Title: Youth Development Specialist
Reports To: Director of Programs
Compensation: Based on experience
The mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club 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.
The Youth Development Specialist will be responsible for delivery and implementation of program activities in accordance with the program plan; fostering an environment of cultural change that achieves positive outcomes for youth and program; fosters the development of youth: academic, physical, intellectual and emotional potential.
Key Roles (Essential Responsibilities):
- Supervision and behavior management of participants.
- Possess knowledge of Human Development and trends in youth development practice
- Able to build and sustain relationship with youth and parents
- Strong communication skills both oral and written
- Provide a positive role model for youth
- Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain relationships with Program Manager(s), Director of Programs and additional Program staff
- Leadership skills should include demonstrated ability in negotiation, problem solving, and program implementation including de-escalation practices
- Provide monitoring and supervision to youth participating in recreation and house league organized sports
- Implement curriculum that helps to improve literacy of school aged participants
- Assist children with homework and acquiring study skills
- Understand and communicate the Club’s philosophy and goals for participants
- Maintain accurate records
- Actively participate in all training sessions and meetings
- Work collaboratively with peers and supervision
- Ensuring that youth development principles are incorporated into all program activities
- Complete other duties as assigned for the overall operations of the club
- Participate in all designated team and staff meeting
- Internal: Maintain open communication with Club program staff and members.
- External: Maintain open communication with members and parents as needed; provide advice and/or discipline and additional support and resources.
Skills & Knowledge Required:
- Maintain appropriate Previous experience in youth programming
- Highschool diploma or equivalency. Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Certificate of CPR and First Aid
- 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 according to guideline of the Sanctuary Model.
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.