After School Counselor, Willis Road YMCA

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg Spartanburg, SC $12.00 per hour

The Y is looking to hire passionate staff to impact the youth in our After School program!

up to 20 hours a week

The After School counselor is responsible for the daily supervision of after-school program participants. S/he is responsible for assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of all 9 program components and program activities in the after-school program.  The counselor guides the academic and social development of children; ensuring a safe, enriching, and healthy learning environment.  After School counselors use a variety of resources, provided by the After-School Site Director to introduce new skills throughout the execution of activities. To accomplish this, counselors are required to participate in ongoing professional development and planning sessions with the After-School Site Director on a scheduled basis.


  1. Ensures the safety and engagement of children in the assigned group.
  2. Provide assistance with homework and encourage academic progress.
  3. Follows program lesson plans and implementation plan in a developmentally appropriate manner, meeting the individual physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the participants.
  4. Provides careful, attentive supervision, alert at all times.
  5. Serves as a positive role model, demonstrates professional behavior, and understand positive youth development approaches to the academic and social development of youth.
  6. Facilitates a programming environment that invites exploration promotes positive play and welcomes children.
  7. Promotes a team concept through a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others.  Maintains on-going communication with the supervisor.
  8. Maintain accurate classroom records as assigned and according to program requirements.
  9. Communicates regularly with parents; attends parent/family events as designated by the supervisor.
  10. Demonstrates a working knowledge of YMCA mission, purpose and goals, childcare policies, and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence.


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  2. High School Diploma or equivalent.
  3. A minimum of two years prior experience working with children under 13 years of age preferred.
  4. Exceptional group management, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  5. Experience in creating interactive and educational/artistic activities, youth development, academic enrichment, and arts.
  6. Must possess oral, auditory, and written communication skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults.
  7. Must be capable of implementing the daily administrative, program-related, and supervisory responsibilities of an after-school site.
  8. Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.


  • Values. Demonstrates in word and action the Ys core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.
  • Inclusion. Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
  • Relationships. Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work.
  • Influence. Employs influence strategies (verbal, personal and written) that engage, inspire, and build commitment to the cause and overall Y goals.
  • Communication. Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience. Understands and expertly utilizes current methods of communication (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video, Audio, Animoto, etc…)
  • Developing Others. Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible.
  • Decision Making. Integrates logic, intuition, and sound judgment to analyze information to identify the greatest opportunities, make sound decisions, and solve problems.
  • Change Capacity. Leads self and others through change by navigating ambiguity appropriately and adapting well to new situations, obstacles, and opportunities.
  • Emotional Maturity. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.
  • Quality Results. Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides evidenced-based quality experiences.
  • Innovation. Participates in the generation, experimentation, and implementation of new approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s mission and work. 
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