YMCA of Greater Boston Afterschool Educator (School Age) in Woburn, Massachusetts

Job Description


Under the supervision of the Site Director/Program Administrator, the Afterschool Educator plans and implements classroom curriculum, provides homework assistance, communicates information to families, and maintains a safe, healthy, warm, engaging, and attractive environment.

Age-appropriate activities should provide for growth in cognitive skills, self-awareness, peer relationships, and character development. The educator conducts him/herself in a caring, responsible, honest, and respectful manner and is a role model for colleagues, as well as for program participants and families. In addition, he/she ensures focus on programming that promotes healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development with the ultimate goal to position the YMCA of Greater Boston to be the child care program of choice for families and school districts, providing the best in outcomes, staff and level of innovation.

General Responsibilities:

This employee ensures:

  • Group/Program curricula that provide growth in cognitive skills, self-awareness, group relationships, and character development.

  • Ensures adherence to EEC licensing standards, and perpetuates an inclusive culture.

  • Communicates information to parents.

  • Maintains a program environment that is safe, healthy, and engaging.

  • A developmentally sound program for children which provides positive channels to grow, learn and develop to their full potential.

  • A program which meets community needs in a manner consistent with the YMCA mission.

  • Participates in YMCA annual campaign efforts.


  • Keeps safety of children as first priority; emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with the children, parents, and early education staff.

  • Uses positive and constructive methods of child guidance, while ensuring that all staff does the same.

  • Adheres to the rules, regulations and procedures set forth by the YMCA of Greater Boston, the branch location, and the Department of Early Education and Care, as applicable.

  • Ensures supervision of children and management of smooth transitions to promote safety and appropriate behavior.

  • Works with the Site Director in the design of the program space and maintain facility and supplies at all times.

  • Assists the Site Director with relevant assessments on a variety of levels throughout the year by means of progress reports, parent surveys, and program self-assessment.

  • Provides children with a well-balanced curriculum of specific, planned learning experiences that support their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.

  • Utilizes a curriculum which is developmentally and linguistically appropriate; provides for the development, interests and temperaments of individual children; supports school day learning and educational development; and includes goals for the knowledge and skills to be acquired by children in various areas of learning.

  • Assumes accountability for all children assigned to his/her group and connects daily with parents/guardians.

  • Maintains accurate attendance, evaluations, and proper reporting as required.

  • Performs other duties as requested by supervisor or branch executive.

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values; demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs; recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them; supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions; builds rapport and relates well to others; seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations; listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively; takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another; embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience; 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: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance; demonstrates an openness to change and seeks opportunities in the change process; accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships; 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.



  • High School diploma

  • Must meet EEC Out-of-School Time Educator requirements

  • Must be diligent regarding the pursuit of education

  • Excellent public relations and conflict resolution skills in order to facilitate positive relationships with parents, staff, children, and outside agencies

  • Commitment to the philosophy and goals of the Y, particularly those identified as outcomes for children participating in YMCA of Greater Boston Early Education and OST Programs.

  • Must possess current First Aid, Oxygen, and CPR certifications and as required by the specific camp; or successfully complete YMCA provided First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Prevention Training upon hire.