Childwatch Counselor

YMCA of Greater Houston

Houston, TX, USA

Part time

US$10-10 (hourly)

Healthcare / Community Health & Mental Health

Aug 2

Supervises and interacts with children while parent engages in program activities; ensures the Childwatch program is safe, values-oriented, and interactive.


Essential Functions:

  1. Promotes and incorporates the YMCA five core values and character development model into all program activities.
  2. Supervises children at all times to ensure their safety.
  3. Stays alert to children’s needs and/or problems as individuals and as a group.
  4. Engages children in developmentally appropriate games and learning activities.
  5. Provides for physical needs of children including feeding, distributing snacks/drinks, restroom assistance, First Aid, CPR and notifying parent of needed diaper changes.
  6. Provides for the emotional needs of children including soothing distressed children, comforting sick or hurt children, redirecting negative behavior and giving positive feedback.
  7. Prepares area for program by ensuring toys, supplies, play areas, storage areas, bathroom area and furniture are safe, clean, sanitized, organized and well maintained.
  8. Informs incoming staff of any significant information about a child, as well as a list of children present in the group.
  9. Reports any concerns to supervisor about the children, parents, members and/or others as needed, including reporting of any incident where a child is injured or child abuse or neglect is suspected.
  10. Utilizes appropriate software when checking children in/out of program area.
  11. Attends mandatory trainings and meetings.
  12. Ensures youth are properly signed in and signed out, ensures only authorized adults are allowed in the facility, etc. Adheres to policies related to boundaries with each child.
  13. Ensures unused rooms and closets remain locked; routinely monitors high-risk locations (bathrooms), etc.
  14. Reports suspicious and inappropriate behaviors and policy violations.
  15. Follows mandated abuse and incident reporting requirements.
  16. Meets timelines and deadlines related to supporting systems and employee compliance. Example includes but is not limited to Kronos Workforce Ready for review and approval of time sheets.
  17. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. 

YMCA Culture & Cause Expectations

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. It’s who are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day. We are cause-driven. We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose. As a cause-driven leader, you are expected to be:

Welcoming- Accept neighbors eagerly, warmly, hospitably and as equal participants.

Nurturing- Care for, support and help develop through encouragement.

Hopeful- Take an optimistic or positive view of future outcomes.

Determined- Devote full strength and concentrated attention to the cause.

Genuine– Be honest and open in relationships with others.

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.


  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. ASHI CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and various YMCA trainings, including Child Abuse Prevention, upon hire.
  3. Previous experience working with children preferred.
  4. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read, interpret, retain and teach documents such as safety rules, operating maintenance instructions and procedural/educational manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of children, parents, staff, members of the YMCA and/or others, as well as in one-on-one situations.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense, understanding and sound mature judgment to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form, including assisting with curriculum learning. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to be sensitive and alert to the needs, feelings and safety of others. Ability to ensure children’s safety and maintain YMCA and state standards and guidelines at all times.

Physical Demands 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle and/or feel objects, tools and/or controls; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and taste and smell. The employee must frequently move and/or lift up to 50 pounds and move up to 100 pounds such as furniture, supplies, equipment, children, etc. Must possess adequate vision and hearing to safely monitor environment and children.

Work Environment 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The YMCA is a nonsmoking and drug and alcohol free work environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, occasionally loud. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat and/or blood. The employee regularly is exposed to bodily excretions of children, depending on developmental level of children in the employee’s care.

The YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status.

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