West Cook YMCA

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Youth Development: Assistant Teacher

Job Type: Part Time

Category: Youth Development

Compensation: $18/hour


West Cook YMCA
255 S. Marion St.
Oak Park, Il 60302

Job Description


The assistant teacher co-creates a welcoming environment where young scholars feel safe to be themselves and is responsible for the daily supervision of an assigned group, and actively engages scholars in all program components and activities.


The Assistant Teacher co-creates a welcoming environment where young scholars feel safe to be themselves, are engaged in activities that build skills and gain a sense of achievement, while developing positive relationships. A successful candidate will create opportunities for youth voice and choice and encourages youth to try new skills while providing support and guidance through the learning process.

The assistant teacher is responsible for the daily supervision of an assigned group, and actively engages scholars in all program components and activities. The assistant teacher is a positive adult role model, and guides scholars to support academic, social emotional, and physical development. To accomplish this, assistant teachers will be required to participate in ongoing professional development and planning sessions with lead teachers and site managers on a regular scheduled basis.

  1. Leads enrichment activities and engages youth in youth leadership and character development opportunities.
  2. Facilitates a program environment that invites exploration, promotes positive play, and welcomes children.
  3. Provides careful, attentive supervision, alert at all times.
  4. Follows program lesson and implementation plans in a developmentally appropriate manner, meeting the individual physical, social emotional, and intellectual needs of the participants.
  5. Serves as a positive role model, demonstrates professional behavior, and understand positive youth development approaches to the academic and social development of youth.
  6. Maintain accurate classroom records as assigned and according to program requirements.
  7. Demonstrates a working knowledge of YMCA mission, purpose and goals, childcare policies and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence


  • $18 per hour

Afterschool Program Typical shift 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, plus additional hours as needed for Out of School Time programs



EMAIL RESUME AND COVER LETTER TOyouthdevelopmenthr@westcookymca.org

The West Cook YMCA is a mandated Covid-19 vaccine workplace.  


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. Associates or bachelor’s degree is required, youth development field preferred.
  2. One to two years prior experience working with children between the ages of 5 and 13 years of age required.
  3. Experience in group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  4. Experience in creating and leading interactive and educational/artistic activities, youth development, academic enrichment, and arts.
  5. Must possess oral, auditory, and written communication skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults.
  6. Must be capable of implementing program activities and tasks.
  7. Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  1. Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time
  2. Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids
  3. Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time
  4. Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking
  5. Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
  6. Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate
  7. Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency


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