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Program Assistant, Senior - Care Programs

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Program Assistant, Senior - Care Programs
City of Durham Parks & Recreation

Position Description

Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham.

Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

A nationally accredited team of passionate professionals devoted to building better lives and a better community through the power of parks and recreation. Our talented team at Durham Parks and Recreation is devoted to community service and provides a diverse range of programs, services, opportunities, and experiences while being united through our core pillars of creating equitable economic impacts; advancing conservation; rejuvenating health and wellness; enhancing quality of life and sustaining social equity.  

Hiring Range: $18.90 - $20.05
Location: Varies
Workdays/Hours: Monday - Friday / 15-20 hours per week; 
                              shifts vary - may include some evenings/weekends 
                                After School  2:30pm - 6:00pm 
                                Intersession / Fun day camps 7:30am - 6:00pm 
                                Summer Camp 7:30am - 6:30pm

Position prepares, organizes, and supervises facilitation of School Age Care program activities and games. Incumbent leads part-time staff, provides direct input on daily schedules, and assists with program development. Responsibilities include drafting reports, maintaining supply inventory, entering attendance, group coverage and providing onsite support for staff in place of supervisor.  Incumbents are expected to physically engage with participants during indoor and outdoor activities such as local hikes, swimming, athletic field games and activities, and gym/playground games and activities.

 Incumbent maintains regular communication with parents concerning general updates, behavior issues, and other information pertinent to participants.


  • Prepares, implements, and leads games and recreational activities for children.

  • Assists participants with completion of homework tasks using available resources.

  • Interacts with participants, listens to concerns, and works to offer a fun and engaging environment.

  • Recognizes and responds to opportunities for group and individual problem solving.

  • Provides behavior management, adjusts as needed to mitigate issues, completes write-ups, and escalates problems to supervisor as needed.

  • Documents and submits incident and accident reports to program supervisor.

  • Collaborates with supervisor, other staff, and volunteers to conduct activities.

  • Assists with the development of daily schedules, coordinates space, identifies resources and plans developmentally appropriate activities.

  • Assists with personal care, mobility, communication, and other basic needs.

  • Assists with employee training, observes and evaluates staff, and plans and leads staff meetings to provide opportunities for feedback.

  • Helps to assure adherence to program objectives and state licensure standards.

  • Attends workshops/ trainings, classes, seminars, and lectures to meet professional development requirements and to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in School-age care.

  • Addresses patron questions, concerns, and complaints and escalates concerns to Supervisor as situation warrants.

  • Assists with processing participant registrations and fee payments in Active.Net recreation software system.

  • Administers medicine according to authorized Medication Administration Forms and policy; and provides first aid in case of minor injury.

  • Performs duties in the setting of Summer Camp programs.

  • Indoor and outdoor environment Recreation Activities (All weather types) 

  • In water supervision of program participants (swimming).



· Participant mediation to help resolve conflicts to include other participants and staff. 
· Program inventory - findings reports communicated to Recreation Specialist. 
· Program classrooms decorations (Bulletin board creations, furniture arrangement, hanging artwork etc.) 
· Ensure compliance and accuracy for sign in/out program procedures. 

-Underlying principles, practices, and objectives of childcare programs. 
-North Carolina Division of Child Development childcare licensing regulations and quality indicators. 
-Behavior management strategies and techniques. 
-Basic arts and crafts.
-Elementary math, science, writing, etc.   

- Interacting positively and communicating effectively with children and adults. 
-Organizing and actively facilitating a variety of recreational and social activities. 
-Communicating instructions effectively to individuals and groups. 
-Evaluating existing practices and recommending improvements. 
-Clear and precise written and oral communication. 
-Exhibiting character, integrity, and adaptability. 
-Report writing and record keeping. 
-Critical thinking. 
-Problem solving. 

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

High School diploma/equivalent (GED, HiSet, TASC).
2 years of experience in child development, elementary education, recreation administration, or a related field.
A minimum of 1 year verified experience working in a licensed childcare program or a minimum of 1.5 years hours working in an unlicensed childcare program.
Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
Valid Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED – with Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto Injector Certification within the first six months of employment.

Additional Preferred Skills

Childcare Credentials I and II and 6 semester hours coursework in school age care or post high school training in Elementary Education, Recreation or a related field. 
Experience supervising activities in recreation or a related child development field (including but not limited to Recreation Programming, Elementary Education, Child Development, Recreation Administration, Physical Education, and Early Childhood).
Experience with developing and maintaining a licensed after school and/or summer camp program through the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.
Minimum of 1 year verified experience working in a licensed childcare program. 
 At least 1 year of experience working with children ages 5-12 
Available between the hours of 2:00pm-6:00pm Monday-Friday. 
Comfortable in your abilities to manage behavior expectations, engage with participants daily and encourage participants to be involved in group/individual activities for children ages 5-13. 
$18.90 - $20.05/hour
Job Type
Part Time
Durham, North Carolina United States
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