After School/Youth Program Counselor
Company: The Salvation Army USA Central Territory
Posted on: November 18, 2023
THE SALVATION ARMY
North and Central Illinois Division
POSITION TITLE: After School/Youth Program Counselor
LOCATION/DEPT: Rockford Temple
REPORTS TO: Corps Officer
FLSA CATEGORY: Non-Exempt
STATUS TYPE: RPT
It is a goal of The Salvation Army to employ a highly motivated
person to facilitate programs for youth in our community. This is a
ministry position responsible for developing, monitoring, and
managing all youth programs including The Salvation Army's EMPOWER
After School Program, a holistic youth development program for
elementary and middle school students. The program will
intentionally focus on relationship building as the 'active
ingredient' in programming, services, and activities.
Under direction of the Youth Program Administrator and Youth
Program Coordinator, this position is responsible for the daily
operation of the EMPOWER After School Program. This may include,
but is not limited to leading, facilitating, and monitoring a
variety of activities. EMPOWER will serve elementary and middle
school students with a capacity to serve up to 75 students
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible for the care and well-being of program
- Directs a variety of educational, recreational, relational, and
development activities, including mentoring and tutoring programs
- Monitors activities to ensure compliance with established
activity plans and grant requirements as well as The Salvation Army
policies and procedures.
- Foster and model relationship building in 5 key areas; Express
Care, Challenge Growth, Provide Support, Share Power, and Expand
- Assist with the implementation of program schedules and
- Assist Youth Program Director and Youth Program Coordinator in
obtaining statistical information.
- Attend training for and utilize The Search Institute 40
Developmental Assets model. Knowledge of the Search Institute and
Bridges Out of Poverty R Rules materials and website resources.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings when required.
- Maintain confidentiality, proper client and staff boundaries.
Comply with The Salvation Army Safe From Harm guidelines.
- Maintain a positive, professional work atmosphere by behaving
and communicating in a manner that fosters relationship
- Trained in Search Institute Developmental Assets model, and The
Salvation Army Safe from Harm Safety and Abuse Prevention
- Ensures that Safe from Harm guidelines are instituted and
followed in the local setting.
- CPR/First Aid/AED certification preferred, or within 30 days of
- Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and
communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships with
program participants, their families, officers, co-workers, donors,
volunteers, and supervisors. Serve as a positive role model for
youth in the community.
- All other duties as assigned.
This position reports to the Youth Program Administrator and the
Youth Program Coordinator.
Oversee the safety and wellbeing of participating youth keeping
them safe, directed, informed and on task.
In contacts related to this position's duties, this individual acts
as a representative of the Army and its mission.
This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes
of the position are achieved as well as the timeliness, accuracy,
and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.
- Experience with youth programming and interest in child/youth
development studies, education counseling, and/or recreational
- Capable of meeting the demands of the After School program both
physically and mentally.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Ability to work with children, parents, and staff in a capacity
of positivity and consistency
- Relate to people of all ages and demonstrate a sensitivity to
- Ability to oversee program participants of varying educational
and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently and with minimal
- Ability to address and adapt to situations involving security
or in a time of crisis.
- Willing to promote the mission of The Salvation Army.
- Ability to organize work, set priorities and meet critical
- Self-motivated, reliable, dependable, and organized.
- Ability to speak, read and write English in a manner that is
sufficient for consultation with supervisors, employees, parents,
and youth; and to perform the requirements of this job.
- This individual will only commit Army resources that have been
allocated or approved.
- This individual will keep the Program Administrator and Program
Coordinator informed on all critical issues relating to his/her
area of responsibility.
- This individual will adhere to all Army policies and procedures
in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Capable of performing the above essential duties including
participation in recreational programing.
- May require walking tours of communities/neighborhoods, outdoor
work in programs or community garden, and visitation in under
- Office work will be indoors in a temperature-controlled
- Must be able to move or lift at least 25lbs.
- The work environment includes an office environment, as well as
classrooms, outdoor spaces, and gym/recreational spaces with a low
to high noise level.
- There will be times the individual is frequently in and out of
- In order to successfully perform the essential functions of
this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard
office equipment and a PC.
THE SALVATION ARMY MISSION STATEMENT
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical
part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the
Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is
to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His
name without discrimination.
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