Early Learning Caregiver (part time)

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than just a job—you’ll enjoy a career with the chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

Under the supervision of the Lead Teacher, the Early Learning Caregiver will be responsible for maintaining a safe, structured, and fun program for Early Learning Center participants. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children in the program by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Complete all classroom activities as assigned by the Lead Teacher.
  • Maintain a positive and respectful manner of communication with families/parents.
  • Provide a safe, fun and inviting environment for participant in our Early Learning areas.
  • Work cooperatively with professional staff, coworkers, and other departments.
  • Assist in maintaining face/head counts and number of children in care at all times.
  • Assist in implementing age appropriate activities for participants.
  • Adhere to assigned work schedule to maintain the appropriate staff-to-child ratios.
  • Have an understanding and follow all program and emergency procedures at the site.
  • Immediately communicates all accidents and incidents involving program participants following the YMCA’s procedures. Documents all accidents and incidents in the absence of the lead or associate teacher.
  • Must support the mission of the YMCA of Association Detroit and promote family activities, to promote youth values, to promote physical and mental fitness, to promote international understanding and include the following Character Development Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Inclusion.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Lead Teacher.
  • Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
  • Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
  • Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
  • High School graduate at least 18 years of age
  • National and State fingerprint background Clearance including drug screening (does not
  • Documentation of TB test that meets LARA requirements
  • Completion of MiRegistry within 90 days of hire
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with children in a supervised setting preferred.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings or weekends to complete professional development hours.
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 the essential functions.
  • Ability to participate in Early Learning activities in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings year round.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
  • Ability to participate in all physical activities in program areas.
  • Ability to sit and stand from a seated position on the floor when interacting with children.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit (“YMCA”) is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The YMCA does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring or other terms or conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, ethnicity, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military status or application or any other basis protected by state, federal or other applicable law.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children in our programs. We hold all staff, regardless of position, to the highest possible standards. We require all staff to be screened regularly and sign a code of conduct. All staff will be monitored when interacting with
program participants. We take any inappropriate interactions between program
participants and with staff very seriously and will fully cooperate with
authorities in any case of abuse.
Detroit, MI 48228, US
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