Child Care - Head of Group (Southtowns)

Angola, NY 14006, USA ● Hamburg, NY 14075, USA ● Lancaster, NY, USA ● Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA ● West Seneca, NY, USA Req #11533
Thursday, September 8, 2022
YMCA Buffalo Niagara operates before and after school child care programs at facilities and elementary schools throughout Western New York.

The Y is looking for talented individuals with a passion for the YMCA's mission and cause, an understanding of YMCA programs and services, and whose everyday values are a reflection of the core YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. 

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion. 


The Y operates licensed before and after school programs at YMCA facilities and at elementary schools throughout Western NY.  The head of group supervises an assigned group of children and implements weekly/daily lesson plans at a program site. This is a part-time position.



Positions are immediately available at all locations. 


Monday – Friday, before and after school, about 25 hours per week. Additional hours may be required. Flexibility to work a split shift is preferred.



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Family MasterKey Membership, discounted program fees, and an outstanding work environment.  Employees are immediately eligible to enroll and contribute to the Y Retirement Fund’s 403B plan and will receive a 12% employer paid Y Retirement contribution after eligibility requirements are met.


Other benefits include paid sick leave, leadership development opportunities, program specific training courses, and career advancement.



  1. Assists in the development and implementation of weekly lesson plans for site activities.
  2. Provides daily supervision of all staff assigned to the program in the Site Coordinator’s absence.
  3. Implements and maintains policies, rules, regulations, and standards as required by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), school administration, and YMCA Buffalo Niagara.
  4. Follows and enforces department protocol to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas. Enforces PPE compliance.
  5. Provides a safe environment for all activities. Enforces safety rules and reports/treats any injuries.
  6. Performs various administrative tasks in compliance with YMCA procedures and regulatory agencies.
  7. Develops and maintains positive relationships with children, parents, staff, and school administration.
  8. Maintains all required certifications. Attends and participates in staff meetings and training sessions.
  9. Carries out other tasks as assigned.



  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Meets qualifications in compliance with licensing requirements of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS): High School diploma or equivalent, 2 years of direct experience working with children under the age of 13 years, successfully completion of the OCFS comprehensive background clearance requirements before beginning work at the program site.
  3. Able to lead activities for elementary school age children including group work, values education, and age- appropriate activities.
  4. An understanding of the YMCA and its mission.
  5. Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with participants, parents, school administration, and staff.
  6. American Red Cross, American Health Association, American Safety & Health Institute certification in CPR/AED (Adult, Child, Infant) and First Aid.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $13.50
  • Job Start Date Monday, October 10, 2022
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