YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Lead Counselor, Youth Development Programs

    Job Locations US-WA-Redmond
    Posted Date 1 month ago(2/6/2019 7:26 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Bellevue Family YMCA - Ella Baker Elementary
    Youth and Family Programs
    9595 Eastridge Dr NE,
  • Overview

    Job Summary

    We are seeking a Lead Counselor of our Play Every Day and Kids University programs who will plan and implement activities and step in as the lead onsite when the Program Supervisor is not present. This position will be working in our Play Everyday program visiting schools in the area to provide activities for students mid-day and in after school Kids U program which provide school age kids a set of enrichment classes such as art, sports, cooking, chess, and science. Children sign up for specific classes based on their interests and passions that are led by program instructors. 


    This position will serve on an engaging and dynamic team, playing a key role in ensuring planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and curriculum are provided to the participants. This position is a regular on going positon that works within our youth enrichment programs throughout the year, in our before and after school programs during the school year and within one of our summer camps during the summer.



    1. Plans and implements culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate activities within the curriculum in accordance with the Youth Development goals of the YMCA. May be responsible for the quality and completion of program plans including lesson, behavior and event plans. 
    2. Supervises a group of children to ensure their health and safety and to provide for a positive experience for each child.
    3. Supervises instructors/volunteers. Maintains required staff/child ratios.
    4. Professionally communicates confidential and evaluative information with parents/guardians including newsletters, individual parent communication and parent/teacher conferences.
    5. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency procedures.
    6. Maintains professional relationships with families, facility personnel and the community. May plan and conduct events for parents.
    7. May maintain required records according to YMCA, including attendance records, registration information, accident reports and discipline records.
    8. Assists in recruiting new enrollments.
    9. May ensure that site supplies are maintained and purchased as necessary.
    10. Ensures developmentally appropriate classrooms including appearance, décor and cleanliness of site.
    11. May prepare and serve snacks.
    12. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
    13. Other duties as assigned.

    Who are you?


    If you're the right candidate for the job, you are excited to spend your time impacting the lives of children.  You thrive on the energy of children and are ready to jump in and lead activities.  You are always looking for ways to offer support.  You are comfortable with individual youth and groups of children, can talk to and partner with parents and other adults, and have an interest in and aptitude for learning new ways to work with kids. You have an eye for quality programming and can build a sense of belonging with the groups you work with. 


    You are 21 years of age or older and should have:

    • 2 years or more of experience with children; camps, child care, tutoring, nanny, coaching, etc.
    • High school graduate or equivalent.
    • Ability to model and demonstrate Y values; caring, respect, responsibility and honesty
    • Experience planning and implementing group activities

    You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y and the Youth Enrichment Team if you:

    • Thrive in a youth centered environment where all children feel that they belong
    • Are adaptable and flexible, and like that every day is a little different
    • Are excited to see youth grow and thrive
    • Truly enjoy being of service to others
    • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
    • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all


    The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.


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