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Youth instructors are responsible the direct supervision of children and the planning, preparation and implementation of youth classes, camps and/or programs for children ages 2-15 years. Current fall full-day childcare programs are running through October 16 with potential to continue through December. Winter Break camps will run the weeks of Dec 21 and Dec 28. School Days Out, Spring Break and Summer Camp employment opportunities will continue into 2021. Current fall part-day preschool programs will operate continuously through May 2021. Therapeutic Inclusion Aides are also needed to work one-on-one with children in both programs. Placement will depend on experience.

WORK SCHEDULE:  The work schedule will vary dependent on program. Current fall childcare programs occur M-F between 7:30am-5:30pm. Preschool programs run M-F between 9am-3pm.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Overseeing the supervision of children
  • Plans and instructs daily/weekly age appropriate activities for children to include but not limited to indoor/outdoor games, crafts, sports, fitness, drama, music, science, math, reading & cooking
  • Prepares for classes/camps activities as well as the clean-up following activities
  • Responsible for the maintenance of classroom/camp space
  • May be responsible for either opening or closing of camp procedures on a rotating basis.
  • Maybe required to drive 15 passenger vans to transport children
  • Greet children and parents in a friendly manner
  • Responsible for checking children in and out of classes/camps
  • Knowledge of children whereabouts at all time
  • Plans age-appropriate field trips
  • Responsible for class/camp inventory and supply requests
  • Must treat children with respect in all areas including discipline
  • Attend weekly meetings as needed
  • Represent the City in a positive, professional and healthy manner

Supervisory Responsibilities

May be required to supervise volunteers and assist the recreation coordinator in supervising youth instructor aides

This position could be responsible for the supervision of City employee(s).

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Minimum age is 18.

Education and/or Experience: Must have experience working with children. Three (3) months (460 hours) of full time or equivalent part-time satisfactory and verifiable experience with school-age children preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Clean driving record required. Must pass background check, drug test, and fingerprinting. CPR and First Aid Certification must be acquired within one month of hire. Must complete State-approved courses before working with children. Clearance from state, federal, and child abuse reporting background checks is required.

Language Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively with children, parents, staff and the general public. Must be able to effectively give directions to children between the ages of 1-15.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve and implement practical solutions to problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Foresee and initiate proactive measures to ensure program quality, customer service and participant safety.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to crawl, kneel, jump, run stoop, crouch, reach with hands and arms. The employee must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs., lead children in extended periods of exercise and movement, must be able to control children in both an indoor and outdoor environment.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to various weather conditions including rain, snow, wind, hail and heat. The employee may be exposed to allergy causing conditions (i.e. cottonwood, dust, animals, etc.). The employee may be exposed to a variety of childhood illnesses. The noise level in the work environment can be at high extremes at times. The employee must be able to work effectively in an environment of noisy, happy, and sometimes distraught children. The employee must possess high tolerance for the characteristic behavior of children in indoor and outdoor recreation settings,and work effectively in high stress situations. The employee should be flexible with the demands and interests of children.

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