Educational Alliance, Inc. New Country Pride Camp Counselor in New York, New York
New Country Pride Camp is a unique, five-week program specifically for LGBTQ+ kids and kids from LGBTQ+ families. NCPC campers and staff will experience all our classic New Country Day Camp activities like swimming and art, plus participate in specialized programming designed to help them build community and investigate what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the world today. New Country Pride Camp is a division of New Country Day Camp that operates M – F, 8:00am – 5:00pm, and provides transportation for staff and campers to and from our campgrounds on Staten Island via multiple locations throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. NCPC is a neurodiverse camp community, and all staff members are responsible for supporting neurodivergent and neurotypical campers and staff to have successful summers
New Country Day Camp is an open-tent community that celebrates and sustains joyful, outdoor summer experiences where all can thrive. We maintain a proud legacy as a Jewish camp comprised of a multicultural community, representing and celebrating the heartbeat of NYC. 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.
NCDC is a part of the Educational Alliance, a 133-year-old New York institution and 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.
New Country Pride Camp (NCPC) Counselors are passionate, enthusiastic, highly motivated, and responsible role models who are directly responsible for the well-being of campers from June 27th – July 26th, 2024. All campers either identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or come from LGBTQ+ families and it is crucial for NCPC Counselors to have a mastery of age-appropriate engagement with campers in topics surrounding LGBTQ+ identity and community.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
Direct client group: Campers ages 5 – 13 (age group assignment TBD)
Directly supervised by: New Country Pride Camp Division Supervisor
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIESLogistics
Attend all days of staff orientation before camp (evening and weekends in June)
Attend all days of camp and after-camp staff meetings during the summer
Communicate regularly and effectively with supervisor
Work harmoniously with assigned co-counselors
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)
Assume responsibility for the physical and mental health and safety of campers
Keep a record of camper attendance, activity, behavior, and injuries/accidents
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
Focus on social dynamics and friendship building within assigned camper group
Actively participate in all camp activities, including leading small group activities and assisting program specialists with assigned camper group as needed
Encourage all campers to participate and be their on-site daily support system
Engage campers in conversations and activities surrounding LGBTQ+ topics of identity, family, and community in an age-appropriate manner
JOB REQUIREMENTSRequired Knowledge and Abilities
At minimum: Currently pursuing a college degree, or have related professional experience working with children or in education is required (work with LGBTQ+ youth strongly preferred)
Willingness to learn about and participate in Jewish culture and traditions
Enjoy working in a fully outdoor camp setting
Excellent communication skills
Collaborative, flexible, able to work in a fast-paced environment
Previous experience working with children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds
Experience working with neurodivergent children or children with disabilities is a plus
Role Key Competencies
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.