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Job Opening:

Activity Specialist - Art


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 our elementary school aged 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.  Programming is provided after school, on school holidays, and during the summer.

Position Summary

During the Arts & Crafts activity, participants will practice responsible use of art techniques learned within that component to develop a complete project.  The activity will have an emphasis in Realism, Expressionism, Abstract, and/or Pop Art.

New York City Mission Society helps children, youth, and families in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods transcend the ills of poverty and create a cycle of success for generations to come. We have a dynamic portfolio of education, workforce development, prevention, and youth development and community-building programs.

Title: Art Activity Specialist, Power Academy After-School Program

Program: P.S. 175 175 W 134TH Street New York, NY 10030

Employment Status: Part-time: 10 hours per week

Basic Function:  Students will learn the benefits of participating in arts & crafts. The activities will emphasize participation in a whole range of enjoyable art techniques. Art specialists serve as a facilitator to 2 groups daily of 20 children (organized by grade levels, K-5).  Art specialists must facilitate the art lessons for 50 minutes to an hour.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.  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

  • Participates in all staff meetings and activities.

  • Complete all tasks and assignments deemed necessary by the Program Director, Assistant Director, and Program Aide

  • Coordinate different art projects throughout the school year

  • Prepare curriculum, materials, and hand-outs; arrive 10 minutes early to all assignments; attend all training designated by funders and Program Director.

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

2.  Program Facilitation

  • Incorporate Group Leader and Youth Worker into the activity   

  • Works with the Group Leader and Youth Worker to oversee the activity  

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

3.  Program Report and Action Plans

  • Developing and completing lesson plans

  • Ensure that weekly plans are adequately meet

  • Report performances concern to Program Director, Assistant Director, and/or Program Aide


  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, or substantial experience working with children (elementary or middle school aged).  If a high school diploma or equivalent has been obtained, experience with children is still preferred though not required.

  • Associate 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.

  • 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

$30 per hour 


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

Subject: Re: Activity Specialist Art, 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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