Program Assoicate (Pre-Kindergarten) NF-03 Job at US Department of the Army in Vicenza, Veneto

Job Description



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

This position is located at the Child Development Center

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Serves as a Pre-Kindergarten Program Associate in the CYS Services Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program.

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.

Works with the School Liaison Officer and school officials to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Kindergarten.

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.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

1702 Education And Training Technician



Conditions of Employment

In consideration of COVID-19, personnel within this area routinely wear personal protective equipment (cloth face coverings, latex gloves, and face shields) while performing their regular duties.

Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required

Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position

A one year probationary period may be required

Completed and signed DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty

Mission Soggiorno

Official No-Fee Passport and Mission VISA

Citizenship eligible under country SOFA

Subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks in accordance with AR 215-3, para.2 to include a Child Care Tier 1 background investigation and a health assessment.

Successful completion of prescribed training (transition and/or annual) is required.

A health assessment is also required.

Physical ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs, walk, bend, and stoop and stand on a routine basis

Regular and Recurring Contact with Children


  • Meet Target-level requirements and satisfactory performance.
  • 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.


Meet Entry-level requirements.

  • Possess twelve (12) months experience working in a group program with children and/or youth.
  • Possess AA degree with major emphasis in early childhood education or child development.


Meet Entry-level requirements.

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

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.

Qualifying experience must be clearly described in resume. Failure to clearly describe qualifying experience in resume, may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


At minimum a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) is required.

Proof of positive education must be uploaded at the time of application and prior to closure of vacancy announcement. In order to meet entry level requirement you must upload a copy of your HS Diploma, HS Transcript (showing the completion date), GED certificate or proof of a college degree. To meet the requirements beyond entry level a college transcript showing course work will be required to validate the higher graded qualifications.

Transcripts must indicate course title, credits earned, date and type degree awarded, field, program, etc. Failure to provide this information may result in an ineligible status or may affect the overall rating.

Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted during the application process. Prior to on-boarding the official transcript must be provided.

Additional information

Manual Application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit your application package using a manual application method. Please contact the NAF Human Resources Office or representative listed on this job announcement to request a copy of the manual application form. All completed manual application forms (along with resume and other supporting documentation) must be received no later than 1330 on the closing date of the announcement in order to process your application in a timely manner. Please note that neglecting to respond to the job related questions may result in an ineligible rating.

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

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

Allowances, differentials, or incentives will not be paid.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants can claim the following eligibilities:
NAF Preference – Family Member Preference (OCONUS ONLY)

NAF Preference – Involuntarily Separated From the Military

NAF Preference – Spouse Employment Preference (SEP)

NAF Priority Consideration – Business Based Action

NAF Priority Consideration – Current Appropriated Funds Employee CNE (APF)

NAF Priority Consideration – Current/Former NAF Employee (CNE/FNE)

NAF Priority Consideration – Outside Applicant Veteran (OAV)

NAF Priority Consideration – Parent of a Veteran (OAV)

NAF Priority Consideration – Spouse/Widow(er) of a Veteran (OAV)

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:


Optional: Job Application (DA Form 3433) will be accepted in place of a Resume.

The below items are accepted and may be needed to support a qualification and/or a claimed priority/preference:

Cover Letter

DD-214/ Statement of Service

DA 3433

DA 3434

PCS Orders

Reasonable Accommodation Documentation


Separation Notice (RIF)

SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

About Company

Company: US Department of the Army

Company Location:  Vicenza, Veneto

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