Be a part of our mission.
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our instructors and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.
Our before and after-school programs create a child-centered environment that promotes learning, character development, healthy living and positive, nurturing relationships. With a commitment to meeting accreditation standards and extensive training and development in research-based practices, you’ll also learn and grow and positively impact our children, families and communities.
Job Summary and Key Accountabilities:
The Youth Development Instructor (YEI) is responsible for implementing and adapting a wide variety of enrichment activities for grades K-8 in a before or after school program setting. The YDI plays a key role in ensuring that program participants have a safe, supportive, interactive and enriching program experience while ensuring the safety and security of all program participants.
Scope of Responsibilities:
Child Abuse Prevention
Commitment to Inclusion
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations.
Minimum and Preferred Requirements:
Experience and Educational Requirements (License Exempt Programs):
19 years of age and at least 5 years older than the oldest child with whom they work
Working towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credits from an accredited college or university with 6 semester or 9 quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and or child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or related fields.
Working towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree with 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of credit from an accredited college or university related to school age child care, child development or related field and has 780 clock hours of experience in a recreational program, kindergarten, licensed day care center serving school-age children or a license exempt school age child care program operated by a public or private school or other eligible agency.
High school diploma or equivalency certificate plus 3120 clock hours of experience in a recreational program, kindergarten, or licensed day care center serving school age children or a license exempt school age child care program operated by a public or private school or eligible agency.