Summer Day Camp Activity Specialist (La Central YMCA)

The Activity Specialist will be responsible for providing a safe and positive environment for children & provide opportunities for learning.
Job Description

Salary: $17.52 - $19.00 Hourly

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.

The La Central YMCA is seeking an Activity Specialist who, under the supervision of the Director of Youth & Family, will play a critical role in providing academic enhancement and enrichment in the Y program. The Activity Specialist will be responsible for providing a safe and positive environment for children, to provide opportunities for learning, interaction, and academic/ personal growth. Specifically, the Activity Specialist will prepare and provide age-appropriate music instruction.

Summer Day Camp program operates from 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday, from July through August.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership, and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e., full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information. 

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.  College credits and formal education in Arts preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with youth, specifically in the area of music. 
Essential Functions
  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.  
  • Plan and implement meaningful activities and special events that are age-appropriate, exciting, challenging, and values-based in the area of music.
  • Teach participants the fundamentals of instruments, including activities that build their level of skill and confidence.
  • Coordinate and present a culminating performance at the end of the program cycle, if applicable.
  • Work cooperatively with Arts and Culture Director.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance; incident reports and accident reports, as appropriate).
  • Serve as a positive role model for participants.
  • Work with the Arts & Culture Director to secure and maintain all equipment or supplies needed.
  • Understand and communicate the YMCA’s core values and the goals of the program.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about the participant’s strengths and areas of growth.
  • Prepare the learning environment, lessons, and necessary supplies for program activities.
  • Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.