Inclusion Leader - La Mesa

Join us at the Y – as an Inclusion Leader!
Job Description

Responsible for working individually with participants with special needs and helping to facilitate their inclusion into a YMCA program setting by providing behavior modification and support services for participants with social emotional/behavior challenges and their families. This position is responsible for leading children, youth and/or young adults in a variety of YMCA programming daily, ensure safety and well-being of all participants, actively engage in planning and implementation of quality YMCA programs and objectives, and serve as a positive role model. The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. We are committed to a diverse workforce. 


  • Minimum 18 years of age and high school graduate or GED
  • Education may vary per the department or program of hire:
    • Completion of 48 college units, or passed CAPE/ Instructional Aide proficiency exam, or 12 units in Child Development or related field which can include: Arts, Early Childhood Education, Education, Humanities, Physical Education, Psychology, Recreation, Sociology, and Theater
  • 1 – 2 years advanced experience working with participants with special needs/social-emotional/behavior support needs ages 0-21
  • Experience in behavior modification strategies and reinforcement systems are desirable
  • Fingerprint clearance from DOJ/FBI required prior to working; additional CACI clearance depending on the department of hire
  • TB test clearance within 60 days prior to employment or prior to working at YMCA program
  • Completion of Child Abuse Prevention Training prior to working with program participants
  • CPR/AED, and First Aid Certification, must include Adult and Child/Infant, obtained within 30 days of hire and must be from one of the following certifying organizations:
    • American Red Cross
    • American Heart Association
    • American Safety & Health Institute


Essential Functions
  • Help facilitate inclusion of participant into typical program day
  • Work individually with a participant with special needs
  • Ensure safety, well-being of participants to include physical and personal care hygiene
  • Implement behavior strategies that support the participant in the program
  • Provide continual supervision and comfort to participants and serve as a leader and positive role model
  • Facilitate activities, academic enrichment, games, crafts and other program activities
  • Create an age-appropriate learning environment, which allows for and fosters creativity and individuality
  • Maintain daily communication with supervisor, staff, participants and parents
  • Provide resources and effective strategies that support the participant to other staff
  • Follow and maintain YMCA standards, goals and objectives
  • Keep and maintain ongoing participant documentation for services and accountability


Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes and active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

Communication: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience.

Relationships: Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

Decision Making: Integrates logic, intuition, and sound judgment to analyze information to identify greatest opportunities, make sound decisions, and solve problems.

Functional Expertise: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.