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Group Leader

Supervisor: Director of Operations

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 30 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 owns and operates the 42,000 square-foot Houston Street Center in a unique partnership with the Chinatown YMCA. The Group Leader is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing grade-/skill-specific dynamic curricula in arts and leadership as well as implementing academic enrichment and other programs for SONYC STRIDE After-School Program for Middle School youth. The Group Leader is also responsible for engaging and supervising youth, assisting with program policies and procedures, and supporting the daily operations of the SONYC STRIDE After-School Program for Middle School youth.


  • Design, develop, and implement grade-specific programming and curricula for arts, culture, leadership and academic enrichment. 
  • Facilitate, lead and coordinate activities. 
  • Build strong and positive relationships with young people in the SONYC STRIDE Program
  • Collaborate with other SONYC STRIDE staff to create and implement curriculum to build arts and interpersonal skills amongst youth 
  • Design and implement arts assessment and evaluation tools
  • Plan and coordinate workshops, activities, and special events.
  • Facilitate youth involvement in the planning and implementation of special projects and special events
  • Supervise youth in the space at all times
  • Update Director regularly regarding progress of youth
  • Collect and maintain comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate records, including attendance
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Bachelor's degree in arts, education, counseling or related field preferred (HS diploma or HSE required)
  • At least 2 years previous experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong background in program development, arts, curriculum design, and lesson plan writing.
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural issues
  • Strong organizational, written, and verbal skills
  • Self-directed and able to work as part of a team
  • Creativity, flexibility, and commitment 
  • Bi-lingual Cantonese or Spanish a plus

Hours: 17 hours per week: Monday-Friday.

Salary: $16 per hour


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