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CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS FACILITATOR/EDUCATOR

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Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and reliable individuals with a strong commitment to youth development for the position of Children & Youth Programs Facilitator/Educator to provide and deliver an engaging learning experience for participants (Pre-K through 5th Grade) in our afterschool programs. ISS is a non-profit organization that operates afterschool programs at public school sites in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown.

Our Program Approach

ISS recognizes that the out-of-school time space presents new opportunities for us to reimagine learning and achievement that address the realities of an immigrant population often left out of the mainstream narrative. Guided by our quest of leveraging the afterschool space to inspire young minds and hearts, we strive to create and support a culture that enables the youth we work with to flourish, dream big, and reach their full potential. 

Designed to cultivate curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and compassion within a framework centering the needs of immigrant students and their families, ISS afterschool program activities and curricular content integrate a range of areas from language arts & literacy, STEM, social studies, the arts, health & fitness, to social and emotional development. The majority of the youth we work with are new immigrants or born to recent immigrant parents, and some are English Language Learners or have Individualized Education Plans. We believe that prioritizing social-emotional well-being, character development, and life skills is integral to building the foundation for students’ long-term academic and life success.

About the Position

ISS Children & Youth Programs Facilitators/Educators are an invaluable part of our team and work collaboratively with the program site team to create a youth-centered, interest-driven, inquiry-based enriched learning environment. The ideal candidate is committed to nurturing children and youth through positive youth development and the whole child approach.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to gain skills and experience in youth development at a non-profit setting. We provide comprehensive professional development and training to help enhance capacity, knowledge, and competencies on youth development, professional skills, career growth, and leadership development.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for day-to-day guidance, care, support, and safety of a group of youth participants.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with youth participants of diverse backgrounds and needs.
  • Help plan and implement purposeful, developmentally appropriate, and socially engaging hands-on learning experiences that align with the philosophy, approach, and values of ISS.  
  • Cultivate effective study skills and provide guidance to support students’ daily practice of completing homework and assigned reading from day school, as well as other learning projects.
  • Ensure the orderly operation of the program in adherence to policies, protocols, and procedures, including accompanying students to classroom during school dismissal and facilitating after-school parent pick up.
  • Proactively communicate regularly with program site leadership staff about any issues, including but not limited to behavioral challenges, scheduling, and curricula.
  • Demonstrate effective management and engagement of program participants.
  • Use developmentally appropriate strategies to maintain a positive environment and interpersonal relationships between program staff and participants.
  • Attendance at professional development and training and designated meetings as required.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum A.A. degree or be currently enrolled in college with appropriate training, certification, experience, and strong academic record in area of study. B.A. or B.S. or equivalent experience in education or related field preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest, experience, and competency in working and interacting with immigrant children/youth and their families.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively and respectfully with a broad range of diverse constituents, including parents/guardians.
  • Self-starter with the ability to think and act independently and problem solve, manage multiple priorities effectively, and adapt quickly.
  • Prior experience working with English Language Learners and students with Individualized Education Plans a plus
  • Proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese) or Spanish, a plus.
  • Experience or specialization in the fields of Psychology, Child Development, Education, English Language Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), social studies, and/or the arts, a plus.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues prevalent in underserved immigrant communities, a plus.

This is a part-time academic-year contract position beginning on September 2, 2019 with a commitment of at least one semester and the possibility of extending through the following academic year. The program schedule follows the NYC DOE School Calendar. Must be available during afterschool hours, Monday – Friday, 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Flexible days, but five days a week is preferred. Hourly rate based on experience and qualification.

Please send resume and cover letter that explains your interest and experience working at ISS to support the development of the youth we serve to: bchen@issnyc.org with subject line: Children & Youth Programs Facilitator/Educator.


AFTERSCHOOL SITE DIRECTOR

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Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and reliable individual with a strong commitment to positive youth development for the position of Afterschool Site Director to oversee and manage ISS afterschool programs that operate at a public school site.

Designed to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and compassion within a framework responsive to the needs of our immigrant students and families, ISS afterschool programs are committed to delivering rigorous and varied content that integrates the areas of language arts & literacy, STEM, social studies, the arts, and health & fitness via a youth-centered, interest-driven, enriched learning environment that allow students to gain mastery by pursuing their interests while connecting out-of-school learning with in-school achievement. In addition to academic support, we also prioritize social-emotional well-being, character development, and life skills.

Our afterschool programs for Pre-K to 8th grade currently run Monday through Friday, 2:30pm-5:45pm at PS 2; PS 42; PS 126; PS 130 when NYC public schools are in session.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for successful daily operations and implementation of quality learning programs an experiences that align with ISS core values and meet the goals of ISS afterschool programs.
  • Ensure the execution of a cohesive afterschool programming curriculum and structure that align with school day learning and are sensitive to the needs of the enrolled students. Maintain accurate records, track progress and outcomes, and support formal and informal program evaluation.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and train all site-based staff, including assessing their needs for professional development and guidance.
  • Hold site-based staff accountable to their specific position’s expectations and work one-on-one with or arrange training for staff members who need additional professional support and guidance.
  • Develop a budget and resource plan and manage site expenses, ensuring quality program implementation within budgetary limits.
  • Develop and maintain a strong collaborative relationship with school leadership, administrators, staff, and parents/caregivers, and community partners/stakeholders to nurture and promote student learning and well-being.
  • Ensure compliance to rules and regulations and develop procedures and processes where necessary, including obtaining the necessary permits; revising safety plans, rules, and regulations on a yearly basis.
  • Determine ongoing needs/interests of students, parents/caregivers and school.
  • Actively participate as a member of the ISS youth services leadership team to ensure overall coordination and collaboration of educational, enrichment and special activities throughout the organization.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. Degree in education or related fields. Master’s Degree, a plus.
  • Minimum of two years of experience with education, out-of-school time programs, community-based programs, and/or informal learning environments.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team development, organizational, management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate direct service staff and provide appropriate support and guidance to ensure that program staff is accountable for delivering quality program.
  • Self-starter with the ability to think and act independently and problem solve, manage multiple priorities effectively, and adapt quickly.
  • Knowledge of NYS Common Core Learning Standards, child/youth development, and diverse learning styles.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues prevalent in underserved immigrant communities.
  • Ability to meet School Age Child Care requirements.
  • Bilingual English/Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese) preferred.

