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Communications and Technology Instructor

Supervisor: 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 operates a 42,000 square-foot community facility in partnership with the Chinatown YMCA called the Houston Street Center. The Center includes recreational, fitness, classroom, meeting and space for the community and offers a broad range of programming that serves community members of all ages.

The EXCEL Program is housed within the Houston Street Center to avoid the stigma of "special needs only" programming. University Settlement's EXCEL program addresses the lack of affordable and culturally sensitive enrichment programming available for youth and young adults with special needs (including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities). EXCEL helps individual with special needs live robust lives by offering educational, social, recreational, and leadership opportunities for those with special needs.

EXCEL's Communications & Technology Level 1 & Level 2 classes take place on Sundays are designed to strengthen students' communication skills, enhance fundamental computer skills (including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), build on knowledge on how to use the internet (with an emphasis on social media) for social as well as career development purposes. Laptops will be provided for each student to practice exercises in class. Students will be placed in Level 1 or Level 2 class based on their current skill level. Previous class topics have included: internet safety, typing basics, power-point design, presentation skills and practice, excel typing and graphing, event planning and interview skills.


  • Design developmentally appropriate and engaging lesson class for 12-week classes
  • Facilitate weekly classes
  • Create a positive and accepting environment to students for exploration and learning
  • Maintain regular and timely communication with Director such as providing student progress and challenge reports & lesson plans
  • Work as a team player with Director and weekend program staff to address program needs and issues


  • Experience in curriculum design, facilitation and group work
  • At least 2 years of experience working with youth in an educational and/or recreational setting. Experience working with children with special needs including Autism.
  • Ability to work on weekends (Sundays)
  • Strong communication, and organization skills

Hours: 4 hours per week (2 consecutive 1.5 hour classes for a total of 3 hours daily + 1 hour a week to lesson plan).
*Start date: May 12th, 2019

Rate: $37.50 per hour

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY

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