Christopher House is a catalyst for strengthening and empowering low-income children and their families. Our integrated web of support services helps build thriving families by equipping them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and progress in their social, emotional, educational and economic development. We place a high value on program excellence. Our programs are dynamic and innovative and we lead the field in having measurable outcomes that we reach and exceed. Each employee plays an important role in creating an environment where children and families feel safe, valued and respected. Our culture encourages personal growth. This helps children and families become happy and healthy, and communities to become stronger.
Position Description: School Age Worker Aide
Reports to: School Age Worker
Status: Non-Exempt; full time during summer, 75% time during school year Revised: 07/08
1.0 Position Objective: Contribute and participate in a comprehensive program of educational, social and recreational activities for school aged children in order to promote their social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth in a recreational group setting.
3.0 Relationships with: School Age Worker, School Age Coordinator, Director of Youth Development Services, children and families, CFDS staff and other Christopher House departmental staff.
4.0 Responsibilities: Assist in the planning and implementation of specific group activities for children such as craft projects, athletic activities, field trips, academic activities, games, group discussions, cooking projects and supervised homework. Seek to understand the 40 Developmental Assets approach and role model asset-building behavior when interacting with participants, employees, and other stakeholders.
Facilitate the formation of the group as a setting that is safe and supportive for children. Respond to the emotional needs of the children both in the group and in individual situations, with appropriate challenge, encouragement and behavior management. Provide classroom behavior management in a non-threatening manner. Serve as a positive role model. Assist in the preparation of snacks, according to federal nutrition guidelines. Participates in staffing of children by preparing observations of the children and by implementing the educational portion of the treatment plan.
4.2 Human Resources
Supervise, train and assist volunteers and other personnel assigned to classroom. Maintain own current knowledge in the field of childcare and development.
4.3 Team Orientation
Attend meetings as required. Assist in classroom maintenance. During school year walk daily to neighborhood elementary schools to pick up children after school and safely walk them back to Christopher House. Comply with licensing standards from funding agencies. Ensure a safe, health and sanitary environment. Recommends changes in department or site policies and procedures to the School Age Worker. Work with school age
team to ensure alignment with National Afterschool Association (NAA) Standards.
4.4 Record Keeping
Completes necessary reports and records in a timely and accurate manner. Seek to understand the 40 Developmental Assets approach and role model asset-building behavior when interacting with participants, employees, and other stakeholders.
4.5 Quality Assurance
Actively seek to align programs with best practices or standards for high quality. Ensure on time and accurate collection of data using organization’s database and/or funder databases. Analyze data with team members to determine how to explain information related to findings and improvement strategies. Report findings to supervisor; make recommendations for improving quality of services and/or department’s outcomes system; ensure successful implementation department strategies. Use outcome findings to enhance organizations public image and promote programs to families, volunteers, funders, and stakeholders.
4.6 Non-Classified Responsibilities
Respond to agency and stakeholder needs by performing assigned tasks, which do not fall within the above description. If such tasks are not of a temporary nature, they should be added to the position’s designated responsibilities.
5.0 Qualifications: A minimum of one year of experience working in a group work setting, dependent upon
academic credentials. Possession of or qualification for a First Aid certificate.
6.0 Education: A High School diploma or G.E.D., with at least six hours of credit study at an accredited college in child development, combined with one year of experience working with children in a group program.