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  • Hiring Afterschool Staff

    • 26 August 2022
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center is seeking energetic, responsible and caring individuals to assist in the implementation of an after-school program at Woodford Academy, a K-6 Cincinnati Public School, employing arts instruction and best practices to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students who have experienced significant disruptions to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Youth Development Specialists will work with the Afterschool Program Coordinator and Teaching Artists to facilitate a range of arts, literacy and social-emotional learning activities for 4th-6th grade students.

    Youth Development Specialists will work directly with an assigned group of students to provide a safe, enriching, well-supervised environment while acting as a positive adult role model and mentor. Candidates must have a genuine interest in the growth and development of youth, giving our students the stability and nurturing atmosphere they need to succeed.

    This is a part-time, hourly position funded by a two-year grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The Afterschool Youth Development Specialist must be available to work Monday through Friday, 3:30pm-6:30pm throughout the school year, and may be required to work some evenings or weekends for special events.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assist with the implementation of fun and engaging developmentally appropriate activities in the areas of visual and performing arts, reading and writing, social skills and character development.
    • Lead recreational games and group team-building activities designed to promote social and leadership skills through play.
    • Serve as a positive role model and mentor to After School Program students.
      Supervise large and small group activities, recognizing potential issues and applying established procedures and problem solving methods as needed.
    • Provide individual guidance and establish relationships with youth that are conducive to their growth and development.
    • Stimulate interest in the program through personal engagement, positive reinforcement practices, and after school club member recognition.
    • Track student attendance daily and maintain program records, as directed.
    • Ensure program areas are clean, orderly and safe each day.
    • Keep ongoing inventory of supplies and materials needed to conduct effective programming.
    • Participate in professional development training as required by the Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Cincinnati Public Schools.
    • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the After Program School Coordinator.

    Collaboration/Relationships:
    Reports to the After School Program Coordinator. Youth Development Specialists are active members of the after school team, maintaining close contact with the Coordinator, Teacher Artists and School Staff.

    Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or GED required. College experience or related training preferred.
    • Demonstrated success working with youth in an educational or community-based setting.
    • Knowledge of developmental needs of school age children.
    • Ability to manage and supervise large and small groups.
    • Ability to perform job responsibilities with a high degree of initiative and independent judgment.
    • Sensitivity in relating to students of varying backgrounds and demonstrating the ability to work with diverse groups of youth possessing various strengths, aptitudes and abilities.


    Physical Requirements:
    – Activities are varied and require active engagement during educational and recreational programming, which may include extended periods of walking and standing.
    – Ability to speak and hear
    – Close and distance vision
    – Frequent standing, walking and moving, with some sitting
    – Ability to lift/ carry up to 25 lbs.

    Schedule:
    – Program dates: Oct 3, 2022 through May 19, 2022
    – Monday to Friday 3:30pm-6:30pm
    – Occasional weekends for special events.

    Compensation: $17-20 per hour bi-weekly via payroll

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

    Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2022. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Shawndale Thomas at shawndale@kennedyarts.org.

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