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Education Specialist

Job Type: Part-Time
Program Overview:

COMPASS NYC - IACRL program mission is to empower its youth, in part by supporting those skills and lessons learned during regular school hours, and in part by supplementing those areas of development not regularly provided during the school day. Especially, we seek to engage our youth in interactive, project-based learning that utilizes new and existing educational models to stimulate interests, build self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and independent thinking. Our education initiatives furthermore center on creating enjoyable activities within safe and nurturing environments, with a focus toward positive youth development.


  • Provide tools for youth empowerment and development

  • Provide enjoyable activities in safe, nurturing environments

  • Offer highly interactive, project-based initiatives

  • Foster independent thinking, self-reliance and self-esteem

  • Reinforce core values, skills, and lessons provided in school

  • Implement new and existing education models for best-learning outcomes


  • To plan, organize and implement Common Core based instruction that ensures an optimal learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential

  • Report to Compass/SONYC Director and Sr. Program Supervisor regarding the progress of students

  • Monitor the behavior of students in academic settings; work with Program Director and classroom staff to monitor classroom operations ROP which relates to behavior modification techniques

  • Liaise with parents, Teachers, Group Leaders and Youth Workers to ensure the safety and engagement of children assigned

  • Prepares, maintains continuous contact with staff confirming learning

  • Provide student progress reports as requested by activity and group

  • Review, approve and develop staff weekly lesson plans

  • Facilitate purposeful education that fosters the development of and build upon the children's skills

  • Attend all meetings, training workshops and special events, as required, inclusive of those outside of program hours


  • Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited institution

  • Experience in curricula in a community based after school program

  • Appropriate training or certification  in program planning and administration

  • State certification

  • Minimum of three years experience working with elementary or middle school-aged children (in-school/out-of-school settings)

  • Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Goal oriented and focused on outcome and results

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to coach as well as motivate staff and students

  • Knowledge of DOE, DYCD and IACRL mandates

Note: All COMPASS/SONYC positions require Fingerprint, SCR and Medical clearances to work with children 

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