[Summer 2024] Summer Program Assistant - Highbridge Elementary

New York, NY: DCS Highbridge
Seasonal Program Positions – Summer /
Part-Time and Seasonal /
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.

DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI), an award winning youth development program, is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as a Program Assistant in our elementary (REAL Kids) program. The ideal candidate will be able to join DREAM for the full commitment of the school year and following summer.  

Reporting to the Out of School Time and Athletics Director (OAD), Program Assistants will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the program and coordinate communications with families. A successful Program Assistant is a skilled administrator who has a desire to make a lasting impact in an underserved community. The Program Assistant should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.


    • Support the day-to-day operations of the site to ensure youth participate in activities safely, on schedule and with adequate supplies and services;
    • Communicate program news and information to program participants, parents and staff;
    • Manage enrollment and recruitment strategies;
    • Track supply orders and site budget;
    • Utilize attendance tracking tools and drive efforts to ensure youth attendance goals are satisfied;
    • Input daily attendance into data management system SalesForce;
    • Collaborate regularly with the OAD to evaluate, troubleshoot, and improve after school and summer programming;
    • Plan and lead daily team meetings before program begins, focused on professional development for staff, and other relevant topics to ensure communication and expectations are clear;
    • Supervise staff and students and serve as the point of contact on weekly field trips;
    • Additional administrative duties as needed.


    • At least 2 years previous operations and administrative experience;
    • Ability to read and write in Spanish and fluency in spoken Spanish is preferred;
    • High school diploma or equivalent required, college enrollment or degree, preferred;
    • Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing Microsoft applications and attendance tracking software;
    • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple responsibilities; 
    • Proven record of success in project management; 
    • Ability to uphold, promote and model youth development principles; 
    • Strong oral and written communication skills and presentation skills;  
    • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.


    • Start date: 6/17/24
    • End date: 08/02/2024
    • Days & hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dates and hours are subject to change


    • DREAM Charter School Highbridge Elementary - 360 E 168th St, Bronx, NY 10456


    • DREAM offers competitive compensation commensurate with relevant experience with the potential for a seasonal increase. The rate for this position for incoming staff is between $22 and $25 per hour. New hires are typically brought into the role at a salary closer to the start of the range depending on qualifications and internal equity.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

DREAM Maxims 

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

Applying to DREAM

We know applying for a new job can be a daunting process. In addition, studies have shown that historically underrepresented individuals often only apply to roles if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We encourage all applications! You may be just the person we need. If you have any questions about your application or interview process, do not hesitate to ask your recruiter; we are here to help!

DREAM provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact your recruiter.