Youth Development Specialist

St. Louis, MO

Organization Description:

The mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who need us most, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential.


In 2018, GSGBC adopted Sanctuary, a trauma-informed organizational change model, which encourages the core values of non-violence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, and growth and change.  All staff are trained in Sanctuary and all youth participate in trauma-informed curriculum focused on safety, learning about emotions, managing loss, and creating a hopeful future.


GSGBC offers after school and summer programming for youth ages 6-16, serving more than 900 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include academic support and assistance, aquatics and recreation, character and citizenship, healthy lifestyle, the arts, college and career. This is a temporary, seasonal position that will support our summer camp which runs June 6 – August 5, 7 am – 5:30 pm.

Primary Function:

The Youth Development Specialist (YDS) is passionate about working with youth and is responsible for the delivery and implementation of program activities in accordance with the established program plan.  The YDS fosters an environment of positive outcomes for youth and promotes the development of academic, physical, intellectual and emotional potential of our members.


Key Roles (Essential Responsibilities):

  • Implement the components of trauma informed care
  • Supervision and behavior management of members
  • Implement and oversee evidence based programs
  • Be a positive role model for youth
  • Able to build and sustain relationships with youth and parents
  • Leadership skills should include demonstrated ability in negotiation, problem solving, and program implementation including de-escalation practices
  • Implement curricula that assist children and youth to succeed in our core program areas of Academics, Athletics, Character Building, Healthy Lifestyles, Arts, and College & Career Readiness.
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Actively participate in all training sessions and team and staff meeting
  • Work collaboratively with peers
  • Ensure that youth development principles are incorporated into all program activities
  • Complete other duties as assigned for the overall operations of the club
  • Strong communication skills both oral and written
  • Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain relationships with Program Manager(s), Program and Compliance Officer and additional Program staff


Skills & Knowledge Required:

  • Possess knowledge of human development and trends in youth development
  • 2 – 3 years previous experience working with children and youth in a group setting
  • High School diploma or equivalency, required; Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Human Services, Psychology, preferred
  • Ability to organize and supervise members in a supportive and safe environment
  • Ability to implement GSGBC rules and policies in a fair and equitable manner
  • Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior problems in a trauma informed manner
  • Must be a team player, self-starter, possess a high degree of independence and must be self-motivated
  • Ability to problem solve and process through critical thinking
  • Must pass the health and employment requirements set by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Physical Requirements/Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: GSGBC requires written proof of vaccination from the vaccine administrator or an image of your CDC-issued vaccination card, including the vaccination place, date(s) and name. Any employee who cannot comply with this policy due to a requested accommodation or otherwise will be required to submit to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing until the employee becomes fully vaccinated.


Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis provides equal employment opportunities to all regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, military service eligibility, veteran status, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.


To apply send resume to, put "Summer YDS" in the subject line. 

About Company

Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club
2524 S. 11th St., 63104

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 6 Job type: Part Time Job level: Entry level Years of experience: 2-3 Salary: $15 - $0 /Per Hour Publish date: 23 Feb 2022 Expire in: 9 months

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