Teen Advisor

Employment Type
Job Category
Youth & Teen Programs
West Side YMCA
Salary: $17.52 Hourly

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.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.
The West Side YMCA is seeking a Teen Advisor who will play a critical role in the successful operation of the teen programs. Under the supervision of the Teen Coordinator the Advisor will lead and supervise all teen services and programs, including Y Saturday night programs as well as other programs. In addition, the Teen Advisor will be responsible for advertising and recruiting participants, ensuring proper documentation and reporting, as well as meeting program outcome goals and deliverables.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of participants in the program by providing close supervision of all activities, and ensuring spaces are clean and supplies are well maintained. 

  • Plan, create and facilitate lesson plans for all programs. 

  • Manage administrative data entry in various systems including Youth Service.NET, coordination of participant paperwork, conducting program surveys, and all other requirements outlined by City agencies and in the YMCA’s Teen Standards. 

  • Must be able to manage adolescent behavior with respect, maturity, compassion and encouragement. 

  • Develop positive relationships with the participants, their friends and family members.  

  • Ability to work cooperatively with professional staff and other departments.

  • Create an environment that is diverse, culturally sensitive and relevant to the needs of teens.

  • Actively participate in designated meetings, training sessions and special events.

  • Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.  

Desired Skills & Experience:
  • High School diploma or equivalent required. College credits preferred.

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working with pre-teens and teens (13 years and older).

  • General knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and (list online platform(s) used, i.e., Zoom/Google Classroom). 

  • Knowledge of Access, Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop preferred. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be available to work Monday-Friday, and during public school breaks, from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership, and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e., full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.

How to Apply:
If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

If you are a current YMCA employee, please submit your application through the Internal Career Site in Cornerstone. 

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