Program Aide
Sacramento, CA 
Posted 7 days ago
Job Description
POSITION TITLE:        Program Aide I

DEPARTMENT:        Sacramento Citadel Corps Alhambra Campus

REPORTS TO:        Program Lead

FLSA Status:            Non-exempt Part-time (hourly)
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.

General Statement

The Salvation Army is a branch of the Christian Church and the ultimate goal of all programs is a spiritual regeneration of all people.


The Program Aide I is responsible for assisting leaders and staff of the Sacramento Citadel Corps Alhambra Campus in providing safe and developmentally appropriate programs for youth and adults.

The Program Aide I interacts directly with members of the Education Department as well as other departments including the Community Center, the After-School Program, any sports programs such as basketball, Summer Day Camp, Adult Education Programs, Church-related activities or events and/or other departments in which he or she is needed.

The Program Aide I is responsible for the safety, care and well-being of children and adults in participating in various activities.  This position also serves to work with other projects and programs as a mentor, coach and a tutor, whether leading, assisting programs, or playing alongside, he or she must demonstrate a true desire to collaborate with participants.


Seek opportunities to develop personal growth in the following skills regarding working with children:

* Ability to relate to children in a manner which contributes to their personal growth.
    * Ability to competently prevent and deal with discipline problems.
* Ability to plan and carry-out lesson plans (content areas: science, math, language, art, physical education).
    * Ability to plan and conduct an educational “circle” activity.
    * Ability to organize active indoor and outdoor games and learning activities.
    * Ability to work cooperatively with staff and parents.
* Ability to supervise children in independent activities, and prevent exposure to safety hazards.
* Adhere to The Salvation Army’s “Protecting the Mission Policy for Work with Minors”.
* Sit with children during all meal times and eats the same “Type A” snack as the children to provide a model for good nutritional habits (unless modified meals are prescribed by a physician’s statement).
* Adhere to policies under the Community Care Licensing (Title 22) requirements and the program’s philosophy for K-6 as well as Title 5 requirements of the Pre-School.
* Assume the teacher’s full role in the absence of the teacher and assists with the substitute teacher to cover that location.
* Provides constant supervision of children while involved in The Salvation Army programs.
* Implement lessons for daily activities with children or adults, also assist and collaborate with the teacher, other staff or any supervisor in the creation of lesson plans.
* Serve as a homework coach and mentor to children, whether helping with math, science, reading or other subjects, leading programs or playing alongside, and must demonstrate a true desire to work and play with children.
* Perform any other task deemed necessary by the teacher and/or center coordinator/supervisor.
Other Duties:

Assists with any Adult Education Classes such as monitoring and helping students.

Work in cooperation with all staff to meet the needs of the participants.

Assists with programs in the assigned area.

Assists participants individually or in groups, with program activities.

Responsible for overall set up and clean up of activities.

Provide leadership in various child and/or adult educational, recreational and/or sport-related activities.

Open and close recreational facilities; monitor facility use; prepare and set up facilities for use.

Assist supervisors in the implementation of Youth and Adult Programs in accordance with the objectives, policies and philosophies of The Salvation Army.

Helps maintain a clean and safe environment through minor custodial duties (such as picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, etc.).  Sanitize or clean-up any indoor/outdoor messes; including set-up and dismantling equipment (such as tables and chairs).

Assist with office duties as called upon; including but not limited to, clerical tasks such as answering phone calls, organizing paperwork, or attending to the public and helping them with their needs.

Adheres to the scheduled hours assigned by the center director/supervisor; includes attending and participating in in-service training and weekly meetings.
Fill-in as a kitchen helper-prepping snack or other meals and also cleaning-up afterward.  Assisting and leading snack counts, numbers, head of kitchen and procedures.

Help each participant to become aware of his/her role and responsibility as an individual member of society.

Assist in any Christmas related activities, events or programs such as bell ringing but may also include filing and organization of paperwork or any other Christmas related tasks.

Must be flexible and available to work on weekends if needed.

Perform other job duties as assigned to you.


1.    Education Requirements

Must be enrolled and attending high school or an equivalency, must have 120 hours of verifiable work with children or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Ability to work both independently and as a team member.  Ability to motivate participants.  Ability to follow directions and carry out assigned work.  Previous experience working with children.

2.    Skills

Must be able to work with little to no supervision.  Should be creative, self-motivated, organized, flexible, possess good people skills, and have the ability to interact successfully with the children in our care.  Have knowledge of basic first aid and CPR knowledge (certification preferred).

3.    Physical Requirements

To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must be able to perform the essential duties with or without accommodation.

Must have uninhibited physical mobility in bending, jumping and lifting up to 30 pounds, be capable of auditory and visual oversight of the children and staff, and be able to verbally interact with the children and staff. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Must be in good physical and mental health in order to meet the demands imposed by a strict schedule.

Must submit a signed statement from a physician indicating a recent negative tuberculin test and general good health.

4.    Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

*Must pass Department of Justice fingerprint clearance.

*If 21 years of age; must possess a valid Driver’s License and ability to drive The Salvation Army vehicles required; including but not limited to:
i.    Must comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
ii.    Complete TSA vehicle course training.
iii.    Authorize TSA to add name to pull list for driving records.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The Salvation Army is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified job applicants, job candidates, and employees with disabilities to ensure they enjoy equal access to all employment opportunities and benefits of employment as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. EEO is the Law.


Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Part Time
Salary and Benefits
Required Education
Some High School
Required Experience
0 to 1 year
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