Y Kids Associate

Job Description


Pay Range: Up to $9.37/hour based on education and experience

To learn how we are keeping our staff and participants safe in the current environment, please review our COVID-19 Safety Precautions. 

Under the direction the Child Watch Coordinator and consistent with the Christian Mission of the YMCA- a Y Kids Associate is responsible for supervising children and leading activities to engage children in play and learning, while ensuring standards of health and safety are met. Y Kids programming includes drop-in childcare, Parent’ Morning Out, Parents’ Afternoon Out, and Parent’s Night Out.

  • Lead educational, age-appropriate and Christian-valued activities for children in the Y Kids Area.
  • Maintain health, safety and cleanliness standards of the Y Kids Area.
  • Provide superior customer service to members and their children.
  • Implement assigned programming for member and staff children.
  • Maintain accurate records relating to attendance.
  • Provide care and supervision of children in the Y Kids Area with emphasis on overall safety and wellness
  • Communicate appropriately with other staff members in a positive manner
  • Attend staff meetings and complete all required trainings.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 16 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Prior experience working with children or in a related field preferred
  • Ability to work well with children of various ages and abilities
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule
  • Capable of working as a team player
  • Ability to maintain safe environment

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift and/or assist children up to 50 pounds in weight.
  • Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time. 
  • Requires bending, pulling, crouching, leaning, kneeling, and walking, pushing, climbing, and jumping.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in such a way as to be easily understood by children, staff and parents. 
  • Visual and auditory ability to supervise and respond to critical situations with children. 
  • Must be able to move freely and quickly through the facility and alternate program locations including outdoors and field trips. 

Effect on End Result:

The effectiveness of the incumbent’s performance may be measured by:

  • The safety of all children in the assigned area
  • The positive impact the program has on participants, parents, and the branch
  • The pleasant environment and smooth operation of the Childwatch program

** If applying for the Harris Branch, current staffing needs include evening and weekend shifts.