About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School's first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child's intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students' success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

Job Description

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for kind and committed individuals to supervise students during recess and after school. Recess and Afterschool Program Teachers will work from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday at a rate of $15 per hour. They will lead recess activities from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and will lead in the afterschool program from 3:15 pm to 6 pm. In both the recess and afterschool program, they are expected to create an environment conducive to safety, kindness and fun. Flexibility and creativity are highly encouraged. Details about each part of this joint role can be found below.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recess Responsibilities
    • Plan, monitor, engage, and facilitate recess for all students. This includes planning and implementing activities and games such as double dutch, basketball, helping students find a quiet place to read, etc.
    • Ensure that students are meeting WCS’ behavioral expectations and are safe at all times, and mediate when conflicts arise among students.
    • Recess staff are expected to be outside with the students even when the weather is hot or cold. Indoor recess will be held in case of inclement weather or extreme temperatures.
    • Recess teachers are expected to continue to be engaged, nurturing, and excited about recess with the students.
    • Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, duties may include supervising a class of students at lunch in their classroom every day.

    Afterschool Program Teacher Responsibilities

    • Create and maintain a safe, nurturing environment in which all students are given the opportunity to flourish socially, emotionally and academically
    • Design a daily agenda, including time/ space management for all aspects of the afternoon.
    • Write detailed weekly lesson plans, which are due every Friday to the Recess and ASP Coordinator.
    • Consistently implement daily rituals, rules and consequences that benefit the management of the group as a whole.
    • Provide students with whole group, small group, and individual academic support and enrichment.
    • Consistently check that all homework is being completed correctly and neatly. Report any observations of students struggling severely with academic work to Recess and ASP Coordinator and parents/guardians.
    • Communicate openly and continually with Recess and ASP Coordinator regarding group progress, individual students, and your needs.
    • Take daily attendance and keep clear, accessible weekly attendance records.
    • Gather and distribute snack materials.
    • Maintain positive relationships with parents/ guardians.
    • Clean up/ straighten ASP space at the end of every afternoon. This includes wiping tables after snack. If using a classroom, make a special effort to leave it as clean or cleaner than you found it.

    Additional Expectations (Both Positions)

    • Report any observations of students struggling severely either socially or emotionally to the Recess and ASP Coordinator and parents/guardians.
    • Participate in a daily team huddle, team planning meetings, and departmental and school-wide professional development.
    • You must take your school walkie-talkie and whistle out to the park or playground at all times in case of emergency.
    • Cell phone use is limited to emergency situations only. Personal calls/emailing/texting or other personal use of cell phones while with the children is not allowed.
    • Maintain clear and accurate records as necessary in the incident report log.
    • Complete an incident report form immediately after any incident, making sure to send home a copy with the student the very same day.
    • Enjoy the students and have fun!


  • Qualifications
    • High School Diploma or GED required, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree a plus
    • At least two years of experience working with elementary and/or middle school students, ideally in a school or at camps
    • Dependable, with a good record of attendance and timeliness
    • A relationship builder; able to build effective relationships with students
    • All applicable clearances required by law including current FBI clearance (DHS and PDE), Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance, NSOR, Mandated Reporter training, and proof of a negative TB test
    • CPR/First Aid, Water Safety training (FH only) and other mandatory safety-related trainings will be offered by WCS and required upon hire
    • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
    • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
    • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed


    This position runs from 10:00 am to 6 pm with two paid breaks.


    This position is paid at a rate of $15/hour. It also includes fully employer-covered medical and vision benefits for the individual.

Job Type


School Type

Public Charter





Education Level

High School