Careers in Afterschool

Working in Afterschool

Core competencies set goals and standards for training, education and professional development to ensure quality. Out-of-school time core competencies define the expected applicable day-to-day knowledge and care for providers at all levels, including volunteers, and in all settings. Core competencies vary from state to state, but they all detail the skills, knowledge, ethics and practice to support child and youth development and families. At the same time, competencies empower practitioners to better understand their practice and further their professional development.

In Pennsylvania, a leading body on core competencies and professional development for early childhood and school-age (up to 12 years) practitioners is The Pennsylvania Key, sponsored by the Department of Human Service’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.





Youth Work Core Competencies: A review of Existing Frameworks and Purposes



Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Director

Application deadline: Monday, September 28, 2020
Primary location: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Salary range: $72,000 – $82,000 / exempt, salaried
Shift type: Full-Time

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network director’s primary responsibility is to lead and be the face of a statewide, high quality, robust out-of-school time network. Efforts include building and maintaining the network and obtaining resources to provide high-quality out-of-school time programs to all children of Pennsylvania. The director must be comfortable with change, have an outgoing personality and be a strategic thinker who understands policy change and advocacy and will work collaboratively with the PSAYDN steering committee, as well as leading the network in the creation and implementation of a clear strategic vision. The director will be the thought leader for this work statewide, working with various committees, partners and a wide variety of stakeholders to advance the strategic plan. Responsibilities also include working with public and private funders and writing required reports.

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PSAYDN at Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200 | Camp Hill, Pa 17011 | (717) 763-1661
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