• Youth Development Instructor

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Before & After School Programs
    Variable Schedule
    Monday - Friday | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Overview

    Job Summary and Key Accountabilities: 

    The Youth Development Instructor is responsible for implementing and adapting a wide variety of enrichment activities for grades K-8. The YDI works with a specific group of youth according to schedule including interactive and enriching social and cultural experiences, ensuring the safety and security of program participants; and  operating in accordance with the State of Illinois licensing regulations and the YMCA philosophy and goals.



    Scope of Responsibilities:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of youth growth and development and creates high quality program implementation by providing a safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging environment.  
    • Must be able to work a full day schedule during CPS and Charter schools closing for breaks and holidays.
    • Provide positive classroom climate that encourages respect and responsibility and that is characterized by teamwork, camaraderie and inclusiveness.  
    • Prepares lesson plans on a daily and/or weekly basis outlining program activities, ensures materials and supplies are available and ready for daily program activities, and ensures all program areas and supplies are clean and well maintained regularly.
    • Organize and lead youth in indoor/outdoor activities which meets group and individual needs, interests and considers diverse abilities.  
    • Provide effective supervision of all children that is age-appropriate and assures the safety and well-being of all youth, at all times.
    • Positively interacts with children, parents/guardians and other team members to create a respectful, warm, supportive environment.
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of children’s efforts and accomplishments and providing assistance and encouragement to program participants when needed.
    • Models self-control, respect and cooperation to children and other team members.  
    • Utilizes youth arrival/departure to share information with parents/guardians and to build relationships.
    • Follows program schedule and maintains accurate records of attendance, meals and other records as necessary to meet program requirements.
    • Support the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention; and immediately report to your supervisor any suspicious behavior or items that may pose a health or safety hazard to youth.  
    • Participate in team meetings and other school-age program activities.
    • Complete fifteen clock hours of professional development annually, through participation in offered training, in-service or continuing education and maintain log/record of such.
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding all center staff, children, and families.
    • Supports the YMCA’s mission and center operations as needed.


    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:

    • Must be 19 years of age and have a minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited college/university with six semester hours or equivalent related to school-aged care, child development, elementary education physical education, recreation, camping or a related field.
    • Pass and maintain DCFS Background clearance
    • Meet annual physical requirements
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Evidence of YMCA Y Team competencies in prior experience or practice
    • Ability to meet physical requirements based on job description; The YMCA will accommodate reasonable accommodations for persons with disability.
    • Ability to obtain DCFS background check clearance and provide pre-employment medical screening documentation

    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.


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