Child and Youth Program Assistant

Air Force Nonappropriated Fund (AFNAF) Services Career Program - Fort Eustis, VA3.6

Full-time
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If selected, you will be informed of your primary duty location at selection. Duty locations include Fort Eustis Child Development Centers and Fort Eustis Youth Programs/School Age Programs.

This is a Flexible position. A Flex Position is guaranteed 0 hours per week and can work 0-40 hours per week. This position may be subject to nights, days, and weekends.

Position may be required to transport children.

IMPORTANT: In order to determine qualification level, you will be required to submit the following during the interview process:

  • HS Diploma or equivalent – Required for all
  • If you were formerly employed in a military Child Development Center or Youth Program, please be prepared to provide a copy of your AF Form 1098 Training Record showing modules completed. Other Service (Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) equivalent training documentation form will be accepted. Training Certificates are not acceptable. You should also provide a copy of your last personnel action showing your grade level.
  • If you have taken “directly related courses” as defined below, please be prepared to provide your transcripts showing successfully completed progressive study at an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university where the institution normally requires a high school diploma or equivalent for admission. (NOTE: If selected, you will be required to submit an “Official” transcript.)
o Directly related courses include child development, youth recreation, elementary/early childhood education, child psychology, family services, social work, or home economics and art education, music education, theater, youth development and physical education if they included content and experience related to children or youth. Directly related courses and subjects in child development, early childhood education or elementary education usually include “child” or “early childhood education” in their title.
  • IMPORTANT: Documents from foreign schools must be officially translated and certified/notarized. Originals must be submitted to the Human Resource Office upon selection.
DUTIES: Serves as a Child and Youth Program Assistant (CYPA) in one or more child and youth programs. Accountable for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth. Plans, coordinates and conducts activities for program participants based on observed needs of individual children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years. Implements activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of children and youth. Assist children and youth with special projects, homework and life skills. Establishes a program environment that sustains participant interest and promotes positive interactions with other children, youth and adults. Helps prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily skills. Prepares and implements program options for children and youth with special requirements. Develops and implements schedules and plans. Demonstrates, instructs, leads and facilitates planned and spontaneous program activities. Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques. Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, supervisors and volunteers. Participates in conferences with parents and staff. Briefs other employees and parents. Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities, on field trips, outings and special events. Promotes and models safety, fitness, health and nutrition practices. Cares for special needs children and youth as directed by the supervisor. Notifies supervisor of health, fire and safety compliance concerns. Helps arrange for/serve appropriate snacks/meals, where applicable. Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse or neglect and reports as directed. Notes special instructions provided by parents. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with an authorized person according to written parental instruction. Participates in program evaluation using designated instruments such as programmatic rating scales, risk assessment tools (as required), self-inspection materials and national accreditation tools. Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent. Provides care/supervision, oversight and accountability for program participants in compliance with local policies, guidance, and standards. Ensures compliance with policies and regulations application to AF Child and Youth Programs. Inventories equipment on recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies. Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities. Collects, maintains and reports program participation data. May be required to transport children in government vehicles. Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: TARGET LEVEL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: BASIC REQUIREMENT: Must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and must speak, read and write English. Must meet specific physical requirements, pass a physical examination and have required immunizations. Must be able to lift 40 lbs or more and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to obtain a Food Handler's Certificate, and satisfactorily complete installation, state and national criminal background checks. Must satisfactorily complete mandatory training as specified below. Must possess maturity and good judgment and like working with children/youth and their parents. Employee must have a valid driver’s license, obtain a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) within 6 months of employment, maintain both licenses in good standing and have a good driving record if required to transport children. SPECIALIZED REQUIREMENT: Six months experience equivalent to the CY-01 Intermediate Level working in a group program for children or youth. Completion of the AF Modules; or, 30 semester hours above the high school level which included at least 15 semester hours in early childhood education, youth development, or related fields

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: BASIC REQUIREMENT: Must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and must speak, read and write English. Must meet specific physical requirements, pass a physical examination and have required immunizations. Must be able to lift 40 lbs or more and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to obtain a Food Handler's Certificate, and satisfactorily complete installation, state and national criminal background checks. Must satisfactorily complete mandatory training as specified below. Must possess maturity and good judgment and like working with children/youth and their parents. Employee must have a valid driver's license and have a good driving record if required to transport children. SPECIALIZED REQUIREMENT: Six months experience equivalent to the CY-01 level working in a group program for children or youth. Completion of 3 AF modules (or equivalent) and AF Orientation Training Program; or, 15 semester hours above the high school level in early childhood education, youth development, or related field.

ENTRY LEVEL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: BASIC REQUIREMENT: Must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and must speak, read and write English. Must meet specific physical requirements, pass a physical examination and have required immunizations. Must be able to lift 40 lbs or more and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to obtain a Food Handler's Certificate, and satisfactorily complete installation, state and national criminal background checks. Little or no previous training or experience is required. Must satisfactorily complete mandatory training as specified below. Must possess maturity and good judgment and like working with children, youth and their parents. Employee must have a valid driver's license and have a good driving record if required to transport children.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION: Overtime pay, shift differential, awards, workers' compensation, and unemployment compensation.

All Air Force NAF positions require satisfactory completion of National Agency Check w/Inquiries.

All Federal NAF Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have salary payments made by electronic funds transfer/direct deposit.

Any individual who was required to register with Selective Service and who is not registered or knowingly and willfully did not register before the requirement terminated or became inapplicable, will not be appointed.

Internal NAF applicants’ pay may be set according to applicable NAF pay setting rules. For current appropriated fund (APF) employees, portability pay setting rules apply (REF: AFMAN 34-310, NAF Personnel Program Management and Administration Procedures, para 13.6.2.2).