YMCA of Greater Des Moines

  • Learn & Play Center Staff

    Job ID
    Member Services
    Part-Time, Variable Hour
    Branch Name
    Ankeny Family YMCA
    US-IA-Ankeny (Ankeny Family YMCA)
    Starting Wage/Salary
    USD $8.00/Hr.
    Maximum Wage/Salary
    USD $8.00/Hr.
    Work Hours
    3 hour shifts
  • Overview

    At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Our staff members are people who drive this cause – it is because of our drive, our passion, our belief in others, and our belief in the strength of our mission that we are able to make a difference – every day. 


    As a Learn & Play Center Staff Team Member, you have the opportunity to help children build their confidence and self-esteem and engage families by providing a safe, nurturing, and fun experience.  EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


    To positively impact others, Y Staff Team Members exemplify CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP competencies:

    Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. 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 the 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. 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.


    1. Supervise and lead children in the Learn & Play Center.
    2. Help to plan, organize, and deliver activities and programs.
    3. Demonstrate and teach activities.
    4. Develop positive relationships with children, parents/caregivers, and co-workers.
    5. Help cultivate a positive culture by modeling healthy relationships and open communication.
    6. Lead the Learn & Play Center in creating a compassionate and nurturing environment.
    7. Follow program standards in regards to safety, cleanliness, and age appropriate programming and interactions.
    8. Know emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them.
    9. Report specific problems or needs to supervisor or designated staff person.
    10. Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.
    11. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.


    1. Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions
    2. Previous experience in a child care or babysitting position(Trainings/certifications below are offered in the YMCA Training Program)
    3. American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA
    4. American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA
    5. Y Leaders Orientation
    6. Y Emergency Procedures Training
    7. Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter certification


    While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk, crouch, stoop, crawl, use their hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with arms and hands and lift up to ten pounds of weight. Vision abilities required by this job includes close and distance vision. Visual, auditory and verbal ability is required to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity.


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