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Job Opening:

Group Leader

Harlem Village Academy

New York City Mission Society improves the lives of children, youth, and families in the city’s most underserved communities. Through programs and services that respond to community needs, we create cycles of success for generations to come.

Position Summary

The Mission Society’s Power Academy is an after-school program dedicated to cultivating the personal growth and educational advancement of all 6th to 8th grade participants. With a curriculum focused on academic enrichment, community service, cultural enrichment, the arts, recreation, and character education, the Power Academy will reinforce school-day learning in a safe and healthy environment.  (This position is Fully In-Person and begins September 2023)

Title: Group Leader, After-School Program

Program: Harlem Village Academy – 244 W. 144th Street New York, NY 10030

Employment Status: Part-time: 15 hours per week (Monday – Thursday, 3:30-6pm, Friday, 1-6pm)

Basic Function:  Facilitate implementation of program activities for a group of middle school-aged after-school program participants while creating a nurturing environment that fosters the creativity and educational advancement of the children.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Create a supportive and nurturing environment for students.

  • Accountable for the safety and well-being of students at all times.

  • Supervise and monitor students during all program activities/trips and transitions on-site and off-site.

  • Develop and provide age-appropriate activities according to the program activity schedule.

  • Develop and implement lesson plans.

  • Work in collaboration with the assigned activity specialist.

  • Keep accurate records of attendance, participant sign-out sheets, accidents, and incident reports.

  • Keep and submit a daily report log of work tasks completed.

  • Create and coordinate student performances and showcases.

  • Attend team and group supervision meetings.

  • Interact with teachers and school leadership team.

  • Attend professional development trainings as required by the agency and program contract.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Associate’s Degree in a related field or two years of experience working with students (elementary or middle-school aged) required.

  • Must have a strong interest in working with school-aged children between the ages of 11 and 14.

  • Must have the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of program and school staff.

  • Must have excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills.

  • Experience overseeing a group of young people preferred.

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society.

Salary and Benefits

Hourly wage of $19.25 per hour.


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to Include in Subject Line: Re: HVA Group Leader, Power Academy


Note: We are unable to accept phone calls. Applicants must meet qualifications stated above. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Mission Society of New York City is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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