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Metro YMCA of the Oranges Afterschool Group Leader in EAST ORANGE, New Jersey

Afterschool Group Leader

East Orange YMCA, 100 N ARLINGTON AVE, EAST ORANGE, New Jersey, United States of America

Req #1271

Monday, November 20, 2023

We are an all - inclusive organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As a growing, mission focused, and future-oriented association of YMCAs, the Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team. Sign on bonus may apply

Do you have talents to share, and want to make an impact on the lives of children?

Do you have talents to share, and want to make an impact on the lives of children? We’re inviting people with passion and enthusiasm to join our School Age Child Care team, where you’ll have the opportunity to motivate, inspire, and make a difference. At the Y, we’re strengthening communities through our mission, core values, and a culture of service. Join us!

· Do you like to play sports? Lead games and teach teamwork to our young athletes!

· Do you like art? Lead arts and crafts projects for our young artists!

· Do you like teaching? Provide homework help for our young students!

· Do you like music? Sing songs or lead dance with our young musicians!

· Do you like science? Lead some experiments with our young scientists!

You can share your gifts with children and make a difference. Apply today to learn more about how to join our team!

POSITION SUMMARY: The Group Leader is responsible for assisting the Site Supervisor in the day to day operations of the School Age After Care program site for which he/she is hired. The Group Leader provides a high level of supervision for the children in his/her care and leads or assists with activities as directed by the Site Supervisor. The Group Leader works as part of a team to ensure that a safe and caring environment is provided for all children at all times.

SALARY: $15.54 p/h


  • Ensure the safety of all children assigned to his/her group by following the supervision standards in the Code of Conduct and Licensing Requirements. Maintain constant head counts when transitioning between activities. Provide restroom supervision and ensure children wash their hands after using the rest room.

  • Lead and support the implementation of program activities including running or participating in CATCH, Healthy U, helping with snack and providing homework support as assigned. Use resources available to deliver activities that meet the purpose and vision of the Y Program and according to assigned curriculum, including 30 minutes of CATCH activities each day.

  • Follow YMCA protocols for dealing with First-Aid and emergency situations. Participate in monthly safety drills.

  • Use positive group management techniques. Anticipate and deal with behavior problems in accordance with YMCA’s Discipline and Expulsion Policy.

  • Build professional relationships with children, their families and school personnel.

  • Represent the YMCA in a positive manner in all interactions, including participants and their families, and school personnel. Function as a positive role model and set a positive example through behavior.

  • Maintain a clean and sanitary program environment by ensuring supplies, equipment and tables are cleaned before and after snack or activities. Assist with snack set up/clean up. Ensure children wash their hands before snack. Report any maintenance issues, or supply and equipment needs to the Site Supervisor.

  • Promote Y Programs and Camps to families. Assist with planning and implementation of special events, including Annual Campaign.

  • Attend all YMCA training and meetings as requested. Maintain certifications necessary for the position throughout the program.

  • Perform other job-related duties as requested and necessary.


    Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

    Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

    Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

    Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


  • High School Diploma, college credits/degree in Education preferred.

  • Basic understanding of youth development principles.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communication with all levels including staff, parents and school staff.

  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative that adhere to the purpose, mission and goals of the YMCA.

  • Ability to relate to children and develop professional, positive relationships with youth.

  • 1-3 year’s experience leading group activities.

  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model and take initiative to identify potential risk factors and take measures to reduce them.

  • First-Aid, CPR and AED certification may be required.

  • Must complete CARI Background Check, CHRI/Fingerprinting and provide proof of a Mantoux test within two weeks of hire.


    Must be capable of being on your feet for long periods and be able to actively supervise children in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Must be capable of bending, kneeling, squatting and lifting 30 pounds. Must be able to visually account for all children in the program, whether inside or outside. Must be able to hear whistle or alarms. Clear speaking voice is needed to command control of group.

    INTERNAL CANDIDATES: Current active employees of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges should apply via the Careers section of the Dayforce Employee Account.

    Professional development opportunities and complimentary use of YMCA facilities.

    We are proud to be an EEO/AA/employer M/F/D/V. Employment is subject to extensive background check.

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  • Pay Type Hourly

  • East Orange YMCA, 100 N ARLINGTON AVE, EAST ORANGE, New Jersey, United States of America