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    The CYP Assistant works directly with children and youth, keeping them actively engaged, well-cared for, and safe while participating in the CYP. The CYP Assistant's day includes helping children develop social skills such as making friends and conflict resolution; make healthy choices whether it be choosing nutritional snacks or appropriate recreational activities; build self-help and school readiness skills; and explore the environment around them.

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    The duties and responsibilities of the CY Program Assistant have been grouped into categories, including curriculum, indoor and outdoor environment, interactions and relationships, supervision of children and youth, parent and employee communication, assessment, compliance, and additional responsibilities. Each is described below.


    Develops schedules and activity plans. This may include reviewing and providing input into schedules and activity plans developed by the entry level and intermediate level Educational Aids (CY Program Assistants), CY-1702-I. Ensures that program plans and activities incorporate the observed needs of individual children and youth.

    Implements activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children and youth. Incorporates special instructions provided by parents such as special dietary needs, physical needs, or other information that may affect the child or youth's experience in the program.

    Prepares and implements program options for children and youth with special requirements. Cares for children and youth with special needs as directed by the supervisor.

    Demonstrates, instructs, leads, and facilitates planned and spontaneous program activities.

    Role models developmentally appropriate practice and classroom or activity area management techniques.

    Promotes and models safety, fitness, health, and nutrition practices.

    Helps arrange for and/or serve appropriate snacks or meals where applicable.

    Indoor and Outdoor Environment

    Helps prepare, arrange and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules.

    Sets up displays and bulletin boards.

    Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies.

    Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities.

    Interactions and Relationships

    Establishes a program environment that sustains participant interest and promotes positive interactions with other children, youth and adults.

    Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques.

    Supervision of Children and Youth

    Provides care and supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with the Department of Defense (DoD), NAF Component, and local installation policies, guidance, and standards.

    Maintains control of and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth.

    Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips, outings, and special events.

    Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions.

    Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed. Incumbent is a mandatory reporter to Family Advocacy and Child Protective Services as prescribed by local policy in the case of suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect.

    Parent and Employee Communication

    Interacts professionally with employees, parents, and local installation command personnel.

    Provides parents with daily verbal or written feedback about their child/youth or program activities.

    Participates in conferences with parents and employees.


    Observes children and youth and documents developmental progression and/or concerns. Uses the information in planning.

    Participates in program evaluation using designated instruments such as programmatic rating scales, risk assessment tools (as required), self-inspection materials, and national accreditation tools.


    Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent.

    Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CY programs Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns.

    Additional Responsibilities

    Collects, maintains, and reports program participation data.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 10%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • This is a designated position and Random Drug Testing required


    Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience and knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.

    Pay is based on experience and education/certification.

    • Entry Level: $14.17/hr

    • Intermediate Level: $15.89/hr

    • Target Level: $17.78/hr

    A qualified candidate possesses the following:

    Entry Level (CY-1702-01)

    • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.

    • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

    • Ability to complete all Department of the Navy (DoN) training requirements within the specified timeframe.

    • Ability to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers.

    • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.

    Intermediate Level (CY-1702-01)

    Entry Level abilities plus:

    • Knowledge of basic child and youth development principles to meet the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development needs of children and youth.

    • Ability to implement developmentally appropriate principles and practices to provide high-quality direct care and education and development.

    • Ability to interpret a curriculum or activity plan.

    • Ability to follow written instructions.

    • Ability to plan and organize, and work cooperatively as a member of a team.

    • Ability to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers.

    • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.

    Target Level (CY-1702-02)

    Entry and Intermediate Levels abilities and knowledge plus:

    • Knowledge of child and youth development principles in order to appropriately inform the efficient and effective program response to meet the needs of children and youth.

    • Skill to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles, practices, and services in order to provide high-quality direct care and education for children and youth, either individually or within groups.

    • Skill to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers.

    • Skill to work cooperatively as a member of a team.

    • Skill in verbal communication in order to provide basic program information and explain CYP processes and procedures.


    Entry Level (CY-1702-01)

    A successful candidate must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent.

    Note: Prior experience working with children and/or youth is preferred.

    Intermediate Level (CY-1702-01)

    A successful candidate must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent, have six (6) months of experience working with children or youth in a child and youth setting AND have the following:

    Completion of Navy Entry Level training requirement (Army, Air Force and Marine equivalent accepted).

    Target Level (CY-1702-02)

    A successful candidate must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent, possess one (1) year of experience working with children or youth in a child and youth setting AND have one of the following:

    Completion of the DoD standardized training courses;


    A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or Military School-Age (MSA) credential;


    A 2-year degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field of study, which can include Youth Recreation, Physical Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Youth Development, Psychology, Social Work, Home Economics with an emphasis in Human Development, or other degrees as appropriate.

    Additional information

    Due to Command policy on employee parking, employment does not guarantee a parking space on the installation. Metro is highly encouraged.

    Child Development Centers are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The incumbent must be available to work within the hours of operation.

    Conditions of Employment Cont.:

    Pass a pre-employment physical, provide evidence of immunization, be free of all communicable diseases, and obtain appropriate immunization against communicable diseases.

    Undergo pre-employment and random drug testing. A positive drug test, or failure to submit for testing, is a basis for removal from this position.

    Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act and therefore use of marijuana is illegal under Federal law regardless of State laws. A positive drug test result for marijuana (or any other drug tested for) will result in withdrawal of the tentative job offer and ineligibility to apply for a position within the Department of Defense for 6 months from the date of the drug test.

    Complete required training certificates, and maintain certifications or credentials required by Federal, State, and/or national accreditation institutions used as part of DoD’s Child and Youth Programs.

    Ability to sustain considerable walking, standing, bending and stooping, and lifting up to 40 pounds.

