Youth Development Director

This position is responsible for day-to-day general administration of the program including responsible for all children, staff supervision, budgeting, expense control, income generation, program development and quality control, community relations, collaborations, long-range planning and facility maintenance. The Youth Development Program Director also provides direction and leadership for the achievement of Association goals in accordance with the policies, procedures and standards established by the Board.


  • Associates in related field or 60 credit hours with a min of 18 hours in child related field, experience with staff management and children preferred and meet all state and county licensing requirements.
  • State mandated trainings (GATEWAY) required within 90 days of employment. CPR/AED and First Aid Certification within 90 days of employment and be at least 21 years of age or older.
  • Previous childcare and supervisory/leadership experience required. Must possess skills to operate standard office and computer equipment.
  • The ability to relate to diverse groups from all social economic segments of community is essential.
  • Must be capable of working under pressure as well as organizing and planning efficiently. Must be mentally alert, able to process and follow directions and remain friendly and professional at all times.
  • Must be able to observe and communicate with children, parents, staff and volunteers. Must be able to stand, remain outdoors and maintain continual physical endurance for extended periods of time.

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Childcare Center Director

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Child Care Director at Kankakee Area YMCA oversees the development and operations of the overall childcare program, ensuring the program meets its intended goals.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.
  • Three-five years related experience (e.g., supervisor or coordinator of childcare programs) preferred.
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Within 30 days of hire, completion of Child Abuse Prevention, Y Leader certification, CPR, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.
  • Fulfillment of state-specific hiring standards and completion of YMCA program-specific training.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Medical Release form CFS 602 filled out by physician, including proof of negative result of 2 – step TB test and MMR immunization.
  • Must submit to a DCFS background check (Form CFS 718- B), and be fingerprinted (if necessary)
  • A minimum of 3 written references
  • Register with Gateways to Opportunity
  • Participate in a minimum of 15 clock hours if in service training per calendar year
  • Complete Mandated Reporter Training, as well as training on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Food Handler in service training within the first 30 days of employment
  • Certification in Pediatric CPR/First Aid Training Preferred

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Summer Camp Counselor

Job Description: Provides direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp. Provides a quality experience to children and parents focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.


  • High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a day camp setting
  • Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living, archery, boating, camping, songs/music, skits, sports, aquatics, recreational games, etc.
  • At least 18 years of age
  • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications, and Child Abuse Prevention training within 60 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations is preferred.

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Lead Daycare Teacher

We are seeking staff for our new Childcare center.


  • Early childhood teachers shall be at least 19 years of age
  • Early childhood teachers shall have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED)
  • The early childhood teacher responsible for a group of children that includes infants, toddler or preschool-age children shall have achieved
  • Sixty semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six
  • One year (1560 clock hours) of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed daycare center and 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.

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Assistant Daycare Teacher

We are seeking staff for our new Childcare center.


  • Early childhood shall have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Early childhood assistants shall work under the direct supervision of an early childhood teacher or school-age worker and shall not assume full responsibility for a group of children.
  • School-age assistants shall work under the direct supervision of a school-age worker and shall not assume full responsibility for a group of children

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Before & After Childcare Counselor

We are seeking staff for before and after-school child care.

  • Qualifications: Must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, must pass a background check, must have reliable transportation, experience with child care preferred
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR or be willing to complete training
  • Complete necessary training as mandated by the state of Illinois
  • Status: Part-time, 25-30 hours per week
  • Rate: TBD
  • Applications will be taken until positions are filled.

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Communications Specialist


  • Degree in Communication or equivalent experience
  • Strong skills in the ability to interact, work with, and motivate people in a positive manner; excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated skills in customer service, public relations, organizational skills, communications, and computer knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office; photo and video-editing software is an asset.
  • Experience in web design and content production is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and demonstrated professionalism in both attitude and appearance.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • CPR AED certifications, Child Abuse Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogen, and Kankakee Area YMCA New Employee Orientation and Listen to First training within 90 days of hire date.


The Marketing and Communication Specialist is an integral part of the team to build our brand’s awareness through the development and implementation of the Y’s marketing strategies and communication processes, both external and internal that will drive enrollment for our programs and services, increase our member engagement, and strengthen our relationships with community partners and our donors. The Coordinator will also support all aspects of fundraising that leads to an increase in donors and contributions including solicitation of members for the annual support campaign, grants, and special events.

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Welcome Center

Job Description: Looking for individuals to work at the Welcome Center, checking members in, and interacting with those that come into the building.

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Job Description: Cleans and sanitizes assigned areas, including such duties as mopping, dusting, and trash removal. May complete duties related to window washing, meeting set up, pool cleaning, snow removal, grounds keeping, and other related responsibilities.

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Sports Officials

Job Description: We are looking for sports officials to officiate youth basketball and women's adult volleyball. Must be 18 years of age or older, preferred knowledge of sports must pass a background check, must have reliable transportation, certified officials preferred but certification not necessary

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Why do you work? Who do you serve? What do you want in life?

These are important questions to ask yourself whether you're beginning work or changing your career.

The Kankakee Area YMCA offers engaging full and part-time careers!  As the largest community service organization in the country, the goal of the YMCA is to serve our communities. The YMCA is a place where you can be a part of something bigger than yourself. You will grow and develop your career and your character while serving God, your team, and your community.

Being a part of the YMCA allows you to be confident that you are working for a stable and reputable organization. The Kankakee Area YMCA began in 1894 and now serves over 22,000 individuals in Kankakee County.  The Kankakee Area YMCA's strategic plan is centered on improving the health and wellbeing of all people. You can help the YMCA make positive changes where we live, work and play.

Areas of Career Service

  • Aquatics – lifeguards, swim instructors, coaches
  • Child Care/Education – camp counselors, after-school counselors, program directors
  • Community Development – family advocates, social workers, volunteer coordinators
  • Financial Development – fundraisers, advocates
  • Health and Wellness – fitness instructors, personal trainers, lifestyle coaches, group exercise instructors
  • Membership – member service representatives
  • Sports – referees, coaches, program directors
  • Support Functions – specialists in marketing, accounting, human resources, maintenance and information services

Career Paths

There are a wide variety of career options at the YMCA depending on individual goals.  There is always room for advancement.  Progression steps in various departments may include associate, coordinator, director, senior director and executive.


The YMCA of the USA offers numerous trainings for career development. Offerings include mandatory trainings in safety and service as well as technical trainings, leadership development and accreditation courses that are recognized nationally.

Nationwide Vacancy List

The YMCA offers you the opportunity to find meaningful work that offers rich rewards; build a better future for yourself and for kids, families and your community; work with people who thrive in a values-based environment of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility; and make a difference in the lives of those around you.

You Belong at the Y! Search the YMCA Nationwide Vacancy List for available opportunities.


We value the diversity of our employees and our members. Our goal is to connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community. As a United Way member agency, we serve over 13,000 individuals in Kankakee County with a continuum of educational and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind and body. Diverse employees provide the opportunity to serve our members with an astounding array of skill and talent. The Kankakee Area YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.


The Kankakee Area YMCA offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and opportunities for advancement.

Part-time Benefits:

  • Free individual membership
  • Program discounts
  • 403B Savings plan
  • Retirement program for eligible associates

Full-time Benefits:

  • Free family membership
  • Program discounts
  • Medical, dental and life insurance
  • 403B Savings plan
  • Retirement program - 12% of salary contributed annually by the organization starting after 2 years of service
Current Openings
  • Sports Officials
  • Custodians
  • Lifeguards
  • Swim Instructors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • School Age Worker