Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

The Connection is a wonderful place to work. Many positions offer flexible hours; and, employees are eligible for facility use and class discounts. Applications are available at the Front Desk or click here to downloadThe Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our differences make us better.

Strict COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place for staff and members. These include face mask requirements and enhanced facility disinfecting.

AquaticsGeneralYouth
Lifeguard –NEW SUMMER RATE FOR LIFEGUARDS!

The Connection in Summit, NJ, is seeking Lifeguards to join our team this summer. In this position you will work with the children in our summer camp program and:

  • You will monitor swimming areas and provides assistance and protection to users of the pool and aquatic facility
  • You will ensure the safety of patrons of the aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies as a lifeguard.
  • You will supervise and guard the pool and aquatic facility and ensure participants adhere to all Connection aquatic guidelines and procedures.
  • Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service.
Requirements
  • Lifeguard Certification.
  • First Aid and CPR certified.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.
Hours

Summer camp swim hours are Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm

Compensation

Our summer rate is $16.00 per hour for hours worked June 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Part time employee benefits include:
  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program
  • Paid sick time.
  • Free parking
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children's classes.

Swim Instructor

The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking experienced swim instructors to join our team. In this position:

  • You will be responsible for teaching safe pool and water practices to each student while instructing swimming skills and techniques in a manner which is both beneficial and safe.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all class and program participants during youth and/or adult classes.
Requirements
  • Experience teaching swim classes. Must be comfortable with teaching all age groups.
  • Lifeguard/CPR/AED required. Will be required to take on lifeguarding shifts.
  • Must comply with all safety protocols including those regarding precautions for COVID-19
  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.
Hours

Weekdays from 3:30-6:30p and Saturdays from 9a-12p

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered starting at $12.00 per hour.
  • Extra compensation offered for teaching private lessons.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
  • Free Lifeguard/CPR/AED recertification for current employees.

Water Exercise Instructor

The Connection in Summit, NJ, known for its excellent aquatic programs, is seeking an experienced Water Exercise Instructor to join our team. In this position:

  • You will provide a challenging exercise routine in either deep or shallow water that utilizes all major muscle groups in the body and challenges the cardiovascular system.
  • You will instruct the water exercise class in accordance with course description and curriculum goals established by Aquatics Director.
  • Instruct each class participant in a way that he/she understands the class format and is exercising in a manner that is both beneficial and safe.
Qualifications
  • Experience teaching water exercise classes
  • First Aid and CPR required. Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively
  • Lifeguard Certification preferred
Hours

Our current need is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am -11am (two 45-minute classes) with extra hours as a substitute available.

Compensation
  • Competitive compensation offered.
  • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Before School Program Director
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking an an experienced and responsible Before School Program Director. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and management of The Connection Before School Program located at The Connection.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a 5 day before school program (6:45am – 8:45am) that supports The Connection’s mission and commitment to families.
  • Train, supervise, and support part-time Program Assistants, fill sub assignments for the site when necessary.
  • Create a daily schedule that includes homework help, free time, enrichment, and other activities.
  • Maintains communication with parents of student regarding child’s progress and/or any issues.
  • Attends workshops and trainings to meet licensing requirements.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Teaching, Social Work or related field is preferred.
  • Experience managing part time support staff.
  • Background in planning fun, engaging activities for elementary aged youth.
  • Fun, active, and creative mindset toward working with children.
  • CPR certification – required within the first three months of employment.
Hours

Monday – Friday 6:45am – 8:45am while school is in session (10 months), following the Summit Public Schools calendar.

Compensation

We offer a competitive wage based on experience.

Part time benefits include:

  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Sick time.
  • Free Parking.
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Before School Program Assistant and Bus Aide
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking an an experienced and responsible Before School Program Assistant and Bus Aide. In this role, you will assist with the management of the before school program.

