Youth Development Specialist : IS 347

About Us

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!

NOTE: As a NYC contracted agency all positions at Good Shepherd Services fall under the NYC vaccine mandate. All employees, volunteers and interns must show proof of vaccination upon hire.



REPORTS TO: Community School Director

LOCATION: 35 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11221

HOURS: 19 Hours/Week, Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: The Youth Development Specialist supports the best practices of youth development in all aspects of in-school and after-school programming. The youth development specialist recruits and retains students in mentoring groups, facilitates activities, assists in the set up and announcements of after-school, and floats throughout the after-school program to fill any program needs or staff vacancies.


Organize and facilitate the Community Leaders component of the after-school program.

Create schedules for community service projects.

Organize and facilitate a small mentoring group during in-school lunch period.

Support Community School Team with attendance improvement and incentive initiative.

Assist in organizing GSS showcases and school-wide events in the afterschool program.

Daily announcement on the loud speaker for after school including any special events.

Develop positive relationships with DOE staff.

Assist in developing schedules, events and systems that encourage students to attend and to continue to attend Afterschool, based on student interest.

Administer surveys, collect consents and any other student sign-up initiatives.

Provide ongoing assessment of all aspects of youth development programming to support best practices and positive relationships with DOE staff and administrators.

Facilitate an activity/activities as needed in Afterschool.

Float throughout Afterschool as needed and directed.

Assist the Sports Instructor in organizing student and staff sports tournaments.

Assist Financial Literacy instructor as needed.

Support recruitment and retention efforts for Afterschool.

Encourage, embody, and foster a strengths based approach grounded in youth development principals.

Perform other duties as assigned.


High School diploma required

Experience with youth development and/ or adolescents required

Bilingual Spanish preferred

Ability to facilitate large scale group activities on a microphone and make overhead announcements

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Must be able to engage young people and set structure and limits in a group setting, as well as hold students accountable

Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based and/or youth development perspective.

Additional Information

Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

Job Type
Full Time
70 days ago

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