PS 32 Group Leader

Dreamyard Project, Inc.
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About DreamYard

Dream Yard’s mission is to collaborate with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to
equity and opportunity through the arts. DreamYard Project is the largest arts provider in the Bronx,
and uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and
communities. Dream Yard’s school-based and out of school programs are based on 21st century
learning and social justice pedagogy principles. Our work is aligned with the NYC Department of
Education Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, and encourages young
people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social
action. Our nationally recognized programming has grown tremendously in response to student
interest and community needs. Co-Executive directors Jason Duchin and Tim Lord founded
DreamYard in 1994. Since then, DreamYard has worked with more than 100 public schools and over
100,000 young people and families. DreamYard has developed a robust educational community in
the Bronx – from its network of over 45 partnering public schools including the DY Preparatory High
School to year-long programs at the DY Art Center.

The Position

The Empire State After School Program (ESAP) Group Leader will report to the ESAP Site
Coordinator and work closely with ESAP staff (including group leaders, school teachers and other
staff) to support the after school program at PS 32 serves approximately 110 students. This is a part
time, seasonal position of 15 hours per week (which includes some Saturday programs). Program
runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 – 5:30pm. Program runs through June 11th. Group Leaders
will average 46 hours per month during that time. This program is funded through The New York
State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), in consultation with the New York State
Education Department, and is planned to be a 5-year initiative.

Primary responsibilities include working with a set group of 10-15 students to support them during
various activities, including literacy (read aloud), leading hour-long sessions in a sequential
curriculum that engages students, submitting written lesson plans, supporting program goals around
attendance and engagement, and fostering a positive, productive environment for program
participants. It is important that Group Leaders be able to act as a positive role model and mentor to
the young people they work with, and to develop a positive, supportive culture and an effective way
of dealing with challenges with students that may arise.

The program site is at PS 32 The Belmont School (690 E 183rd St, Bronx, NY 10458.)


● Previous after school experience, ideally with elementary school aged youth
● Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred (currently working
toward such a degree is also acceptable)
● Ability to collaborate effectively with other after school staff
● Excellent written and spoken communication skills
● Commitment to fostering a student-centered, safe, respectful, and productive environment
for all participants, families and school partners
● All staff must pass NYC Dept of Education fingerprinting clearance before beginning work
● All staff must be fully vaccinated to work at this site
● Working to support young people’s development in an active, positive way that reflects DY
values and school norms
● Supporting program systems including attendance, incentives, safety procedures, special
events, etc.
● Providing effective instruction for a structured activity (arts, sports, technology, etc.),
including creating written lesson plans, planning projects that help youth build skills over
time. Lessons plans must be turned in biweekly and reflect progression of activity and
student learning; coaching will be available by on-site Educational Specialist
● Punctuality, dependability, and professional communication are highly important to
successful operation of program
● Participating in staff meetings and other trainings required (all are paid at the regular hourly

To Apply

Please submit (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) contact information for at least three
professional references by to the link below:

About DreamYard

DreamYard offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and generous paid time
off; starting salary for this position is commensurate with experience and with similar positions

DreamYard is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the principles of arts education,
educational reform and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the
needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity,
and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse
range of individuals.

Bronx based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to
apply. DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion,
national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance.

COVID19 Protocol:
Please note that proof of vaccinations will be required as a DreamYard COVID 19 health and safety

Job duties and requirements are ever changing based on the demands of the client, industry
and company. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities, but is an overall picture of job requirements, that is subject to
modification at the company’s discretion.

Hourly rate: $18.00
Other benefits include paid sick time