Responsibilities

  • Working alongside the Before School Director, helps manage a 5 day before school program (6:45am – 8:45am).
  • Uses positive behavior management strategies to support continued engagement of youth.
  • Assists with daily schedule that includes homework help, free time, enrichment, and other activities as directed.
  • Assists with the supervision of participants. This includes working one on one to provide assistance with an activity.
  • Serves as a bus aide and assists in the safe transportation of children enrolled in The Connection program.
  • Attends training as required.
Qualifications
  • Experience working with groups of elementary-aged children.
  • Experience helping children with tasks, such as homework.
  • Fun, active, and creative mindset toward working with children.
  • Ability to commit to a routine schedule with punctuality.
  • CPR certification – required within the first three months of employment.
Hours

Monday – Friday 6:45am – 8:45am while school is in session (10 months), following the Summit Public Schools calendar.

Compensation

We offer a competitive wage based on experience.

Part time benefits include:

  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Sick time.
  • Free Parking.
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Afterschool Program Director
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking an an experienced and responsible Afterschool Program Director. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and management of The Connection Afterschool Program located on-site at a Summit school or at The Connection.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a 5 day afterschool program (2:45pm – 6:00pm) that supports The Connection’s mission and commitment to families.
  • Train, supervise, and support part-time Program Assistants, fill sub assignments for the site when necessary.
  • Create a daily schedule that includes homework help, free time, enrichment, and other activities.
  • Maintains communication with parents of student regarding child’s progress and/or any issues.
  • Attends workshops and trainings to meet licensing requirements.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Teaching, Social Work or related field is preferred.
  • Experience managing part time support staff.
  • Background in planning fun, engaging activities for elementary aged youth.
  • Fun, active, and creative mindset toward working with children.
  • CPR certification – required within the first three months of employment.
Hours

Monday – Friday 2:45pm – 6:00pm while school is in session (10 months), following the Summit Public Schools calendar.

Compensation

We offer a competitive wage based on experience.

Part time benefits include:

  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Sick time.
  • Free Parking.
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Afterschool Program Assistant
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking an Afterschool Program Assistant to join our team. This position is on-site at The Connection in Summit, NJ. In this role, you will assist with the management of the after school program.

Responsibilities

  • Working alongside the After School Director, helps manage a 5 day afterschool program (2:45PM – 6:00PM).
  • Uses positive behavior management strategies to support continued engagement of youth.
  • Assists with daily schedule that includes homework help, free time, enrichment, and other activities as directed.
  • Assists with the supervision of participants. This includes working one on one to provide assistance with an activity.
  • Serves as a substitute bus aide and assists in the safe transportation of children enrolled in The Connection program.
  • Attends training as required.
Qualifications
  • Experience working with groups of elementary-aged children.
  • Experience helping children with tasks, such as homework.
  • Fun, active, and creative mindset toward working with children.
  • Ability to commit to a routine schedule with punctuality.
  • CPR certification – required within the first three months of employment.
Hours

Monday – Friday 2:45pm – 6:00pm while school is in session (10 months), following the Summit Public Schools calendar.

Compensation

We offer a competitive wage based on experience.

Part time benefits include:

  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Sick time.
  • Free Parking.
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Part-Time or Full-Time Head Preschool Teacher
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a Part-Time or Full-Time Head Preschool Teacher to join our team. This position is on-site at The Connection in Summit, NJ. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and management of The Connection Preschool.

A full time, year round position is available when combined with our summer camp program as the Director of Preschool aged campers.

Responsibilities

  • Designs and executes the operations and curriculum of preschool program with a consciousness of the long and short range objectives of The Connection.
  • Teaches and supervises preschoolers including working one on one with them.
  • Responsible for communicating with parents and/or guardians of all preschool participants.
  • Plans and coordinates preschool special activities (e.g. swimming, Musical Theater) with Program Directors.
  • Develops and maintains record-keeping and program standards necessary for licensing/certification of pre-school program by state and local government authorities.
  • Trains, supervises and reviews Connection Preschool staff.
  • Maintains current certifications including CPR, First Aid and others as required.
Qualifications
  • Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
  • Previous experience working in a preschool program is preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications are required.
Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm following the Summit Public Schools calendar.

Compensation

Competitive compensation offered.

