Good Shepherd Services

Group Leader - SONYC @ Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center

Location : Name Prince Joshua Avitto Comm. Center
Location : Location US-NY-Brooklyn
Job ID
USD $17.00/Hr.
USD $18.00/Hr.

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.




The Group Leader is responsible for the overall development, management, and organization and planning of their group. Including integrated educational projects, recreation, arts and crafts and group building activities. 


Reports To:   Director of Youth Services

Location:       876 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11207 

Hours:           Up to 17.5 hours/Week; Non-exempt; Mon-Fri


Major Duties:

  • Engage participants in after school activities and role model appropriate behavior.
  • Engage in outreach activities to ensure attendance and participation.
  • Provide support to activity instructors and other group leaders.
  • Develop and facilitate a sequenced Curriculum and other various activities including arts & crafts. Curriculum should promote creativity, self-expression, opportunity for mastery, and emotional and professional growth.
  • Integrate lessons enriched with literacy, history and other related academic subjects when applicable
  • Develop positive relationships with participants, colleagues and school personnel.
  • Attends all staff meetings and staff development trainings sessions, as specified.
  • Plan and prepare culminating events for participants to showcase their activities.
  • Ensure participants are prepared and able to illustrate what they learned in culminating events.
  • Assist with organizing parent engagement events.
  • Engage with parents and guardians as necessary in a professional manner.
  • Discuss behavior problems and situations with supervisor as they emerge.
  • Resolve conflict within your group while seeking assistance from other staff, supervisors and directors when necessary.
  • Foster a youth development, strength’s-based environment, fostering a sense of belonging, safety, and community to participants.
  • Supervise support staff assigned to your group.
  • Engage and facilitate group conversations, tracking and supporting students’ academic success.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management skills.
  • Inspect all facilities, equipment, and supplies and be sure all are locked away securely at the end of each day
  • Maintain all required records for your group.
  • Maintain strict adherence to policies and procedures at all times.
  • Participate in afterschool events and Trips.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Associates Degree in a child welfare or related field OR High School/ GED Diploma and 2 years related experience in youth development programs preferred.
  • Experience in leading and participating in group activities.
  • Experience building a camp culture through chants, team building activities, and community building preferred.
  • Can contribute a talent or experience in arts, music, crafts, etc. a plus.
  • A commitment to working with youth from a variety of backgrounds, while providing high quality services.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth and family development and trauma-informed 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.


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