Youth Program Assistant – Young Friends

To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter to zwilliams@pym.org by October 12, 2018.


Position summary

The Young Friends Program Assistant aids the Young Friends Program Facilitator in creating space for experiencing the movement of Spirit within and among the community of 9th-12th graders. The Assistant helps to steward a sense of community, safety, and meaningful relationships among the high school age Quakers (or Quaker-interested youth) and their integration into the life of the wider yearly meeting. The bulk of the 450 hours per year for this part-time position is concentrated over a number of weekends and multi-day retreats during the year, along with one full week in the summer. The person hired for this position will begin as Assistant to the Young Friends Program Facilitator for Fall Continuing Sessions in late October/early November 2018.


Responsibilities

  • Attends all Young Friends events (2 day-long gatherings, 3 weekend-long gatherings, 2 week-long gatherings, and July Annual Sessions).
  • Works closely with the Young Friends Program Facilitator to ensure that gatherings go as planned, and offers constructive feedback about changes in structure and content after events to continually improve the program.
  • Occasionally develops and leads workshops/activities during Young Friends gatherings.
  • Helps the Facilitator to integrate adult volunteers into the community and their role within it.
  • Helps with food prep during gatherings.
  • Acts as a second set of eyes, noticing behavioral issues and negative social dynamics, as well as opportunities for spiritual exploration and fun.
  • Other duties as assigned

Salary Range

This position pays an hourly rate of $13.50-$15.00 per hour depending on experience.


Qualifications

  • An active Friend or extensive experience with Friends’ meetings; knowledge of Quaker principles and practice
  • One or more years of experience in a related field, which can include related educational attainment, is required.
  • One or more years’ substantial experience working with high school age youth is required.
  • Able to work with children, youth and adults, and to facilitate groups to develop their interests, gifts, and skills
  • Understands inclusivity dynamics, especially in relation to age, gifts, LGBTQIA+, ability, gender, sexuality, race, and class; knowledgeable in crisis intervention
  • Strong communication skills are needed, including the ability to speak clearly, to listen deeply, and to write well.
  • Able to travel
  • Able to drive and rent cars
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening work
  • Able to commit to serving in the position for three years
  • Pass a criminal and child abuse background check, per PYM requirement for those working with children

Note:   All Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff members work in a collaborative manner to support the concrete and spiritual goals of the Yearly Meeting as a whole.  In that context, all are expected to be flexible, collegial, and willing to accept a variety of assignments.


To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter to zwilliams@pym.org by October 12, 2018.