West Cook YMCA

Youth Development Worker- School Age

Job Type: Full Time

Category: Youth Development

Compensation: $14-$17/hour based on experience and qualifications



Job Description


Youth Development Workers engage youth in activities that will encourage social and emotional development, provide academic support, and build on healthy living practices. Programs will be in partnership with local school districts and may vary based on the enrichment activities and school locations.

This role includes a wide range of activities that can include support for remote learning, homework help, enrichment activities such as art, STEM, drama, and physical activities that will promote healthy living and sport skill development. Other duties include maintaining specific and strict COVID-19 protocols pertaining to sanitation, and cleanliness for children, other staff members and program spaces.  

  1. Partners on the design of the curriculum established by the Program Leads
  2. Implements the daily lesson/activity plans.
  3. Supervises and actively engages the children, classroom, and all activities.
  4. Makes ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.
  5. Maintains communication with parents.
  6. Maintains program site and equipment.
  7. Maintains required program records.
  8. Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training as needed.

Job Requirements


Values: Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times. 

Quality Results:  Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences. 

Functional Expertise:  Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment. 

Relationships:  Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work. 

Developing Others:  Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible. 

  1. Meets educational and experience qualifications established by DCFS: Early childhood and school-age assistants shall have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).
  2. At least 21 years of age and at least five years older than the oldest child with whom they work.
  3. CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse prevention training within 30 days of hire date. Degree or pursuit of degree in Education or related field preferred.
  4. Previous experience working with children in a developmental setting preferred.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.
  • Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
  • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency



Email resume and cover letter to: Peter Sari at psari@westcookymca.org.

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