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Elementary Literacy Specialist
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040

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A destination for culture, education, and compassionate support since 1917, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood ("the Y") elevates the lives of our diverse and evolving Washington Heights and Inwood community through programming and service informed by universal Jewish values.
Our Elementary Literacy Specialist will be responsible for developing and directly facilitating Family and Youth Literacy Programs at the Y community center along with four other locations in the area. Our literacy-based activities are intended to engage children and their parents/caregivers in utilizing critical literacy skills. Activities should motivate children's love for reading and learning, as well as support parent's active involvement in their child's literacy skill development.


During program sessions:

Outside of program time:


Approximately 20 hours during the school year (with slight variations depending on the semester). This includes 8 hours of preparatory work and 12 hours of direct facilitation. Approximate facilitation hours are:
Mondays 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesdays 4pm to 7:30pm
Wednesdays 4pm to 5:30pm
Thursdays 4pm to 7:30pm

Fridays 4pm to 5:30pm


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; handle or feel; talk, hear or smell. This position also requires the use of hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; to taste. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in a typical community center and school environment.

Minimum Qualifications:


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.


Under $25,000

Agency Information:

Established in 1917 as one of the first Jewish community centers in New York City, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the Y) is a thriving and visionary not-for-profit human services organization in Northern Manhattan. We welcome people of diverse ethnicities and all ages, from pre-school to older adults, into the Y family with a wide range of educational, recreational and social services and programs that focus on improving the quality of their lives. With a long and distinguished history, the Y is a multi-service community center that is well known for its nurturing environment and non-judgmental philosophy.