Army Installation Management Command Program Associate (Pre-Kindergarten), NF-03 in Camp Zama, Japan

Army Installation Management Command
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Zama, Camp Zama, Japan
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 11/17/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/15/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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Duty Location is Sagamihara Housing Area (SHA)


Serves as a Pre-Kindergarten Program Associate in the CYS Services Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program. Provides learning experiences in language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science and discovery, music and movement, technology, citizenship, physical education and creative expression to prepare children to enter school using The Creative Curriculum system. Motivates children to develop "Kindergarten Etiquette" skills, knowledge and behaviors that build a strong foundation for school success such as taking turns, raising hands, walking in a line, etc. Provides supervision, oversight, and accountability for children in compliance with DoD, Army and local policies, guidance, and standards. Maintains staff/child ratio requirements. Evaluates academic and social growth of children and maintains appropriate records. Observes children for signs that may indicate illness, abuse or neglect and reports as directed. Implements an active program of parental involvement and encourages parent communication, observation and participation. Holds parents conferences to discuss children's progress. Creates an effective and inviting environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and learning stations. Conducts Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and uses results for program improvement. Works with the School Liaison Officer and school officials to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Kindergarten; Program Assistants to coordinate the before and after Pre-K Program; and trainers, managers and other members of the Pre-K staff to develop goals, objectives, and lesson plans following the Annual Program Plan. Serves as a member of the CYS Services Garrison Rapid Improvement Team as needed to ensure assigned area is in compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements leading to DoD Certification and national accreditation. Makes recommendations for program purchases and budget requirements. Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies. Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities. Serves meals and snacks as required Completes designated training requirements and tracks and records training on own Individual Development Plan (IDP). May be required to perform health related practices as reasonable accommodation for children with disabilities.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • TDY, Meeting
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Social Security Card is required
  • Citizenship eligible under country SOFA agreement
  • Are of consideration:Local area or worldwide who can move on your expense
  • Medical examination and immunization are required after selection

- Meet Target-level requirements and satisfactory performance, and

  • Possess eighteen (18) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.

  • Possess and maintain a Child Development Associate (CDA) or Military School-Age Credential.

OR- Meet Entry -level requirements, and

  • Possess twelve (12) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.

  • Possess AA degree with a* major emphasis in early childhood education or child development*.

OR – Meet Entry -level requirements,and

  • Possess BA/BS degree with a major emphasis in early childhood education, Elementary Education, Child Development, Home Economics, Special Education or related behavioral sciences.

Highly preferred:

Experience working as a Lead Child and Youth Program Assistant, Child and Youth Program Technician, or Child and Youth Program Assistant (Target Level – 4) is highly preferred.

Depending on your work experience, following certificate/degree must be provided in your application.

a Child Development Associate (CDA) or Military School-Age Credential


AA degree with major emphasis in early childhood education or child development. or

BA/BS degree with a major emphasis in early childhood education, Elementary Education, Child Development, Home Economics, Special Education or related behavioral sciences.

Additional requirements

  • Physical examination

  • Must be able to work evening and weekends for special events

Conditions of Employment:

  1. A one-year probationary period may be required.
  2. Meet all qualification/eligibility requirements.
  3. A completed and signed copy DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty.
  4. Appointment is subject to completion of a favorable background checks/investigation to determine suitability for this position.

NOTE (1): No person, regardless of circumstance, will be approved to provide child care services and/or approved for hire in positions designated as having regular and recurring contact with children if the background check discloses that the individual has been convicted for any of the following: a sexual offense, any criminal offense involving a child victim or a felony drug offense.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Your resume will be reviewed to verify that qualification requirements have been met. We appreciate your interest in this position!


Nonappropriated Funds (NAF) Regular positions include employee benefits. For additional benefits information go to

Other Information

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement for up to 90 days after the closing date.

The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is Local Commuting area. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP), Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) and Family Member (FM) Preference eligible candidates are included in the area of consideration.)

Any individual who was required to register with Selective Service and who is not registered or knowingly and willfully did not register before the requirement terminated or became inapplicable to the individual, will not be appointed.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

Refusal of a military spouse to participate in established recruitment procedures for a RFT or RPT position (for example, interview, and so forth) is considered a declination of employment and is a basis for termination of SEP entitlement for the current PCS of the sponsor.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process notify your servicing NAF Human Resources Division (HRD). Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Army Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an equal opportunity employer.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: NF-1702-03/03

Promotion Potential: 03

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and eligible Non-Citizens within the commuting area

Control Number: 456697800

Job Announcement Number: FENAFFC161850834