Foundation Communities is a local, homegrown nonprofit. Founded in 1990, we provide affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families, veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 25 communities all over Austin and in North Texas.
The Youth Program Assistant will lead daily activities and engage youth in education-centered after school and summer youth programs, including but not limited to, homework/academic assistance, fitness, reading and enrichment. Responsibilities will be carried out in a predominantly in-person setting with virtual programming if necessary.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Plan and lead meaningful activities that include but are not limited to arts and crafts, STEM/STEAM, reading, character development, physical fitness, and/or nutrition in a physical and online setting for students at your home site and other sites as needed.
- Proficiency in basic computer skills such as navigating websites, use of email suites (Gmail, Outlook, etc.) and search engines, etc.
- Prior use of, or willingness to learn, online educational tools such as Google Classrooms, Zoom, ClassDojo, amongst others.
- Prepare the learning environment, lessons and necessary supplies for program activities in an in-person and virtual setting.
- Assist children with homework and academic enrichment activities.
- Maintain a clean and organized classroom as well as common areas.
- Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
- Serve as a positive role model for participants.
- Maintain accurate program documentation
- Ensure safety and supervision of students
- Follow CDC Guidelines to maintain a safe working environment
- To assist Foundation Communities Food Pantries as needed
- Comply with all required policies, procedures, and regulations
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
- Assist with distribution of snacks and summer meals
- Chaperone students on walk from school daily (up to 2 miles depending on center) during the school year
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills
- Must be eligible to work in the United States and be able to pass a criminal background check (Fingerprint check required at some sites)
- Must have a high school diploma
- Must enjoy working with children K-5th grade
- Flexibility to meet the changing work needs and demands
- Ability to lead various fitness activities as well supervise/participate in sports
- Ability to organize activities and make sound judgements
- Ability to interact with a range of age groups
- Available to work at a Learning Center Monday through Friday (2:00pm-6:15pm) on a continual basis and may be reviewed if schedule changes during the Afterschool program taking place during the school year.
- Available during Summer Program hours (10am-3pm), Monday through Friday with some variations to assist in coverage of food pantries across sites.
- Reliable transportation to travel to other FC sites as necessary
- Course work in Social Services, Education, Child Development & other related field
- 6 months experience working with children; preferably providing educational and/or social services to economically disadvantaged families.
- Bi-lingual (Spanish, Arabic or other) preferred
Physical Demands/Work Environment :
- Occasional lifting, twisting, bending standing and sitting
- Frequent walking and participation is basic exercise movements
- Often exposed to various temperatures and conditions including but not limited to sun, wind and rain.
- An occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials may occur.
- May be asked to clean up bodily fluids with appropriate training and personal protective equipment provided.
- Ability to work in all types of climate atmospheres, such as hot, raining or wet environments. Inside and outside.
- Ability to arrive to work locations of which there may various ones throughout the day
Salary, Benefits, and Perks
- Paid Sick Leave: After 30 hours of work, you earn 1 hour of paid sick leave, up to 68 hours, to use for illness and medical or dental appointments for yourself or dependent family members.
- Weekends and school holidays off (Spring Break, Christmas…)
- Paid holidays after 1 year of employment
- Retirement Plan: After 12 months of employment and 1000 hours of service (& age 21), you become eligible for our 401(k)-retirement plan. Features a 2% match if you contribute and a 3% safe harbor contribution for all eligible participants. This is like getting a 5% raise!
- Paid trainings
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP): This benefit provides you and household members with confidential 24/7 phone support and referral for personal issues, including mental health, stress, legal and family problems. You may also meet with a counselor 3X per year for each presenting issue.
- Service Awards: After 12 months of employment, you will receive a gift to recognize your service. Additional awards are available as your tenure increases.
- Housing: After 6 months of employment, if you work a minimum of 20 hours per week, you may be eligible to reside at a Foundation Communities property and receive a 20% discount off the unit’s market rate at move-in.
- Opportunities for performance based pay increases
- Fun work environment
Compensation: Hourly rate depending on qualifications and relative experience; starting at $14.30/hourly
Foundation Communities is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation & gender identity.