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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LEADER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for organizing, supervising and conducting a particular phase of one or more youth-oriented services such as youth tutoring, youth one-to-one or a particular youth development program as assigned under specific policies. Activities are designed to maximize peer interaction, expand participantsí experience boundaries, promote healthy lifestyles and contribute to and enrich every aspect of positive youth development. The work is performed under general supervision of the Director of Recreation or other administrative superior with leeway permitted for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. General supervision is exercised over the Assistant Youth Development Program Leader, volunteers and college interns. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Plans, designs, promotes and implements a wide variety of activities and experiences in an area of youth development with particular emphasis on traditional recreation, wilderness-based, community service, creative self expression, cultural experience and health/self awareness.
Organizes and conducts special activities and events.
Organizes and conducts cultural and educational activities and events.
Performs informal counseling and functions as a liaison between young people and a variety of youth services agencies and individuals.
Maintains and reviews records bearing on objectives and results of the programs and makes recommendations for changes in programs.
Recruits, screens, schedules, supervises and trains subordinate staff, volunteers and college interns in the implementation of programs.
Speaks formally and informally to individuals and groups to explain programs and obtains information about community needs and desires.
Encourages acceptable social behavior and attitudes in area youth through individual contacts.
Writes grants, proposals and donation requests in the development and implementation of a yearly plan for successful financial operation of programs, operations and facility.
Prepares budget estimates for one or more segments of the program(s).
Prepares correspondence and reports as required.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the organization and conduct of one or more types of youth and young adult development activities.
Good knowledge of the typical problems and needs of modern youth and young adults.
Good knowledge of the general sociological and environmental conditions contributing to maladjustment and juvenile delinquency.
Working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of program planning and analysis.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Working knowledge of adolescent behavior.
Working knowledge of community organizations, human service agencies, educational services, both traditional and alternative, and criminal justice agencies.
Ability to work with diverse youth and young adults to promote positive youth development.
Ability to assess youth needs, interests, aptitudes, skills and problems.
Ability to communicate program goals and services to individuals and groups and stimulate their interests.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinate staff, college interns and volunteers.
Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Assistant Youth Development Program Leader.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in education, social work, recreation, public administration or human services related field and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in the delivery of a youth services program (educational, recreational, juvenile justice, etc); or,
B. Six (6) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in a human services related field, two (2) years of which must have been professional level work experience in the delivery of a youth services program (educational, recreational, juvenile justice, etc); or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).