Hiring for our Babies to Three Program

Assistant to Director of Babies to Three

A House on Beekman works in the South Bronx, supporting and empowering parents from before the birth of their babies right through to them entering and completing college.  Our first step, in a series of chronological programs, focuses on the period from pregnancy up to age 3.  This program offers support and advice through pregnancy, immediate post-natal care, and then walks alongside parents and caregivers as their children pass through the important milestones of early childhood development.  We are seeking an Assistant to the Director of this program. Ideally you should be passionate, experienced and/or qualified in the areas of pregnancy and birth and then right through to when children become toddlers.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree preferred but not essential
  • Spanish speaker preferred but not essential
  • Living in the Bronx preferred but not essential
  • Be passionate about health promotion and education during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum
  • Knowledge of physical and emotional early child development and preparing for school readiness
  • Understanding of the special needs related to under resourced and under privileged families
  • Experience in teaching and facilitating small groups
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills and research and admin experience

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify effective recruitment and retention strategies and assist the director in executing these
  • Assist director in connecting with and building ongoing relationships with local agencies
  • Assist director in the creating, maintaining and updating of a resource folder of local support services
  • Assist director in regularly researching, reviewing and updating published materials used in the program, checking that they are scientifically robust and evaluating effectiveness
  • Set up and clear up the children’s play area and the parent discussion area on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ensure the environment and equipment is safe for parents and children
  • Maintain a register of all attendees

Secondary responsibilities

  • Co-facilitate the pregnancy and childbirth classes under the direction and guidance of the director
  • Assist in the well-baby program and provide, dispense and discuss appropriate health promotion material
  • Research relevant health topics for parents with children age 1 and 2 and facilitate discussion on these topics during the parent and toddler topic time
  • Oversee children’s play session during the parenting skills program
  • Accompany director on home visits to families in the program and develop skills in family support and health promotion

To apply email a resume and cover letter to Deb Bashir at deborah@ahouseonbeekman.org


Kids leading the way with end-of-year projects

We are finishing the year with one more round of Passion Projects at after-school.  From January to April, the kids worked on projects that were under the leadership of the after-school staff.  On the Friday before spring break, they presented their work to a teeming crowd of family members, friends and AHOB staff and volunteers.  Cameras were flashing and moms and dads were grinning from ear to ear as the kids presented an original play, performed self-written rhymes, displayed their beautiful artistic creations and brought down the house with an incredible step routine.

Since returning from spring break, we launched a final round of Passion Projects.  But this time, instead of us adults presenting options to the kids and leading them through the activity, we took a step back and gave them greater ownership and responsibility. The kids had a big group brainstorm session a couple Fridays ago.  They shared their project ideas, explaining how each project would bring joy to their families and community.  Then they narrowed down the ideas to 4 options.  A baking group will sell their concoctions to raise money for charity, a sports group will present the techniques they learn together, a group will put on a performance of hip-hop, ballet and musical theater and a nature exploration group will create scrapbooks of what they discover about pockets of nature in our very own neighborhood.  We are seeing the kids step into leadership–making decisions, advocating for their ideas and planning how best to use the time.  This is not something they would have been ready for back in September, and it has been incredible to see this concrete evidence of their growth this year.

The kids had a lot of fans at the April Passion Project Party.

The kids had a lot of fans at the April Passion Project Party.

A proud papa films his son's step routine.

A proud papa films his son’s step routine.

 

We’re hiring!

Head Teacher/Assistant Director Position

 

A House on Beekman is starting a preschool program in Sept 2014 that will foster the development of 3-4 year olds and prepare them to enter Kindergarten. We are seeking a Lead Teacher that will also serve as the Assistant Director to lead our children in their social, emotional, spiritual and educational development.

 

Qualifications:

*NYC Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Related Field

*3 or more years experience teaching children under 6 years of age

 

 

Role Description:

*Co-teach preschool class of 3/4 year olds

*Serve as Director when Head Director is not present

*Assist Head Director in Curriculum Development/Child Assessment/Parent Support/Staff Development

*Communicate with parents and encourage their input regarding the growth and development of their children

*Hold 2 home visits and 2 parent/teacher conferences per child per year alongside Head Director

*Actively participate in staff training and development

 

 

Key Characteristics:

*Aligns with the mission and vision of A House on Beekman

*Builds and maintains a positive, nurturing and supportive relationship with children and families

*Maintains a safe and healthy environment in the classroom and on the playground

*Possesses the ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families

 

Email sloan@ahousoenbeekman.org with your cover letter and resume to apply!


