Youth Development Specialist – Summer Camp

Summer Camp staff are part-time, non-exempt, temporary employees working May 29 – August 2, 2024. Summer Camps are held at our Soulard (2524 S. 11th St.) and Dutchtown (3216 Pulaski St., 63111) Campuses. Opening staff will be required to arrive at 6:45 am, closing staff will work until the last child is picked up.

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.

Since 2018, GSGBC has implemented trauma-informed care through its organizational operation and how services are provided to members and their families. GSGBC is currently working with the Conscious Discipline model, a trauma-informed, evidence-based model of social-emotional learning, to implement trauma-informed care in our Clubs. Conscious Discipline helps us to better understand children’s behavior and emphasizes safety, connection, and problem solving. Staff are trained in trauma-informed care and will be provided with the tools to better understand how trauma affects our members, and how they can deal with the behaviors associated with trauma.

GSGBC offers afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-16, serving more than 700 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include:  Academics, Athletics, Character Building, Healthy Living, College & Career Readiness and The Arts. An eight week Summer Camp is offered June through July, 7:00 am-6:00 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
  • Build and sustain relationships with youth and parents
  • Demonstrate ability to implement programming, negotiate and problem-solve, including using de-escalation practices
  • Implement curriculla 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, 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 oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain relationships with Program Manager(s), Program Design & 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 accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

The position may be financed (in part) (wholly) through an allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration.

Interested candidates submit resume to [email protected], include “Summer YDS” in the subject line.

Job Type: Part Time Seasonal Temporary
Job Location: 2524 S. 11th St. 3216 Pulaski St.

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