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Summer Camp Head Counselor
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Working with youth ages six to 15, Cascade’s Summer Camp staff members should have a history of working with youth in diverse experiential learning environments. Ideal candidates will have applied knowledge and appreciation for adapting instruction to meet the needs of different learning styles, social identities, abilities and age-ranges. Acting as role models, camp staff will create learning communities dedicated to self-growth, leadership and community building among campers and staff alike.The Summer Camp Head Counselor assists and helps to supervise other counselors and camp staff throughout programming. Ideal candidates will have extensive knowledge in youth development, conflict resolution, risk management, group development and leadership.
This is a seasonal (temporary) part-time hourly position. Summer Camps maintain a four to one ratio of staff to campers and camps are held outdoors.
This position includes field-based responsibilities. The Summer Camp Counselor is an experienced professional contributing to youth programming for Cascade Bicycle Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Coordinate and lead daily logistics
- Lead and facilitate daily activities, games and group rides
- Develop and implement one educational lesson, one ice-breaker, and one end-of-day reflection activity each week aligned with camp goals
- Ensure and uphold clear timelines for activities throughout camp programming
- Coordinate daily agendas, schedules, materials and staff roles/responsibilities
- Mentor and support counselors in lesson/activity development and implementation
- Act as the ‘point person’ and main group contact with the Youth Programs Coordinator
Safety & risk management
- Provide a nurturing, safe and fun environment for all staff and campers (emotionally and physically) throughout programming
- Have a thorough understanding of the risk management protocol and where/when to use it
- Respond to, report, and document all safety incidents according to the risk management protocol. Hold counselors responsible for punctual and thorough reports and documentation.
- Resolve conflicts with campers and staff when they arise
- Manage, assess and plan for daily/weekly risks throughout programming
- Maintain knowledge and responsibility of all campers individual health and medical needs (allergies, asthma, medications, etc.)
- Carry, distribute and maintain first-aid supplies throughout programming
- Implement community building activities, reflections and discussions to enhance intrapersonal and interpersonal skills of campers and staff
- Facilitate lessons and activities which challenge campers to expand their comfort zones around bicycling, friendship, leadership and self-identity
- Pursue culturally responsive teaching practices through acknowledging, responding to and incorporating the cultural diversity of campers and families
- Support Cascade initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion
- Act as a role model and mentor for campers, families and other staff
- Develop shared-leadership opportunities for all camp staff using a wide variety of tools, reflections and activities
Professional growth & development
- Share unique experiences, talents, skills and stories to strengthen and enhance the Summer Camp Staff cohort
- Critically assess, evaluate and share personal professional successes and areas for growth
- Critically assess and evaluate peers on professional successes and areas for growth
- Support the development of positive group learning and team environment for camp staff. Encourage positive communication, leadership and individual development through participation in team building and reflections
- Lead and facilitate one community-building activity for camp staff at the beginning, middle or end of summer
- Provide written and verbal feedback (in the form of an evaluation) to the Youth Programs Coordinator and other camp staff
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references all in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Summer Camp Head Counselor Position” in the subject of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled. Please mention how you heard about this position. Target start date will be staff training, Friday, June 23, with camps beginning Monday, July 3, 2017.
Why work for Cascade?
- Beautiful office on the shores of Lake Washington with easy access off the Burke-Gilman Trail
- Cash incentive for commuting by bike
- Free entry and guest pass on some Cascade rides
- Talented and passionate co-workers committed to our values: Diversity, Respect, Excellence, Balance, and Fun
- Meaningful work making Washington state a better place for bicycling
- Optional enrollment in employee-paid, supplemental insurance (accident, hospital, dental, vision, short-term disability, cancer care)
- Optional participation in organization's 401(k) retirement plan