- Responsible for assisting the Site Coordinator or other program personnel with the supervision, safety and grouping of children at all times, including arrival and departure procedures and taking attendance.
- Keep a consistent headcount of all children present and immediately communicate any changes with all other staff.
- Assist the Site Coordinator and/or Instructors with planning and activities.
- Periodically develop and initiate instruction of creative activities and games.
- Communicate effectively with children, parents, staff, and supervisors.
- Help prepare for and clean up after activities.
- Inspect and maintain facilities and equipment for safety purposes prior to each activity.
- Assist in the planning and facilitation of culminating events, performances, and other program-related events, including holiday celebrations.
- Demonstrate consistent positive interaction with all children, treating them with dignity and respect.
- Articulate clear expectations and hold children accountable for abiding by them.
- Help children develop a positive self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
- Model and utilize teachable moments to reinforce appropriate social skills.
- Follow all rules, regulations, and policies of Big Thought, Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, and/or Uplift, as well as directives from superiors.
- Follow program attendance policy as assigned by Site Coordinator.
- Comply with Big Thought/Thriving Minds After School uniform and dress code.
- Perform other functions that may be assigned by the Site Coordinator.
- Attend and participate in professional development opportunities, specifically regarding creative learning, offered by Big Thought.
- Demonstrate commitment to implementing Big Thought instructional strategies.
- High school diploma required. College coursework in recreation, child development, or a related field is preferred.
- Experience working with children is required.
- Experience in the area of creative arts instruction is preferred.
- Positive rapport with co-workers.
- Sincere interest in working with children.
- Ability to safely and successfully manage elementary and/or middle school age children.
- Ability to organize and lead basic art, music, drama and recreation, including managing supplies.
- Flexibility to work a varying schedule.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
- Ability to read/respond to e-mails and text messages in a timely manner.
- Basic first aid skills (training will be provided by Big Thought).
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Big Thought equips youth in marginalized communities to imagine and create their best lives and world. The secret sauce that makes our work uniquely effective is the powerful combination of our social and emotional focus, experiential learning, community-centered partnerships, equity lens and future focus.
Throughout our 30+ year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out of school time systems, summer learning and juvenile justice intervention. Now we’re one of six community partnerships in the U.S. helping scale national best practices in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
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