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Apply to be a Lunch and Learn's Senior Swim Instructor

Organization Summary

CHEER is a community-based nonprofit serving the Long Branch/ Takoma Park community. Its mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy, thriving communities, especially in the neighborhoods that bear the greatest burden of socio-economic inequity. We act as a facilitator and a catalyst in generating community driven activities to fulfill community defined goals for health, housing, community development, and youth development. CHEER is the fiscal agent for Lunch and Learn.​

Takoma Park Lunch and Learn is a community-based summer enrichment program for underserved youth. It provides daily transportation to and from the facility, breakfast and lunch, instruction in math and reading,and recreational swim time for the participants. It also offers sports, arts and crafts, and weekly local guest speakers and leadership and community service instruction to middle school and high school youth with training and volunteer opportunities.

Position Summary

As the Senior Swim Instructor you are responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the swimming component of our camp. The Senior Swim Instructor will  plan, organize, and teach students in daily swim classes with the support of Junior Swim Instructors. This position requires the ability to teach fundamental swimming skills to all age and ability levels, as well as manage large groups of students and manage the Swim Instructor Team.  This paid position requires approximately 15 hrs per week, Monday- Thursday for four weeks, specifically the Week of July 3 (no camp on July 4) through the Week of July 29. Swim Lesson Classes will take place from 12pm-2pm on Monday-Thursday. However, the Lead Swim Instructor is required to arrive prior to the classes and stay after for approximately 3.5 hours per day.This role requires First Aid and CPR Certification, Certified Lifeguard and Speciality Instruction strongly preferred, more than 2 years’ experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field, ability to demonstrate knowledge of youth swimming practices, procedures, activities.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead, manage, and implement organized swim lesson classes for students.

  • Provide a fun and enjoyable environment for young people to learn and strengthen their swimming abilities.

  • Evaluate camper’s level of swimming, i.e., non-swimmer, beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

  • Teach basic swimming techniques, such as the proper positioning of the head, arms, and legs, how to hold your breath under water, and methods to staying safe while swimming.

  • Oversee and support Junior Swim Instructors, equipping them with necessary information, tools, and lessons.

  • Help oversee and manage high school students who support the Swim Instructor Team.

  • Maintain daily and weekly records, including attendance.

  • Consistently communicate with Director and Assistant Director.

  • Provide administrative support as need be.

  • Responsible for maintaining safety and appropriate protocols at all times.

  • Responsible for ensuring that the pool area is clean, organized, and free of liter prior to class and following class.

  • Provide appropriate supervision and implement appropriate positive youth development behavioral management techniques.

  • Submit Lunch & Learn evaluations at the close of Lunch & Learn

  • Implement a youth development approach, characterized by respectful interactions with students, youth participation and input, and a consideration of youth developmental needs when addressing discipline.

  • Reinforce Lunch & Learn philosophies and positive culture with all students.

  • Maintain professional manner when interacting with campers,parents,colleagues, and Lunch & Learn Staff.


  • First Aid and CPR Certification

  • Certified Lifeguard and Speciality Instruction strongly preferred. 

  • Have more than 2 years’ experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of practices, procedures, activities, and programs as they relate to youth/child swim practices

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

  • Must be able to pass a background check


A Stipend of $1,200 will be provided in two installments. 


Application Process

  • All candidates will be subject to background check.

  • To apply, please complete the application below. If you have additional questions, please email the Lunch & Learn Youth Program Manager at

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