Post date: 

July 11, 2019

Queens Community House (QCH) is seeking a passionate, motivated, eager to learn Food Justice Leadership Group Leader or Activity Specialist at our Beacon Programs in Queens to actively supervise, engage and develop youth participants in grades ranging from Kindergarten-12th.

Beacon programs are collaborative school-based youth and community development centers serving children age six and older, and adults of all ages. The Beacon operates Monday-Friday from 1:30PM-9:30PM, Saturdays from 9AM – 5PM, and during school holidays, school recesses and in the summer from 8AM to 6PM. Our Beacon is designed to help young people develop the skills and the mindset they need to succeed in their educational and career settings, and to become active participants and leaders in their community.

The Food Justice Movement is a grassroots initiative emerging from communities in response to food insecurity and economic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods.


  • Actively monitor, engage and ensure safety of participants during all program activities, including pickup, snack, transitions, field trips, clubs, activities, and dismissal.
  • Develop and lead food justice leadership activities for youth.
  • Work with Food Justice Leadership Coordinator to develop and implement age-appropriate curriculum; submit sequenced lesson plans in advance.
  • Demonstrate professional and appropriate communication with teachers, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Use appropriate strategies to defuse inappropriate behavior and encourage positive interactions.
  • Demonstrate effective positive classroom management strategies.
  • Ensure proper care of all area materials, organize room, and report any misused or damaged materials to a supervisor in order to ensure safety and effective operations.
  • Responsible for tracking, completion, and timely submission of all related program reports, including, but not limited to participant attendance, performance, supply requests, lesson plans, and timesheets.
  • Support organization of special events: culminating showcases, awards, trainings, parent meetings, etc.
  • Communicate with direct supervisor about any issues including, but not limited to schedule modifications or important behavioral or environmental difficulties.
  • Actively participate in training and professional development to continuously increase knowledge, principles and practices of youth development and actively use this knowledge to achieve program goals.
  • Always demonstrate professional behavior. Serve as a positive role model for participants and maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with participants at all times.
  • Promote responsible and healthy decision-making among all participants.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces diversity.
  • Develop social-emotional skills, leadership skills, team-building and self-advocacy among all participants.
  • Foster academic and non-academic skills and broaden participant horizons.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.



  • Minimum HS Diploma/Equivalency and current enrollment in an institution of higher education required.
  • Minimum of one year after-school work experience, one full summer camp work experience, or two years of related experience.
  • A passion and genuine interest in Food Justice work; Food justice experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate leadership, community service, civic engagement and/or enrichment activities.
  • Ability to develop lesson plans and curricula.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strengths-based and positive youth development perspective.
  • Demonstrated attendance and punctuality in meeting required schedule.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to meet School Age Child Care (SACC) requirements and obtain clearances including: background checks, fingerprinting by NYC Dept of Health, fingerprinting by NYC Dept of Ed, annual medical clearance and annual TB test documentation.

Additional Information:

Locations- This position will require you to work at both sites below, based on scheduling needs:  

Jackson Heights – Beacon @ PS 149

93-11 34th Ave, Jackson Heights NY ,11372 


Ozone Park - Beacon @ MS 210Q  

93-11 101st Ave, Ozone Park, NY 11416

STATUS: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

SALARY: Hourly rates are commensurate with experience; minimum rate of $16 per hour

SCHEDULE: Summer: Mon –Fri, 12P-4P

School Year: Mon-Fri 2:15P-5:45P and/or 6P-7:30P and/or Saturdays, 9A-5P totaling a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25 hours per week

Application Method:  

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community.  If you would like to join our team, please e-mail a cover letter and your resume to John Pili:

Applications without a formal cover letter will not be accepted. Cover letters must include: 

1) Why you think you would make a good candidate, including your specific skills, talents and experiences that would contribute to our team. 

2) Days and times that you are available to work.


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