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School Age Child Care Program Director

Posted: 05/08/2023

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The YMCA Offers the following benefits for Full Time Staff

  • Medical/Dental Benefits
  • Long Term and Short Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Membership: Full membership privileges are included
  • Program Discounts: 75% discount on eligible YMCA programs up to $1000
  • Retirement Plan
General Description: Develops, organizes, and implements high quality YMCA school age programs (Kids’ Korner, holiday/vacation, snow day and summer enrichment) that support the YMCA mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Works with Vice President to develop new programs for greater impact in Youth Development.

Principal Activities:

  • Manages, directs, and coordinates all school age programs. Ensures high quality programs and establishes new program activities. Expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  • Works with Vice President to implement grants, track deliverables and prepare reports. 
  • Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote school age program and/or membership growth for the YMCA. Executes strategies to ensure program participants connect with one another and with the YMCA.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules, and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Develops high quality curriculum based on best practices in Afterschool programs. Ensures effective implementation at each site with ongoing quality assessment.
  • Assures all site compliance with all licensing mandates. Complete regular licensing checks of all sites. Maintain licensing records, complete required licensing paperwork, submit licensing packets and compliance reports as needed.
  • Develops, manages, and controls budgets for school age programs. Ensures program operates within budget and program fees are collected.
  • Assures compliance with state and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures YMCA program standards are met, and safety procedures followed.
  • Provides for upkeep of assigned program facilities and equipment and ensures the physical environment supports healthy living.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with state childcare licensing agency, school administration, parent groups, and other organizations and agencies related to assigned programs through continual communication and collaboration. Respond to all agency, parent and community inquires and concerns in a timely manner.
  • Provides staff leadership for annual fundraising campaign, fundraising activities and committees as assigned.
  • Maintains proper records/department files.
  • Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of, and participation in, programs.
  • Provide tour and administrative building coverage as scheduled.
  • Support and promote organizational priorities.
  • Work with supervisor to promote key elements of the strategic plan.
  • Interpret the YMCA as a membership organization and represent the YMCA positively at work and in the community at all times.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to all association special events.
  • Update professional knowledge through self-study, research and conference and workshop participation.
  • Cultivates strong working relationships with the YMCA members, staff, program participants and parents.
  • Attends all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Maintains current physical and TB test.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years related experience preferred, as a coordinator or supervisor of school age childcare program or enrichment and/or educational programs.
  • Previous experience managing grant funding programming including, but not limited to, grant data management and reporting, grant staff team management and hands on community work.
  • Have a strong understanding of Connecticut Common Core Standards and experience providing educational enrichment services to youth.
  • Minimum age requirements may apply.
  • CPR; First Aid; AED; Bloodborne Pathogens; Administration of Medication Training (Injectables and Oral).
  • Certified State of Connecticut Head Teacher for School Age Childcare Programs.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Community: Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving lives.
  • Influence: Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict.
  • Developing Others: Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance, and support.
  • Innovation: Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities.
  • Finance: Effectively creates and manages budgets.
  • Quality Results: Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.
     ADA Specifications
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Sufficient strength, agility, and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to safely supervise children’s activities.
The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout Northern Middlesex County. Every day, our staff -- of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences -- works to bridge the gaps in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving individuals' health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. 

The Northern Middlesex YMCA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The Northern Middlesex YMCA makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.