Job Description

Substitute Child Specialist (Early Childhood Center & Community Learning Center)
Lincoln, NE, United States of America


Reports To: Program Director

Classification: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Flexible schedule Monday-Friday as available. 

Rate of Pay: $12.69/hour


At CEDARS, our mission is to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. For nearly 75 years, thousands of kids and families have found refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. As one of Nebraska’s most trusted human service organizations, we make sure that kids feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for kids.


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Job Summary

The Substitute Child Specialist Program provides additional staff to support our School-Age Programs (CLC's) and Early Childhood Development Center. Substitute staff offer coverage during absences of direct care staff while gaining relevant work experience within CEDARS programs.


  • Cover shifts for direct care staff within our School-Age Programs and Early Childhood Development Center when they need time off
  • Maintain safety of children, most often between ages of 0-11
  • Daily documentation of children in care
  • Engage children in educational and recreational activities
  • Provide support with positive behavior management and structure for children
  • Facilitate groups addressing social skills, educational needs, and enrichment activities
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with children, families and program staff


Job Skills / Requirements

  • 19 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Basic understanding of routines and expectations for children 0-11
  • A genuine interest in and concern for all youth and families    
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent classroom management skills


Education Requirements (Any)

High School Diploma or GED Required

This is a Part-Time position

Number of Openings for this position: 4