The Child-Youth Services Program Assistant (CYPA) II provides appropriate developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging from six weeks to 18 years in one or more CY programs in compliance with DoD, Army and local policies, guidance, and standards.
(Typical duties include the following, although specific duties vary by assignment or contract.)
Assists in implementing and leading planned activities for program participants, interacting with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques as provided by supervisor.
Encourages participant interest and establishes a program setting that promotes positive interactions with other children, youth, and adults.
Assists with developing a list of needed supplies and equipment for submission to the Program Lead.
Prepares, arranges, and maintains indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules.
Implements program options for children and youth with special requirements.
Assists children and youth with special projects, homework, and life skills.
Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, and local installation command personnel.
Maintains control of and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth; ensuring children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions.
Ensures safety, fire, fitness, health, and nutrition procedures are followed and informs supervisor of compliance concerns.
Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed.
Develops, prepares and maintains displays and bulletin boards.
Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies.
Collects, maintains, and reports program participation data and completes required reports.
Ensures assigned area achieves and maintains standards for DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent.
Completes and maintains training requirements using approved materials to include designated training modules for CYPA Level II compliance.
Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CY programs.
Records and reports all accidents and incident involving children to the Program Assistant Lead or supervisor.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to interact effectively with children, parents, program staff, and school personnel.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and basic computer skills.
Able to plan and organize work, analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions.
Experience & Education
High school diploma or equivalent; and twelve (12) months of experience working in a group program with children or youth; and completion of Army or other military service Entry and Target Level Training as evidenced by service-issued Certificates of Completion. OR
Twelve (12) months of experience working in a group program with children or youth; and education above high school level that includes nine (9) credit hours in early childhood, primary education, special education, child youth development, psychology, human development, youth program administration, recreation, or related behavioral sciences. OR
A vocational certificate in a child care or equivalent child/youth program.
CPR and First Aid certifications, preferred.
Child Care National Agency Check (CNACI) is required.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Must be able to work extended hours, often with short notice. Extended hours may include late nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays.
Duties may involve working both indoors and outdoors.
Must be in good physical health and able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs., walk, bend, stoop, and stand on a routine basis.
Position will be assigned to overseas locations where living and working conditions at assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable, with long hours, exposure to weather, dust, and hazardous/harsh conditions.