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Job Opening: Group Leader at the YMCA


Position: Group Leader

Status:  Non-Exempt                            

Branch: Calomiris                                                                                

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible for assisting the SACC Director/Site Director/Senior Group Leader in the daily operations of the program
  • Responsible for the planning , development and implementation of all the before and after school activities under the guidelines of the YMCA School Age & YUSA Summer Day Camp Curriculum.
  • Assists in oversight of all program activities, communicating with families and ensuring all equipment and supplies are availiable

Supervisory Responsibility:

X No Supervisory responsibility

¨ Provides guidance, leadership, or training to other employees (no direct supervision)

¨ Directly responsible for supervising non-exempt, clerical, or office administration personnel

¨ Directly responsible for supervising exempt, professional, or technical employees

¨ Directly responsible for supervising supervisory/managerial employees

Organizational Structure:

Job title to which this position reports: SACC Director, Site Director

Job titles directly reporting to this position: None

Job titles indirectly reporting to this position: None

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implements the program in accordance with the goals and policies of the YMCA, the School Age Curriculum
  • Effectively carries out appropriate lesson plans that can be followed by staff
  • Understands and is able to incorporate Developmental Assets into the curriculum activities for children
  • Establishes structure and routines for children setting boundaries and behavior guidelines
  • Responsible for the safety of the children at all times, including understanding and being able to implement emergency procedures as necessary
  • Attends parent/child events as required
  • Effectively communicates with parents throughout the program year
  • Maintains an attractive and clean classroom at all times
  • Reports concerns, conflicts, or other problems directly to the supervisor
  • Documents attendance, absenteeism and incidents for each child in compliance with state/county/district requirements
  • Other duties as required

 Education, Certification, Skills, and Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must have at least 48 credit hours from an accredited college or univerity, at least 9 credit hours in
  • education or child and youth development
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Documentation of physical examination and TB skin test
  • Clear the local jurisdiction requirements for criminal background and/or fingerprinting
  • Must meet the county/state licensing requirements
  • Must have the critical skill of being able to relate to parents, school staff and children and have a positive, creative attitude
  • Must be able to work as a team member
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with children and parents
  • Must understand and be committed to working with diverse population and to YMCA character development
  • Complete Training for:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • Facility Orientation
    • Child Care Policy/Prevention of child abuse
    • Day Camp Policies
    • Staff/Parent Handbook
    • YUSA SACC Framework Curriculum
    • YUSA Day Camp Curriulum
    • Emergency Procedures

YMCA Leadership Certification:

Position requires ongoing progress towards Leader Certification

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Must be physically active to play games and sports with the children
  • Must be able to pick-up at least 35 pounds
  • Must have visual acuity to observe all children


I have read and understand the job description for my position at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions.  YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities, and position titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the business.

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