Part time benefits include:

  • 401(k) with an employer match after eligibility period.
  • Transit Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid Sick time.
  • Free Parking.
  • Membership discounts for staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Additional Full time benefits include:

  • Employer paid health insurance (no waiting period).
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • LTD insurance (employer paid)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid personal time
  • 9 Paid Holidays

Full-Time Development and Fundraising Associate
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a Full-Time Development and Fundraising Associate to join our team. This position is on-site at The Connection in Summit, NJ. In this role you will be responsible for assisting the Associate Executive Director in fundraising and volunteer initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Creating and coordinating the back office processes, systems and reporting for The Connection’s fundraising efforts.
  • Maintaining the database; Producing gift reports and other financial, analytical, statistical and demographic reports.
  • Handling all logistics for email and mail solicitations.
  • Entering and processing all gifts into database and managing the acknowledgement process.
  • Providing office support for development functions and events.
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training
  • 1-3 years fundraising experience.
Physical Requirements
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Often required to sit and work at desk/computer for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement to work on computer and/or related office equipment.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds to assist with special event setup/breakdown.
Compensation
  • We offer a competitive compensation – $45 – $50,000 annually based on experience.
  • Employee benefits such as employer paid health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), paid time off, free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Custodian, Part-Time
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a Part-Time Custodian to join our team.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

            • Responsible for maintenance and cleanliness of total building. This includes sweeping, dry or wet mopping, trash removal, cleaning of men/women’s rooms, etc.
            • Sets up class and meeting rooms (tables, chairs, blackboards, audio/visual, etc.). Reports any problem that may have occurred to the Director of Operations and Facilities Management.
            • Maintains adequate supplies of supplies (electrical, papers, cleaning, etc.) required, reporting to Director of Operations and Facilities Management the need for replacement of supplies.
            • Reports to Director of Operations and Facilities Management anything needing repair and makes minor repairs.
            • Possess a working knowledge of general cleaning operations and methods, cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals and their safe application as stated on product labeling.
            • Possess a basic knowledge of facility maintenance (i.e. light painting, light plumbing, changing lights, etc.).
            • Demonstrate the ability to follow instructions and complete assignments with minimum supervision.
            • Possess knowledge of and demonstrate safe work practices such as preventing trip hazards, correct ladder use in changing light bulbs and cleaning windows, proper warning of wet or waxed floors, etc.
            • Demonstrates an aptitude and desire to continually improve facility janitorial tasks to reduce costs while keeping the facility clean
            • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
            • Tasks involve the ability to exert heavy physical effort, including climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials weighing 20 to 50 pounds; may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials.
            • This position requires work to be performed in both indoor and outdoor environments, in both hot and cold temperature
            • The position also requires the employee to be on his/her feet for extended periods.
Hours

Shift includes evenings and weekends, up to 25 hours per week

Compensation
            • Competitive compensation offered starting at $13.00 per hour.
            • Paid sick leave after 4 months, free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Gymnastics Coach
Looking for professional, mature, positive, energetic, and reliable coaches/instructors to join our growing program.  Must work well with other staff members in a team environment. Our program is delivered in a positive and progressive environment. We provide an opportunity for gymnasts of all levels to learn and to develop life skills that will be with them when they leave the gym. 

Opportunity to coach USAG levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, Xcel Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Depending on interest, experience, knowledge and availability, coaching responsibilities are available as an assistant or in a lead role to continue developing excellence and team growth for all levels. Additional hours are available in the class program.

Responsibilities, experience and background requirements may include but are not limited to:
            • Commitment to providing a safe positive environment for all participants.
            • Coaching recreational teams (Xcel), pre team, and competitive development program teams.
            • Working knowledge of USAG compulsory levels 3-5, and optional levels 6-7, Xcel program Silver-Diamond.
            • Coaching experience that demonstrates instruction using correct technique and excellence in execution.
            • Knowledge and ability to teach safe progression from basic to advanced level skills.
            • Knowledge and ability to teach drills that reinforce good technique and execution.
            • Understanding of safe and effective strength, conditioning and flexibility.  
            • Understanding of seasonal training approaches and techniques.
            • Basic understanding and ability to spot skills.
            • Must be available for weekend hours.
            • Ability to use computer for administrative duties.
            • Demonstrates excellent communication skills.
Preferred (not required) consideration for:

 

            • Degree or education in related field
            • USAG Membership, safety certification, U100, SafeSport, background check.
            • CPR certified
            • Attendance at conferences and workshops
Compensation
We offer a competitive wage based on knowledge, experience and level of responsibility and leadership accepted for the position.

