Child Care - Head of Group

Amherst, NY, USA Req #11188
Monday, January 18, 2021

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is looking for talented individuals with a passion for the YMCA mission and cause, an understanding of YMCA programs and services, and whose everyday priorities are a reflection of the core YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is the second-oldest YMCA in the United States and one of the oldest institutions in Western New York. As a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves the Western New York community with six membership branches, two overnight camps, and over 50 program locations. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay - each year, more than 2,800 children and families benefit from our annual campaign, which provides over $1.4 million in financial aid to those who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as child care, summer camp, or membership.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


The Y operates licensed School Age Child Care programs located at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA facility and at off-site locations within the service area.  The head of group supervises an assigned group of children and implements weekly/daily lesson plans.



Monday – Friday, up to 28 hours per week.  Morning and afternoon positions are available.  Split shifts may be required.  Additional hours may be required to accommodate full day child care.



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Family MasterKey Membership, discounted program fees, and an outstanding work environment.  Employees are immediately eligible to enroll and contribute to the Y Retirement Fund’s 403B plan and will receive a 12% employer paid Y Retirement contribution after eligibility requirements are met.


Other benefits include leadership development opportunities, program specific training courses, and career advancement.



  1. Assists in the development and implementation of weekly lesson plans for site activities.
  2. Provides daily supervision of all staff assigned to the program in the Site Coordinator’s absence.
  3. Implements and maintains policies, rules, regulations, and standards as required by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), school administration, and YMCA Buffalo Niagara.
  4. Follows and enforces department protocol to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces.  Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas.  Enforces PPE compliance.
  5. Provides a safe environment for all activities.  Enforces safety rules and reports/treats any injuries.
  6. Performs various administrative tasks in compliance with YMCA procedures and regulatory agencies.
  7. Develops and maintains positive relationships with children, parents, staff, and school administration.
  8. Maintains all required certifications.  Attends and participates in staff meetings and training sessions.
  9. Carries out other tasks as assigned.



  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. High School diploma or equivalent; 2 years of direct experience working with children under the age of 13 years; successfully completes the OCFS comprehensive background clearance requirements before beginning work at the program site.
  3. Able to lead activities for elementary school age children including group work, values education, and age appropriate activities.
  4. An understanding of the YMCA and its mission, goals and programs.
  5. Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with participants, parents, school administration, and staff.
  6. American Red Cross, American Health Association, American Safety & Health Institute certification in CPR/AED (Adult, Child, Infant) and First Aid.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $12.50
  • Job Start Date Monday, February 22, 2021
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