STATUS Full-Time, Permanent, Eielson Air Force Base

Basic Job PurposeThis position supports the work of the Armed Services YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the military community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Provides direction for the children in the before and after school program, and implements program curriculum. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.

Functions and Duties:

  • Coordinate and implement educational curriculum by developing classroom activities based on developmentally appropriate practices and early learning standards.
  • Recruit, develop and educate at team of mentors for school age education initiative that increases educational performance and competency.
  • Recruit, develop and educate a team of volunteers to conduct activities for infant, toddler and preschool aged children focused on parent/child bonding and socialization.
  • Lead by example; encourage teaching team success through modeling and coaching.
  • Plan individual and group age-appropriate activities to actively engage children and encourage social, cognitive and emotional growth. Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions, progress reports, and parent-teacher conversations. Ensure all ASYMCA, school and DOD policies and regulations are met.
  • Ensure a healthy classroom environment – including maintaining appropriate hygiene and cleanliness standards and safety and security of children.
  • Supervise teacher assistants, after school mentors and volunteers to ensure they are following planned activities and safety standards.
  • Maintain accurate records, forms and files.
  • Resolve conflicts when necessary to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
  • Maintain communications with parents of current and prospective parents of preschool and school age students, through direct conversation, newsletters, calendars and parent handbook; attend community outreach activities to maintain and promote positive community relationships, developing outreach communications, such as; calendars, bulletin boards, white board, preschool news articles, e-mail blasts, parent mailings, newspaper guest columns.
  • Develop relationships with key influencers to promote the ASYMCA’s learning programs through school administration, teachers, guidance counselors and Parent/Teacher Organizations
  • Ensure that education programs are adhering and supporting the YMCA competencies: Mission Advancement, Collaboration, Operational Effectiveness and Personal Growth.
  • Train staff on best practices for teaching and learning and provide recommendations for trainings.
  • Continually monitor classroom and learning spaces for best practice arrangements of age appropriate learning center(s).
  • Monitor and provide suggestions to assure playground and classrooms are maintained to the highest standards.
  • Maintain records of attendance and topics.

YMCA Competencies:

  • Mission Advancement: The incumbent shall have performed his/her duties satisfactorily when his/her staff are working at an overall good level of performance, facility care is evident, program quality and variety is in place, finances are on track, committees are meeting on time and overall image and perception of the work area is good and well liked which will relate to increased members and retention.
  • Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the ASYMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaboration based on trust and credibility to advance ASYMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.
  • Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement. 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: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. 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.


  • Early childhood or elementary education degree
  • State Licensing Required – Alaska Preferred.
  • Familiar with Alaska Early Childhood Standards
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Experience planning and implementing curriculum
  • Must have a clean criminal background check clearance from the Armed Services YMCA and Eielson AFB/DOD requirements.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in activities.