Childwatch Coordinator 0-5 Programs/Events

We are looking for an energetic, dedicated team member who is passionate about youth development in a 0-5/Family Services environment.   
Job Description

Under the supervision of the Youth and Family Director and consistent with the Gaston County Family YMCA Christian Mission, the Childwatch Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day activities and curriculum for children and staff, operations of program areas, and supervision of staff. 


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: We believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to strengthen our community, beginning with you. 

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

  • HS Diploma/Degree preferred

  • A minimum of one year experience working with children

  • Previous supervisory experience 

  • Competency in computer skills

Essential Functions
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of childwatch and keep all children and staff safe in your care
  • Provide leadership to youth services special programs such as birthday parties, parents night out and other family programs

  • Be a role model and set a great example for all children and staff in your area of influence.

  • Maintain excellent communication with all staff and families utilizing your program areas

  • Implement on new staff on boarding and required trainings as directed

  • Implement all required operating standards.

  • Department leadership and support of the Annual Campaign

  • Cross-market youth programming when appropriate

  • Responsible for planning age-appropriate curriculum, planning program schedules, and implementing monthly themes and art/science/math enrichments into all programming.

  • Implement all safety/security procedures for checking children in and out of your program area.

  • Responsible for ensuring that all participants' forms are current, complete and on file.

  • Responsible for maintaining daily attendance, sign out sheets, accident reports, and implementing daily lesson plans.

  • Demonstrate ability to resolve conflict situations with participants, staff and parents. 

  • Responsible for managing staff throughout the day and maintaining ratios at all times. 

  • Display a willingness to assist at all times.

  • Follow all program guidelines and emergency procedures of the Gaston County Family YMCA

  • Group Control proficiency is essential in the handling and care of children.  

  • Follow all Staff Code of Conduct rules

  • Plan, implement and teach new games, songs, activities, etc. to the best of your ability

  • Must understand and communicate the YMCA mission in all we do

  • All other duties as assigned directly/indirectly related to the program by the Youth and Family Director. 


    • Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.

    • Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.

    • Must be able to lift and/or assist children up to 50 pounds in weight.

    • Must be able to lift and carry food and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

    • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.

    • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.

    • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

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.