Urban Scholars Program Assistant

To provide leadership and supervision to a group of 13 middle school age youth. The program assistant must have the ability to reach and engage students at varying stages of performance who may have personal challenges. The candidate must be able to provide support to academic instruction and program instructors. The program assistant will lead students in activities
aimed to develop social emotional learning and build resiliency. The program assistant will provide supervision during snack and meal time.

Typical workload, which may change over time, currently equates to coordinating students per day for five consecutive days Monday through Friday during the fall, winter and spring semesters from 2:45 PM to 6:45 PM for a total of 20 hours per week. Additional hours may be approved periodically for communication with parents and case management sessions as required. Program Assistants will assist and lead activity sessions.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Supervise and interact with scholars during program hours.

2. Provide support to STEAM activity instructors during structured sessions.

3. Prepare and deliver fun, creative and thought provoking social emotional learning sessions for group to improve scholar’s social skills and emotional well-being.

4. Lead fun leadership-oriented group activities.

5. Observe youth behavior and document progress towards goals as directed.

6. Supervise program participants during snack and meal times.

7. Assist with scholar assessments throughout the program year.

8. Participate in case management sessions periodically with program staff and communicate with parents as guided by the USP guidelines.

9. Other duties may be necessary occasionally.

Education & Experience:

1. A demonstrated track record of motivating program participants and fostering within them a can-do spirit.

2. Excellent ability to engage young people with a diverse set of individual life challenges, learning styles and ability.

3. Bi-lingual English and Spanish speaking is greatly desirable.

4. Must have, or complete within six months of hiring, approved First Aid and CPR certification. Certification must be maintained throughout employment.

Performance Indications:

1. Program participant retention and satisfaction in USP. Parent/Guardian satisfaction.

2. Program Participant progress exhibiting appropriate ways to deal with challenges, building healthy peer and adult relationships, expressing creativity and continuing to engage in their learning at USP.

Confidentiality: The employee will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Violation of this agreement may result in disciplinary action up to an including immediate dismissal.

Physical Requirements: Frequent sitting and ability to talk and hear. Frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, crouch and kneel. The member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 + pounds.

The member will be required to travel locally by vehicle, work in an office setting sitting behind a computer, as well as interact with clients. Required to be free from communicable diseases and work closely with clients.

Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is typical of any outpatient medical or mental health setting/outpatient treatment facility/or youth center and ranges from low to high. Frequent interaction with individuals in the program and community.

Agency Disclaimer: The President & CEO may modify this job description upon agency needs.