Summer Rising Instructor (Seasonal)

Reporting directly to the Program Director and Assistant Director, the Summer Rising Instructor is primarily responsible for delivering activities, including tailoring the curriculum for different levels of instruction and developing lesson plans. The instructor will teach students in grades K – 5.

This position will be a part of our Youth and Family Services offered at Sunnyside Community Services, which includes a pre-kindergarten program, after-school programs for elementary and middle school students, high school job readiness, career readiness, and enrichment programming and Adult and Immigrant Services.


  • Supervise a group of K–5 students along with the Group Leader and provide for the safety and well-being of participants.
  • Plan, develop, and implement age-appropriate activities, lesson plans, events, and projects relevant to program themes that include presentations and visuals for participants in the areas of art, literacy, dance, STEM, social and emotional learning, and physical fitness onsite and in-person.
  • Submit lesson plans and presentations in a timely manner and meet necessary deadlines.
  • Prepare materials and examples in advance for students’ understanding during activities.
  • Assist DOE teachers during the academic portion of Summer Rising.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign-in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, health checks, and cleaning logs as appropriate).
  • Meet regularly with supervisor and other staff members to share best practices and address challenges.
  • Attend essential workshops and mandated trainings.
  • Adhere to all Department of Health, Department of Education, DYCD, and Sunnyside Community Services expectations and regulations.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of program space in accordance with CDC guidelines and ensure program supplies are well organized and in good condition.


  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • High school diploma; some college of relevant degree preferred.
  • Relevant experience working with youth – facilitating lessons for a group, lesson planning, and group management (training available).
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Staff are expected to be committed to the position until the end of Summer Rising.

Compensation: $19–$20/hour

Schedule: July 2 – August 16, 2024; Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 6 pm; Friday, 8 am – 6 pm

Location: P.S. 150Q (relocated to P.S. 11Q)

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume to Lizzette Mejia-Gil, Program Director at Please indicate “Summer Rising Instructor” in the email subject line.

All positions at Sunnyside Community Services are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply. 

Sunnyside Community Services strives to address, explore, and educate all our stakeholders about the diversity of human experience and to advance and integrate racial equity and social justice into all organizational policies and programs. We believe that everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization, should feel equally involved and supported. Sunnyside Community Services represents a commitment to considering the whole person and how systemic barriers and access to opportunities can affect well-being. 

Sunnyside Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer