Job Description

Basic Assignment:

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach are currently hiring full time TK/K Support Staff positions for a new collaboration with Long Beach Unified School District to work in the TK (Transitional Kindergarten) and/or Kindergarten classrooms at select LBUSD elementary schools in support of the TK/K classroom teacher.

As a TK/K Support Staff, you will be supporting the classroom teacher with instruction assistance and supervision, supervising groups of up to 10 TK students (3-4 year old’s) where applicable, supervising Kindergarten students in groups of varying sizes where applicable, coordinating and implementing recreational programs, tutoring, assisting in the coordination and implementation of the day-to-day classroom operations and instruction assistance in TK/K classrooms.

As a YMCA employee working on a school campus, TK/K Support Staff are responsible for providing awareness of additional YMCA wrap around programs and services that could benefit LBUSD kids and families.  

Program hours are between 8:00am-2:10 or 9am-3:10 (vary by school), Monday through Friday (Everyday). Additional hours available.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Communicate with TK/K teacher, students, and school faculty to maintain order and assist in creating a safe, inclusive, and fun environment.
  • Support teacher as needed in assistance with the development of engaging lesson plans that are age appropriate, diapering children as needed, and meet YMCA and LBUSD guidelines.
  • Assist in the coordination and implement age-appropriate organized play during lunchtime and recess.
  • Supervise students and assist in creating a welcoming environment.
  • Provide resources to families regarding YMCA programs services.
  • Develop relationships with teachers, principals, office staff, and rec aids. Maintain open lines of communication.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings and other organization/agency functions as required by supervisor.
  • Work in a team environment.
  • Maintain professional appearance and demeanor. (YMCA uniform at all time.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Full school year commitment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to employee emotional maturity by controlling frustrations and diffusing situations where others feel tension or stress. Show positive attitude toward the game and all its participants.
  • Follow and enforce site safety standards, policies and procedures.
  • Attend all staff meetings, trainings and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum age of 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Additionally, demonstrate proof of 48 completed college units or pass district’s Instructional Aide exam required. 12 units of Childhood Education/Child Development units and/or related courses preferred including six units in core courses of Child Human Growth and Development and Child, Family & Community, or Child and Family Relations.
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications required within 60 days.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities.
  • Bilingual with English/Spanish preferred.
  • Public relations skills and/or experience working with a diverse population desired.
  • Effectively communicate, collaborate, and cooperate with colleagues, supervisors, teachers, principals and students.
  • Excellent customer service, communication and leadership skills
  • Background screening clearance.
  • Health screening w/Neg TB and Neg Drug Test Screening.
  • Complete online new employee orientation and child abuse prevention training.
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency

YMCA Competencies (Leader):

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.

Working Conditions:

Environmental Factors:  Indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. gymnasium and recreational sites); exposure to heat, cold, potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials; work on slippery or uneven surfaces.  Noise level is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.