Arts Activity Specialist

Police Athletic League - Staten Island, NY

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a part-time Arts Activity Specialist who will be responsible for developing and implementing a broad range of cultural and/or fine arts activities.  Introduce participants to activities that promote creativity and self-expression for participants in the program. Direct and oversee all arts & crafts, creative and performance activities according to the curriculum and/or center needs, in preparation for displays and entertainment at the PAL Celebration events.  Plan, organize and manage arts programming that is cohesive within the scope of the program.  Perform administrative duties that support above primary functions.

This position is available at PS 78 - Staten Island.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a cluster liaison and work with all personnel involved with the program.
  • Ensure that age-appropriate activities are implemented for youth ages 6 to 18.
  • Welcome and register youngsters to site.
  • Set up and take down program equipment at the site daily, on-time; dress in PAL-provided and approved attire (Polo-shirt, appropriate shorts/sweats, and athletic footwear).
  • Ensure the teaching of the Art curricula, provide a safe and secure environment in which the children can participate in the activity; lead youngsters in various activities that follow PAL’s summer theme.
  • Coordinate and assist in teaching youngsters PAL approved activities that counsel youth in the areas of life skills, drug prevention, conflict resolution as needed.
  • Interact with site participants, adding to the program by providing supervision for daily activities such as recreational games, lunch and opening/closing ceremonies.
  • A PAL Arts Activity Specialist is a role model.  Encourage youth to actively participate in all available activities; promote respect, teamwork, and recognition; inform youth that advice/guidance is available from staff concerning problems onsite or offsite.
  • Monitor youth interactions for injuries/conflicts and treat/resolve as needed; document situations by completing forms and submit to Center Director.
  • Act as a mandated child abuse reporter, being aware of the signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; report incidents/suspicions to Center Director.
  • Sign off on required paperwork such as payroll sheets and attendance logbooks for submission to Center Director.
  • Represent the agency and program to the neighborhoods in a positive fashion.
  • Engage and interact with the neighborhood business owners, parents, senior citizens, etc., representing the program and PAL in a professional manner.
  • Develop clear communication and working relationships with NYPD officers as well as PAL partner organizations.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Plan and post all schedules and art equipment in approved areas.
  • Make periodic reports/announcements on program activities.
  • Responsible for the inventory, care, and maintenance of all supplies and equipment.
  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) no later than the day of the incident.
  • Work with Center Director, and other Specialist such as Recreation Specialist, and Dance Specialist and/or Art Specialist on specialized projects and assignments as needed and assist with the coordination of special activities and events.


Skills/Knowledge Required

  • A minimum of two years of academic preparation in fine arts or other equivalent training.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency with supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency as an instructor and artist.
  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.  Ability to speak professionally to staff members, parents, community residents, visitors, NYPD officers, and PAL partner organizations.
  • Familiarity with administrative protocols involving dress, demeanor, record keeping, reporting, confidentiality, visitors, use of supplies and equipment.

No calls, please. External recruiters and agents, please don’t contact this job poster.

Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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