Open Position: Program Assistant
Youth Connections is currently looking for a Program Assistant to work with our Children’s Visitation Center and Jumpstart Mentoring programs. This is a part-time (20 hours or less), non-exempt position that reports to the Program Coordinator.
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Program Assistant is responsible for the assistance of day to day operation and development of the Children’s Visitation Center and Jumpstart Mentoring program. The CVC program provides a safe and neutral environment for children to visit with non-custodial parents. A safe and neutral environment for the exchange of children between custodial and non-custodial parents is also provided. The Program Assistant is responsible for program development, supervision of visits and exchanges, marketing, data collection, and report writing for the program. This position has direct contact with, care of, and supervision over youth who are less than eighteen (18) years of age. The Program Assistant is also responsible for program oversight for the Jumpstart group mentoring program. After-school and lunch period groups are run at select elementary, intermediate, and middle schools in Morgan and Johnson County.
- Provides a detailed and thorough orientation to children, non-custodial parents, and custodial parents prior to the start of visitation schedule.
- Supervises visitations between children and their non-custodial parent in accordance with court orders and other relevant agreements.
- Ensures that required programmatic paperwork is completed in a timely and accurate manner following regulatory standards.
- Maintains close communication with Programs Manager.
- Attends court proceedings when requested to report on observations made during supervised visitations and exchanges.
- Provides assessments of visits.
- Markets program to appropriate referral sources including, but not limited to the Department of Child Services, the Guardian Ad Litem program, etc.
- Works weekends and evenings as necessary.
- Ensures the overall quality of the supervised visitation and exchange programs.
- Collects fees from program participants when appropriate and turns currency and receipts into the bookkeeper in a timely manner.
- Intervenes when appropriate to ensure the safety and welfare of the child.
- Meets and/or exceeds program productivity benchmarks.
- Ensures maintenance of and complete client files.
- Accepts other duties as assigned by the Programs Manager or Executive Director.
- Recruit and enroll youth in mentoring groups.
- Plan for and facilitate all mentoring groups at various schools during the school year and during the summer.
- Correspond regularly with supervisor, youth, parents, and school personnel.
- Collect data, maintain files for each youth, report data to Program Director, and track youth participant outcomes.
- Develop positive relationships with youth and ensure best practices in our ongoing support of youth and program volunteers.
- Liaison with school personnel, community partners, families & volunteers to promote the program.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university along with a minimum of one year experience working with children and families.
- A passion for working with at risk youth and families.
- Maintain confidentiality pertaining to client information.
- Willingness to continue professional growth.
- Excellent people skills.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Must be creative, able to generate ideas and be a self-starter.
- Responsible, dependable, well-organized and demonstrate a high level of integrity.
- Maintain a positive and professional attitude.
- Access to reliable transportation.
- Good organizational skills
- Knowledge of community services and resources.