Youth Development Basketball Coach – Brooklyn

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW 

Established in 2001, PeacePlayers is a peacebuilding nonprofit organization that uses sport as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people living in divided communities. Based on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together,” PeacePlayers has become a worldwide leader in the use of sport to build a more peaceful world, reaching more than 75,000 youth in 15 countries. 

By offering equitable basketball programming, peace education, leadership development and professional training, PeacePlayers challenges the status quo of hatred and fear that grips societies in conflict – making cross-community cooperation desirable and giving young people practical skills to deal with conflict and grow into advocates for peace in their communities. The organization operates year-round programs in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Cyprus, internationally and Baltimore, MD, Brooklyn, NY, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA in the United States. 

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION 

PeacePlayers believes that basketball has the power to be a catalyst for change. We achieve this by using the game of basketball to bridge divides, create equitable opportunities, and to develop youth leaders. 

In Brooklyn, PeacePlayers works in Brownsville, a community with so much potential yet experiences systemic inequities that affect the life outcomes of youth. Due to gun and gang violence, many Brownsville youth do not feel safe in housing developments where they do not reside. These divides also create barriers for Brownsville youth, limiting their ability to fully access resources to pursue their highest potential. 

PeacePlayers Brooklyn aims to bridge the divide in Brownsville by creating safe spaces through the game of basketball for young people to build relationships and become leaders and advocates for their community. Since launching in 2017, PeacePlayers Brooklyn has reached over 350 youth, creating a supportive environment for them to develop as a network of young leaders. 

This summer, PeacePlayers is offering a 6-week Summer Camp in the Brownsville community. We are looking for two passionate Youth Development Basketball Coaches to support our programming needs as we return to play this summer. As a PeacePlayers coach, you will help create fun, on the court experiences for Brownsville youth. You will also join a global community of coaches who are passionate about the power of sport to break down barriers and to unite communities all over the world. 

The summer camp will take place from July 5th – August 14th. The sessions will take place Monday –

Wednesday from 11am-2pm at two local parks. While this is a part-time role, there may be opportunities to extend contract beyond the summer camp for the right candidate(s). 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Key responsibilities and specific duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Build relationships with youth, school representatives and other community stakeholders Represent PeacePlayers in a positive and professional manner at all times 
  • Assist PeacePlayers Program Manager in planning and organizing all summer camp activities and plan all summer camp activities 
  • Lead basketball sessions at select parks in Brownsville, Brooklyn as well as support Coaches are expected to arrive 30 minutes before camp sessions begin 
  • Available to attend onboarding session on June 30th 
  • Available to attend July 3rd Summer Kickoff clinic led by PeacePlayers Brooklyn Leadership Development Program participants 
  • Available to support some evening and weekend sessions as necessary 
  • Other duties as specified by PeacePlayers Brooklyn Program Manager 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Passion for the PeacePlayers mission 
  • Demonstrated passion for using sport as a tool for social change 
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in sports-based youth development philosophy Personal sporting experience at the high school or collegiate level preferred 
  • You are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and you pride yourself on being a teamplayer 

The Youth Development Basketball Coach position is a part-time position for approx. 12-16 hours per week. Compensation for this position is $20 per hour 

The Youth Development Basketball Coach position will be based in Brooklyn, New York 

To apply for this position, please email a resume to snnamani@peaceplayers.org and cwray@peaceplayers.org with the subject header “Youth Development Basketball Coach – BK” 

All applications should be submitted by Friday, June 18th at 11:59pm 

It is the policy of PeacePlayers to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. PeacePlayers evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Bailee RasmussenYouth Development Basketball Coach – Brooklyn