Youth Program Assistant

Central Coast
Until filled or until 500 applicants
$11.20-$13.54 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


350 Lincoln Avenue Salinas, 93901


Employment Opportunity

SALARY: $11.20 - $11.76 - $12.35 - $12.96 - $13.54 Hourly

NOTE: The City of Salinas is accepting applications to fill various temporary Youth Program Assistant vacancies to provide tutoring services at offsite homework centers. Assigned homework centers may include Cesar Chavez Library, Sherwood, Roosevelt and Los Padres Elementary Schools; other sites may be added in the future. Typical schedule includes after-school and early evenings or based on the needs of the assigned location.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All interested applicants must provide one of the following: if current high school student, a copy of most recent report card OR if high school graduate high school/general equivalency diploma. Applications will be incomplete without the required documents.

DEFINITION: Under general supervision performs routine duties to assist in community outreach programs and educational activities for youth and young adults.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This position is an entry-level position aimed at engaging local middle, high school, and community college students to participate in their community through a variety of programs. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Receives general supervision from higher-level department staff.  Exercises no supervision. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION: Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:  Assist the Library and Community Services Department with community outreach programs and educational activities. Order and distribute flyers, and newsletters.  Maintain contact with individuals, schools, and organizations that serve youth for networking, referrals and joint program planning.  Assist in a variety of educational and social programs planned for various ages.  Accompany staff off site at local schools and community organizations. May provide academic support and mentorship for community youth and program participants.   Assist with the maintenance of Program inventory and order supplies as needed.  Assist with the set up and breakdown of equipment for activities.    May establish continuing dialogue with young people; identify at-risk youth; gain trust through advocacy; provide information and referral on peer support groups and other resources available in the community.    Promote and maintain safety in the work place.  Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS: Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write; use telephone, computer, business machines, and related equipment as required.  Vision sufficient to detect and distinguish between different colors, read fine print and visual display terminals; hearing sufficient to conduct conversations occasionally over the noise from groups of people, in-person and using the telephone; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, occasionally in crowds of people and for addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, leap, jump, run for short distances, twist, turn bend stoop, and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, control a group of young children, walk on uneven surfaces, physical strength to lift 20 lbs. from the floor and occasionally up to 50 pounds, of boxes containing equipment an program materials; physical stamina sufficient to  stand, walk and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect interpret and analyze data, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions. 

WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions may vary from day-to-day but will include working in an office environment, working outdoors in sun, heat, fog and rain, at night and on weekends and some holidays.  Subject sitting in an office environment for prolonged time.  Occasionally subjected to long periods of standing and walking outdoors, and occasional exposure to the outdoor elements in a park or recreational environment.

QUALIFICATIONS  Knowledge of:  Library and Community Services Department rules and regulations.  Computers and related equipment, hardware and software to perform data entry, review, retrieval and research.  English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Ability to:  Follow the Library and Community Services Department policies and procedures when implementing programs.  Teach and assist youth in the use of a computer and computer resources.  Follow oral and written instructions.  Deal courteously and tactfully with the public.  Effectively organize workload.  Communicate in English and Spanish desirable.  Establish and maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals.  Perform basic mathematical calculations. Work weekends, holidays and various hours/days. Skills to:  Operation of a personal computer with proficiency using word processing and spreadsheet programs.  Deal with problems using understanding, tact and patience.  Skill in utilizing Internet web sites, professional publications, and reference materials.  Organize activities and programs.     

License or Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Identification Card or California Driver’s License. For applicants 15 to 18 years of age a current valid work permit or the ability to obtain a valid work permit before hire.

Education and Experience: An example of the education and experience which most likely demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties would be any combination equivalent to one year of high school. All interested applicants must provide one of the following: if current high school student, a copy of most recent report card OR if high school graduate high school/general equivalency diploma. Applications will be incomplete without the required documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Part-time temporary employees do not receive City benefits.  Applicants under eighteen (18) years of age must obtain a valid work permit prior to hire.


SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided on the employment application.  The exam process will consist of an application appraisal.  Candidates presenting the most desirable experience may be invited to participate in a departmental interview.  The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary.  9/18/18 pp



The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.  The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability.  Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement.  Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.



Part-time temporary employees do not receive City benefits. 

Special Instructions

All interested applicants must provide one of the following: if current high school student, a copy of most recent report card OR if high school graduate high school/general equivalency diploma. Applications will be incomplete without the required documents.

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