YMCA of Greater Omaha

Para Professional

US-IA-Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs YMCA
Grant Funded


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Para professionals provide a quality experience for children and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.


  1. Implements curriculum within the established guidelines.
  2. Nurtures children through purposeful programming dedicated to building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.
  3. Supervises the children, classroom, and all activities including ADA accommodations where appropriate. Follows all procedures and standards.
  4. Makes ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.
  5. Cultivates positive relationships, conducts parent conferences, and maintains effective communication with parents. Engages parents as volunteers and connects them to the YMCA.
  6. Maintains a clean and safe program site and equipment.
  7. Maintains required program records.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. 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. Minimum of 2 years of college with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education or working towards meeting para qualifications.
  2. Previous experience working with children in a developmental setting preferred.
  3. Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate
    program activities.
  4. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  5. Complete within 30 days of hire: Child Abuse Prevention Training; BLS CPR; First Aid; Emergency Oxygen Administration
  6. Completion of YMCA program-specific training &/or certifications.
  7. Ability to relate effectively to and develop meaningful relationships with diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community, including ADA compliance. Successful clearance of background check.
  8. Knowledge of and the ability to assist in implementing instruction in literacy, mathematics, and writing.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of a rigorous standard of quality through formal assessment administration.
  10. Assists with small group or individual instructional support and reinforcement, at the teacher’s request.
  11. Ability to assist teacher in maintaining high expectations and positive behavior supports and expectations.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Classroom/recreational environment. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking and playing with children at their level are required. 
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program.
  • Reliable transportation required.

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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