Youth Programs Assistant

Up to 260 Hours per Year

The Children and Families Program Assistant aids the Children and Families Program Facilitator in creating space for experiencing the movement of Spirit within and among the community of K-5 graders. The Assistant helps to steward a sense of community, safety, and meaningful relationships among the elementary school age Quakers and their integration into the life of the wider Yearly meeting.


Responsibilities

  1. Attends all Children’s events (annual and continuing sessions, family overnights, other events).
  2. Works closely with the Children and Families Program Facilitator to ensure that events go as planned and offers constructive feedback about changes in structure and content after each event to continuously improve the program.
  3. Occasionally develops and leads workshops/activities during Children’s events.
  4. Helps the Facilitator to integrate volunteer Friendly Adult Presences into the community and their role within it.
  5.  Helps with food prep during gatherings.
  6.  Acts as a second set of eyes, noticing behavioral issues and negative social dynamics, as well as opportunities for spiritual exploration and fun.
  7.  Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • An active Friend or extensive experience with Friends’ meetings; knowledge of Quaker principles and practice preferred.
  • 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 children 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 relationship 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.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Driver’s license and ability to 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.