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Child and Youth Program Asst - Entry

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U.S Department of the Navy, Commander, Navy Installations

Mechanicsburg, PA
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Child and Youth Program Asst - Entry








CYP is responsible for providing safe, happy and nurturing care for children. Our programs provide high quality educational and recreational programs for children and youth by teams of caring, knowledgeable professionals who care about children.

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This position is an entry position leading to the full performance level. The purpose of the CY Program Assistant is to provide appropriate developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years in one or more CY programs.

The duties of this position are developmental in nature and designed to provide experience to qualify for higher level positions leading to the full performance position. The incumbent works under close direction of supervisor or other higher qualified higher graded employee and performs the more routine child care tasks, following step-by-step instructions. Little or no previous training or experience is required. Work is reviewed in detail, while in progress and upon completion, to ensure and assess trainee's progress and to evaluate attainment of training objectives and readiness for further training. Training will be of a progressively more responsible and specialized nature associated with the child care and development operations. These duties are performed to increase knowledge of child care duties and responsibilities and to develop skills for advancing to the higher-level positions.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the CY Program Assistant have been grouped into categories, including curriculum, indoor and outdoor environment, interactions and relationships, supervision of children and youth, parent and employee communication, assessment, compliance, and additional responsibilities. Each is described below.


Assists in implementing and leading planned activities for program participants. Uses prepared curriculum and program materials. Incorporates special instructions provided by parents such as special dietary needs, physical needs, or other information that may affect the child or youth's experience in the program. Cares for children and youth with special needs as directed by the supervisor. Promotes and models safety, fitness, health, and nutrition practices. Helps arrange for and/or serve appropriate snacks or meals where applicable.

Indoor and Outdoor Environment

Helps prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules. Helps create adult-made games and play materials (mixing paint and play dough and assembling props for dramatic plays, activities, etc.). Assists with developing a list of needed supplies and equipment for submission to the supervisor.

Interactions and Relationships

Helps establish a program environment that promotes positive interactions with other children, youth, and adults. Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques as provided by supervisors.

Supervision of Children and Youth

Provides care and supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with the Department of Defense (DoD), NAF Component, and local installation policies, guidance, and standards. Maintains control of and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions. Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips, outings, and special events. Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed. Incumbent is a mandatory reporter to Family Advocacy and Child Protective Services as prescribed by local policy in the case of suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Parent and Employee Communication

Interacts professionally with employees, parents, and local installation command personnel.


Participates in program evaluation as required.


Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation where applicable. Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CY programs. Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns.

Additional Responsibilities

Assists in maintaining program participation data and completing required reports. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Status Candidates

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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1702 Education And Training Technician




Conditions of Employment

Position is Drug Testing designated



You must be a US Citizen.

Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program.


A successful candidate must meet the following conditions of employment:

Pass a pre-employment physical, provide evidence of immunization, be free from all communicable diseases, and obtain appropriate immunization against communicable diseases.

Undergo pre-employment and random drug testing. A positive drug test, or failure to submit for testing, may become the basis for removal from this position.

Pass all applicable records and background checks.

Satisfactorily obtain or complete required training certificates and maintain certifications or credentials required by Federal, State, or National Accreditation institutions utilized as part of DOD’s Child and Youth Programs.


A qualified candidate for an Entry Level (CY-01 (GSE02)) position possesses the following:

Ability to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers

Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Ability to complete all Department of Navy (DoN) training requirements within the specified time frames, including orientation, initial, Standardized Module training, and ongoing training requirements

Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team

In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above for the Entry Level position, a qualified candidate for the Intermediate Level (CY-01 (GSE03)) position possesses:

Knowledge of basic child and youth development principles as they relate to children and youth’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development

Ability to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles and practices under immediate supervision in order to provide high-quality direct care, education, and supervision for children and youth

Ability to interpret a curriculum or activity plan and follow written instructions

Ability to plan and organize work

In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above for the Entry and Intermediate Level positions, a qualified candidate for a Full Performance (CY-02 (GSE04)) position possesses:

Knowledge of child and youth development

Skills to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles, practices, and services in order to provide high quality direct care and education for children and youth

Skills to promote and foster effective working relationships with children, youth, and coworkers

Skills to work cooperatively as a member of a team

Ability to explain program processes and procedures, and to provide basic program information

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


You must upload a copy of your high school diploma/transcript or a copy of transcripts from a completed higher level degree, along with any certifications (ie, CDA or MSA, completion of DOD modules certificate, etc).

A CYP Assistant – Entry Level (CY-01/GSE02) must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior experience working with children and/or youth is preferred.

A CYP Assistant – Intermediate Level (CY-01/GSE03) must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent AND have 6 months of experience working with children or youth in a child or youth setting AND have completed Child Abuse Modules and Modules 1, 2, and 10 of the DoN Standardized Module Training.

A CYP Assistant – Full Performance (CY-02/GSE04) must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent AND have completed either:

Child Abuse Modules and Modules 1, 2, and 10 of the DoN Standardized Module Training AND have 12 months of experience working with children and youth


A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or Military School-Age (MSA) credential


A 2-year degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field of study, which can include Youth Recreation, Physical Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Youth Development, Psychology, Social Work, Home Economics with an emphasis in Human Development, or other degrees as appropriate.

Additional information

We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States.

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Using the required qualifications of the position, a standardized rating and ranking criteria of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used to screen and assess each application.

Click the following link to preview the applicant questionnaire: Preview Applicant Questionnaire

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents


Required Documents

The following documents are required at the time of application:

A USAJobs resume

Proof of Certification and Training: High school diploma or equivalent, DoD Standardized Modules Certificate of Completion, CDA/MSA credential(s), academic degree transcript, related coursework transcript

Note: When submitting transcripts for an Associate of Arts degree or higher, proof of a high school diploma or equivalent is not required. To receive consideration for a non-related degree, or eligibility based on a combination of education AND experience, a transcript is required.

OF306/Delclaration for Federal Employment which can be found at the following link:

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.




A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Benefits you get to enjoy while working for our TEAM include but are not limited to:

Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, life insurance, spouse & dependent life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and 401(k) savings plan, annual and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, etc.).

Stability of Federal Civilian Service

People with passion for doing work that matters

Quality of Work Life Balance

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply


How to Apply

To begin the process, click on the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section and review the applicant checklist link to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. You must submit all required documentation or you will not be considered for the position.

Technical Support

Check the status of the application system and maintenance schedule here:

If you experience technical difficulties applying online, report it here: The support inbox is monitored Monday through Friday, from 8 AM ET until 6 PM ET.

Make sure your status in USAJOBS is 'Received' after you submit your application to ensure it was submitted successfully.

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Agency contact information

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic




Commander, Navy Installations Command


Groton, CT


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Next steps

All applicants will be notified regarding their status by email. Applicants will either be contacted for an interview or sent an email of non-selection 3-6 weeks after the announcement closing date. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an inaccurate email address or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates:

04/13/2018 to 04/22/2018


$11.75 to $14.40 per hour Child Development Center

Pay scale & grade:

CY 01

Work schedule:

Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type:


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Company Profile
CNIC's mission is to enable the Navy's Operating Concept through Enterprise alignment of all shore installation support to the Fleet, Fighter and Family.

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