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Great Start Readiness Program Site Coordinator

Company: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:


This position is for our off-site, Yankee Clipper Library, location and serves as both the Site Coordinator and Lead Teacher for the classroom.


Guiding Principles describe our behaviors to support our organization's work throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in goals, strategies, and leadership. Our Guiding Principles are as follows: CULTIVATE-We grow staff and volunteer leaders who will be stewards of the Y mission, resources, and opportunities. We OWN-We think long-term and act on behalf of the organization, beyond our own team. WELCOME-We are inclusive of all people and all communities.SERVE-We provide timely and excellent service to members, volunteers, community, and each other. We are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them.UNITE-We work together to achieve big goals and speak as one voice.RESPECT-We treat others with kindness and speak positively about other people in all situations.PLAY-We celebrate, appreciate, and have fun!

The YMCA of Great Grand Rapids utilizes a Membership By Design framework, which is a member involvement and community building model for YMCAs across the country. All staff members-front-line, management, full- and part-time-and volunteers have a role to play in member engagement. These responsibilities can be broken into six steps:

Staff and volunteers encourage potential members to enroll in programs and activities that meet their needs.
Staff and volunteers ask members continually about their satisfaction with a program or activity, track responses, listen to suggestions, and respond promptly in a manner consistent with the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Relationship Building: Staff and volunteers are open, friendly, and approachable to all YMCA members and participants. Staff and volunteers initiate interaction with and between members.
Education and Conversion: Staff and volunteers know about and share their knowledge of the YMCA, its programs, its policies, its mission, its values, and how it benefits members and the community.
Volunteerism and Leadership: Staff and volunteers create opportunities for members to volunteer in their areas of interest, and they ask members to do so whenever appropriate.
Staff and volunteers encourage members to own the YMCA, using words such as we, us, and our association (and actions that match those words) to include members as well as staff and volunteers.


The Lead Teacher/Site Program Coordinator assists with the day-to-day operations of the Great Start Readiness Program Yankee Clipper site. This position is responsible for overseeing the planning, developing, and implementing of classroom activities for a classroom size of 16-32 children. Operations include maintaining the food program (if applicable), scheduling, curriculum, staff, and children and parent relationships of the childcare programs. This position requires face-to-face leadership in these programs and may involve early morning and evening responsibilities.


Coordinates the day-to-day preschool program at assigned locations
Develops action steps to improve programs quality and enrollment
Recommends appropriate staffing plans to meet ratio requirements
Ensures recruiting, orientating and enrolling children/families
Tours prospective childcare participants/members
Recommend necessary child/family referrals
Recommends purchases of instructional materials and teaching aids such as books, toys; equipment and games designed to stimulate learning
Confers with parents regarding facility activities, policies, and enrollment procedures
Confers with teaching staff regarding challenges in a child's behavior or learning style and recommends methods of modifying challenging behaviors and encouraging learning experiences to meet each individual child's needs
Reviews and evaluates facility activities to ensure conformance to state, ISD, and local regulations
Advocate childcare in the community
Maintains a positive relationship with assigned licensing consultants
Maintains Michigan childcare records for licensing and food program (if applicable)
Arranges medical attention for ill or injured children in accordance with parental and YMCA Association guidelines
Implements Character Development of the YMCA in program
Maintains a positive relationship with school staff and board of education members (if applicable)
Manages and coaches' staff at program sites when necessary.
Plans and leads daily lesson plans
Organizes and participates in games and activities
Provides weekly lesson plans to parents
Provides each participant's parent with information on individual activities on a daily basis
Prepares materials for daily activities
Maintains records of attendance and arrival and departure times
Maintains supervision of children
Conducts parent-teacher conferences at twice a year
Completes documentation for the three checkpoints throughout the program year.
Establishes a working relationship with Early Childhood Specialist, which includes offsite meetings and conferences.
Conducts Home visits twice a year.
Maintains the quality and quantity of supplies, equipment, and materials in the classroom
Disciplines children and recommends or initiates other measures to control behavior
Handles parent concerns
Travel to conference within state and out of state.
Adhering to MDE guidelines and requirements for GSRP

Performs any other functions deemed to be necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Association


$16.91 - $21.14 ; Full Time, Non-Exempt (40 hours/week)


Free YMCA Family Membership and program discounts!
50% discount off the regular rate for each child registered in a YMCA childcare program. Full-time YMCA employees working in a licensed childcare program will receive a 50% discount on all Early Learning (including infant room), School-Age, and Day Camp registrations.
Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
Paid Time Off, beginning at 3 weeks per year
9 Paid Holidays per year
10% retirement contribution upon eligibility, learn more here
403(b) retirement savings account
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. More information can be found here.
Paid Parental Leave
Long term disability, basic life insurance and other voluntary benefits
Ongoing training and development opportunities
Access to the Employee Assistance Program and resources for you and your family
Community Discounts, and more!



Bachelor's Degree (BA) from four-year College or university; three to five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Past supervision experience preferred. Ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages and lifestyles. Ability and desire to work with children 3-5 years of age. Working knowledge of computers and experience with a variety of software applications. YMCA experience preferred


Blood Borne Pathogen training
CPR Certification required within the first 60 days
First Aid Certification required within the first 60 days
State of Michigan criminal background clearance (ICHAT)
DHS clearance
Negative T.B. skin test
Documentation of physical exam


Functional Expertise

Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.

Developing Self & Others

Supports members, participants, or project teams in achieving their goals.
Reflects on and learns from successes and mistakes.
Proactively shares information, experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions to help others be more successful.
Volunteers for challenging tasks or projects in an effort to grow and develop.
Solicits and is open to informal learning opportunities to gain insight (e.g., performance feedback, coaching, and stretch assignments).


Embraces all dimensions of diversity (i.e., ability, age, culture, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, income, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.) by treating all people with dignity, compassion, and respect.
Creates a safe environment in which others feel welcome and respected.


The work environment and 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.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of members, parents, and staff.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear . click apply for full job details

Keywords: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids , Great Start Readiness Program Site Coordinator, Professions , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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