POSITION TITLE: Child & Youth Program Assistant; CY-1702-Pay Bands I-II.

                                     This covers three levels: Entry Level (GSE-02), Intermediate

                                     Level (GSE-03), and Target Level (GSE-04); 20 Positions




LOCATION:  Child & Youth Programs ( SAC), Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Louisiana







  1. There are several flexible positions that may be filled at the higher or lower level.  If filled at the lower lever, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the full performance level upon meeting qualification requirements.
  2. Incumbents qualifications/experience will determine the level of placement (ex. GSE 02/03/04).
  3. Selected personnel will be required to pass a background investigation, State check, physical examination and drug test as a condition of employment.
  4. Incumbent must be able to complete all Navy Child and Youth Program orientation, initial annual and ongoing training requirements within the specified timeframe.
  5. Work requires considerable walking, standing, bending, stooping, carrying and lifting up to 25 pounds and occasionally lifting up to 40 pounds or driving a motor vehicle (Attach copy of a valid driver’s license to application).
  6. Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required.  A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment.  Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing.  Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.
  7. Position is subject to special inoculation and immunization requirements as a condition of employment for working with children.  Employee is required to obtain appropriate immunization against communicable diseases in accordance with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which includes the influenza vaccine.




The purpose of the Child and Youth (CY) Program Assistant is to provide appropriate developmental care and instruction for children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years in one or more CY programs.


The incumbent works under the direction of the supervisor, who provides guidance on scope of assignments and assistance on more complex, non-routine problems. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved and adherence to established standards and procedures. Routine day-to-day assignments are normally performed independently with technical assistance available from the supervisor when required. Routine assignments are spot-checked; the more technical assignments are closely reviewed for adherence to policies, procedures, and instructions.



The duties and responsibilities of the CY Program Assistant have been grouped into categories, including curriculum, indoor and outdoor environment, interactions and relationships, supervision of children and youth, parent and employee communication, assessment, compliance, and additional responsibilities.




Factor 1.  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required by the Position


  • Applicants must be able to speak, read, and write English.

  • At least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Possesses skill in oral expression to explain processes and procedures and to provide basic program information.

  • Ability to complete all DoN training requirements within the specified timeframes, including orientation, initial, Standardized Module Training, and ongoing training requirements.

  • Ability to promote and foster effective working relationships with children and youth and co-workers.

  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.

  • Ability to obtain a food handler’s card.

  • Ability to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) if the position requires the incumbent to transport children.

  • Ability to favorably pass a pre-employment physical, provide evidence of immunization and be free from communicable disease.

  • Ability to satisfactorily complete background checks IAW PL 101-647 to include a National Agency Check with Written Inquiries (NACI).

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    An incumbent must have one of the following:


    GSE-02:  Prior experience working with children and/or youth preferred.  Must be at least 18 years of age and posses a high school diploma or equivalent. $16.70 per hour


    GSE-03:  Six (6) months experience working with children or youth in a child or  youth setting  AND completion of child abuse modules and modules 1-3 of  the DoN Standardized Module Training. $17.70 per hour


    GSE-04:    An incumbent must have one of the following

  • A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or Military School-Age (MSA) credential or a 2- year degree in a related field. Note:If the incumbent is hired initially at the GSE-04 target position, the incumbent must complete the Navy Module program within 18 months. $18.76 per hour


  • Completion of the DoN Standardized Module Training AND 12 months of experience working with children and youth. $18.76 per hour



    1. Resumes may be submitted along with Optional Form- 306, this form is available at  Application forms are available at NAF Employment Applications.pdf (


    2.  Please ensure that your resume or application contains all the information requested in the vacancy announcement along with any supporting documents, or your application may not be considered.


    3.  Management reserves the right to cancel vacancy announcements at any time during the recruitment process subject to DOD priority list, and other priority consideration lists.


    Send application/resume packages to:


    Or mail copy to:

    Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department

    400 Russell Avenue, Bldg. 261

    New Orleans, LA  70143-5012

    Attn:  Shelly Vicknair or Mindy Ussery

    Phone:  (504) 678-3231

    DSN: 678-3231

    Fax: (504) 678-9866




    Some positions have special requirements.  In these cases selection is tentative pending satisfactory completion of these requirements.  Applicants may be required to provide proof of education, etc.  All selections are contingent upon the obtaining satisfactory employment reference checks.


    Direct Deposit of your paycheck is mandatory and is a condition of employment.


    Occupants of this position must maintain the privacy of official work information and data and demonstrate the highest level of ethical conduct.


    The Department of Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.


    We are an E-Verify participant.


    APPLICANTS CLAIMING HIRING PREFERENCE: Please ensure your status is indicated in your USAJOBS account and ALL required documents to claim preference are submitted at the time of resume submission.


    WHAT ARE PREFERENCES? Preferences are advantages in the candidate selection process. Individuals can claim the following preferences:


    1. Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Qualifying separated employees shall have priority placement in the NAF activity from which they were separated as a result of a Business Based Action (BBA), when the position has substantially the same duties as the position from which they were separated and it is not a higher grade or employment category, provided the position is not being filled by an internal candidate.

    To claim this preference, you MUST:

    Submit a copy of your BBA Separation

    Notification indicating eligibility for RPL.


    2. Military Spouse Preference (MSP): Qualifying spouses eligible for MSP are spouses of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including members of the National Guard or Reserves on active duty. The marriage must have occurred before the military member received official permanent change of station (PCS) orders to the installation listed above. MSP is applicable only when applying for NAF positions at the NF-03 and below and equivalent craft and trade (CT) positions.

    To claim this preference, you MUST:

    •Submit sponsor’s PCS orders to installation you are applying for; AND

    •If you are not indicated as a spouse on the PCS orders, you MUST submit proof of marriage prior to PCS.


    3. Veteran’s Preference/Gold Star Veteran's Preference: Qualifying military veterans, and spouses/parents of deceased veterans shall be given employment preference over non-preference applicants if they are equally qualified. Preference applicable for positions open to external candidates.

    To claim Veteran's preference, you MUST:

    •Submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy); AND

    •Submit completed SF15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND

    •Submit any other supporting documentation (disability, official statements, proof of service, etc)

    To claim Gold Star Veteran's preference, you MUST:

    •Submit completed SF-15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND

    •Submit a legible copy of DD-1300; AND

    •Submit any other supporting documentation (official statements, document of service, court decree, etc).


    Qualifying applicants with preferences are considered in the order listed above. Then all other qualifying applicants are considered.