Afterschool Counselor

Location: Austin, TX

Department: EAC YMCA Center

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Earn up to $1,500 in bonuses when you join our team and stay PLUS $100 for every month through May 2023!


About Us:

The YMCA of Austin is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total wellbeing and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight centers. We also provide afterschool education and care at more than 70 licensed campuses in four school districts. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people. 

Afterschool programs are Monday through Friday between the hours 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm. 

Rewards we offer you:  

  • Free Household Membership to facilities operated by the YMCA of Austin (worth $1,000 annually)  
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility
  • Access to 403b savings upon hire
  • Learning and development workshops and training 
  • Career advancement opportunities 

Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour

What You’ll Do: 

  • Provide care for a group of youth ages 4-13 years, such as initiating schedules, routines, and activities during after-school hours
  • Lead a group of young learners; a 1:17 (counselor: student) ratio
  • Responsible for the safety of the children on site within the Texas Child Care directives
  • Ensure youth are learning positive behaviors and providing guidance 
  • Leading and supervising play activities, games, sports, and creative projects in the arts, sciences, and math
  • Follow Curriculum lesson plans put in place which include educational and recreational activities for children in a group setting
  • Guiding youth through their school assignments, offering help if needed
  • Distribute snacks following sanitation, USDA, and CCR guidelines 
  • Enforce safety and security standards for children and visitors

Working Conditions: 

Regular walking, reaching, bending, lifting, and standing. Must be able to routinely lift 10 lbs., and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. 

What we’re looking for: 

  • Education and Experience: 
    • High School graduate or GED equivalent. Minimum age of 18 years.  
    • Related education and/or experience in childhood development  
    • Prior experience working with young children preferred
  • You bring fun and are positive, engaging, and caring. 
  • You quickly learn from failure and value feedback in the effort to continuously improve 
  • You are a team player with a positive, service-oriented attitude and you can work well with others. 
  • You listen for understanding and meaning. You speak and write effectively. 
  • You leverage people’s differences as strengths. 


The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. 

The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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