    Incumbents must satisfactorily complete all background checks for child care positions, including fingerprint checks, a Tier 1 with Child Care check, and a State Criminal History Repository (SCHR) check. All individuals involved in the provision of child care services on a Department of Navy (DON) installation or in a DON-sanctioned program must complete the Installation Records Check (IRC). The IRC includes a check of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) records in the Alcohol and Drug Management Information Tracking System (ADMITS) database, a check of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) records in the Fleet and Family Support Management Information System (FFSMIS), and an installation security/base check via the DON Consolidated Law Enforcement Operations Center (CLEOC) database and/or other law enforcement systems. This information will be used to determine suitability for the applicant in accordance with criteria for automatic and presumptive disqualifiers, per DoDI 1402.05.

    Per Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1402.05 Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs, incumbents will be automatically disqualified for a conviction in either civilian or military court (to include any general, special, or summary court-martial conviction or if they received non-judicial punishment [under Article 15 or chapter 47 of Title 10, U.S.C]) for any of the following: a sexual offense, any criminal offense involving a child victim, or a felony drug offense. Additionally, the incumbent will be automatically disqualified if he/she has been held to be negligent in a civil adjudication or administrative proceeding concerning the death of or serious injury to a child or dependent person entrusted to the individual’s care.  

    Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. Resumes will be rated based on the information provided to determine the level of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of KSAs will be used for each resume. Applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for the grade level they are qualified for. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:

    • OF 306: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Declaration for Federal Employment
    • A résumé
    • Proof of Education and Training: Provide copies of the following: high school diploma or equivalent, certificates of completion for DoD approved competency-based training courses, valid CDA/MSA credential(s), official or unofficial academic degree transcript(s), and related coursework transcript(s) relevant to the position..

    Note: When submitting transcripts for an Associate of Arts degree or higher, proof of a high school diploma or equivalent is not required. To receive consideration for a non-related degree, or eligibility based on a combination of education AND experience, a college transcript is required.

    Transcripts from foreign colleges must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered. Applicants are responsible to obtain and submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency which is a private U.S. organization. Credential evaluations are not free and applicants are responsible for the cost of the selected service.

    Employment Preferences

    The following employment preferences are available to qualified applicants who can provide required supporting documentation. Applicable preferences are listed in priority order below.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL)

    Qualifying separated employees must have priority for a non-appropriated fund (NAF) position when the position has substantially the same duties as the Business-based Action (BBA) separated position. The position may be neither higher graded nor subject to internal candidate selection. To apply for this preference, the applicant must: 

    • Attach a copy of the separation Personnel Action Report (PAR) indicating the position was abolished via BBA.

    Military Spouse Preference (MSP) 

    An applicant may qualify for MSP if he/she has been relocated to a new geographic location to which their spouse has been assigned. Qualifying applicants may request an MSP upon relocation to a sponsor’s new permanent duty station. To apply for this preference, the applicant must: 

    • Attach a copy of the sponsor’s Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and a marriage certificate at the time of application.

    Note: Acceptance OR declination of a regular full- or part-time NAF or appropriated fund (APF) position ends the applicant’s ability to claim MSP at the new duty station.  

    Involuntarily Separated (IVS) 

    An applicant may qualify for IVS if he/she is a military member (or their dependent) and has been involuntarily separated from the armed services with an approved separation program designator (SPD) code (indicated in block 26 of the DD Form 214) and a reenlistment priority (RE) code of 3T or 4T (indicated in block 27 of the DD Form 214) per the instructions of the Navy Personnel Command. To apply for this preference, the applicant must: 

    • Attach a copy of the sponsor’s PCS orders at the time of application.

    This is a one-time hiring preference that ends with the acceptance or declination of any position that is expected to last at least 1 year. 

    Veterans Preference (VP) 

    Qualifying military veterans, and spouses or parents of deceased veterans, must be given employment preference over non-preference applicants if they are equally qualified. To apply for this preference, the applicant must: 

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    We value our employees and considers them to be the greatest asset of our organization. As an employer of choice, we are committed to attracting and retaining the “best of the best” by providing comprehensive benefits that are a valuable part of the total compensation package. Our benefits package include medical, dental, life insurance, spouse and dependent life insurance, long-term disability, retirement and 401(k) savings plans, paid vacation and sick time.


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    How to Apply

    To begin the process, click on the "Apply" button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Applicant must complete the application process and submit any required documents by the closing date of this announcement.

    The Department of the Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national orientation, disability (mental or physical), genetic information, age, prior EEO activity, political affiliation, parental status, marital status, or any other non-merit factors.

    Executive Order 12564 requires a Federal workplace free of illegal drugs. According to the Executive Order, all Federal employees are required to remain drug free throughout their employment. Commander, Navy Installations Command is a Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated, and use of or intoxication by illegal drugs will result in penalties up to and including removal from Federal Service.

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    Agency contact information

    Commander, Navy Installations Command




    Commander, Navy Installations Command
    5720 Intregrity Drive
    Millington, TN 38055
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    The Navy Child and Youth Program (CYP) is a vital part of a nationally recognized child and youth development system that increases the quality, availability, and affordability of child care for military and Department of Defense (DoD) families worldwide. CYP offers high quality and affordable early care and youth services for children and youth ages 6 weeks to 18 years in a variety of settings including center-based child development centers (CDCs); facility-based school age programs (SACs); and recreational environments.

    Next steps

    Using the required qualifications of the position, a standardized rating and ranking criteria of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used to screen and assess each application.

    All applicants will be notified regarding their status. Applicants will either be contacted for an interview or sent an email notification of non-selection 4–6 weeks after the announcement closing date. If selected for an interview, applicants can expect to be contacted 1–3 weeks after their interview with a position offer or notification of non-selection.

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., Spam Blocker, etc.), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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