Part-time, up to 28 hrs/wk; Monday through Friday.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Beatrice Chen at bchen@issnyc.org. Please include in the subject line of your email “Afterschool Site Director”.

Founded in 1972, Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the conditions and promoting the welfare of immigrants and other persons seeking our services in Lower East Side/Chinatown in New York City. Immigrant Social Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


AFTERSCHOOL ASSISTANT SITE DIRECTOR

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Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS) is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and reliable individual with a strong commitment to youth development for the position of Afterschool Assistant Site Director to assist the Afterschool Site Director to oversee operations and manage ISS afterschool programs that operate at a public school site

Designed to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and compassion within a framework responsive to the needs of our immigrant students and families, ISS afterschool programs are committed to delivering rigorous and varied content that integrates the areas of language arts & literacy, STEM, social studies, the arts, and health & fitness via a youth-centered, interest-driven, enriched learning environment that allow students to gain mastery by pursuing their interests while connecting out-of-school learning with in-school achievement. In addition to academic support, we also prioritize social-emotional well-being, character development, and life skills.

Our afterschool programs for Pre-K to 8th grade run Monday through Friday, 2:30pm-5:45pm at PS 2; PS 42; PS 126; PS 130 when NYC public schools are in session.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Site Director with the daily operations and implementation of quality learning programs and experiences that align with ISS core values and meet the goals of ISS afterschool programs.
  • Ensure the successful execution of the afterschool programming curriculum and structure, including staffing, supplies and materials, facilities, and adherence to policies, protocols, and procedures.
  • Help to create and ensure a physically and emotionally safe program environment for students and staff.
  • Facilitate open communication with school leadership, administrators, staff, and parents/caregivers, and community partners.
  • Assist with the observation and evaluation Group Leaders/Tutors to ensure that expectations are met and provide professional support and guidance when necessary. Steps in for Group Leaders/Tutors as needed.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. Degree or equivalent experience in education or related field.
  • Prior experience working with children/youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team development and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and provide appropriate support and guidance to ensure that program staff is accountable for delivering quality program.
  • Ability to think and act independently and problem solve, manage multiple priorities effectively, and adapt quickly.
  • Knowledge of NYS Common Core Learning Standards, child/youth development, and diverse learning styles.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues prevalent in underserved immigrant communities, a plus.
  • Bilingual English/Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese) preferred.

Part-time (up to 25 hrs/wk); Monday through Friday.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Beatrice Chen at bchen@issnyc.org. Please include in the subject line of your email “Afterschool Assistant Site Director”.


COUNSELOR

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Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS) is seeking a Counselor to strengthen our preventive services program with grant support from NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). ISS is committed to working with low income residents of the Chinatown/Lower East Side neighborhood and  has worked extensively with immigrant children in the community’s elementary and middle schools and their parents, many of whom are limited English proficient and/or from mono-lingual Chinese speaking households.

Our preventive services work with our afterschool programs students in pro-social behaviors and skills in addressing conflict and violence; infuse critical thinking and autonomous decision-making processes to resist negative peer pressure and risky behavior experimentation; nurture social competency and problem solving skills to create and navigate positive goal setting.  Additionally, work with community partners to enable a multi-tier engagement process with parents in a variety of methods to reinforce positive interactions within the family environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct assessments, provide individual and group counseling sessions, write and update individual client-based, goal-oriented service plans and maintain detailed case records following OASAS guidelines, maintain a caseload of approximately 10-15 participants of our counseling program;
  • Lead, collaborate with, and provide support to staff members to successfully implement and evaluate evidence-based practices/programs in our afterschool programs, including life skills training, violence prevention, and character education;
  • Ensure that all evidence-based practices/programs are completed and maintained in accordance with OASAS standards and guidelines with a focus on fidelity, sustainability, and positive outcomes;
  • Maintain prevention services, strategies, and activities, and provide program performance standards in the areas of service delivery, recordkeeping, and data reporting in WITNYS system in a timely manner;
  • Organize and provide presentations to community agencies, schools, and other stakeholders on prevention and health issues.
  • Participate in training opportunities to work towards being a Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) when opportunity arises;
  • Provide linkages to outside agencies for additional services;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • MSW recommended. BA/BS required. At least one year of experience working with children/adolescents;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Self-motivated, able to organize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment;
  • Bilingual English/Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese, Fujianese) preferred.

All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which may include a background check, finger printing, and State Central Registry clearance.

Full-time (35hrs/wk), Monday through Friday with occasional evening/weekend hours. Fringe benefits and competitive salaries. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Beatrice Chen at bchen@issnyc.org

Immigrant Social Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.