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ASSISTANT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LEADER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for assisting the Youth Development Program Leader in organizing, supervising and conducting a particular phase of one or more youth-oriented services such as youth tutoring, youth one-to-one or a particular youth development program as assigned under specific policies. Activities are designed to maximize peer interaction, expand participantsí experience boundaries, promote healthy lifestyles and contribute to and enrich every aspect of positive youth development. The work is performed under general supervision of the Youth Development Program Leader with leeway permitted for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. General supervision is exercised over volunteers and college interns. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Assists in planning, designing, promoting and implementing a wide variety of activities and experiences in an area of youth development with particular emphasis on traditional recreation, wilderness-based, community service, creative self expression, cultural experience and health/self awareness.
Assists in organizing and conducting special activities and events.
Assists in organizing and conducting cultural and educational activities and events.
Assists in recruiting, screening, scheduling, supervising and training volunteers and college interns in the implementation of programs.
Performs informal counseling and functions as a liaison between young people and a variety of youth services agencies and individuals.
Speaks formally and informally to individuals and groups to explain programs and obtains information about community needs and desires.
Encourages acceptable social behavior and attitudes in area youth through individual contacts.
Assists in writing grants, proposals and donation requests in the development and implementation of a yearly plan for successful financial operation of programs, operations and facility.
Assists in preparing budget estimates for one or more segments of the program(s).
Prepares correspondence and reports as required.
Maintains records such as daily youth activities, number of youth served and on various financial transactions; maintains participant and community mailing list.
Maintains and updates inventory list; purchases program supplies.
Assures the physical appearance of the facility is maintained; checks on facility safety equipment such as fire exits, lights, extinguishers, alarms, etc.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the organization and conduct of one or more types of youth and young adult development activities.
Good knowledge of the typical problems and needs of modern youth and young adults.
Good knowledge of the general sociological and environmental conditions contributing to maladjustment and juvenile delinquency.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Working knowledge of adolescent behavior.
Working knowledge of community organizations, human service agencies, educational services, both traditional and alternative, and criminal justice agencies.
Ability to work with diverse youth and young adults to promote positive youth development.
Ability to assess youth needs, interests, aptitudes, skills and problems.
Ability to communicate program goals and services to individuals and groups and stimulate their interests.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of college interns and volunteers.
Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in education, social work, recreation, public administration or human services related field and one (1) year of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in the delivery of a youth services program (educational, recreational, juvenile justice, etc); or,
B. Five (5) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in a human services related field, one (1) year of which must have been professional level work experience in the delivery of a youth services program (educational, recreational, juvenile justice, etc.); or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).