TGC Youth Winter Camp

299428_161243843962266_387676392_nThis past weekend, we had the privilege of taking a bunch of our teenagers to a Winter Camp in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. There we unified under the theme of “Together” to learn about seeking & finding Paul, Barnabas & Timothy relationships in our lives. (Yes, I do mean “our lives” as I found myself taking notes at every session. Truth is for adults, too.) We didn’t simply sit & listen, though, as we found ample time to play hoops, participate in a talent show & have some epic pillow fights.

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was watching one of our high school graduates step up as an adult leader. Having been a camper for the past few years, he accepted a role as a cabin group discipleship leader & sat beside me all weekend as we journeyed with our cabin of middle school boys through what these three relationships are, what they mean, & who fills those roles in each of our lives.

Trinity Grace Church Youth, led magnificently by Tyler Staton & a dozen or so other volunteer adult leaders, continues to be a wonderful & life-giving partner with us here in the South Bronx, & they are located all the way down in Manhattan’s East Village. Hallelujah. We even were blessed to have a local born & bred South Bronx pastor as our camp speaker.

Please pray for our youth as they enter this week back into non-retreat city life in their homes & schools. We can only plant & water. Please pray that the Lord will provide increase in the beautiful hearts of these teenagers. Thank you for reading.

Job Openings

Our vision at A House on Beekman is to come alongside babies when they are in their mother’s womb and follow them all the way through college and beyond. We started this three years ago with our first class of Mommy and Me. The newborns that started with us then are now turning 3 and we intend to start a Preschool for them in the fall of this year. As a part of this growth, we have two job openings at A House on Beekman. Our current Mommy and Me Director will be pioneering our new Preschool program so we are looking for a new Mommy and Me Director who can build on the strengths that already exist in the program while bringing a fresh vision to take this program to the next level. We are also hiring a Lead Teacher for our Preschool that will also serve as its Assistant Director. See details for both positions below.

 

Mommy and Me Director

 Mommy and Me is a program for moms with babies ages 0-3 that equips moms in the South Bronx to take ownership of their child’s growth and development and empowers them in their role as a mother. A House on Beekman is seeking a Mommy and Me Director who will incorporate new vision for this program while building upon its existing strengths.

 

Qualifications-

*bachelors degree (prefer education, psychology, family studies, human services or related fields)

*5 or more years experience with children and/or adults in a leadership capacity

*preferred-willing to live in Bronx

*preferred-bilingual English/Spanish

 

Role description-

*oversee and design programs for women and children including creating or finding curriculum

*communicate and coordinate with teachers and childcare assistant

*facilitate women and children’s classes when needed

*coordinate staff development for teachers and volunteers

*create and implement any emergency supply/reward systems (diapers, books, etc)

*create a recruitment plan to find women and children for program

*participate in staff meetings and staff development programs

*coordinate/oversee volunteers

*develop relationships with key agencies in the neighborhood for moms

*conduct or oversee home visits of mothers in the program

*coordinate with Executive Director to create metrics and be accountable to those metrics

*fulfill fundraising needs when necessary such as thanking donors, speaking engagements and creating fundraising material specific to Mommy and Me

 

Key Characteristics-

*aligns with the mission and vision of A House on Beekman

*exhibits a genuine nurturing, caring attitude towards mothers and children

*can create and maintain a safe, ordered learning environment

*exhibits flexible nature

*possesses ability to manage conflict and change

*is able to effectively communicate with a broad range of individuals and ages

 

To apply email tracy@ahouseonbeekman.org with a cover letter and resume by April 4th.

 

Head Teacher/Assistant Director Position

 

A House on Beekman is starting a preschool program in Sept 2014 that will foster the development of 3-4 year olds and prepare them to enter Kindergarten. We are seeking a Lead Teacher that will also serve as the Assistant Director to lead our children in their social, emotional, spiritual and educational development.

 

Qualifications:

*NYC Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Related Field

*3 or more years experience teaching children under 6 years of age

 

Role Description:

*Co-teach preschool class of 3/4 year olds

*Serve as Director when Head Director is not present

*Assist Head Director in Curriculum Development/Child Assessment/Parent Support/Staff Development

*Communicate with parents and encourage their input regarding the growth and development of their children

*Hold 2 home visits and 2 parent/teacher conferences per child per year alongside Head Director

*Actively participate in staff training and development

 

Key Characteristics:

*Aligns with the mission and vision of A House on Beekman

*Builds and maintains a positive, nurturing and supportive relationship with children and families

*Maintains a safe and healthy environment in the classroom and on the playground

*Possesses the ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families

 

To apply email sloan@ahouseonbeekman.org with a cover letter and resume by April 4th.