Statement of General Purpose
The BGCA After School Program Counselor is responsible for planning, organizing, scheduling, and teaching one or more of the sports, recreational, and cultural activities available to groups of children and adults in a variety of CPA programs in Community Centers, summer camps, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. Activities are structured and varied, and include field trips, athletics, arts and crafts, dancing, theater and drama, computer literacy, swimming, music appreciation, games, childcare, tutoring, health and fitness, nutrition, and others. The BGCA After School Program Counselor position includes responsibilities for the preparation and serving of meals for program participants, clients, and others; for providing transportation services for passengers, mail, supplies, materials, and other cargo; and for providing extra services and support for a variety of related community center functions. This position requires availability during regularly scheduled workdays as well as evenings and weekends.
Examples of Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Plans, organizes, schedules, supervises, and teaches one or more structured and organized sports, recreational, and cultural activities available to groups of children and adults in a variety of programs, including athletics, arts and crafts, dancing, dramatics, music, health and fitness, etc.
- Supervises and monitors children; knows where each participant is at all times; maintains accurate and current attendance records; ensures that children are released only to authorized caregivers.
- Recommends and implements improvements in existing programs; identifies, plans, proposes, and implements new activities to meet the needs of program participants and their families.
- Schedules, supervises, leads, and participates in educational and recreational activities, providing guidance, direction, instruction, support, and motivation to participants; maintains availability during regularly scheduled workdays as well as evenings and weekends.
- Oversees conduct and behavior, preventing altercations and injuries through non-confrontational, non-physical, non-threatening techniques; corrects disciplinary problems in an understanding, positive, and non-physical manner; intercedes in and resolves crises; teaches conflict resolution through the development and use of verbal skills.
- Trains, rehearses, and prepares sports, recreation, and social groups for games, contests, exhibits, festivals, shows, etc.; organizes and conducts competitions and related activities, including sports leagues, community intramural activities, and tournament play among area human services agencies and community centers.
- Plans, organizes, and accompanies participants and their families on field trips; eats meals with participants.
- Prepares course outlines and materials for programs and activities.
- Prepares and serves meals and snacks for program participants, clients, and others; cleans and maintains kitchen, equipment, and storage areas.
- Provides transportation services for passengers, mail, supplies, materials, and other cargo.
- Prepares routine and exception reports to management, to parents, and to authorized caregivers on incidents, accidents, activities, attendance, participants’ attitudes, behavior, and progress, etc.; ensures complete, accurate, and accessible files and records for program activities, finances, and operations; provides proper accounting for program monies collected and disbursed.
- Participates in effective public relations efforts, such as timely publication and distribution of announcements, schedules, invitations, etc.
- Assists in ensuring adequate inventory of supplies and equipment; assists in preparation of requisitions for additions and replacements; assists in receiving and storing of ordered materials; ensures neat, clean, and secure storage.
- Ensures that program environment is neat, clean, and safe for participants, parents, volunteers, parents, and others; ensures compliance with health and safety requirements; identifies and reports indications of child abuse, health problems, and other problems to management.
- Participates in in-service and outside staff training and development programs, supervisory meetings and conferences, etc.; utilizes training and educational opportunities to augment skills and abilities; applies new skills to improve services to program participants.
- Develops knowledge, awareness, and working relationships with social, educational, and human services programs and other resources available to program participants and their families.
- Participates in meetings with management, peers, staff, participants, families, volunteers, community agencies, etc. to maximize services, minimize costs, identify and resolve problems, etc.
- Acts as supervisor or group leader in his/her absence.
- Performs related work as required.
- Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and skills required by one or more of the recreational and cultural activities assigned.
- Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and skills used in planning, organizing, scheduling, and teaching one or more of the recreational and cultural activities assigned.
- Ability to provide leadership and direction to program participants, volunteers, parents, and others.
- Ability to apply creativity, imagination, spontaneity, humor, perseverance, and a variety of motivational techniques to make activities successful.
- Ability to communicate effectively and to work productively with employees, clients, families, volunteers, and others in a positive, pleasant, professional, and productive manner in writing, by telephone, and in personal contacts.
- Ability to provide management with accurate and timely reports and recommendations.
- Ability to maintain complete, accurate, and accessible administrate files and records.
· Two (2) years of formal post-high school training or education, and
· Two (2) years experience leading or teaching classes or groups in the recreational and cultural areas assigned, or
· Any equivalent combination of acceptable training, education, and experience.
- This position includes the normal physical demands, such as lifting, bending, and carrying, associated with sports and recreational activities in a community center or similar environment; with operating a motor vehicle in the transport of passengers, supplies, mail, materials, and other cargo; and with travel to other facilities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
- This position requires availability and flexibility to participate in services, programs, and activities during regularly scheduled workdays, evenings, and weekends.
- This position is subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Licenses, Registrations, and/or Certificates
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to hire and during tenure of employment.
Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.