Youth Development Specialist

Boys & Girls Club of Newark - Newark, NJ 

Position Title: Youth Development Specialist
Location: Newark, NJ
Status: Part-time – Sept 2016 – Jun 2017 (19 hrs. per week)
Work Schedule: Mon,Tue, Thurs, Fri (4 pm - 7 pm) Wed (1 pm - 7 pm) 

Founded in 1938, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark (BGCN) is a non-profit organization working with youth in order to help them achieve academic success, build good character and citizenship, and lead healthy lifestyles. Youth Development Specialists will work closely with children.


The Boys & Girls Club of Newark is currently seeking energetic, organized, and compassionate individuals who are interested in serving as positive role models in the lives of children. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Job duties for this part-time/seasonal position include but are not limited to: creating and maintaining a safe physical & emotional environment, direct supervision of children during all program hours and the planning, and implementation of our core program areas – Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, Healthy Life Skills and the Arts.


Willingness to serve as an ambassador to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Energetic & positive “can-do” attitude

Maturity and patience when working with children

Has a sound knowledge of good teaching, youth development and behavior management practices

Experience working in youth development, recreational leadership or similar

Can work as part of a team

Ability to work with youth and families from diverse backgrounds

Ability to supervise groups of children in a recreational setting, both indoors and outdoors

Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills


  • Promote a physically and emotionally safe environment for youth

  • Provide guidance and role modeling to our members

  • Stimulate members’ interest and positive participation in activities

  • Implement and actively supervise programs, services and activities for members

  • Assist with creating and planning Clubhouse programs and activities

  • Recognize and respond quickly to unacceptable behavior – arguing, fighting etc. – using positive discipline and other techniques as outlined in trainings

  • Complete accident or incident reports when appropriate according to BGCN procedures

  • Assist in the maintenance of the facility, equipment and supplies

  • Be prompt, courteous, and neat during working hours, according to uniform guidelines

  • Maintain an inventory of all program equipment and supplies

  • Recommend and requisition supplies needed for assigned area

  • Complete daily reports on department activities and attendance

  • Work with staff on special events and facilitate programs in any department when needed

  • Complete any required or mandated trainings and/or professional development

  • Engage parents regarding opportunities and expectations of club members, as well as general club participation

  • Adhere to all Child Care Licensing requirements and policies/procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook and elsewhere

  • Ability to attend full-day field trips once-a-week, as needed

  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or equivalent required

  • Two years' experience working with youth and families required in a school/afterschool setting

  • Attend staff trainings outside of regular work hours

  • Must pass a criminal background check, DOJ/FBI fingerprint clearance

  • Must provide negative TB test

  • CPR certificate - preferred


  • Submit a PDF or word version of your resume and cover letter to

  • Interviews will only be scheduled upon receipt of resume and cover letter

Mandatory training: 

All candidates that apply must be available to attend BGCN’s mandatory training. Dates TBA

Rate : $12.00 - $12.50