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POSITION TITLE: Inclusion Aide
LOCATION/DEPT: Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
REPORTS TO (TITLE): Afterschool and Day Camp Manager
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Chicago exists to express the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army through a safe, enriching and sacred environment where all individuals have access to opportunities to reach their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential. The Vision of the Chicago Kroc Center is to impact individuals, families and seniors of the Southside while building community, promoting excellence, motivating wellness, teaching character, and encouraging faith.
The inclusion aide is responsible for supporting and assisting one or more individuals with disabilities to be successful in day camp or afterschool programs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide participants a safe environment.
Enforces and promote safety guidelines for the child in his/her recreation and athletic activities.
Follow Safe from Harm Guidelines/Procedures
Assist and include individuals with disability to participate in all activities pertaining to program.
Keep participant issue confidential. Do not share issues with other campers, parents, or patrons, news organization, or staffers who are not involved.
Communicate all incidents to Afterschool and Day Camp Manager immediately.
Provide enriching and stimulating environment.
Evaluates the child's skill level and assess his/her capacity to participate in recreation and athletic activities.
Encourage campers to participate in a variety of disciplines.
Adapt activities, rules, equipment and/or supplies as needed to ensure quality participation and the most independent participation possible.
Recognize the spiritual need of individuals, which may require referral to the Day Camp Director or Manager.
Assist in athletic program area preparation/clean up and/or additional shifts within the athletics department. Assist in supervision of gymnasium, field and special events and game room areas.
Identify sparks within program participants.
Build assets in program participants.
Adhere to dress code at all times.
May be required to wear activity appropriate attire (i.e., swimwear for Aquatics, etc.)
Provide excellent customer service and communication with parents.
Greet campers and parents, by name, enthusiastically.
Interface respectfully with peers, supervisors and customers of various socio-economic backgrounds. Handle disputes with participants, parents and students in a professional manner with guidance of Day Camp Manager.
Communicate any disciplinary issues to director and parents.
Encourage Day Camp participants to the next level of participation at the Kroc Center.
Have knowledge of other Kroc Center programs and answer questions.
Promote membership and classes.
Other Duties as assigned.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
A High School diploma or a GED is required. Some related college coursework preferred.
2 years experience working with children with disabilities.
Basic knowledge of competitive sports programs for individuals with disabilities.
Experience with a computer based work environment and a working knowledge of Word.
CPR/First Aid/AED Certified.
An understanding of child development and building assets in youth.
Ability to prompt and prepared for work.
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, using diplomacy and good judgment.
Demonstrated ability to use initiative and be a self-starter.
An attention to detail.
A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in light of changing job situations/priorities.
An ability to work with confidential material.
Enthusiastic about recreational programs and arts programs.
Computer knowledge helpful but not necessary.
Successfully complete Safe From Harm training as established by The Salvation Army.
A willingness to promote the mission of The Salvation Army.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position is required to do light to moderate physical work. In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use equipment used in a children's day school program. At times this employee is required to lift up to 40 pounds. The work environment for this position includes high levels of noise and flexibility in a constant changing environment.
About Metropolitan - Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.