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Job Opening:

Behavior and Family Specialist 

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 is an after-school program dedicated to cultivating the personal growth and educational advancement of all of 6th to 8th grade participants. With a curriculum focused on academic enrichment, community service, cultural enrichment, the arts, recreation, and character education, Power Academy reinforces school-day learning in a safe and healthy environment.

Title: Behavior and Family Engagement Specialist, After-School Program

Program: Harlem Village Academy 

Employment Status: Part-time: 25 hours per week (Monday-Friday, 1-6pm)

Basic Function:  Ensure participants are consistently meet the culture standard and expectations of the HVA West Middle School and the Mission Society After-School Program. Liaison between families and the after-school program.

NOTE: Proof of vaccination required. (Program will operate fully IN-PERSON)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create a supportive and nurturing environment for students.

  • Ensure safety of program participants by providing overlapping supervision.

  • Conduct peer mediation sessions between participants in crisis using restorative methods.

  • Develop, implement and track participant behavior plans and goals.

  • Work in collaboration with group leaders to manage difficult behavior.

  • Update families frequently on child’s behavior and participation in the program.

  • Keep record of behavior infractions and behavior logs.

  • Keep and submit a weekly report log of all contact with families.

  • Create and coordinate family engagement events.

  • Send updates and notices to families regarding program events and occurrences.

  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and at least three years of experience working with adolescence (elementary or middle-school aged) required.

  • Knowledge of DYCD and the Compass SONYC Model preferred.

  • Knowledge of social and emotional learning 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.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft suite (word, excel, power point and publishing).

  • Must be a self-starter and self-motivated.

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory.

Salary and Benefits

$28 per hour 


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to or fax to 212-979-5764.

Subject: Re: Behavior and Family Engagement Specialist, 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.

New York City Mission Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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