After School Group Leader - Basketball

DreamYard Project


DreamYard at MS 390
1930 Andrews Ave South
Bronx, NY, 10453



Job Type:


Minimum age:

18 years old


Part Time



Specific Days Needed:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Minimum Hours/Week:

15 hours/week

Maximum Hours/Week:

18 hours/week

Public Transportation:

Bus, Train

Minimum Education:

high school

Area of Focus:

Academic Support/Homework Help, Leadership/Mentoring, Sports/Recreation/Fitness

Job Description:

 About DreamYard

DreamYard’s mission is to collaborate with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts. DreamYard Project is the largest arts provider in the Bronx, and uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities. DreamYard’s school-based and out of school programs are based on 21st century learning and social justice pedagogy principles. Our work is aligned with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, and encourages young people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. Our nationally recognized programming has grown tremendously in response to student interest and community need. Co-Executive directors Jason Duchin and Tim Lord founded DreamYard in 1994. Since then, DreamYard has worked with more than 100 public schools and over 100,000 young people and families. DreamYard has developed a robust educational community in the Bronx – from its network of over 45 partnering public schools including the DY Preparatory High School to year-long programs at the DY Art Center.
The Position
The SONYC Group Leader will report to the SONYC Program Director and work closely with SONYC staff (including group leaders, school teachers and other staff) to support the SONYC after school program at a middle school in the Bronx serving 120 students. We are looking for someone with knowledge of basketball and other sports.  Primary responsibilities include working with a set group of 15 students to support them during various activities, including assisting with homework, leading hour-long sessions in a sequential curriculum that engage students, submitting written lesson plans, supporting program goals around attendance and engagement, and fostering a positive, productive environment for program participants. It is important that Group Leaders be able to act as a positive role model and mentor to the young people they work with, and to develop a positive, supportive culture and an effective way of dealing with challenges with students that may arise. The program site is at MS 390 (1930 Andrews Avenue South, Bronx, NY 10453.)
This is a part time position of 15 hours per week. Program runs Monday through Friday from 2:20 to 5:20pm, and staff will be asked to arrive prior to program start time. Program runs for 36 weeks from Sept 2017 through June 2018, and the Group Leader will average 60 hours per month.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Nadia Sobhan, SONYC Program Director at for consideration.   In the subject line of your email, please include: “SONYC Group Leader”, and please be sure to describe your experience with basketball and other sports.
DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational reform and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.
Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance. 

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to the attention of Email:

To the Attention of:

Nadia Sobhan, Program Director

Required Skills/Experience:

·                Previous after school experience, ideally with middle school aged youth
·                Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred (currently working toward such a degree is also acceptable)
·                Ability to collaborate effectively with other after school staff
·                Excellent written and spoken communication skills (Bilingual ability in Spanish is a plus)
·                Commitment to fostering a student-centered, safe, respectful, and productive environment for all participants, families and school partners
·                All staff must pass Dept. of Health fingerprinting clearance, and other related clearances, including a health exam and TB test before beginning work
·                All staff must also pass NYC Dept of Education fingerprinting clearance before beginning work
·      Working to support young people's development in an active, positive way that reflects DY values and school norms
·      Supporting program systems including attendance, incentives, safety procedures, special events, etc.
·      Providing effective instruction for a structured activity (arts, sports, technology, etc.), including creating written lesson plans, planning projects that help youth build skills over time. Lessons plans must be turned in biweekly and reflect progression of activity and student learning; coaching will be available by on-site Educational Specialist
·      Punctuality, dependability, and professional communication are highly important to successful operation of program
·      Participating in staff meetings and other trainings required (all are paid at the regular hourly rate)
Hourly rate: $17.00