Youth Leader at Chester Addison Community Center

About the program

Chester Addison After School Program provides recreational and academic enrichment programming for elementary school children.

About the position

Youth leaders are responsible for providing a safe, positive and supportive environment for our after-school participants.  This includes promoting the objectives and philosophy of Domus while enhancing student growth and self-worth.  We expect all employees to be committed to the values of the Sanctuary Model and dedicate themselves to building a trauma-informed culture.  You will be challenged to demonstrate how you exemplify the seven Sanctuary commitments (non-violence, democracy, emotional intelligence, social learning, shared governance, open communication, social responsibility, growth and change) in your role as a professional here at Domus. Join a team of like-minded professionals who work to ensure the community’s most struggling students get the world-class education and social support they need to thrive at the next level.

Essential Responsibilities

·        Works under the direct supervision of the program directorProvides direct supervision and instruction to participants

·        Assists in developing positive self-esteem

·        Ensures compliance with all directives from the director and complies with all state mandates for the care and safety of the children

·        Ensures participants are informed of the rules of the program and are in compliance, thereby promoting order and safety

·        Maintains participant confidentiality according to state law and organizational policy

·        Utilizes appropriate and approved disciplinary interventions as may be necessary to promote or maintain order

·        Actively participates and engages in supervision meetings, providing two-way communication and feedback on performance

·        Performs any other duty as assigned by director

Required Core Competencies

·        Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and effectively

·        The ability to project a warm and welcoming attitude toward participants, families, visitors and peers

·        Capacity to take direction, work independently and be a team player

·        Flexibility to adapt to emerging needs and changing priorities

·        Must be able and willing to work with a behaviorally difficult youth population in a positive and calm manner

·        Absolute commitment to the mission and core principles of Domus, including the sanctuary model of trauma-informed care

·        Exceptional problem solving, critical thinking and planning skills

·        Ability to successfully handle multiple projects at once

·        Demonstrated ability to take initiative

·        Emotional maturity and strong work ethic

·        Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced environment

·        An understanding of the community and home conditions our participants experience

Required Educational Background

·        Current high school student, college experience preferred

·        Prior to start of employment, a complete and current state of CT- Adult Medical Statement for Child Day Care health physical must be provided in order to work

·        Proficient computer skills preferred, including MS Word and Excel

·        Must submit to and pass both law enforcement and CT Department of Children and Families background checks

Compensation

$ 11 per hour.  This part time seasonal position is not eligible for benefits. There is a ninety-day probationary period.  Domus provides a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed.

About Domus

Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that operates community, residential, and educational programs. Domus runs a group of out-of-school-time programs in Stamford, CT, designed to work with high-risk young people in the community so they have a safe place to learn new skills, enhance their academic experience, and socialize with one another. These programs include two middle schools after-school programs, a program for high school students that supports them in applying to colleges, summer camp programs, an employment readiness program, and a diversionary program for first-time offenders.

To apply: Please e-mail your resume to Michael Hyman at mhyman@domuskids.org