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Educational Alliance, Inc. Counselor - New Country Day Camp in New York, New York

Title: Counselor - New Country Day Camp

Division - Department: 14th Street Y – Youth Programs – New Country Day Camp

Job Classification: Non-Union – PT – FT (Full Time during camp program, June-August)

Supervisor: Division Supervisor

Date: February 2022

New Country Day Camp is an open-tent community that celebrates and sustains joyful, outdoor summer experiences where all can thrive. We build meaningful connections with ourselves, each other, and the natural world around us through innovative programming that is rooted in Jewish tradition and guided by universal values. New Country Day Camp is an 8-week, outdoor summer camp for campers in kindergarten-8th grade. NCDC operates M-F, 8am-5pm and provides transportation for staff and campers to and from our campgrounds on Staten Island via multiple locations throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. We have an inclusive camp model, so all campers and staff with disabilities/special needs are given the individual support they need to have a successful summer.

NCDC is a part of the Educational Alliance, a 133-year-old New York institution, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.


Counselors are enthusiastic, highly motivated, and responsible role models who are directly responsible for the well-being of campers at New Country Day Camp from June 28th to August 12th, 2021, with the option to work an additional week of camp from August 15th-19th.


  • Direct client group: Campers ages 4-13

  • Directly supervised by Division Supervisors

  • Will collaborate with Support Specialists when necessary


  • Attend all days of staff orientation before camp

  • Attend all days of camp and after camp staff meetings during the summer

  • Communicate regularly and effectively with supervisor

  • Work harmoniously with assigned co-counselor(s)

  • Work harmoniously with support specialists

  • Maintain standards of camp conduct, behavior management protocols, and inclusion

  • When working with campers and fellow staff, uphold and implement NCDC camp values (Personal Growth, Empathy, Respect, and Passion)

Camp Activities

  • Assume responsibility for the physical and mental health and safety of campers

  • Follow COVID-19 safety protocols and implement COVID-19 procedures at all times

  • Keep a record of camper attendance, activity, behavior, and injuries/accidents

  • Actively participate in all camp activities including getting into the pool and assisting lifeguards during instructional swim

  • Provide quality supervision at all times (e.g. on the bus, in locker rooms during changing periods, during lunch, throughout swim periods and all transitional periods)

  • Assist bus supervisors with camper needs on the bus ride to and from camp

  • Encourage all campers to participate & be their on-site daily support system

  • Focus on social dynamics & friendship building of assigned camper group

  • Provide daily and weekly camper progress updates to Division Supervisor, when necessary


Required Knowledge and Ability

  • Availability to attend all days of camp from June 28th to August 12th or 19th and all staff orientation dates in June

  • Currently pursuing a high school diploma (minimum), a college degree, or have related professional experience working with children or in education is required

  • Willingness to learn about and participate in Jewish culture and traditions

  • Enjoys working in a fully outdoor camp setting

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Collaborative, flexible, ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Previous experience working with children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds

  • Willingness to learn and ability to implement NCDC’s restorative approach to behavior management.

  • Experience working with children with disabilities is a plus

Role Key Competencies


Team Work


Safety Awareness



EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.