[Summer 2024] Elementary Athletics Coach

New York, NY: Multi-Site
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 is seeking dynamic individuals to serve as Athletics Coaches in our elementary-age summer learning program (REAL Kids) in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Reporting to the Athletics Specialist, Athletics Coaches implement outdoor skill-based sport and recreational lessons based on DREAM’s curriculum. The ideal candidate is a reliable team player with a commitment to youth development and a background in baseball, softball or soccer coaching. The Athletics Coaches are key members of the program team and ensure the continued excellence, growth and sustainability of DREAM’s programs. 

Like all DREAM employees, the Athletics Coaches should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.  


    • Assist Athletics Specialists with leading huddles with high school coaches to review Athletics plans and train in facilitation best practices and strategies,
    • Responsible for all outdoor/on field sports programming;
    • Lead implementation of youth sports practices and games;
    • Deliver, structured, skill-based sport education lessons;
    • Mentor and set a positive example for high school-aged coaches;
    • Supervise and manage students at all times using restorative practices and proactive interventions to ensure physical and emotional safety;
    • Model and encourage positive participation in all daily activities;
    • Use Sports Based Youth Development principles to create an inclusive and accessible competitive sports environment;
    • Participate in professional development and tactical meetings as necessary;
    • Implement all standard health and safety protocols as required.
    • Monitor youth and high school coaches during practices and games;
    • Responsible for ensuring all playing areas are safe and for implementing all DREAM safety guidelines;
    • Responsible for the escalation and documentation of all incidents, emergencies, injuries, and the filing of incident reports.


    • 18+ years old and high school diploma or equivalent required by June 30, 2024;
    • Ability to facilitate high quality recreation programming with large groups of elementary aged youth in an outdoor environment while ensuring student safety;
    • Ability to independently follow practice plans/lesson plans;
    • Exhibits high energy, warmth, enthusiasm and patience in working with youth;
    • Demonstrated success as a recreation specialist strongly preferred;
    • Demonstrated success as an elementary baseball, softball or soccer assistant coach strongly preferred;
    • Experience playing baseball, softball, or soccer preferred;
    • Experience working in a summer camp, youth development, recreation or athletics setting;
    • Ability to uphold, promote, and model positive youth development principles;
    • Experience with behavior management, including positive youth development, preferred;
    • Ability to quickly problem-solve in the moment; 
    • Ability to work collaboratively within a team setting; 
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organization skills and attention to detail;
    • Skilled problem-solver and self-starter;
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus;
    • 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: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dates and hours are subject to change


    • DREAM Charter School East Harlem Elementary - 1991 Second Avenue, New York, NY
    • DREAM Charter School Mott Haven Elementary -  20 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY
    • DREAM Charter School Highbridge Elementary - 360 E 168th St, Bronx, NY 10456
    • DREAM University (Middle School) - 20 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY


    • 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 $20 and $23 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.