To Apply

Class Instructors
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, has several opportunities for Class Instructors. All class run through June 12, 2021. Opportunity to work in summer camp is also available.
Art - for parent-child through grade 8. Art background required. Experience working with children is preferred.
Karate - for school age classes. Karate background required. Experience working with children is preferred.
Sports - for parent-child through grade 8. Sports or physical education background required. Experience working with children is preferred.
STEM - for parent-child through grade 8. STEM or education background required. Sub and teaching opportunities available.

Hours
Classes are scheduled throughout the day, evenings and weekends.

Compensation
            • Competitive compensation offered.
            • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership
              discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well
              as adult and children’s classes.

Dance Instructor
The Connection is looking for a dance instructor for preschool and school age classes. In this position, you will be responsible for providing a fun and effective class to members participating in the program. You will teach a dynamic program using the fundamentals of dance.

Requirements
Previous teaching experience. Additional training will be provided to the right candidate.
Hours

Currently recruiting for substitute instructors. Additional hours may be available as we add classes to our schedule.

Compensation

Competitive compensation offered.

Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Youth Specialty Programs Director
The Connection, a community-based non-profit in Summit, NJ is looking for an experienced and creative part-time Youth Specialty Programs Director. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and management of all parent/child, preschool, and school-age youth programming.

Roles and Responsibilities
            • Supervises, manages, and develops all youth specialty classes and programs such as sports and fitness, cooking, art, music, STEM-based classes, and birthday parties.
            • Assists with recruitment and then trains and supervises staff for youth specialty programs and birthday parties.
            • Serves as an instructor for designated youth programs and fills in when necessary to ensure the continuation of all programs.
            • Acts as an instructor an average of 45% of the time including possible off-site locations, or during school break sessions and camp.
Requirements
            • Successful track record of developing, teaching, and managing youth classes such as sports and fitness, cooking, art, music, STEM-based, and birthday parties.
            • Experience hiring, training, and supervising staff.
            • Current certifications in CPR and First Aid.
Hours

Hours are varied and include some evenings and weekends as well as off-site locations in Summit.

Compensation
            • Competitive compensation offered.
            • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Acro/Tumbling Teacher
The Connection is looking for an Acro-Tumbling teacher to join our program. In this position, you will be responsible for providing a fun and effective class to members participating in the program. You will teach a dynamic program using the fundamentals of dance and tumbling.

Requirements
Dance and beginner through intermediate tumbling teaching experience is required. Additional training will be provided to the right candidate.
Hours
2-3 hours per week including weekends

Compensation
              • We offer a competitive wage based on experience
              • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.

Gymnastic-Warrior Coach/Instructor
The Connection, a community-based nonprofit organization in Summit, NJ, is seeking a professional, positive, energetic, and reliable Gymnastic-Warrior Coach/Instructor to join our growing program.

Qualifications
            • Commitment to providing a safe positive environment for all participants.
            • Instruction experience in beginner to advanced level gymnastics and Warrior Challenge classes.
            • Potential to coaching recreational teams, pre-team, and competitive teams.
            • Able to effectively manage groups of children from pre-school to school age.
            • Knowledge of safe progression from basic to advanced level skills.
            • Knowledge of drills that reinforce good technique and execution.
            • Able to teach and spot beginner to advanced level gymnastic skills.
            • Must work well with other staff members in a team environment.

Requirements

            • Experience as a gymnastic coach or instructor.
            • Certification or attendance at gymnastic training workshops or conferences.
            • CPR certified
Hours
            • Part time position
            • Availability can vary from morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend hours.
Compensation
              • We offer a competitive wage based on experience
              • Employee benefits such as paid sick leave after 4 months, 401(k), free parking, membership discounts offered to staff and their families including access to fitness facility and pool as well as adult and children’s classes.
To Apply