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Job Opening:

Activity Specialist –
Sports and Fitness

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

New York City Mission Society’s Power Academy after-school program is dedicated to cultivating the personal growth and educational advancement of all of our middle school school-aged participants.  With a curriculum focused on academic enrichment, community service, cultural enrichment, the arts, recreation, and social emotional learning, Power Academy reinforces school-day learning in a safe and healthy environment.  (Program will operate Fully In-Person)

Title: Sports and Fitness Activity Specialist, After-School Program 

Program: Harlem Village Academy 

Employment Status: Part-time: 6 hours per week (Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6 pm)

Basic Function:  Students will learn the benefits of participating in sports.  Will emphasize participation in a whole range of enjoyable physical activities (games, sports and exercise), this includes traditional sports and fitness activities. 

Principal Responsibilities

Program Planning/Curriculum

  • Understands the essential objectives of the Mission Society program and can effectively communicate those objectives to all immediate stakeholders (families & youth).

  • Program components included providing an environment that fosters creativity for the children; ability to accept supervision and direction.

  • Teach a range of sports including basketball, soccer, football, and volleyball.

  • Participates in all staff meetings, trainings and activities.

  • Prepare curriculum, materials, and hand-outs.

  • Instruct participants on Sport exercises and developing a healthy life style.

  • Use a variety of methods and approaches (including differentiation) to match curricular objectives and the range of participants needs.

  • Conduct other duties assigned.


Activity Facilitation

  • Incorporate group leaders into the activity and work with them to oversee the activity

  • Ensure equal opportunity for all participants; utilize positive management of behavior in an environment of mutual respect which allows participants to feel safe, secure, and promotes their self-esteem

  • Develop, complete and submit weekly lesson plans


  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, or substantial experience working with children (elementary or middle school aged).

  • Associate’s Degree or college credits preferred.

  • Must have strong interest in working with children.

  • 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.

  • Must have excellent behavior and classroom management skills.

  • Knowledge of all sports and ability to teach a range of all learners, (beginners - advanced).

General Requirements

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

Salary and Benefits

$30.00 per hour 


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to: 

Include in Subject Line: Re: SPORTS & FITNESS Activity Specialist, HVA 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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