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School Age Child Care Group Leader

Southern District YMCA

The Southern District YMCA has a long history of providing many communities throughout Southern New Hampshire with outstanding programs and services for youth. The Y’s Camp Lincoln is a traditional summer camp and outdoor education facility offering over 1500 campers the opportunity to engage in healthy activities. More than 750 children are enrolled in 15 before and after school sites through the Y’s child care programs. And just over two years ago, the Y opened the Exeter Area YMCA, a 33,000-square-foot multi-generational health and wellness center, which has seen membership growth that exceeds expectations. The Southern District YMCA is also currently exploring Phase 2 of a capital campaign to add a new aquatics facility to its Exeter location. The YMCA is currently seeking a new leader who will provide strong support for all aspects of the Y’s operations and strategic initiatives.

Mission Statement: Southern District YMCA (SDYMCA) provides opportunities for youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility in our southern New Hampshire community.
We achieve this by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy
spirit, mind and body for all – regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, ability, religion or

Service Area & Demographics: SDYMCA serves the NH towns of Brentwood, Danville, East
Kingston, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Newton,
North Hampton, Plaistow, Raymond, Seabrook, and Stratham.

History: In 1926, YMCA Camp Lincoln began as a summer camp on Kingston Lake. Today,
summers are full of 1,500 campers aged 3-15 and a robust counselor-in-training program for 14-
15-year old’s. Year-round activities at Camp Lincoln include outdoor education, team-building
programs and weekend rentals serving an additional 11,000 people. YMCA School Age Child Care
operates 15 before and after school programs meeting HEPA standards and state licensing
requirements for 750 students. Exeter Area YMCA opened its doors in September 2015 to an
eager community. The 33,000 square feet facility serves over 6,300 members, averaging 400

The Group Leader is responsible for assisting the Site Director in operating a licensed school age child care program for youth at assigned site(s) that is in compliance with NH State Licensing and meets YMCA fiscal expectations and Health Standards.  The Group Leader will assist the Site Director at the assigned school handle daily operations which meet YMCA quality standards; ensure the safety of the children; implement the selected curriculum; supervise staff and volunteers; organize special events; develop relationships with parents; and interact regularly with host site school administration.  Additionally, Group Leaders are responsible for assisting in properly maintaining children’s files and attendance records.  In the Site Director’s absence, the Group Leader must be prepared to perform these functions. 

  • Maintain current medical health form.  Form must be on file at YMCA within 60 days of hire date.  Screening must have been conducted within 12 months of new hire and renewed every three years.
  • Complete online Redwoods training annually. 
  • Obtain a minimum of 24 hours of professional development training annually.
  • Agree to be fingerprinted for FBI and state criminal background checks.
  • Maintain certifications in CPR/AED, First Aid, and Medication Administration.
  • Be available to work at least 5 days during February, April and/or December vacation camps and in-service days. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.


Southern District YMCA is an Equal Opportunities employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of SDYMCA to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetic information.

  • Respond appropriately to the individual needs of children, both physically and emotionally, in a positive and nurturing manner, ensuring the safety and securing of all.
  •   Dispense all medication as regulated by BCCL regulations.
  •   Recognize and report signs of possible child abuse to Program Coordinator.
  •   Provide First Aid and/or CPR as necessary. 
  •   Create an environment that provides for children to makes choices.
  •   Interact with children in a playful and energetic manner.
  •   Create a positive atmosphere that boosts self-esteem and the general self-concept of all program participants.
  •   Use positive behavior management techniques to guide the behavior of children in a consistent, fair, and logical manner.
  •   Maintain accurate attendance records during program hours. 
  •   Assist in planning, organizing, implementing, and leading the daily program schedule and curriculum at assigned site,
  •   Use the 5-2-1-0 healthy living message when designing program activities and menu. 
  •   Assist in using A+ Assessment and Action Planning tool at least twice per school year.
  •   Assist in creating indoor program space that meets the needs of children, allowing children to take initiative and explore their interests.
  •   Assist in providing a wide variety of activities that include physical play, creative arts, quiet activities, time for socializing and other enrichment activities.
  •   Maintain equipment and accurate inventory of supplies, ensuring adequate and developmentally appropriate materials for number of children in the program.
  •   Prepare and serve healthy and nutritious snacks and make water available at all times.
  •   Cooperate fully with school personnel to ensure that facilities are kept clean and used appropriately. 
  •   Assist in planning at least two family nights during the school year and two community service projects.
  •   Work at other locations as needed by the program.
  •   Complete all required paperwork in a timely manner.
  •   Submit timesheets and time-off requests forms on time as required.
  •   Assist in completing participant incident or accident reports. 
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Date Added: February 7, 2020

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