ASPIRE Program Leader (Temporary/Part-Time)

  • City of Downey, CA
  • Downey, California
  • Apr 03, 2019
Part Time Parks and Recreation Project Management
  • Salary: $12.68 - $15.70 Hourly

Job Description


NOTE: This recruitment is open until the needs of the Department are met and may close without prior notice. Applications will be reviewed and testing will be conducted as needed.

The ASPIRE program is seeking active, creative, organized and nurturing individuals to work in elementary and middle schools in Downey for vacancies during the school year. These positions are funded by a California Department of Education After-School Grant which has been approved for the 2018-2019 school year. Based on State funding, these positions could potentially continue to the following schoolyear.

DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the ASPIRE Program Coordinator, the incumbent performs duties in an after school program at elementary and middle schools in the City of Downey.

SCHOOL YEAR WORKING HOURS: School year runs until May 31, 2019. The 2019-2020 school year training begins on August 5, 2019.
  • Monday through Friday - Approximately 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Attendance at monthly Saturday trainings is required.
  • Attendance at monthly staff meetings is required (Mondays at 6:15 pm)
  • Part-time shifts may not exceed a total of 999 hours on a fiscal year basis (July 1 through June 30).

Part-Time employment status does not qualify for City paidbenefits, except for those required by law. The City does not belong to the Social Security system. However, enrollment in an alternative retirement program is mandatory which requires an employee contribution of 7.5% of base earnings. The City contributes 2.5% and the employee contributes 5% of base earnings.

Certain City operational budgets may not include funding for mandated CalPERS employer contributions; therefore, a qualified candidate who is a current member of CalPERS may be restricted from temporary/part-time employment with the City of Downey.

There are no rights to employment and employment may end withor withoutcause or advance notice.


Develops and implements lesson plans and classroom activities consistent with established program standards, procedures, and guidelines;

Coordinate and lead activities that develop and strengthen academic, physical and social-emotional skills for an assigned group of approximately 20 students;

Assist students by providing proper examples, emotional support, a friendly attitude and general guidance to ensure all students are supported and fully engaged in learning;

Assess students on a regular basis;

Communicate with school staff and parents in the areas of student progress, homework, and behavior;

Maintain daily records and complete reports concerning student's incidents, progress, behavior and achievements;

Collaborate with ASPIRE team members to improve own and others' instructional practices and shares best practices;

Refer to the Quality Standards for Expanding Learning in California to understand expectations for a staff member in a quality after school program.

Actively participate in professional development activities, including mandatory meetings and trainings as scheduled (includes Saturday trainings) is required;

Adhere to operating instructions and program schedule, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior; and

Perform other related duties as assigned.


A combination of experience, training and work experience to demonstrate possession of the required skills, knowledge, and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position is qualifying. The ideal candidate will possess:

Education & Experience: High School graduate or equivalent with two years of experience working with children in an instructional, teaching, or closely related capacity. Completion of at least 48 units in college level coursework* preferred.

* Applicants must providecopies of their college/university transcripts(unofficial are acceptable) or degree. Copies must be uploaded and submitted with theon-line employment application. Applications received without the required documentation will be considered incomplete and removed from consideration.


Knowledge of: Basic subjects taught in the district schools; safe practices in classroom and playground activities; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

Ability to: Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing and maintain effective relationships with students, parents and staff; print and write legibly; understand and follow oral and written directions; meet the physical requirements of the position; and work cooperatively with others; monitor, observe and report student behavior.

License/Certification and Other Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older. Attainment of CPR (Infant, Child & Adult), First Aid, and Mandated Reporter Certification within 30 days of employment is required and must be maintained throughout employment in the position. Certifications obtained through in-person instruction are highly desirable.

If you currently have the CPR (Infant, Child & Adult) and First Aid Certifications please submit a copy at the time of application.

Online Mandated Child Reporter certification needs to be obtained within 30 days of employment.

Due to the performance of filed duties which may require operation of a motor vehicle, a valid California Class C Driver's License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions may be required.

Safely lift and carry 10 to 25 pounds in weight frequently and up to 50 pounds on occasion; bend at the waist; kneel; sit, stand and walk for extended periods of time. The work is performed indoors/outdoors and with exposure to cold and hot weather as a result of outdoor play and excursions.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All application materials submitted by theposted deadline will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of information submitted to determine the level and scope of the candidate's qualificationsfor the position. All informationprovided by an applicant is subject to verification.

Please thoroughly complete the application and supplemental questionnaire. An incomplete application may be removed from consideration.

A resume will not be accepted in lieu of acompleted employment application.

Those applicants who are determined to meet the desired qualification for the positionwill be invited to participate in the testing and selectionprocess.


Part I: Participation in the written test components is based on a candidate's level of education.
  • TEST1- A candidate with at least 48 units of completedcollege level coursework will be required to pass theCity of Downey's "Ability to Assistin Teaching" assessment exam. Acandidate who has previously takenand successfully passed this exam will be exempt from taking the written exam.
  • TEST2: A candidate with at least a High School degree (or equivalent) must pass theCity of Downey's "Ability to Assist in Teaching" assessment exam AND must alsopass the City of Downey's Written Skills Assessment Examination comprised ofreading, writing and mathematics.
A candidate who attains a passing score will be invited toparticipate in an oral interview before a panel of subject matter experts.

NOTE:The "Ability to Assist in Teaching" examis part of the State Board of Education and the California Department of EducationNo Child Left Behind Act. Forinformation on the written examination, please logon to .A practice examination ( Instructional Aide Practice Test ) is also available for your review.

Part II: Anapplicant who qualifies for exemption from the assessment examination or who has completed all writtenexamination requirements with acceptable results will be invited toparticipate in an appraisal exam. The appraisal exam is an oral interview before a panel of subject matter experts. Theexamis weighted 100% and will determine the order of hiring consideration.

Candidate(s) who complete testing with acceptable results will be considered by the Department hiring authority. Prior to an employment offer, a comprehensive background investigation is conducted, including fingerprinting. A pre-placement medical exam, including a drug screen will be conducted upon issuance of a conditional offer of employment. A Tuberculosis clearance is required for initial and continuing employment.

Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (562) 904-7292 at least 72 hours in advance.Closing Date/Time: