Inclusion Specialist Staff - Part Time


The Inclusion Specialist Staff assists with planning, leading, and evaluating group experiences for children with special needs at a child care site.  The incumbent provides quality recreational experiences for children that focus on the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Essential Functions

  • Provide hands-on guidance and support for children with special needs.
  • Assist the Director with the planning, and implementation of the program activities while working with a small group of children.
  • Provide direction to program staff on the needs of special needs children during program activities.
  • Assist in the promotion of the program including calendars, newsletters, and other forms of communication with parents and the community.
  • Continuously evaluate programs and recommend changes to the Director.
  • Ensure that the site is kept clean and organized.
  • Perform administrative activities to support the program, including record and file maintenance, registration, release forms, and emergency forms.


Qualifications - Required

  • Must be a minimum of 18.years of age
  • 6 months minimum experience working with youth or as Child Care Program Staff.
  • Current certification in CPR or CPR/PR (Professional Rescuer); First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillators). Must be able to obtain certifications within 30 days of hire.
  • Knowledge of general principles in such areas as child development, child guidance, human relations, communication, or recreational programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with school age children in a recreational setting.
  • Demonstrated communication (verbal or written), organization, creative problem solving, and human relations skills.
  • Willingness to work with special needs children from diverse populations.

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Degree in education, recreation, or related field.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with special needs children.
  • Knowledge in planning, organizing, communicating and implementing school age recreation programs.

Physical Demands

  • Will restrain or physically support children weighing 50+ pounds, as needed for safety, during activities that may require stooping, kneeling or crouching.
  • Lead and participate in activities that may include running, throwing, and kicking.
  • Able to sit low at child size seating and instruct/work with children at tables.
  • Classrooms range from quiet work areas to busy, noisy environments with several groups talking amongst themselves concurrently.
  • May provide children with assistance in dealing with issues such as personal hygiene, medical needs, toileting, diapering, lifting, writing, feeding, and getting in or out of transportation.
  • May be exposed to verbal outbursts, physical actions or bodily fluids as part of the child care environment.
  • Set up tables weighing up to 50 lbs

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