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We’re hiring!

Attention, Adventurers!

The CYC is looking for a dedicated, fun-loving individual to fill our open Program Manager position. The Program Manager is tasked with guiding our youngest explorers through the academic year in our creative writing and tutoring afterschool programs. If you’d like to learn more, then read on.


The Creative Youth Center (CYC) prepares kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. Through our creative writing and tutoring programs, we help kids build the skills necessary for future success. We’re looking for a part-time Program Manager to help with a number of activities, such as planning and coordinating afterschool programs, recruiting students and volunteers, engaging students and families, and performing administrative tasks. This position works closely with the Program Director to ensure the CYC’s overall mission and values are being fulfilled.

Position: Program Manager for the Creative Youth Center’s afterschool programs Hours: Part-time, 25 hours/week Compensation: $11/hour Reports to: Program Director

Key Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Planning and coordinating afterschool programs at the CYC, primarily Afterschool Adventure (3rd-6th grade) and one evening of Thrive Tutoring (6th-12th grade)

  2. Utilizing service learning opportunities as a way to build and support the CYC student culture

  3. Supervising students in the program, promoting safety and respect among all participants

  4. Creating an inspiring and supportive classroom atmosphere while also focusing on behavior management

  5. Directing and communicating with the CYC’s dynamic volunteer corps

  6. Maintaining accurate attendance records

  7. Assisting the Program Director with program evaluation

  8. Connecting with parents regarding registration, scheduling, and student progress

  9. Attending weekly staff meetings and meeting all deadlines

  10. Representing the CYC at community events as availability allows

  11. Other duties as assigned by Program Director

Required Skills and Qualifications

  1. Bachelors degree (preference for social work or education)

  2. Experience working with kids ages 6 to 18

  3. Knowledge of service learning or a willingness to learn

  4. Passionate about promoting expression through creative writing

  5. Knowledge of Grand Rapids neighborhoods

  6. An excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal

  7. Can-do attitude—a positive disposition and a sense of humor a must

  8. Ability to work as a team member in a dynamic, creative environment

  9. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Dropbox

  10. Current First Aid and CPR certification or the ability to become certified

  11. Background check required

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Meghan McAfee, Program Director, at by September 2, 2014.

Zyair and Katie

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