Education Specialist

Employment Type
Job Category
After School Programs
Cross Island YMCA

SALARY:   $15.00 - $40.00 P/H

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Cross Island YMCA is seeking an Education Specialist, under the supervision of the Site Director, will provide intensive and extensive academic tutoring in the subjects of math and literacy to children grades K – 5 at P.S. 134Q. The incumbent must design activities to promote subject mastery, develop grade-level competencies, and teach study skills. The Education Specialist will also be responsible for creating a safe and positive environment for school age children, to provide opportunities for learning, interaction, and academic / personal growth. Y After-School programs operate from 2:00pm-6:00pm, Monday-Friday and during public school breaks. The incumbent will work at P.S. 134Q, 203-02 109 Ave, Hollis, NY 11412.


  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.  
  • Meet academic standards for tutoring and demonstrate competence in analyzing students’ academic needs. 
  • Assist participants in actively achieving an increased comprehension and retention of specific subject material, and improved academic skill in designated areas. 
  • Help participants develop necessary study skills for academic success. 
  • Identify participants experiencing difficulty; provide encouragement and alternative explanations of subject material. 
  • Assist participants with homework as needed. 
  • Work with Site Director and school staff to understand academic expectations of day school, and develop activities, assignments, practice tests, and strategies accordingly. 
  • Document, track, and maintain regular progress and academic records of designated participants. Provide feedback regarding participant progress as needed.  
  • Assist participants in developing self-confidence and reducing anxiety or fear of failure in academic work. 
  • Work with participants to develop a high level of motivation in academic areas and positive attitudes toward learning and studying by acknowledging student efforts as well as their progress and achievements. 
  • Work cooperatively with Afterschool Counselors, professional staff, teachers, and other program and school staff.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign in/out forms, behavior / incident / accident reports, as appropriate). 
  • Serve as a positive role model for participants. 
  • Understand and communicate the YMCA’s core values and the goals of the Y After School program to participants and care givers. 
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about their child’s strengths and areas of growth.
  • Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.
  • Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.  


  • Associates degree in Education or a related field; Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working with youth in an after school or tutoring environment.
  • Possess an understanding and knowledge of public school functions, Common Core, and specific knowledge in age-appropriate math and/or literacy curriculum.
  • General knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Access, Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop preferred.
  • Current CPR / First Aid certifications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must be available to work Monday thru Friday from 2pm to 6pm.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.


If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “Education Specialist” to to:

Cross Island YMCA
Attn:  Atikay Henry
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose, NY 11426

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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