Youth Development Specialist
Reports To: Program Manager
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 900 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. The Afterschool Program runs August through May, 2:30pm-7:30pm, a Summer Camp is offered June through August, 7:00 am-5:30 pm.
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.
Please contact Human Resources by emailing: [email protected] and include job title in the subject line.
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.