[2021-2022] Middle School Youth Development Specialist

Mott Haven Middle School /
DREAM Charter Schools – School Support /
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Dean of Programs, the Youth Development Specialist will be responsible for advising a caseload of students and leading enrichment activities aimed at developing the skills, competencies, and attitudes that are essential for a positive experience in Middle School. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about social emotional learning and building relationships with youth during such an important transition in their lives.


    • Support in upholding and driving DREAM culture through behavior management systems and driving standards for academic and social emotional mindsets and behaviors;
    • Serve as a 6th grade advisor (including leading an advisory caseload), and a liaison to 6th grade families;
    • Design and facilitate after-school programming, such as coaching a sport or leading a track, designing and adapting advisory curriculum and design, plan for and provide academic and behavioral support;
    • Facilitate and support DREAM University summer program and planning for school year pilot program;Facilitate academic and social-emotional learning blocks, including homeroom, and small group instruction;
    • Serve as a Response to Intervention case manager and lead academic and SEL interventions;
    • Provide individualized behavior management support to students;
    • Drive collection and analysis of data related to program success and create a series of benchmarks to measure this success;


    • Bachelor's degree required; 
    • One year of youth development experience, including experience with restorative justice practices and/or academic support for students, preferred;
    • Strong group facilitation skills and ability to manage behaviors using positive youth development principles;
    • Knowledge of and experience with social emotional learning frameworks and instruction;
    • Experience collecting and implementing data-driven practices;Excellent organizational, problem-solving skills, project management skills, and strong attention to detail;
    • Understanding of opportunities and challenges in the lives and education of urban youth, and a belief that all students can achieve at high levels;
    • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community;Deep embodiment of DREAM’s organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity, and fun.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. 

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. 
Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.