Inclusion Specialist

Employment Type
Job Category
Youth & Teen Programs
Prospect Park YMCA

SALARY: $25.00 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 Prospect Park YMCA is seeking an individual who, under the supervision of the COMPASS Director, will be responsible for supporting children with IEP’s and children needing additional behavior modification support. The incumbent will also support program and school staff in modifying and adapting their lessons to achieve IEP and inclusion goals. In addition the Inclusion Specialist will help the staff create an inclusive classroom for the students where all students feel welcome and are able to learn in their own learning style.


  • Meet and relate with students, teachers and parents in a friendly helpful way.
  • Gives individual attention to class participants and shows modifications.
  • The Specialty Instructor is the key position responsible for ensuring the successful delivery and implementation of inclusion based programming for all contract target populations during the after school hours.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming and respectful environment that emphasizes teamwork and cooperation.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based approach for learning.
  • The Specialty Instructor will be responsible for reviewing students’ Individualized Education Program (I.E.P) in order to help staff modify their lessons so they can provide any support needed to help children achieve their goals in an inclusive classroom setting. In addition the Specialty Instructor will play a key role in supporting the behavior plans and system for all staff including language and classroom management.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about programming dates, upcoming special events and their own child’s strengths and areas for growth.
  • Maintain high enrollment and help in outreach.
  • Complete administrative duties as needed including, target population tracking, data entry, filing, observations and reporting and attend monthly supervisions, staff meetings and trainings and relevant school meetings as needed.
  • Serve as positive role model for participants. 
  • Meet YMCA’s standards and guidelines.
  • Provide supervisor with lesson plans as requested.
  • Attend all required workshops, trainings and YMCA required meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.


  • Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, Social Work, or related field.
  • Experience working with children with special needs.
  • General knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • CPR/First Aid certifications.

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 “Inclusion Specialist” to or to:

Prospect Park YMCA
Attn.:  Jasmine Rosa
357 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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

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