Mary and Frances Youth Center Program Counselor

Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA4.2

Full-time$9 - $12 an hour
Role Code/Title 29142 - Education Support Spec I (02)
Position Number H29142
Working Title Mary and Frances Youth Center Program Counselor
Department Division Of Community Engagement
Organizational Overview
At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants
Anticipated Hiring Range $9.00-$12.00
Campus Monroe Park Campus
Position Type Hourly
Hours/Week 10-15
Normal work days M-F, weekends possible
Normal work hours 2:30-6:30PM
Job Category Miscellaneous
Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No
Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No
Is any portion of this position grant-funded? No
Sensitive Position No
Resource Critical No
Description of the Job
The Mary and Frances Youth Center (MFYC) on the VCU campus, opened its doors in 2007 and offers two private tennis courts and classrooms designed for youth programming and youth centered training. Lobs & Lessons, operating out of the MFYC, is an afterschool and summer enrichment program for underserved elementary and middle school age youth that focuses on character development, future orientation and the sport of tennis. The primary location of the placement would be at MFYC however some programs are offsite at area schools. The afterschool program meets Monday – Friday between the hours of 3- 6:30pm (some afternoon programs begin at 4:00pm.) This placement requires the student to spend part of their time leading enrichment programming and the other part in coordination and outreach efforts. Responsibilities include: teaching life skills lessons; organizing and attending select special events and community outreach opportunities that may occur in the evenings or weekends; and assisting with healthy lifestyle activities such as tennis and other sports. Knowledge of tennis is required; additional training will be provided.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Lead in the direction, supervision, and organization of participants and
  • Promote youth safety by managing challenging situations and redirecting
youth behaviors.
  • Work with assistant director to plan and develop monthly program calendar
and weekly activities.
  • Direct program activities for youth:
  • Lead, co-lead or assist with daily life skills lessons (career, nutrition, ect.)
  • Lead or assist with team building games and snacks
  • Lead on-court tennis instructions (training provided)
  • Support the program’s Youth Quality improvement process.
  • As needed, represent the program at local community events and support
program staff as necessary.
  • Serve as lead counselor in managing behaviors, activity modifications and
parental interaction.
  • Serve as liaison to other counselors and provide additional support to the
program staff as necessary.

Required Qualifications
  • At least 20 years of age with experience and desire to work with children;
specifically in afterschool, summer or classroom settings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) with staff, parents
and volunteers.
  • Proven ability to maintain high levels of endurance, positive attitude and
leadership abilities.
  • Ability to make decisions and organize staff around necessary tasks.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-motivator, responsible and
  • Transportation required as some programming is off-site.
Physical Requirements of the Job:
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and withstand daily exposure to sun and heat.
  • Willing to work in a youth setting; inside and outside.
  • Willingness to swim appropriately with the youth; no fear of the water.
Preferred Qualifications
Job Open Date 01/14/2019
Remove from posting on or before
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please provide resume, cover letter, and confirmation of hours of availability (job requires availability of 2:30-6:30PM M-F)

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