Program Director: ARYSE After School Club – High School (PART-TIME)

Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education

http://arysepgh.org

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Organization Overview: Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE) supports immigrant and refugee youth in becoming prepared, engaged, and confident members of American society. Through individualized mentoring, out-of-school time programming and advocacy, ARYSE helps refugee and immigrant youth to take their place as leaders within their community and our world.

Program Description: The After School Club (ASC) is a project organized by ARYSE, Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), and Duquesne University. The program specifically aims to help immigrant and refugee high school students living in Allegheny County overcome educational and social barriers that often hinder successful integration.

Program activities are geared toward raising students’ awareness about educational and labor market opportunities through the development of individualized education and career plans for each student, field trips to local government offices and cultural institutions, workshops led by various Duquesne University departments, and panel discussions with experts in each student’s chosen field(s) of interest. The program encourages social and cultural integration through near-peer mentoring by Duquesne University students. Finally, the ASC provides a space for students to freely share and celebrate cultural identity among their peers and compassionate mentors. As a result, the program aims to increase participants’ feelings of self-efficacy and understanding of how to best navigate U.S. resources and systems in order to achieve their goals.

The After School Club takes place every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year, starting the first week of October and through the first week of June. During the summer months, the program director will be invited to transition into playing a lead, administrative role at the summer program, PRYSE Academy. Details of this position are yet to be fully determined, but will likely include training staff and volunteers, supervising day-to-day activities, and fostering the relationship between ARYSE and Duquesne University, where the program is held.

Job Summary: The program director’s role is to take lead on the program by overseeing all program activities, supporting volunteer mentors and students during the program, collaborating with program partners to carry out all program requirements, to ensure the safety of all youth enrolled in the program, and to validate and uplift the experiences of students enrolled in the program. The program director will work closely with the Executive Director of ARYSE, Volunteer Coordinator at JFCS, and the Program Coordinator from Duquesne University.

During the summer months, the program director will be invited to transition into playing a lead, administrative role at the summer program, PRYSE Academy. Details of this position are yet to be fully determined, but will likely include training staff and volunteers, supervising day-to-day activities, and fostering the relationship between ARYSE and Duquesne University, where the program is held.

Job Duties and Expectations:

  • On-site supervision and organizing of volunteers
  • Off-site preparation for program sessions
  • Implementing behavior management interventions
  • Supporting volunteer mentors in navigating conflicts and challenging behaviors
  • Facilitates homework help/tutoring sessions and enrichment activities
  • Coordinates with ARYSE and JFCS staff to acquire materials for activities
  • Tracks attendance and enrollment of youth participants
  • Coordinates with ARYSE and/or JFCS staff to provide language access services (interpretation and translation) as needed
  • Collects and delivers any necessary permission forms and contact information and immediately informs ARYSE of any changes
  • Facilitates activities and structure of program
  • Manages classroom/group behavior while promoting a positive learning environment
  • 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
  • Maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary setup and cleanup related to the program
  • Tracks and reports hours worked using required forms

Job Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm to cultivating a safe and positive space for youth
  • 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
  • Comfortability working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and racial equity work
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed and alternative discipline practices, e.g. restorative practices
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Multilingual in Swahili or Arabic a plus
  • Driver’s license and access to a car
  • Must have PA Act 33/34 Clearances, FBI Fingerprint Background Check (mandatory)
  • Mandated Reporter Training, Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Online Training (if these trainings are not yet completed during the hiring process, they can be during on-boarding)

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume, statement of interest or cover letter, one recent professional reference, and copies of required clearances/or receipts of application for clearances to jenna@arysepgh.org.

ARYSE provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ARYSE expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ARYSE’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

To apply for this job email your details to jenna@arysepgh.org