General Function :
As a Program Leader, you have an opportunity to be a role model for children and to help to create a safe, fun environment for children to grow. You will work as a team member, supervising and interacting with children in a drop-in setting, as well as creating an environment that is safe and activity enriching. The Program Leader will also perform other duties and responsibilities assigned at will as seen fit by the Director. Essential Duties & Responsibilities : Works with their supervisor to develop and implement age appropriate developmental curriculum. Implement age-appropriate enrichment activities according to the weekly plan Model appropriate and constructive discipline. Maintain a predetermined personal work schedule covering direct shift hours while the program is open Maintain a clean, fun and engaging environment inside the program while on duty Enforce safety and risk management standards outlined in YMCA training Keep an empowered sense of ownership to maintain quality and good condition of items and equipment in the program Exercise a flexibly responsible mentality when working within the program as not all situations will fit training scenarios. Keep track of children using the program tracking system information sheet Keep open communication with parents and families as often as to possible give updates of children using the program Actively participate in and practice branch emergency drills as pertaining to the YMCA Has awareness and implements YMCA strategic and branch goals surrounding Youth Development, Healthy Living, Member Experience, and Social Responsibility Be actively engaged with the children in the program Uphold and enforce all branch and YMCA of Silicon Valley policies and procedures
The physical demands of the position include: Visual and auditory ability to observe and to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation. Ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills. Ability to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Ability to climb, push, and pull. Ability to lift and carry objects up to 35 pounds.
Qualifications : This position requires a commitment to the YMCA mission and its core values of: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility as well as a commitment to building developmental assets in adults and youth. Additionally, the YMCA values diversity, youth, and a broad vision of health and wellness which is contingent on relationship building. Minimum of one (1) year progressive experience in an organized child care setting. Early Childhood Education units are preferred Certified in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR and Basic First Aid (or certified within 30 days of hire). Completion of YMCA trainings within 30 days of hire: Bilingual preferred.
Core Competencies: Values -- Consistently demonstrates the Y's values and shows a genuine concern for the needs, feeling, and well-being of others, even under stress. Relationships -- Builds authentic relationships in service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work. Communication -- Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of diverse audiences. Inclusion -- Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Decision-making -- Learns from experience and applies what is learned to new situations and makes sound decisions/judgments based on input from others, date, and feedback. Community -- Anticipates and takes action to meet the needs of program participants and Y members and knows the name and supports the dream of every child in the program. Self-development -- Continuously works at developing functional competencies, operational skills, and pursues new and better ways to get work done. Emotional Maturity -- Recognizes the needs of others and responds appropriately to what they are feeling, based on their choice of words, tone of voice, expressions, and other non-verbal behavior. Work Schedules: Days, Evenings and Weekends.