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Activity Specialist (Bronx Hope)

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: After School

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Sheltering Arms  strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Sheltering Arms is seeking an Activity Specialist for our Bronx Hope site. The Activity Specialist has a specialized skill set or knowledge and expertise in one or more disciplines or content areas, in which they lead and implement student activities such as arts, dance, music, STEM, literacy, and organized sports, etc.


Essential Functions

  • Facilitates core components of dance/stepping, music, arts, sports activities, etc.
  • Prepares students for specifically assigned shows and events
  • Writes and submits lesson plans and reports, as necessary
  • Develops and implements project-based lesson plans and activities in area of expertise that enrich academic learning, as well as fosters and develops students’ social and emotional skills
  • Provides opportunities for students to showcase work
  • Attends staff meetings, professional development workshops and program events
  • Develops appropriate lesson plans in conjunction with the Educational Specialist
  • Prepares and submits weekly activity lesson plans and documents student progress
  • Assists in all activities such as during snack time, field trips, special events and dismissal, etc.
  • Maintains accurate participant attendance, activity and sign-out records
  • Ensures student safety and security at all times
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Director
  • Supports the principles of the Missouri Model and Integrated Treatment Model with the end goal teaching the young people to make positive, lasting changes in their behavior by preparing them to be self-sufficient through education and work experience.


  • High School Diploma required; Associate’s degree  preferred
  • Two years direct experience working with children
  • Appropriate training or certification in a specialty area, such as in sports, dance/stepping, music, drumming, theater/drama, etc.
  • Must be able to pass the Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


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