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Activity Specialist- Step Instructor

Supervisor: Program Director 

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 32 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

University Settlement has been providing a variety of effective and strengths-based community based programs for children grades 6-12. The Activity Specialist will be responsible for facilitating workshops while ensuring the safety and engagement of children. The program will provide academic support; artistic, athletic, cultural, and athletic enrichment; therapeutic services; and opportunities for family involvement.


  • Activity Specialist will work with groups of 20-25 middle school students
  • Teach students a wide range of skills necessary for stepping 
  • Be able to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoke word and hand claps
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in daily step activities such as warm-up, rhythmic practice, center activity and combinations as well as activities that lead to full performance pieces, and workshops outside the site to enhance and further learning
  • Create an environment of active and genuine learning by employing a range of teaching strategies that meet the needs of all students
  • Integrate young people's life experiences with thematic curriculum
  • Write, revise and implement lesson plans using DYCD framework for approval by director
  • Monitor and report on students' progress throughout the term of the activity
  • Projects should incorporate career awareness activities including field trips and guest speakers as well as community outreach and involvement


  • Knowledge and previous experience teaching/ facilitating step classes
  • High School Diploma or HSE required 
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Attend planning, supervision, and evaluation sessions
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be responsible, reliable and punctual
  • Ability to commit for the entire school year
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Highly energetic, dynamic, and positive

Hours: 4 hours per week; Monday to Thursday, 2:30-3:30PM

Salary: $20.50 per hour


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