Position: Temporary Childcare Assistant
Length of position: May 1st-July 31st
Department: Domestic Violence
Reports to: Domestic Violence Department
FLSA Status: Hourly/ Non-Exempt
Classification: Full time. Temporary.
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Summary of Job:
YWCA Children’s Program supports children, youth, and families impacted by domestic violence. We strive to support each child’s/youth’s individual social, emotional, and developmental needs by creating trusting relationships and maintaining a safe and warm environment. Our services provide opportunities for children/youth to broaden their personal experience, to strengthen their ability to communicate and problem-solve, and to develop self-awareness and self-esteem. All of our programs utilize art and play as primary tools for promoting this healing and holistic growth.
Under the direction of the Children and Youth Program Coordinator and the Domestic Violence Services manager, the Childcare Assistant creates, provides, and coordinates activities with children that is age appropriate and engaging.
- Associate degree in a human services-related field.
- At least 12 ECE units or experience in working with women and children in crisis setting is preferred.
- Bilingual preferred.
- Experience in a residential facility setting preferred.
- Experience working with trauma survivors preferred.
- Knowledge of domestic violence issues preferred.
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- Respectfulness & Relationship Building: Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.
- Commitment to Quality Service: Builds and maintains client/community satisfaction with the services offered.
- Team Focused & Collaborative: Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and objectives.
- Self-Accountability & Work Standards: Sets high standards of performance for self and assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.
- Stress tolerance: Maintains composure in highly stressful or adverse situations.
- Professionalism and Personal Boundaries: Conducts self within appropriate and expected professional boundaries and policies.
- Conflict Management: Helps others to effectively resolve complex or sensitive disagreements or conflicts.
- Valuing Diversity: Helps to create an environment that embraces and appreciates diversity.
- Confidentiality, Integrity, Ethics and Trust: Maintains confidentiality and earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
- Participate in the day-to-day running of the playroom and the operation of the Childcare service and contribute fully as part of the overall staff team engaged in providing resources to women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
- Ensure that at all times the childcare unit has a warm, inviting and friendly atmosphere, which strives to meet the needs of the women and children.
- Participate in a flexible and effective roster, which will include days, evenings and Saturdays.
- Track and contribute to all childcare recording procedures, with particular reference to casework files as well as preparing reports to ensure that records and files are upgraded regularly.
- Record any incidents or concerns.
- Inform senior staff of these incidents and concerns.
- Be vigilant for the signs of physical and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, emotional or developmental delay. Report and record as per procedure.
- Implement Health and Safety policy and procedures.
- Ensure that high standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained in the Playroom.
- Ensure that repairs are recorded and reported to the Facility Manager.
- In the event of a crisis admission to have a calm approach, as well as carrying out a needs assessment and have the ability to make decisions under stress.
- To assist in the responsibilities attached to the health and safety aspects in accordance with current legislation and policy and procedure. Observe all procedures as required in terms of care and control, safety and good childcare practices, as well as ensuring that mothers, volunteers, students and visitors are made aware of, and observe same as appropriate.
- Familiarize yourself with the safety features of the DV Center including the fire alarm system and other fire and safety equipment.
Basic Family Support Services:
- Provide childcare/respite care – children ages 0-12
- Plans and implement age appropriate educational and recreational activities around anti-bias and anti-violence curriculum.
- Responsible for maintaining required documentation concerning interaction with children.
- Communicates with Case Managers any concerns regarding children’s behavior or parenting issues.
- Assists with coordination of volunteers to provide childcare coverage.
- Keeps play areas orderly with supplies ready.
- Distribution of tangible items and resources to address families basic needs (i.e., clothing, school supplies, food).
Curriculum Art and Recreation Activities:
- Plan and lead groups and events to support children/youth in building skills for relieving stress, self-regulating, developing self-identity, fostering peer-connections, and building healthy relationships.
- Must be able to climb up and down 20 or more stairs with no assistance.
- Must be capable of assisting clients and/or children to safely exit the premises in an emergency.
- Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds with no difficulty.
PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Support the Mission of the YWCA and the Domestic Violence Project, and the goals of the YWCA of Glendale. Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Possess flexibility, good judgment and exhibit needed sense of responsibility under pressure.
YWCA Glendale is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), and sexual orientation, or request for FMLA.