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Job Req ID:  53342

Program Assistant, Virtual Programs


The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve.  


General Summary/Purpose

CTY is piloting an online activities program for all students enrolled in our different virtual learning programs. This means that, in addition to their academic classes, students will have the opportunity to participate in activity periods several times each day. Program Assistants (PAs) are responsible for leading hour-long activity periods in a digital space (Zoom). Sample activities include arts and crafts, trivia, speed friending, appreciation events, games, yoga, and dance. Although certain duties are typical, tasks and responsibilities can and do change according to each day’s needs and may vary slightly.


Note: This position is not benefits eligible.
Note: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Multiple Positions Available


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

PAs plan and lead activity periods daily. Activities will be offered from June to August for our summer session and training will occur before the program begins.


Job responsibilities of the PA include but are not limited to:

  • Attending all sessions of the mandatory training/orientation program prior to the program start.
  • Planning, taking attendance for, and running the daily activity periods.  
  • Managing student behavior, following up with disruptive students, and making program supervisors aware of any problems, including submission of paperwork.
  • Attending all meetings during the program.
  • Providing timely updates and feedback to program supervisors to inform the scheduling, design, and future iterations of the online activities program.
  • Participating in scheduled observations and other professional development activities.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Minimum Qualifications (Required)

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • At least 2 semesters (including summer terms) working with children
  • Experience using online educational tools such as Zoom


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills,
  • Prior experience and proficiency using online meeting and/or webinar platforms.  PAs will be required to communicate regularly via Zoom and occasionally via email with minors and must be able to exchange accurate, age-appropriate, and timely information in these settings
  • Prior experience organizing recreational programs in a youth-based setting or planning events
  • Maturity, responsibility, energy, and creativity; prior experience engaging elementary, middle, and/or high school students in social activities


Internal and External Contacts Required as part of the job:

Regular contact with the leadership of the online activities program


Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to access and transmit information using a computer and do so for extended periods of time. 
  • Operate a computer and office machinery. 
  • Communicate regularly via email, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and telephone with internal and external audiences
  • Ability to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings. 
  • Work varied hours including weekends and evenings as determined with supervisor. 


Additional Information:

  • REMOTE LOCATION: Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.
  • The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.


Classified Title: Virtual Program Assistant 
Working Title: Program Assistant, Virtual Programs 
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/02/OB 
Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $11.75 - $16.12 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Hours Vary / 27hrs week 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: Telework 
Department name: 10000104-Academic Programs 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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