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Youth Development Associate - Part-Time

Department: North West Middle
Location: Knoxville, TN

"When school's out, Clubs are in!"

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley began providing opportunities for youth in Knoxville in 1943.  Today, it has grown into a four-county service area across the Tennessee Valley with 19 Clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties.

Our Mission:  To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

More than 7,200 at-risk youth and teens take advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by our Clubs. They benefit from trained, caring staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.

Our organization employs over 450 full-time and part-time staff members.

Through the Boys & Girls Clubs, young people are shown that someone cares, and there are concerned and capable adults to whom they can turn for assistance.

Youth Development Associate

REPORTS TO: Facility Director


Plans, implements, supervises, and evaluates activities provided within multiple program areas following all licensing requirements.


  • Understands and adheres to our core values of transparency, excellence, empowerment and dedication.

Ignite Greatness

  • Understands that each and every youth has something to offer and wants to be successful.  Actively seeks and looks for the best in every single youth helping them to reach their highest potential. 

Great Futures

  • Understands the formula to start youth on the journey to a great future: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.


KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Program Development and Implementation

  • Effectively implement and administer programs, services and activities for members and visitors
  • Develop and utilize programs that are fun and engaging that fit the area you are in
  • Monitor and evaluate programs to ensure safety of members
  • Maintain a ratio of staff to members at 1:20
  • Create, post, and follow weekly lesson plans
  • Thorough knowledge and ability to program in multiple areas throughout the club
  • Must have a working knowledge of grants and USDA programs and have the ability to help as needed with these programs
  • Implement set programs such as Healthy Habits, Smart Moves, Power Hour, and others according to area that you are working in

Program Supervision

  • Provide active supervision continually interacting with all members and providing motivation and encouragement
  • Discipline members fairly, consistently, and only according to established policies and procedures
  • Ensure a productive work environment by participating in staff meetings
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to Youth Development Workers
  • Provide supervision in various areas to include Activities Room, Arts & Crafts Room, Cadet Room, Computer Lab, Discovery Zone, Early Childhood Room, Games Room, Gym, Home Center Area, Homework Area, Kindergarten Room, Learning Center, Life Skills Room, Lunch Room, Multi-purpose Room, Music Area, Playground, Recreation Area, and Teen Room

Prepare Youth for Success

  • Know the Youth Development Strategy- Instill in youth feelings of Belonging, Usefulness, Influence and Competence (BUIC).
  •  Create an environment that facilitates the achievement of Youth Development Outcomes:
    • promote and stimulate program participation
    • create opportunities for development of strengths and competencies
    • provide guidance and role modeling to members

Additional Responsibilities

  • May participate in special programs and/or events
  • Required to be a monitor on the bus
  • Complete training as required by licensing agency  
  • Required to work in all areas of the club
  • Clean area and bathrooms as needed at the end of day
  • Manage specialty groups like advisory group, Smart Girls, PEP, and many others
  • Communicate with parents about issues with children


  • High School diploma or GED
  • Experience working with children
  • Knowledge of youth development
  • Knowledge of Department of Education/ DHS Licensing Requirements
  • Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior problems
  • Ability to deal with the general public
  • Ability to plan and implement quality programs for youth
  • Ability to organize and supervise members in a safe environment
  • Must be flexible and be able to work well with other team members
  • Ability to multitask
  • Must be CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Problem solving skills
  • Effective communication skills with supervisor and parents


  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Must be able to move quickly to keep up with youth
  • Must be able to actively participate and interact with youth
  • Must be able to remain alert and energetic for 8 hours or more


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, not to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

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