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Educational Alliance, Inc. Head Counselor New Town Day Camp in New York, New York

Educational Alliance, a 127 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.

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City’s East Village and beyond. With a health and wellness center, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming, the Y is committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives by strengthening family connections and building inclusive and sustainable communities.

EdAlliance “Perks”

ü Competitive Salary

ü Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days

ü Comprehensive Health Insurance

ü Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym

ü 403(b) Retirement Plan

ü Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

ü Generous Vacation Package

JOB PURPOSE

Counselors are enthusiastic, highly motivated, and creative role models who are directly responsible for the well- being of campers at New Country Day Camp. Counselors are also ambassadors of fun! They help introduce campers to new experiences in the areas of nature and camping, the science, arts, athletics, swimming, and more!

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

  • Direct client group: Campers ages 24-513

  • Directly supervised by Division Heads

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Assume responsibility for the health, safety and well-being campers

  • Lead preschool classroom of 15-20 children

  • Facilitate preschool lessons and activities

  • Participate in all camp activities

  • Ensure that each camper makes new friends and/or strengthens bonds with peers

  • Provide quality supervision at all times with special attention paid to the locker rooms during changing periods, lunch, swim and transitional periods

  • Change diapers if necessary

  • Maintain and adhere to all Covid 19 protocols as set forth by Director with guidance from State and Department of Health

  • Write camper progress reports as assigned

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

  • Maintain standards of professional camp conduct and punctuality

  • Work harmoniously with an assigned co-counselor

  • Communicate regularly with Division Head

  • Ride the camp bus from a pick-up point in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn and assist bus supervisors on the way to and from camp (see website for specific pick-up locations)

  • Attend all days of staff orientation the week before camp begins

  • Attend all days of camp and 4 evening meetings after camp hours

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required Knowledge

  • Previous formal experience working with children

  • Curiosity and interest in Jewish sensibilities and culture

  • Enthusiasm and desire to learn and/or teach basic sustainability methods

  • Experience working in a camp, JCC, after-school program, or similar youth-based setting a plus

  • Experience or interest in working in an inclusive environment that supports children with special needs a plus

  • Applicant should be currently pursuing a graduate degree at minimum; Pursuing and/or holding a graduate degree a plus

Role Key Competencies

  • Accepting, inclusive, and positive attitude

  • Ability to interact with children and colleagues of diverse cultural and social backgrounds

  • Desire to spend the summer outdoors

  • Desire to work collaboratively

  • Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills

  • Comfortable with job flexibility

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