Operation Hero Program Facilitator

Virginia Beach, VA
Part Time
Operation Hero
Mid Level



POSITION Operation Hero Program Facilitator 

SALARY    Starting $15/hr.            

STATUS     Part-Time, non-exempt 

HOURS    Monday- Thursday, AFTERSCHOOL (times vary by school/division) 

LOCATION This afterschool program takes place in elementary schools throughout Hampton Roads. Jobs available, beginning January in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Newport News. 

SUPERVISOR  Youth Enrichment Program Director 

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a POSITIVE difference in the life of a military child? Serving as a mentor, working with enthusiastic children who need the support, and connecting with those who serve is such a great experience.

It's not a job--it's an adventure of the heart! Come JOIN OUR TEAM!


OPERATION HERO is an afterschool, enrichment program specially designed for children from active-duty military families. The program is meant to help students navigate the challenges of military life. PROGRAM FACILITATORS develop a positive rapport with elementary students (grades 2-5), guiding their learning through team-building, interactive activities and engaging, hands-on lessons that focus on character development and resilience. Twelve students participate in each eight-week session, meeting in elementary schools twice weekly. Facilitators follow curriculum-based lesson plans and engage in FUN, interactive activities to help students meet their personal goals. Volunteers also participate in the program to work alongside students and facilitators, ensuring students feel supported and encouraged. ENTHUSIASTIC, PROFESSIONAL, CHILD-CENTERED candidates who are SELF-MOTIVATED will enjoy this opportunity to make a positive difference in a community that is sometimes overlooked. Our youngest heroes need us!  



  • be at least 21 years of age; 

  • have earned a high school diploma; OR

  • have a college degree in a child-related field such as, but not limited to, elementary education, nursing, sociology, psychology, human development and family studies, or another child-related field (preferred, but not required); AND

  • have experience in an instructional capacity as a teacher or child care lead in a supervised education/child care-related program; and  

  • knowledge of military life  is a PLUS! 


  • Must successfully pass a full Background Check and Fingerprint Screening; 

  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation; 

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills; 

  • Must have good time management and organizational skills; 

  • MUST enjoy working with children; 

  • Have a well-developed philosophy on the education of young children, which parallels with the educational philosophy of the Armed Services YMCA; and 

  • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds as there are many physical tasks that include, but are not limited to: bending, stretching, pulling, pushing, sitting (chair and rug/floor), kneeling, standing, climbing stairs, and going inside and outside.  


  • Complete all required organizational trainings for new hires and ASYMCA  Professional Development Training:  

  • Incorporate the YMCA character values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty during all program sessions while maintaining a positive, enthusiastic and professional demeanor around students, parents and school staff; 

  • Plan adequate time to review/practice lessons to be fully prepared to teach; 

  • Attend scheduled staff meeting(s) at the Regional Office to prepare materials and supplies, pick up snacks, games, activity sheets, etc.; 

  • Collaborate with the school to organize a comfortable learning environment; 

  • Fully engage and positively interact with students during all sessions; 

  • Serve as a positive role model for students; and 

  • Assist in planning and executing a special graduation ceremony and reception for Operation Hero students at the completion of each eight-week program 

An Operation Hero Facilitator shares:   “This is the perfect job for me! I am a military spouse with two boys who have to navigate military life every day. Operation Hero is all about personal connections and understanding how best to support each other. Listening to these kids articulate their feelings and being able to walk them through ways to make their lives easier makes me happy. I have learned as much from them as they have from me. People always say that they want to make a difference in the lives of kids- this program does exactly that. I know what I’m doing matters to each and every one of my Op Heroes.”   Kayla R.

Armed Services YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. ASYMCA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. ASYMCA encourages applicants of all ages.


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