Program Overview and Position Description: Working closely with an experienced co-facilitator, the part-time Instructor/Activity Specialist will plan and implement multiple program components, beginning with Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power), a theater-arts and dramatic writing after school program for girls (grades 6-12), based on the principles and practice of positive youth development. Responsibilities include the development and evaluation of curriculum, following the established program model; researching and preparing program readings, including poetry, plays and fiction by women; developing original scripts with participants; and directing and managing an original theatrical performance by the girls at the end of each semester. Project V.I.P. operates three semesters per year: fall and spring sessions are 14 weeks each (two 90-minute afternoon sessions per week); + six-week summer intensive.
Staff also needed for after-school (and summer) classes designed to increase self-esteem, fitness, financial literacy and community engagement for middle school aged youth as well as girls in grades 4 & 5, working from licensed and field-tested curricula.
The Program for Girls & Young Women at New Settlement is gender-specific: program participants identify as girls/young women, gender non-conforming youth included.
Experience, Education & Skills Required: Minimum of 2 years previous experience planning and leading arts and/or literacy activities with youth (preferably teens) in a community-based setting. College degree required. Background in performing arts, creative writing and/or literature required. Additional background in /experience with health education, fitness and/or service learning a plus. Ability to listen to and communicate effectively with program staff, participants and their families, and diverse program partners. Previous experience with girls-only programming desirable. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, under the supervision of the Director of Programs for Girls. English/Spanish bilingual skills a plus. Women of color, Bronx residents and gender non-conforming individuals encouraged to apply.
Hours: This is a part-time position, minimum 3 afternoons, maximum 4 afternoons (and/or evenings) a week. Hours range from 8-16 hours per week during the school year (between 3-8pm). In summer the position remains part-time, but can increase up to a max of 35 hours/wk for 6 weeks. Additional hours October-June include performances, once monthly staff meetings, and program trips on weekends or school breaks.
Overview of New Settlement Apartments: New Settlement is a non-profit, mixed-income housing organization with an excellent reputation and 27-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization, community building and organizing, and positive youth development. Our community programs currently provide year-round educational, cultural, recreational and social services to over 13,500 youth and adults who live in the surrounding area.
To apply: Send cover letter, résumé and list of three references with phone and email contact (not letters) to Director of Program for Girls & Young Women, New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Start date: December 2017/Jan 2018. EEO/AA