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YMCA of Central New York ARTS CAMP INSTRUCTOR in Baldwinsville & Fayetteville, New York

Job Title: Arts Camp Instructor

Reports To: Director of Studio Programs

Work Location: Hal Welsh East Family YMCA/Northwest Family YMCA

FLSA: Non-exempt – Seasonal FT/Temporary

Shift/Schedule: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F, Must be available July 1-Aug 30

Salary Range: $20.00/hour

  • Mandatory trainings in June

    A Career with a Cause:

    We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and grow. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

Our purpose is to strengthen the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We are committed to these causes because a strong community is achieved when we invest in our children, health, neighbors, and values. Historically founded on the Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; our mission is to put these principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

We are for ALL.

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Position Summary:

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Under the direction of the Arts Studio Director and the Arts Camp Director, the Arts Camp Instructor meets the needs of its members in the safest and most enjoyable atmosphere. The incumbent is a team player who demonstrates strong skills in class and lesson development; organization; interpersonal, verbal and written communication; and collaborative relationships. The Y-Arts Camp Instructor’s responsibilities include lesson planning, material lists, discipline and attendance. Art lessons will teach the principles of art education in the given genre of the class. The Arts Camp Instructor The Leader assures the well-being for each participant in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and association policies in accordance with their training.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $20.00/hour, Seasonal Part-time non-exempt

  • YMCA Membership

YMCA Arts Studio Quality Service Theme:

We inspire creativity and individual expression and enrich the community by exposing them to quality art instruction in a multitude of different media.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plan, coordinate, organize and lead all daily art program activities.

  • Assist the Camp Director in planning and implementing quality program curriculum and art lesson plans.

  • Lesson plans must be prepared prior to the start of camp and allow that a child can take the entire 10 weeks of camp without repetition of projects and readily available for substitute staff. An art-based multidiscipline program is mandatory.

  • Provide leadership to staff, ensure safe environment for all activities. This includes the sharing of duties and responsibilities as well as offering both positive and constructive feedback.

  • Ensure staff is orientated on program standards, values and goals.

  • Responsible for the direct supervision and organization of the assigned group including up to 2 staff, volunteers and as many as 24 children.

  • Oversee supervision of children; maintain that children are supervised at all times and never left alone.

  • Oversee positive reinforcement and behavior management of all children.

  • Create an environment of interest, confidence and support, within which children can grow artistically, emotionally and socially.

  • Establish positive relationships with parents, children and other staff members; be a positive role model.

  • Attend required staff meetings and trainings, giving input on programming issues.

  • Develop and maintain a friendly working relationship and act as a resource/support person for the other staff members.

  • Meet with the Camp Director as needed to discuss camp matters.

  • Assist the Camp Director in maintaining camp records including attendance, open/close checklists, parent communications, and other paperwork as assigned by the Camp Director.

  • Ensure supplies are fully stocked and notify Camp Director of any shortages in a timely manner.

  • Actively engage in all activities, games, sports, swimming, etc. in which the campers are participating.

  • Act in a professional manner at all times by following and enforcing association and departmental policies, including the dress code and substitute policy.

  • Maintain a physically and mentally safe environment for all children, maintain housekeeping of site at all times.

  • Maintain all day camp regulations as outlined by the New York State Department of Health.

  • Actively pursue training and learning opportunities and certifications relating to the position; maintain current certifications required by the position.

  • Follow all guidelines and procedures stated in the Arts Studio Orientation Packet.

  • Other duties as assigned by Camp Director or Arts Studio Director.

Experience, Education and Qualifications:

  • A college degree related to an art field.

  • 2 years’ experience working with children in a recreational, educational, or camp setting.

  • Experience working with children in visual art, music and/or drama activities that promote creativity and individuality.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills both verbal and written are essential to the success of this position.

  • Possess and demonstrates ability to work within a team as well as work with minimum supervision.

  • Brings to this position maturity, responsibility and a sincere interest in working with people of all ages.

  • Possess and demonstrate excellent customer service, supervising, decision-making, problem solving team oriented, creative thinking and leadership skills.

  • Possess knowledge of age appropriate activities and expectations of children ages 6 to 14.

  • Possess knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in program implementation.

  • Possess strong experience and skill in their given field of fine arts.

  • Possess and demonstrates the ability to develop and implement meaningful and creative lesson plans appropriate for the age group it is intended.

  • Possess a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.

  • Demonstrates the ability to observe confidentiality.

Trainings & Certifications:

  • Must complete online Bloodborne Pathogens, Employee Safety and Youth Protection Series trainings prior to initial assignment to position.

  • Must complete online Hazard Communication training within the first 90-days of employment.

  • Must be available to attend the mandatory training for the camp chosen.

YMCA Leadership Competencies:

  • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause

  • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence

  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs

Physical Demands:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Prolonged periods of standing and frequent bending.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.

  • Will be exposed to illness-causing bacteria and viruses.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a recreational and/or educational environment. This role routinely uses standard recreation and/or office equipment. At times, employees may be exposed to undesirable working conditions, communicable infectious diseases, and risk of injury from others. All employees are required to always follow the preventative health policies of the YMCA. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.