After School Club Program Assistant

Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education, Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Remote Must be available in-person for After School Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Employment

Education

Part time

Sep 14

Job Title: After School Club Program Assistant

Job Status: Part-time

Work hours per week: 25

Hourly rate: $17

Start date: October, 2022

People of color and those with immigrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply

The Program Assistant will work alongside the Program Director to implement the After School Club and take the lead on facilitating workshops and coordinating volunteers to provide dedicated support to high school seniors in preparing for life after graduation.

The After School Club (ASC) is organized by ARYSE and Duquesne University and aims to help newcomer immigrant and refugee high school students living in Allegheny County overcome educational and social barriers that often hinder successful integration. ASC is held at Duquesne University on Tuesday and Thursday each week during the academic year (early October through late May) from 3:30pm-6:00pm, and primarily focuses on academic support, development of social and life skills, and college and career preparation for the students. The Program Assistant will report to and collaborate directly with the After School Club Program Director to successfully implement all aspects of the ASC, with a distinct focus and leadership on implementing college and career readiness activities at the program.

In addition to working alongside the After School Club Director to support the post-secondary goals of youth enrolled in ASC, the Program Assistant will organize weekly meetings, i.e. Future Planning Workshops, for high school seniors and some recent graduates to gain individualized post-secondary readiness mentorship to help navigate the college search process from application to enrollment. This will involve facilitating and leading Future Planning Workshops every Wednesday during the school year for group discussions about the college application process, to hear from guest speakers from local colleges and universities, and to work 1-on-1 with volunteer mentors. Additionally, the Assistant will schedule regular individual meetings with participating students to monitor progress toward their post-secondary goals.

During the summer months, the Program Assistant will continue working alongside the ASC Program Director to reflect on the prior school year, collect and analyze outcome data, support high school seniors transition to college/careers, and/or provide support to students attending the ARYSE summer program, PRYSE Academy.

Job Duties and Expectations:

  • Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm to 6:00pm for the After School Club at Duquesne University
  • Available on Wednesdays afternoons to facilitate Future Planning Workshops for high school seniors and recent high school graduates focused on their post-secondary goals
  • Organize regular meetings for participants and mentors to meet in-person to discuss and plan around goals
  • Interview and train volunteer mentors so they are equipped to assess their mentee’s needs, access relevant resources, and support the mentees through the college application timeline
  • Facilitate college and career readiness programming at the After School Club
  • Support After School Club by being present and providing additional support to senior students at the program
  • Support ARYSE alumni in individual and group settings as they transition to post-secondary education
  • Work with the Program Director to build relationships with local college and university admissions and student services staff
  • Maintain attendance records and case notes of student progress and mentor involvement
  • Maintain regular communication with mentors, youth, and ARYSE staff members
  • Coordinate language access services (interpretation and translation) as-needed
  • Collect and deliver necessary permission forms, clearances, and other documentation
  • Adapt to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Assist Executive Director in reporting and presenting on the program to funders and at public events
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Job Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm to cultivating a safe and positive space for youth
  • Comfortability working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression, anti-racism, and racial equity work
  • Prior experience as an educator, especially in a camp or after school setting focused on college/career readiness among diverse populations
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly youth participants
  • Creative and skillful in problem solving
  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-3 years equivalent experience in education field
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Driver’s license and access to a car preferred
  • Must have PAAct 33/34 Clearances, FBI Fingerprint Background Check (mandatory)
  • Mandated Reporter Training, First Aid/CPR Training (if these trainings are not yet completed during the hiring process, they can be during onboarding)

Additional Duties and Expectations:

  • Responds promptly to calls and emails
  • Plans vacation and time off around important program dates and schedule
  • Maintains professional interaction with volunteers, students, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact related to the program
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Assists staff in reporting and presenting on the program to funders and at public events
  • Tracks and reports hours worked using required forms

Interested applicants should submit a resume, statement of interest or cover letter, and one recent professional reference to sophie@arysepgh.org.

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