After School Program Behavior Specialist

East Harlem- OST
Out of School Time
Part-Time and Seasonal
DREAM (formerly known as DREAM Charter School and Harlem RBI), is an innovative educational and youth development organization, serving over 2,500 East Harlem and South Bronx youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time.

DREAM is seeking dynamic individuals to serve as After-School Program Behavior Specialists in our middle school (DreamBuilders) programs. The ideal candidate will be able to join DREAM for the full commitment of the program year, which runs from mid-September through mid-August.

Like all DREAM employees, the After-School Program Behavior Specialist should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility. Come join an organization that was recently recognized as one of the “50 Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The Nonprofit Times and as the winner of the Nonprofit Excellence Award – Silver Prize for Overall Management Excellence by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.

Roles & Responsibilities

    • Support youth and staff with crisis intervention and behavior management support;
    • Model and encourage positive culture in all daily activities;
    • Mediate conflicts and other situations as they arise;
    • Support the development of group leaders’ professional development skills by designing
    • training and providing coaching regarding behavior management & facilitation;
    • Create and monitor individualized intervention plans for youth, providing guidance and support to colleagues in implementation;
    • Assist in communication about youth behavior to parents and guardians, including
    • information regarding behavior responses and consequences;
    • Serve as a substitute youth worker as necessary;
    • Collaborate with site manager on resolving conflicts/crisis;
    • Innovate and implement new programmatic ideas;
    • Support part-time staff in the practice of DREAM teaching methods, including experiential and project-based learning methodologies;
    • Model professionalism through consistent attendance, timeliness and preparation; 

    • Participate in weekly professional development and tactical trainings in addition to formal feedback and coaching.

Additional Expectations in Elementary Programming

    • Collaborate with full-time Social Worker.

Additional Expectations in Middle School Programming

    • Manage data collection and record-keeping around social emotional learning milestones and behavior data to ensure that student and program outcomes are accurately reported;
    • Work with middle school staff to maintain enrollment and attendance targets;
    • Assist in leading field trips, related extension activities and other special events to reinforce program objectives.


    • High school diploma or equivalent required, college enrollment or degree, preferred;
    • Experience working with youth in a classroom or youth development setting;
    • A record of success in facilitating and managing groups of youth;
    • Experience with behavior management systems, including positive youth development;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills and presentation skills;
    • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and supervisors;
    • Exhibits high energy, warmth, enthusiasm and patience in working with youth;
    • Belief in the outcomes of the DREAM List, including the importance of social emotional competency and advocacy for self and others.

Middle School Program Hours

    • After-school: generally, 2:30-6:30pm Monday-Thursday AND 11:30-5:30pm on Friday;


    • Late September 2019-late June 2020


    • Hourly
DREAM provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees.