This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Develops, organizes and implements high quality program in an experienced area of concentration.


• Schedule and conduct tours and screenings for all new participants, Evaluate and synthesize information from outside assessments, family members, and through observation of the child to assess individual capabilities, needs and interests in recreational program activities.
• Develop individualized behavior plans and data collection systems to meet the needs and interests of the child to include social/recreational and behavior interventions strategies/plans, as necessary.
• Responsible for recreational/social activity planning and the ongoing engagement of children the programs.
• Make sure that all participants in the LIAM program have an application on file, letter of need and a picture of the child.
• All parents are required to fill out an end of the summer evaluation on the program as well as write a letter how the LIAM program helped their child.
• Hire and supervise all buddies working this summer.
• Conduct a staff orientation on how to work with children with special needs.


• Mission Advancement
• Collaboration
• Operational Effectiveness
• Personal Growth


• Bachelor's Degree in related field.
• Work experience in special education, social work, or a related field to include developmental, behavioral, or physical disabilities.
• Knowledge of State and Federal rules and regulations as it pertains to Special Needs children and adults.
• The ability to develop positive, effective working relationships with staff, parents, participants, volunteers, and members.
• Effective teaching skills, the ability to deliver excellent member service, and a high level of enthusiasm are required.
• Poise and professionalism when addressing concerns and interacting with people, including issues of confidentiality.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Possess strong administrative and organizational skills.
• Experience with hiring, training, and evaluating staff.
• Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
•Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
• Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with children, families, staff, agencies/school districts, and community contacts in a positive and professional manner.
• Excellent organization skills.
• Proficient in Word/Excel


1.The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will or may be required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
3. The work is performed both indoors and out, and may require travel to various locations.


Email your resume and cover letter to bob.pettersen@ymcali.org and robin.vanschaick@ymcali.org.

Minimum: $15.00 p/h to Maximum: $33.75 p/h.
Newly hired employees will be paid $25.00.


1. Signing Bonus
2. Free membership to any YMCA of Long Island Branch
3. YMCA program discounts
4. Sick leave
5. Referral Program (earn up to $200 for each) 

The YMCA of Long Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are an open and inclusive organization, welcoming a diverse workforce free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, religion/creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation or belief, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis.