DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serves as a team leader for program staff with responsibility for the operation and program in accordance with applicable regulations in one or more child and youth programs. Accountable for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth. Oversees arrival/departure of children/youth. Supervises children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities, on field trips, outings and special events. Works in ratio with children and youth. Encourages participant interest and establishes a program setting that promotes positive child and youth interactions with other children, youth and adults. Monitors staff/child or youth ratios to ensure adequate staffing. Plans, coordinates and conducts activities for program participants based on observed needs of individual children/youth. Prepares and implements program options for children and youth with special requirements. Works with trainer and supervisor to implement activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of children and youth. Works with team members to prepare, arrange and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedule. Assist children and youth with special projects, homework and life skills. Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques. Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, supervisors and volunteers. Participates in conferences with parents, program staff, and other representatives (as applicable). Briefs other employees and parents. Notes special instructions provided by parents. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with an authorized person according to written parental instruction. Provides opportunities for parental involvement. Instructs team members in specific tasks and job techniques; makes available written instructions, reference materials, and supplies. Explains program guidance, procedures, polices and directives to team members. Resolves problems and conflict situations or obtains information and guidance from supervisor. Demonstrates proper work methods and provides work-related guidance to subordinates. Models appropriate behaviors and techniques for working with children/youth. Conducts on-the-job training and instruction for team members. Ensures team members follow safety, fire, fitness, health and nutrition procedures and informs supervisor of compliance concerns. Relays instructions from the supervisor, makes activity assignments and gets work started in accordance with the daily activity plan. Provides input to the supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignments, performance appraisals, incentive awards, etc. Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse or neglect and reports as directed. Arranges for/serves appropriate snacks/meals, where applicable. Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing and depleted supplies. Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities. Collects, maintains and reports program participation data. Uses designated evaluation materials to ensure assigned area is in compliance with AF standards and metrics. Ensures assigned area achieves and maintains standards for DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent. Provides care/supervision to children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years. Provides care/supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with AF and local policies, guidance, and standards. Ensures compliance with policies and regulations applicable to AF Child and Youth Programs. May be required to transport children in government vehicles. Acts as manager in non-routine/emergency situations for purposes of opening/closing of facility. 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, must 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). 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. 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. SPECIALIZED REQUIREMENT: One year at the CY03 level or equivalent. Must have completed an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education, youth development, or related fields or have a Child Development Associate credential or a Youth Development credential (must remain current). This is a drug testing position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.
Successfully demonstrate in-depth knowledge of: (1) Emergency procedures, e.g., fire evacuation, injuries; (2) Protection of children's/youth's health and safety, e.g., sanitation, indoor/outdoor hazard recognition, implementing child accountability, medication administration procedures and special needs procedures, allergies; (3) Child abuse recognition, reporting and prevention; positive guidance and redirection techniques; (4) Developmentally appropriate practice, e.g., activities planning and implementation, creating stimulating environments, observing children, positive adult to child/youth interaction; (5) Adult communication, e.g., assigns/delegates work to subordinates, models proper methods and provides guidance to subordinates, conducts on-the-job instruction, performs parent conferences and develops rapport with parents; (6) Operational procedures, e.g., monitoring compliance with safety, health, security, and documentation process.
Prior to working with children and youth, must successfully complete the AF orientation training program. Must complete First Aid and CPR (as applicable) within the first 6 months of employment. Must complete 24 hours of annual training and retain current First Aid and CPR certification (as applicable).