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Job Title:Lead Child and Youth Program Assistant (Level 5)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army Installation Management Command

Job Announcement Number:SWNAFEI13835209

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$15.00 to $15.00 / Per Hour


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Fort Carson, CO United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Non Citizens


Be an Army Civilian - Go Army!

The Army's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) vision is to be the driving force for programs and services that provide for the Army's home and enhance the lives of its Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Military Retirees. Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.


The Lead Child & Youth Program Assistant positions are located at the IVY Center (CDC) at Fort Carson.  Regular Full Time positions are required to work 40 hours per week.  The employee must be available to work between the hours of 5:30am-7:30pm Monday through Friday and is subject to an IRREGULAR tour of duty to include nights, weekends and some holidays.   Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) employees are inclement weather essential.



  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Social Security card is required


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Serves as a team leader for program staff with responsibility for the assigned operation of a Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) activity and program (homework center and small satellite operation) in accordance with  applicable CYS regulations.  Maintains control of and accounts for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth.  Oversees arrival/departure of children/youth. Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities, on field trips, outings and special events.  Works in ratio with children and youth.  Encourages participant interest and establishes a program setting that promotes positive child and youth interactions with other children, youth, and adults. Monitors staff/child or youth ratios to ensure adequate staffing.  Plans, coordinates, and conducts activities for program participants based on observed needs of individual children/youth.  Prepares and implements program options for children and youth with special requirements.  Works with trainers and supervisor to implement activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of children and youth.  Works with team members to prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedule.  Assists children and youth with special projects, homework and life skills.  Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques.  Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, and the Command.  Participates in conferences with parents, program staff, and school representatives.  Briefs other employees and parents.  Notes special instructions provided by parents. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with an authorized person according to written parental instruction.  Provides opportunities for parent involvement.  Instructs team members in specific tasks and job techniques; makes available written instructions, reference materials, and supplies. Explains program guidance, procedures, policies and directives to team members. Resolves problems and conflict situations or obtains information and guidance from the supervisor.  Demonstrates proper work methods and provides work-related guidance to subordinates.  Models appropriate behaviors and techniques for working with children/youth.  Conducts on-the-job training and instruction to team members.  Ensures team members follow safety, fire, fitness, health and nutrition procedures and informs supervisor of compliance concerns.  Relays instructions from the supervisor, makes activity assignments and gets the work started in accordance with the daily activity plan.  Provides input to the supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignments, performance appraisals, incentive awards, etc.  Observes a program participant for signs that may indicate illness, abuse or neglect and reports as directed.  Sets up displays and bulletin boards.  Arranges for and serves appropriate snacks/meals where applicable. Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies. Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities. Collects, maintains and reports program participation data.  Uses designated evaluation materials to ensure assigned area is in compliance with Army baseline standards and metrics.  Ensures assigned area achieves and maintains standards for DoD/Army certification and National Accreditation or Army equivalent. Provides care/supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with DoD, Army and local policies, guidance, and standards.  Completes designated training requirements and tracks and records training on own Individual Development Plan (IDP).  Acts as manager in non-routine/emergency situations for purposes of opening/closing of facility, when 15 or fewer children/youth are present.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


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All applicants must possess a High School Diploma or GED Certificate and be 18 years of age.  In addition, all applicants must meet one of the following criteria in order to meet the qualifications for the Lead Child and Youth Program Assistant;


-Two years of education above the High School level, which includes twelve (12) semester hours of college credit in early childhood/elementary/secondary/special education, child/youth development, psychology, human development, youth program administration or related behavioral sciences.

- Possess eighteen (18) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.
- Possess and maintain one of the following: Child Development Associate (CDA), Army School Age Credential (including Boys and Girls of America) or Army Practicum.


 -Meet Target-level requirements (ie. Child, Youth and School Services Foundation Training) and satisfactory performance.
- Possess eighteen (18) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.
- Possess and maintain one of the following: Child Development Associate (CDA), Army School Age Credential (including Boys and Girls of America) or Army Practicum.


- Possess twelve (12) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.
- Possess AA degree with major emphasis in childcare.


- Possess BA/BS degree with a major emphasis on Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development, Home Economics, Special Education or related behavioral sciences.


Candidates possessing six months of work experience as a lead in a group proram will be given first consideration.


Experience and education that supports your qualifications must be reflected on your resume.  Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.


  Conditions of employment:


1. A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection.

2. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

3. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.

4. All local background record checks must be successfully completed and maintained including Childcare National Agency Check with Inquiries (CNACI) and State Criminal History Record Checks (SCHR).

5. A health assessment and immunizations are required.

6. Successful completion of prescribed training (transition and/or annual) is required.

7. Social Security Card must be presented at time of appointment.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies: 


  • Minimum Qualifications (Entry Level)
  • Minimum Qualifications (Combination of experience/education)
  • Best Qualified
  • Knowledge of basic administrative operations for a child or youth program
  • Skill in communicating orally
  • Ability to assess the needs of children and staff


Best Qualified:  Possess six months of work experience as a lead in a group program for children ages 0-5 years.


Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.


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Nonappropriated Funds (NAF) Regular positions include the following NAF Benefits:  Annual and Sick leave, Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan, Health and Life Insurance, Long Term Care Plan Insurance and Flexible Spending Account.  For additional benefits information please refer to


Foreign Education:   If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.   For further information, visit: - Education in any language other than English must be translated into English.

  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.   For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at –

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis. 


    Refusal of a military spouse to participate in established recruitment procedures (e.g. interview, KSA's, where required, etc.) is considered a declination of employment and is a basis for termination of SEP entitlement for the current PCS of the sponsor.  To claim Military Spouse Preference you must have been married to the sponsor prior to the reporting date on the orders.


    Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest. 


    The Department of Army Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


    Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    1. Complete this cover page using the following 835209

    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.   Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless on number sequence.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.


    It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.   You may verify your documents have been processed by clicking here .   Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.   Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


    To apply for this position, you must provide the following required documentation:


    1. Your Résumé

    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

    3. Education documentation- High School Diploma/GED Certificate AND unofficial transcripts must be submitted at time of application in order to verify education requirements.  No exceptions.  Official transcripts will be requested upon selection and tentative job offer.

    4. CDA Certificate/Army School Age Credential (including Boys and Girls of America)/Army Practicum if using in substitution of College Transcripts


    In order to claim various preferences, you must submit the following documentation corresponding to the preference you would like to claim; 


    -DD214 or equivalent documentation is required for applicants requesting Veterans preference or Involuntary Separated Military Preference.

    -PCS Orders of equivalent documentation is required for applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference.

    -DA3434 is required for applicants requesting Current or Former NAF employee preference.

    -SF50 is required for applicants requesting Current of Former APF employee preference.

    Optional Forms:

    Optional Application for Nonappropriated Employment (DA 3433/DA3433-1).

    For Child and Youth Services positions the DA 3433-2 may be submitted as well.



    • Certificates, licenses and additional documentation as outlined in the qualifications of this announcement may also be submitted.
    • Any documents in any language other than English must be translated to English.

    Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!


    NAF Human Resource Office
    Phone: (719)526-4445
    Agency Information:
    DFMWR Child Youth and School Services
    1626 Ellis Street
    Bldg1118 Rm142
    Fort Carson, CO


    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date reflected on the announcement.

    After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.  If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for the position.  Please follow all instructions carefully; errors and omissions may affect your eligibility. 



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