Job Summary and Key Accountabilities
The Inclusion Aide is responsible for supporting and assisting one or more individuals who have a disability and are enrolled in Y programs to promote participation in program activities and independence to the fullest extent possible. The Inclusion Aide ensures that individualized needs of participants are met, serves as professional role model and guides program participants through activities that support a positive learning climate and development of life skills and healthy and safe behaviors.
Scope of Responsibilities
Program Participant Experience:
- Serves as a role model in supporting inclusion and ceating an outstanding participant experience for children, parents and families.
- Modifies learning or recreational activities as may be needed, including activities, rules, equipment, and/or supplies as needed. Promotes participation in program activities and independence to the fullest extent possible. Maintains the confidentiality of information pertaining to the individual(s) assigned for support.
- Teaches socially acceptable behaviors by serving as a role model and by using age-appropriate positive reinforcement and behavior management strategies. Implements individualized behavior management plans, when necessary.
- Communicates consistently with team members and program leaders to keep abreast of ctivities and schedule, in order to prepare for activity modifications. Will offer suggestions for modifications, if applicable.
- Communicates consistently with parents, classroom/program team and program leadership through completion of a weekly summary of the individual’s participation.
- Supports program activities as assigned by supervisor, including any specialty program activities.
- Ensures the physical and emotional health and safety of participants by being safety conscious, following all established YMCA standards and critically evaluating situations for potential risks.
- Is alert and responsive to any specific health and safety needs of the individual with a disability.
- Ensures compliance with established rules and regulations to ensure safety. Monitors participants and team members provides coaching and intervention as necessary.
- Sets up facilities and/or equipment for activities and stores equipment appropriately after use. Immediately notifies program leaders of any broken or unsafe equipment or if more resources/equipment are needed.
- Works to keep program facilities clean at all times
Child Abuse Prevention
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
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. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.
Minimum and Preferred Requirements
- High school diploma or equivalent; must be at least 18 years of age or older
- Must have prior experience working with children; experience with children with disabilities and/or in a similar program setting preferred.
- Commitment to, and passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission and serving the needs of diverse youth
- Basic knowledge of child growth and development as well as developmentally appropriate practices for age group.
- Ability to understand and implement an inclusion plan and provide recommended strategies for support. Ability to observe participant behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques is essential.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to build constructive relationships, act as role model, and communicate effectively with children, families, team members and others
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Y Team competencies in previous experience or practice
- Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
- Meet additional program guidelines for background checks and medical screening where necessary based on program supported.
Be 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. Our network of 20 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.