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    The purpose of the CYP Leader is to provide appropriate specialized developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years in one or more of the CY programs. This includes the provision of guidance, assistance, and mentoring for the CYP Assistants. The incumbent works under the direction of their supervisor, who provides guidance on scope of assignments and assistance on the more complex, non-routine problems encountered.

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    The duties and responsibilities of the CYP Leader have been grouped into categories, including mentor, 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.


    Mentors assigned CY Program Assistant team.

    Works with senior employees to provide instruction and training to lower-level employees.

    Assists lower-level employees in completing the Standardized Module Training.

    Assists the Training and Curriculum (T&C) Specialist in helping lower-level CY Program Assistants translate professional development training into practice by mentoring, guiding and role-modeling.

    Models appropriate behaviors and techniques for working with children and youth.

    Provides suggestions and makes recommendations to credential practicum candidates.

    Assists the T&C Specialist with recording observations and charts progress of team members' on-the-job skills.

    Consults frequently with the T&C Specialist for guidance on strategies to further assist team members' professional development efforts.


    Plans activities for program participants based on observed needs of individual children and youth. Continually reviews activities and plans for appropriateness.

    Works with T&C Specialist, supervisor, and the CY Program Assistants to implement 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. Assists children and youth with special projects, homework, and life skills.

    Recommends to the T&C Specialist and CY Program Assistants changes and adjustments to activities and plans where necessary to meet unusual situations.

    Sets up displays and bulletin boards.

    Arranges for and/or serves appropriate snacks or meals where applicable.

    Indoor and Outdoor Environment

    Works with team members to prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules. Makes suggestions about improvements to the activity areas.

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

    Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities.

    Interactions and Relationships

    Encourages participant interest and establishes a program setting that 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 command policies, guidance, and standards.

    Maintains control of and accounts for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions.

    Oversees arrival and departure of children and youth.

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

    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.

    Participates in conferences with parents, employees, school representatives, and local installation command personnel. Briefs other employees and parents.

    Plans and conducts activities for parents in order to encourage parents to become involved.


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

    Assists CY Program Assistants with assessment tasks when needed.

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


    Ensures assigned area achieves and maintains standards for DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent.

    Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CY programs.

    Additional Responsibilities

    Collects, maintains, and reports program participation data.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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