Day Camp Counselor

POSITION SUMMARY

Provides direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp.  Provides a quality experience to children and families focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Category

Seasonal Full Time.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Supervise a group of children
  2. Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values
  3. Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards
  4. Attends staff meetings and trainings
  5. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies
  6. Maintains positive relations with families and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions
  7. Performs other duties as assigned

YMCA COMPETENCIES (Team Leader)

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Experience

  1. High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred
  2. Previous experience working with children preferable in a day camp and/or school age childcare setting
  3. Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living, field trips, educational experiences, STEM, songs/music, skits, sports, aquatics, recreational games, etc.
  4. At least 18 years of age (the age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies)
  5. CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training
  6. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time, to talk and hear, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, occasional bending or squatting. The incumbent is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Also required is frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the telephone. More than 90% of time is spent indoors.  The condition of the air is normal/average air conditioned/ventilated.  The noise level is normal to loud within an active YMCA program environment.  Must have passed a physical examination conducted within the past 12 months prior to beginning work.