Position: Teen Program Staff

Hours: Part-Time/At-Will
Rate: $17/hr
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Reports to: Teen Director

King Street Center (KSC) is seeking a caring, creative and passionate person to join our Teen Program. Come be a part of a dynamic community that supports children through education, opportunity and play!

ABOUT KING STREET CENTER

King Street Center is a nonprofit organization founded (1971) on the belief that every child and family in Burlington deserves to thrive in a connected community. Our mission is to create a place where kids meet opportunity through learning, play, and community. We strive to provide integrated, long-term services to both children and families in the Burlington area, and predominantly serve Burlington’s immigrant and refugee communities. We serve approximately 120 children and teens each day. Programs include: a Toddler and Preschool program for 18 month olds-5 year-olds; an Afterschool program for children in grades K through 5; a Teen Program for middle and high school students; and a mentoring program for children of all ages.

POSITION OVERVIEW

To provide youth with a safe, nurturing space and support that they may gain self-awareness, become empowered to make safe choices, and grow as individuals in the community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, organize and lead daily activities for teens that encourage growth and learning.
  • Provide a listening ear, encouraging voice, and general support to teens on a daily basis, including assistance with projects and homework and attendance at individual youth activities.
  • Educate teens in various activities such as food preparation and cooking skills.
  • Plan and attend local trips with youth to participate in activities within the community.
  • To celebrate the diversity of the youth participating in the program.
  • Provide outreach to the families of the participating youth in order to strengthen bonds.
  • Participate in operation of the lemonade stand during the summer.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this position title. They do not include all job duties performed by employees in this position, nor does every position necessarily require these duties.

RELATIONSHIPS AND ROLES

  • Officially reports to the Teen Program Director.
  • Interacts with Program Director, teen program staff, volunteers, and community organizations and businesses that support youth activities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Knowledge:

  • Adolescent development, behavior management techniques, conflict resolution and group work.

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Empathy
  • Patience

Abilities:

  • Ability to cooperate with others.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, families, co-workers, and the general public.
  • Ability to organize activities.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to take direction.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: High School diploma required; Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in education or broad area of Human Services preferred.

Experience: 2-5 years experience working with at-risk youth.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF WORK

Work is conducted inside and outside during all seasons. Must be able to climb stairs, run, hike and participate in other physical activities with youth, such as swimming, tennis, basketball, yoga, etc. Must be able to participate in youth activities that involve sitting, standing, grasping, touching, pushing, pulling, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Must be able to handle the stress and tension that contact with teens and parents bring every day. Potential for injury from physical interplay with youth, and for illness passed along from youth.

Occasional lifting of furniture and materials, weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasional interaction with youth and families exhibiting some instability in their behavior. Some potential for risks to physical safety and security of the facility. Occasional driving of youth to off-site activities.

TO APPLY

Candidates should send the following to daisy@kingstreetcenter.org with “Teen Program Staff” in the subject line:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter with available start date
  3. Three references and their contact information.

Only candidates who follow this process will be vetted.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties as necessary. Minimal heavy lifting and no strenuous activity required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. King Street Center is an equal opportunity employer.