first 90-days of employment.

  • Must attend and complete Listen First within the first 90-days of employment.

Professional Growth:

  • Gain hands-on experience developing and implementing lessons with certified teachers.

  • Develop collaborative and co-teaching strategies.

  • Utilize data-driven and differentiated instructional techniques.

  • Deliver lessons with high-quality and rigorous curriculum.

  • Work with experienced staff in implementing positive discipline strategies.

  • Engage in best practices to support achievement in under-resourced communities.

  • Gain experience relationship building with scholars, staff professionals, and families.

YMCA Leadership Competencies:

  • Engaging Community: Builds bridges with others in the community to ensure the Y’s work is community-focused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit.

  • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.

  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.

  • Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential.

    Physical Requirements:

    The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Prolonged periods of standing and frequent bending.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.

  • Will be exposed to illness-causing bacteria and viruses.

    Work Environment:

    This job operates in a recreational and/or educational environment. This role routinely uses standard recreation and/or office equipment. At times, employees may be exposed to undesirable working conditions, communicable infectious diseases, and risk of injury from others. All employees are required to always follow the preventative health policies of the YMCA. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.