Child and Youth Program Assistant (Entry Level) CY

  • NAF
  • United States New_ Jersey McGuire Air_ Force Base 40.0351776 -74.58440610000002 United States
  • May 22, 2016
Full time Entry Level

Job Description

Serves as a Child and Youth Program Assistant (CYPA) in one or more child and youth programs.  Accountable for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years.  Assists in providing and leading planned activities.  Assist children and youth with special projects, homework and life skills. Performs simple routine tasks following step-by-step instructions.  Helps establish a program environment and promotes positive child and youth interactions with other children, youth and adults.  Helps prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate the daily schedule.  Uses prepared curriculum/program materials and assists with developing a list of needed supplies and equipment.  Helps create adult-made games and play materials (i.e., mixing paint, play dough, assembling props, activities, etc.)  Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques as provided by the supervisors.  Attends to the physical needs of the children, as applicable.  Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, supervisors and volunteers.  Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities, on field trips, outings and special events.  Promotes and models safety, fitness, health and nutrition practices.  Cares for special needs children and youth as directed by the supervisor.  Notifies supervisor of health, fire and safety compliance concerns.  Helps arrange for/serve appropriate snacks/meals, where applicable. Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns.  Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse or neglect and reports as directed.  Notes special instructions provided by parents. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with an authorized person according to written parental instructions.  Assists in maintaining program participation data and completing required daily reports.  Participates in program evaluations as required.  Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation, where applicable.  Ensures compliance with policies and regulations applicable to Air Force Child and Youth Programs.  May be required to transport children in government vehicles.  Performs other related duties as assigned. 
BASIC REQUIREMENT:  Must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and have the ability to speak, read and write English.  Must meet specific physical requirements, pass a physical examination and have required immunizations.  Must be able to lift 40 lbs or more and stand for long periods of time.  Must be able to obtain a Food Handler's Certificate, and satisfactorily complete installation, state and national criminal background checks (NACI).  Little or no previous training or experience is required.  Must satisfactorily complete mandatory training as specified below.   Must possess maturity and good judgment and like working with children, youth and their parents.  Employee must have a valid driver's license and have a good driving record if required to transport children. This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.
Any individual who was required to register with Selective Service and who is not registered or knowingly and willfully did not register before the requirement terminated or became inapplicable, will not be appointed.
Will successfully demonstrate basic knowledge regarding:  (1) Emergency procedures, e.g., fire evacuation, caring for an injured child or youth; (2) Protection of children's health and safety, e.g., sanitation procedures, recognition of indoor/outdoor hazards, child and youth accountability; (3) Child abuse identification, reporting and prevention; positive guidance and including redirection techniques; (4) Developmentally appropriate practice, e.g., activities, adult to children interactions, enhancing a learning environment.
Prior to working with children/youth, must successfully complete the AF orientation training program.  Must complete a minimum of three AF Modules, First Aid and CPR (as applicable) within the first 6 months of employment.  Successfully complete a minimum of three modules every three months after fulfilling the initial 6 month period requirement; demonstrate competency in and complete all modules within 18 months of employment.