Child and Youth Program Asst - Mechanicsburg, Pa

Commander, Navy Installations | Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg, PA

Posted Date 11/08/2019
Description To provide appropriate developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years in one or more CY programs.

Introduction

This position is an entry position leading to the full performance level. The purpose of the CY Program Assistant is to provide appropriate developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years in one or more CY programs.

The duties of this position are developmental in nature and designed to provide experience to qualify for higher level positions leading to the full performance position. The incumbent works under close direction of supervisor or other higher qualified higher graded employee and performs the more routine child care tasks, following step-by-step instructions. Little or no previous training or experience is required. Work is reviewed in detail, while in progress and upon completion, to ensure and assess trainee's progress and to evaluate attainment of training objectives and readiness for further training. Training will be of a progressively more responsible and specialized nature associated with the child care and development operations. These duties are performed to increase knowledge of child care duties and responsibilities and to develop skills for advancing to the higher-level positions.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the CY Program Assistant have been grouped into categories, including curriculum, indoor and outdoor environment, interactions and relationships, supervision of children and youth, parent and employee communication, assessment, compliance, and additional responsibilities. Each is described below.

Curriculum

Assists in implementing and leading planned activities for program participants. Uses prepared curriculum and program materials. Incorporates special instructions provided by parents such as special dietary needs, physical needs, or other information that may affect the child or youth's experience in the program. Cares for children and youth with special needs as directed by the supervisor. Promotes and models safety, fitness, health, and nutrition practices. Helps arrange for and/or serve appropriate snacks or meals where applicable.

Indoor and Outdoor Environment

Helps prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules. Helps create adult-made games and play materials (mixing paint and play dough and assembling props for dramatic plays, activities, etc.). Assists with developing a list of needed supplies and equipment for submission to the supervisor.

Interactions and Relationships

Helps establish a program environment that promotes positive interactions with other children, youth, and adults. Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques as provided by supervisors.

Supervision of Children and Youth

Provides care and supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with the Department of Defense (DoD), NAF Component, and local installation policies, guidance, and standards. Maintains control of and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions. Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips, outings, and special events. Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed. Incumbent is a mandatory reporter to Family Advocacy and Child Protective Services as prescribed by local policy in the case of suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Parent and Employee Communication

Interacts professionally with employees, parents, and local installation command personnel.

Assessment

Participates in program evaluation as required.

Compliance

Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation where applicable. Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CY programs. Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns.

Additional Responsibilities

Assists in maintaining program participation data and completing required reports. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

A qualified candidate for an Entry Level  (GSE02) position possesses the following:

•Ability to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers

•Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing

•Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

•Ability to complete all Department of Navy (DoN) training requirements within the specified time frames, including orientation, initial, Standardized Module training, and ongoing training requirements

•Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team

In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above for the Entry Level position, a qualified candidate for the Intermediate Level  (GSE03)  position possesses:

•Knowledge of basic child and youth development principles as they relate to children and youth’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development

•Ability to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles and practices under immediate supervision in order to provide high-quality direct care, education, and supervision for children and youth

•Ability to interpret a curriculum or activity plan and follow written instructions

•Ability to plan and organize work

In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above for the Entry and Intermediate Level positions, a qualified candidate for a Full Performance (GSE04)  position possesses:

•Knowledge of child and youth development

•Skills to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles, practices, and services in order to provide high quality direct care and education for children and youth

•Skills to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers

•Skills to work cooperatively as a member of a team

•Ability to explain program processes and procedures, and to provide basic program information

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.

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