The NEO Group Assistant is responsible for assisting the NEO Group Facilitator in implementing activities related to academic year programs with middle school and high school youth under the guidance of the Program Director. This will require supervision of youth, after school program activities with youth, chaperoning program activities throughout the year, and working with the program team to accomplish program goals. The NEO Group Assistant is a part-time, non-exempt position supervised by the NEO Program Director.
Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assure the safety of each participant in the program
- Assist in running enrichment activities, including outdoor activities, ice breaker questions, and art projects
- Work with Group Facilitator to ensure youth are checked in and out properly every day
- Know the monthly theme
- Develop and maintain a safe, welcoming environment where all youth feel accepted
- Maintain a positive and helpful attitude with adults and children
- Assist individual students in need of special attention
- Assist Group Facilitator in maintaining control of the group
- Ability to supervise a group of youth on your own if the group splits up to do different activities
- Brainstorm games and/or art projects if the Group Facilitator needs new ideas
- Ability to employ appropriate behavior management techniques for acting out behaviors, such as emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, and hostility
- Serve as a source of information and help regarding the program
- Serve as a positive role model through appearance, attitude, and healthy life choices
- Understand the basic of positive youth development and incorporates youth voice and choice into the program
- Is punctual and demonstrates good attendance
- Bring any problem or special information about an individual youth to the attention of the Program Director
- Maintain confidentiality
- Attend a monthly staff meeting
- Attend trainings when offered
- Prior successful experience interacting with school-age children/teens within the past three years
- A strong desire to work with middle school and high school youth
Desired Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of youth development principles
- Knowledge of behavior modification strategies and techniques
- Knowledge, ability to work with, and understand youth who may have behavioral, learning, or physical disabilities.
- Strong leadership skills and communication skills
- Must be able to effectively communicate in English both orally and in writing and maintain a cooperative relationship with those contacted in the course of work
- Communicate with a diverse group of youth and parents sometimes in a stressful situation, using tact and diplomacy
- Behave ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that their own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
- Build relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
- Communicate effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
- Focus on client needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
- Foster teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
- Plan: Determine strategies to move the program forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
- Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Friendship Club provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.
The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties & responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. The Friendship Club may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.