About Sunrise of Philadelphia

Sunrise of Philadelphia is an out-of-school time provider that supports youth who face adversity in discovering
their strengths, experiencing success and preparing for their futures. Since 1999, Sunrise has provided
high-quality youth development programs to more than 1,000 youth annually, including academic enrichment,
career and college programming and workforce development. Sunrise has a proven track record and strong
working relationships within South and West Philadelphia. In all its work, Sunrise utilizes a trauma-informed
approach and strives to embody the following three core values: Family, Transforming and not Transacting, and
"EduFun" - Education through Fun!

Job Description

Sunrise Group Leaders are at the heart of Sunrise’s work with young people. Group Leaders work daily with
youth, building relationships that endure and leading activities that open possibilities. A Sunrise Group Leader
is responsible for supervising and providing programming to one group or cohort of K-12th grade students.
Group Leaders prepare and lead structured activities, play games with their group, and make their time
together fun, engaging, and educational. In all activities, the Group Leader will use a trauma-informed
approach to create a positive, fun atmosphere while maintaining health and safety guidelines in accordance
with Philadelphia Health Department regulations, all grant requirements, and the strategic goals defined by
the Sunrise administrative team.
During the summer season, which will run 6/21/21 – 8/6/21, each Group Leader will be assigned to a cohort of
24 students supported by a team of three staff members. Sunrise Group Leaders will be responsible for the
safety and wellness of the students in their assigned cohort and will work with the other staff to ensure that:
students are screened properly upon entry, COVID protocols are maintained, academic work is supported, the
cohort’s materials are cleaned and sanitized, and Sunrise’s enrichment activities run successfully as scheduled.

Duties and Responsibilities

● Create a safe and fun atmosphere for your assigned cohort

● Maintain proper supervision of your assigned cohort

● Manage student engagement and behavior using a positive, trauma-informed approach

● Lead and support structured, academic-oriented programming

● Prep and lead enrichment programming, including planned lessons and informational fun activities

● Lead regular outdoor play and activity sessions

● Work collaboratively with outside instructors, School District staff, and contractors to achieve program goals

● Monitor and support respectful daily space use, including appropriate care and storage of program supplies and School District property

● Operate in accordance with Philadelphia Health Department requirements, including daily screening of self and students, ensuring proper distancing, etc.

● Participate in quality improvement efforts including data collection, reflective practice, and professional development

● If assigned as the lead staff member of a cohort:

○ Call families of absent students daily and share updates with Sunrise and SDP leadership

○ Ensure completion of sign-in sheets daily

○ Support the work of the two Group Leaders in your cohort

○ Serve as primary point of contact for outside instructors, School District staff, and contractors working with your cohort to ensure collaborative and productive working relationships

● Organize and ensure all required paperwork (sign ins, PBL, etc.) is complete for program activities

● Communicate with families as needed in a friendly, courteous manner

● Collaborate with other staff for event planning, outreach efforts, and other services

● Other duties as assigned


● Required: at least a high school diploma or equivalent

● Preferred: at least two years verified experience working with youth (1250 hours per year, total: 2,500 hours)

● Preferred: an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university, either in or including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field

● Positive communication and conflict resolution skills

● Enthusiasm and dedication to improving the lives of youth and families

● Ability to work productively as part of a team

● Commitment to on-going growth and professional development

● Friendly, courteous manner

● Ability to speak multiple languages a plus


● $15.00-$17.00 per hour, depending on qualifications, experience, and responsibilities given

● This is a temporary seasonal full-time hourly position working 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) during the 2021 summer season

● Summer Season: 6/21/21 – 8/6/21

● Daily schedule may vary depending on the schedule of the site to which you are assigned

● This is a grant funded position that reports directly to the supervisor of the assigned cohort


All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Sunrise of Philadelphia, including involvement in quality improvement activities, regular team meetings, and a willingness and ability to work within a culturally diverse environment. Sunrise of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by Sunrise administration. All Sunrise hires must complete required state and federal background checks, and submit a health assessment prior to start of employment. This is a 100% grant funded position subject to grant approval and continuation. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.


Click APPLY FOR JOB to send your resume to Ben Cooper, Director of Program Quality, at bcooper@sunriseofphila.org.


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