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Youth Development Associate (Full-Time, Year-Round)

About the Role

Little Island seeks an experienced Youth Development Associate to join the Education and Community Relations department. This will be responsible for supporting the implementation of an array of arts-based community engagement and educational programming, including Little Island’s inaugural usher program. The ideal candidate has demonstrated a commitment to working for positive social change through the arts, a background in workforce or youth development, and a practical understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy. This position is full-time and reports to the Director of Education and Community Relations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborates closely with the Director of Education and Community Relations to design and deliver a suite of youth development programs that educate and employ local young people in the community and in the park
  • Spearheads the curriculum development, pedagogical design, training and onboarding processes for Little Island’s inaugural usher program.Responsibilities include:
    • Managing the hiring and training plan for the summer’s house management team and youth usher cohort
    • Partnering closely with the Employee Experience department to ensure the recruitment, hiring, and personnel support processes are managed in alignment with the larger organization workforce development goals and protocols
    • Ensuring the program’s initiatives and staffing structure is delivered within budget and in service to the dynamic needs of Little Island’s programming
    • Creating and communicating work schedules and core responsibilities to youth ushers and Front of House staff in an ongoing manner, providing feedback and support onsite and in communications
  • Collaborates closely with the Director of Education and Community Relations and the Education and Community Relations Coordinator on the Little Island Internship program; including day-to-day communication and supervision of Little Island Interns
  • Co-creates and facilitates professional development experiences with the Employee Experience department, particularly in service to the execution of Little Island’s Fellowship program and workforce development initiatives
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned

What You Bring

  • 2 or more years working on education and community relations-based arts programs; experience working in youth and early career development preferred
  • A degree in arts education, applied theatre, or related fields a plus but not required
  • A passion for creating and facilitating community access to public space and public art
  • Experience designing and executing career development programs
  • Strong curriculum development skills in a wide array of educational settings
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to convey the mission and goals of the park to professionals and the public
  • Comfortable working both independently and in collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders include team members, artists, or visitors outside in our park-setting
  • Availability to work nights and weekends, especially during the Spring and Summer season
  • Fluency in a language other than English a plus
  • Eligibility to work in the US
  • Availability to start January 2022

What to Expect

Little Island has 3 distinct outdoor spaces hosting a wide variety of artistic programs throughout the season including a 687-seat amphitheater.

  • Park employees may be asked to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Park employees will spend time onsite at Little Island working in outdoor weather conditions, navigating the entire park and interacting with park visitors to ensure operations are running effectively. Little Island is ADA compliant, and park employees are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for each other and our park’s visitors.
  • Little Island’s Headquarters, located near the park, provides an open floor plan office, shared work areas and kitchen, a locker room, rehearsal space, and storage for the park. It is a dynamic and multi-use space where employees and artists can collaborate, connect, and unwind in between shifts, meetings and events.
  • Little Island is a park open for all New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.All park employees are expected to actively participate in our communal commitment to employee safety and health and all related employee policies, which are reinforced with our current employees often and will be shared throughout the interview process.
  • In accordance with Little Island's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our visitors; and the community at large during the pandemic. This policy is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities and should be interpreted in alignment with applicable law. All Little Island employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as determined by the CDC, by November 15, 2021, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Potential employees will be given the opportunity to provide proof of vaccination or request a reasonable accommodation at the onset of employment.


  • Competitive salary (commensurate with experience)
  • 10 days vacation, 7 sick, 3 personal days
  • Medical, dental & vision care
  • Contribution into a 401(k) retirement plan
  • Commuter benefits
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Basic Life Insurance, Short & Long-Term Disability

How to Apply

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Little Island is a proud equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, familial or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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