Childcare Associate

Childcare Associate

Childcare Associate

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Caregiver - Part-time



Job Description 

Childcare Associate 


Mission Statement: Motivated by the love of Christ, we promote abundant life by providing holistic services to women and men affected by unplanned pregnancy. 


Position title: Childcare Associate 

Position type: Staff (part-time, hourly at approximately 20 hours per week, mid-August through May) 

Department: Women’s Center 

Reports to: Ed Services Manager 

Basic function of position: The Childcare Associate is responsible for coordinating, overseeing, and staffing the childcare programs of Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) with adequate childcare workers. He/she assists the AGR staff by providing exceptional programming and ensuring a clean and safe facility. 



Major Duties and Responsibilities 



  • Serves as the leader in the childcare area while programs are running by greeting volunteers as they arrive, staying available to answer questions, periodically checking in on volunteers/children to see how they’re doing, assisting with childcare as needed, and thanking volunteers at the end of their shift 

  • Prioritizes cleanliness and safety in the childcare roomupdating toys/equipment as needed, stocking supplies, and cleaning toys 

  • Ensures that the volunteer-to-child ratio is appropriate at all times and that childcare volunteers are always actively engaged with the children while maintaining AGR policies 

  • Finds time periodically to informally meet and check in with each volunteer – to debrief their role, discuss any issues, build relationships, and thank them for their service. This may be done along with the appropriate AGR program leader. 

  • Communicates with the appropriate program leader about any concerns or issues that arise in childcare 

  • Schedules volunteers on the calendar using the volunteer software, Galaxy Digital, and updates volunteer contact information, as needed 

  • Ensures that all volunteers are using Galaxy appropriately for check in and check out 

  • Develops a schedule of activities for children in childcare and communicates that to volunteers, as is appropriate 

  • Along with the appropriate AGR program leader, communicates with parents about any issues that arise with children while they are in childcare 

  • Communicates with and works closely with the Educational Services team as clients and their children are added to classes and the childcare roster 

  • Ensures that AGR has proper policies in place for our volunteers, clients, and their children, and with the Ed Services Manager, communicates these policies to the appropriate audience 



  • Promotes and attends spring and fall fundraising events 

  • Participates in all required staff meetings 

  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor 



Qualifications for the Position 


Education: Some college education in Early Childhood Education preferred 


Prior work experience: One to three years of experience in providing care for young children preferred 


Language proficiency 

  • English required 

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred 


Skills and abilities 

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) 

  • Ability to work independently 

  • Ability to interact well with both individuals and groups from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds 

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills 

  • Detail-oriented, self-starter 

  • Comfortable speaking before small groups 

  • Ability to create signs, sign-in sheets, communications with parents, etc. that are professional in appearance  

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds  

  • Willingness to be trained in CPR and First Aid 


Essential requirements 

  • Belief in the sanctity of human life 

  • Demonstrated emotional and spiritual maturity 

  • Committed Christian who faithfully attends a local church 

  • Full agreement with the AGR Statement of Faith and AGR Statement of Lifestyle 

  • Proven ability to respect diversity and confidentiality 



Position Elements 


Available guidelines: AGR Employee Handbook 


Exercise of judgment: Uses independent judgment on how to interact with and manage workspace and volunteers 


Nature and level of contacts: Employees, volunteers, clients, and the general public 


Supervision exercised: 15-25 volunteers 


Time to perform full range of duties after entry into the position: Three months 



Application Process 


If interested, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to: 


Attn: April DeMull 

Alpha Grand Rapids 

1725 Division Ave S 

Grand Rapids, MI 49507 


For questions, please call 616.459.9955. 

Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.