Program Assistant Job Description


JOB TITLE:                            Youth Services Program Assistant

REPORTS TO:                       Program Managers

SUPERVISES:                       Not a supervisory position

EMPLOYEE STATUS:         Regular/Full Time/Hourly


POSITION SUMMARY:  Assists in the coordination and operations of an after school outdoor recreation youth program according to grant objectives. This position is responsible for assisting in curriculum development, outreach and recruitment, program facilitation, supervising student participants, chaperoning mixed gender youth attending events, including overnight events, and performing other duties as assigned.


  1. Recruit for programming using a variety of approaches
  2. Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with youth participants
  3. Supervise participants and assure adherence to program policies
  4. Responsible for delivery and overall safety of programming and participants
  5. Assist in the design of programming and curriculum development
  6. Facilitate/co-facilitate program lessons, team building games, and activities according to predetermined plans
  7. Actively participate in program activities
  8. Monitor behavior, attendance and participation of youth
  9. Assist in administering assessment instruments.
  10. Assist in the logistical operations of preparing-for, carrying-out, and cleaning-up-after program activities.
  11. Prepare for, attend, and contribute to all required meetings
  12. Attend (and travel to when necessary) all required trainings
  13. Perform other job related duties as assigned.


  • Mixed gender chaperones are necessary for mixed gender youth attending events.
  • Experience and/or education working with middle school and high school age youth, in a variety of environments (academic, recreational, therapeutic, etc.)
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma (or the equivalent).
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and overnights as assigned.
  • Must pass criminal history and child abuse/neglect background checks.
  • Ability to maintain a positive relationship with youth, staff, and community members.
  • Must have, or obtain upon hire, a current CPR/First Aid certification card.


  • At least 2 years’ experience working with middle school and high school age youth, in a supervisory capacity, in a variety of environments (academic, recreational, indoors/outdoors, etc.).
  • A valid driver’s license for state of residency and be insurable under SUCAP’s vehicle insurance policy.
  • 4 year college degree in a related field (teaching, psychology, humanities, etc.)
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds; preferably in the Ignacio area.
  • Familiarity with the Ignacio community, and hands on experience working with youth in the community.
  • Experience in academic and character development program design and facilitation.
  • Training and experience in evidence-based/best-practice programming specific to grant objectives
  • Training and experience in outdoor recreation and wilderness skills
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder certification


  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, orally and in written format (English).
  • Ability to prepare program attendance sheets, report on activities, and maintain youth files.


  • Ability to develop and follow program budgets
  • Ability to maintain and record receipts/documents for expenditures.


  • Ability to make mature and sound judgments; frequently, quickly and in high stress environments.


  • Must have the ability to lift 25-50 pounds several times a day as needed.
  • Adequate hearing/speaking is required to hear/talk with all individuals, and to use telephones/radios on a consistent basis.
  • Position involves standing and walking frequently.
  • Must be able to drive passenger vans for participant transportation for several hours as needed.


  • Work is performed in a variety of venues including classrooms, recreation centers and in natural outdoor conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is often loud and stressful.


  • Must be able to write reports on youth activities, and log activities/incidents as needed in Microsoft Office Documents.
  • Must be comfortable with technological communication including computer-based applications, cell phones, etc.


  • Must be able to attend scheduled work hours under any type of weather.
  • Must be able to arrive to work on time as indicated by the supervisor or staff schedule.
  • Overnight activities may be required
  • Absences and tardiness for scheduled work hours must be excused by program supervisor.
  • Excessive tardiness and/or absences are grounds for disciplinary action.
  • Unexcused absences are ground for termination of employment.

This job description does not constitute a contract of employment.