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

Job Title: Power Scholars Teacher Reports To: Director of Education FLSA: Non-exempt – Seasonal/Temporary Location: Northeast Community, Kirk Park or Schiller Park Work Schedule: Training 6/22 9 am-2 pm; 7/8 - 8/9 Mon-TH 8 am - 1 pm with some Fridays 8 am - 1 pm Salary Range: $31.67/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 Teacher will ensure that the YMCA meets the needs of its members in the safest and most enjoyable atmosphere. The Teacher is responsible for focusing on summer learning loss by planning and executing instructional plans 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 Teacher communicates and creates collaborative relationships with students, parents/guardians, Assistant Teachers, and other significant staff members. The Teacher provides leadership and assures the well-being for all, in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and Association policies.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary: $31.67/hour, Seasonal Part-time non-exempt

  • YMCA Membership

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement literacy and math curricula and activities to meet academic standards.

  • Utilize formal assessment data to refine and adapt curriculum lessons and inform instructional practices.

  • Develop daily engaging lesson plans aligned to specific learning objectives.

  • Deliver relevant, engaging, and rigorous lessons utilizing a variety of instructional methods.

  • Maintain an organized and efficient classroom.

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

  • Create a positive, achievement-oriented, organized and engaging learning environment.

  • Motivate and hold scholars to high academic and behavioral expectations.

  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for scholar behavior grounded in positive discipline.

  • Empower scholars to make positive choices and serving as a role model.

  • Be accountable for meeting scholars’ individual academic and instructional needs.

  • Implement collaborative and co-teaching instructional strategies with Power Scholars Academy Assistant Teachers.

  • Communicate effectively with scholars, families, Power Scholars Academy Assistant Teachers, and other staff members.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Director.

    Experience, Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.

  • Valid New York elementary, reading and/or special education teaching certification.

  • Minimum of two-years of teaching experience, preferably with elementary children.

  • In depth knowledge of subject area, and experience working with children.

  • Previous and relevant experience in utilizing and implementing data-driven instructional practices.

  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for literacy and math academic standards and instructional rigor.

  • Ability to use technology (computer/internet) for assessment and instruction.

  • Knowledge of differentiated instructional practices and strategies.

  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of scholars within their community.

  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with diverse populations.

  • Proven track-record of high achievement in a classroom setting.

  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills are critical to the success of this position.

  • Committed to the goals of the program and approach.

  • 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.

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.