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Activity Specialist, After School: Bronx Hope

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: After School

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms Afterschool programs unlock student potential by providing a safe environment for them to develop away from the negative influences on their streets. Our unique combination of project-based learning, character development, and eye-opening opportunities puts at-risk children on the track to success. Learning comes to life with our hands on projects that enhance academic achievement. From book publishing to stock trading, students are putting their skills to work. Pre and Post exams ensure academic rigor in tutoring sessions and all Afterschool curricula. Our events and workshops provide gateways for parent involvement in children’s schooling, and a chance to bond with neighbors, teachers, and staff. Programming provides a safe space for children, as well as peace of mind to parents who work late to support their families. Our Afterschool clubs and trips also prepare youth to meet the future. A special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs ensures students gain the technical skills and insights they need to lead as future urban planners, computer programmers, doctors, and more!

Sheltering Arms is seeking an Activity Specialist for our Bronx Hope After School Program. This program serves some at-risk youth between the ages of 11-17. The Activity Specialist has a specialized skill set or knowledge and expertise in one or more disciplines or content areas, in which they lead and implement with the youth in activities such as arts, dance, music, STEM, literacy, and organized sports, etc. 7  This is a Part Time Seasonal role, 12 hours per week M-Th. 


Essential Functions

  • Facilitates core components of dance/stepping, music, arts, sports activities, etc.
  • Prepares students for specifically assigned shows and events
  • Writes and submits lesson plans and reports, as necessary
  • Develops and implements project-based lesson plans and activities in area of expertise that enrich academic learning, as well as fosters and develops students’ social and emotional skills
  • Provides opportunities for students to showcase work
  • Attends staff meetings, professional development workshops and program events
  • Develops appropriate lesson plans in conjunction with the Educational Specialist
  • Prepares and submits weekly activity lesson plans and documents student progress
  • Assists in all activities such as during snack time, field trips, special events and dismissal, etc.
  • Maintains accurate participant attendance, activity and sign-out records
  • Ensures student safety and security at all times
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Director
  • Supports the principles of the Missouri Model and Integrated Treatment Model with the end goal teaching the young people to make positive, lasting changes in their behavior by preparing them to be self-sufficient through education and work experience.


  • High School Diploma required; Associate’s degree  preferred
  • Two years direct experience working with children
  • Appropriate training or certification in a specialty area, such as in sports, dance/stepping, music, drumming, theater/drama, etc.
  • Must be able to pass the Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.

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