YMCA Metro Atlanta

Specialty Instructor - Cooking

YMCA Metro Atlanta
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Posted 60+ days ago

As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest and most essential non-profits serving in Atlanta. Today, we're looking for you to join us as we carry out our mission to positively impact lives and communities across the state.

At the Y, we're an association of like-minded people (staff, volunteers, and members), on the forefront of a movement to ensure that everyone -- especially children -- experience an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. In the course of a year, we provide more than 3,000 children, ages 6 weeks through Pre-K with high-quality literacy and STEAM-infused learning; give 58,000 youth and teens access to sports, aquatics, day and resident camps, teen leadership development programs, and employment opportunities; provide over 200,000 members with programs, services, and facilities to enjoy connection and maintain wellness regardless of age; and engage over 25,000 volunteers and donors from across Atlanta to share in the gift of supporting their communities.


Under the direction of the Day Camp Lead, the Specialty Instructor is primarily responsible for supporting the Day Camp program and for the successful achievement of providing guidance, safety, leadership, and education for children served by camp.

Areas of need for Specialty Instructors: Archery, Arts and Crafts, Basketball, Cheer, Tumbling, Climbing Wall and Ropes Course, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Theater, Fitness, Flag Football, Kayak and Paddleboard, LEGO, Music, Nature, Pickleball, Robotics, Sports, STEM, Swim, Gaming, Tennis, and Volleyball

RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

  • Promote, monitor, evaluate, and ensure that all day camp programs run smoothly with a high level of service to participants.
  • Manage the site cleanliness and ensuring a safe environment for all students.
  • Lead programming that is focuses on specialized topics that will enrich the overall day camp program.
  • Implement lesson plans focused on specific skill development in a fun and engaging manner.
  • Provide teens with valuable leadership skills and lifelong lessons while engaging in fun and interactive activities.
  • Consult with the Youth development director on concerns related to student(s) development of behavior.
  • Carry out daily program tasks related directly to the position's scope and responsibility.
  • Stay updated on current issues regarding day camp programs.
  • Maintain and report incident/accident paperwork.
  • Maintain branch and association certifications in CPR, Metro Atlanta YMCA New Staff Orientation and Branch off-site Emergency procedures and any other required certifications and/or training required by the Metro Atlanta YMCA.


  • Be able to maintain a safe and healthy environment for staff and children.
  • Be able to provide sound, caring and positive leadership for children.
  • Able to maintain a safe and fun environment for children.
  • Provide, to everyone, extraordinary customer service to parent(s).
  • Be able to recognize and implement safety standards in all program activities.
  • Be able to participate effectively with other staff in implementing creative and fun camp activities for camp.
  • Communicate positively with parents and staff as required.
  • Attend all staff camp trainings.


  • High School Diploma in progress or completed.
  • 1+ years of experience working with children in a structured setting
  • Background and expertise in a specialty area
  • A working knowledge of computers: MS Word, MS Excel, data base management
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work independently, problem solve, and possess effective time management skills
  • Strong customer service skills and personal commitment to service and hospitality
  • Pass a Motor Vehicles Record and have own transportation
  • CPR/First Aid within 30 days of employment and maintain throughout employment


  • Prior work experience specifically with teens
  • 21 years of age
  • Current certifications in First Aid/CPR; must obtain any other certifications required for the position.

Employment Requirement:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check including Criminal Record check, Drug Screening and motor vehicle record (MVR) according to company policy.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the US without current or future sponsorship.

This job posting is subject to change at any time.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta offers excellent benefits and career opportunities as part of our culture of excellence. The opportunities to serve are vast, and we're looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY to join us and do their best work.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.


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