Program Assistant, Afterschool Program, Relief Staff
Pathways for Children, Youth and Families York Region - Markham, ON

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The role of the Program Assistant will facilitate various activities that promote physical activity, healthy eating and nutrition, positive personal development and wellness; and to engage and support elementary and primary school aged children and families in our community.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working under the supervision of the After School Program Supervisor the Program Assistant will instruct and participate in a variety of physical activities aimed at engaging students in fun, recreational and life-long learning objectives.
  • Provide a healthy snack to all participants within the program guidelines accommodating all dietary restrictions.
  • Supervise children attending the program and promote safety and respect amongst all participants.
  • Ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere is maintained by developing appropriate strategies to support children in managing their behaviour.
  • Respond to the individual needs of children and establish stable and consistent relationships with each child and their families/caregivers.
  • Liaise sensitively with parents on matters concerning their children while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ensure that the health and safety needs of the children are met and all health and safety issues are dealt with immediately and appropriately.
  • Ensure correct procedures are followed for administering first aid.
  • Ensure proper sign in/sign out procedures are followed
  • Cleaning and tidying of the facility and ensuring the safe storage of equipment.
  • Report on a regular basis to Program Supervisor regarding issues of need and/or concern.
  • Communicates the mission, values and operating principles of the organization to employees, and other stakeholders.

Key Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well with children
  • Experience with leading children/youth activities
  • Knowledge of youth/children programs
  • Ability to work as a team member in a dynamic, complex environment and organize time and workload effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with all levels of staff, the public and program participants while maintaining objectivity.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, participants and parents.
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job including frequent standing, walking bending, kneeling, crouching or crawling. Ability to use various sports equipment used in program.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Current vulnerable sector screening (criminal background check)

Programs run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm-6pm untill June 28, 2013