As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest and most essential non-profits serving in Atlanta. Today, we’re looking for you to join us as we carry out our mission to positively impact lives and communities across the state.
At the Y, we’re an association of like-minded people (staff, volunteers, and members), on the forefront of a movement to ensure that everyone - especially children - experience an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. In the course of a year, we provide more than 3,000 children, ages 6 weeks through Pre-K with high-quality literacy and STEAM-infused learning; give 58,000 youth and teens access to sports, aquatics, day and resident camps, teen leadership development programs, and employment opportunities; provide over 200,000 members with programs, services, and facilities to enjoy connection and maintain wellness regardless of age; and engage over 25,000 volunteers and donors from across Atlanta to share in the gift of supporting their communities.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Under the general direction of the SVP and Youth Development Director, the Social Emotional Learning Specialist is responsible for leading and providing individual or small group SEL support during the Day Camp program. The SEL Specialist will be responsible for implementing SEL curriculum for campers and provide support to camp counselors. In addition, the SEL Specialist will develop and design SEL curriculum for 3 day camp locations and implement curriculum, in coordination with Youth Development Directors, that builds upon the SEL skills needed to be successful. All program decisions must be guided by YMCA program standards. Additionally, this position must perform duties in accordance with the policies, goals, mission, values, and objectives established by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Branch Strategic Plan, Safety Protocols including Community Health Strategies, and Member Services Guidelines and Program approved non-negotiables.
1. Must be 18 years of age.
2. A bachelor's degree or technical certification or degree preferred
3. For those working at licensed Bright from the Start facilities, must possess a minimum credential that meets BFTS requirements.
4. Must have a minimum of one-year prior experience working with school-age children and SEL curriculum in a group setting.
5. Have evidence of current successful completion of biennial training in CPR, or complete within 30 days of hire.
6. Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
7. Have experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Power Point, as well as, internet technology platforms such as Google Classroom and Zoom.
8. For facilities that operate under Bright from the Start Licensing/License-Exemption, must receive a cleared GCIC/NCIC and a cleared Fingerprint check through Bright From the Start before working. (Annual GCIC checks will be conducted before each school year begin.)
Mission: Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility; demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs; recruits volunteers and supports fundraising activities.
Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions; builds rapport; seeks first to understand others’ point of view and remains calm; speaks and writes effectively; takes initiative.
Operational Effectiveness: Strive to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members; Makes sound judgments and transfers knowledge from one situation to another; establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings; follows policies and procedures; strives for best practices.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development; demonstrates an openness to change; is emotionally mature.
Create an environment that provides various activities and instruction to support program goals and SEL instruction.
Implement SEL curriculum in the day camp program to campers and counselors with SEL.
Communicate and coordinate with Youth Development Directors and counselors on camper’s SEL progress, opportunities and needs.
Attend weekly/monthly Day Camp Staff meetings to lead SEL initiative.
Meet weekly/monthly with other SEL Specialist to discuss curriculum and progress of pilot programs.
Implement SEL camper and family evaluations.
Complete SEL progress reports as needed.
Operate and deliver the program in compliance with YMCA and BFTS regulations, if at a licensed/licensed-exempt BFTS program.
Discuss and report any concerns with the Youth Development Director.
Maintain personal file to remain in compliance with the YMCA and BFTS, if at a licensed BFTS facility.
Coordinate supply needs with the Site Director.
Attend YMCA and other trainings as scheduled. Maintain BFTS annual trainings hours, if at a licensed site.
Consult with the Site Director on concerns related to student(s) development or behavior.
Provide input into the planning and development of the program.
Complete monthly self-assessments of the program, as needed.
Perform other duties as related to the delivery of a quality program.
This position must perform duties in accordance with the policies, goals, mission, values and objectives established by the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA, Branch Strategic Plan, Safety Protocols Including COVID-19, and Member Services Guidelines and Non-Negotiables. Emphasis will be placed on member service, program knowledge, member/staff safety, and communication with members and staff.
Adhere to the YMCA Youth and Teen Safety Policy
Follow the provided Grant budget in accordance with approved expenditures.
Ergonomic Requirements: Bending, stooping, standing, lifting up to 40 pounds, seeing, verbal communication and hearing.
Effect of end Result:
Children and Families will experience a high-quality school-age program. Children will be supervised at all times. The program will remain in compliance at all times with YMCA, and Bright From the Start-if at a licensed BFTS facility, rules and regulations. I understand my status of a Learning Specialist is contingent upon keeping the minimum enrollment.
Ability to pass a pre-employment background check including Criminal Record check, Drug Screening and motor vehicle record (MVR) according to company policy.
Must be legally eligible to work in the US without current or future sponsorship.
This job posting is subject to change at any time.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta offers excellent benefits and career opportunities as part of our culture of excellence. The opportunities to serve are vast, and we’re looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY to join us and do their best work.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.
Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA