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Educational Alliance, Inc. Program Specialist in New York, New York

Job Title: Program Specialist

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

Job Classification (FLSA): Non-Union – PT/FT (Part-time during pre-camp in May-June, and full-time during camp program in June-August)

Date: March 2021

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 special needs are given the individual support they need to have a successful summer.

NCDC is a part of the 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.


Program Specialists are responsible for creating and implementing high-quality programming for New Country Day Camp. We are currently hiring for the following Program Specialist positions: Art, Build, Imagination, Martial Arts, Movement, Music, News & Film, Science & Garden, Sports, and Wilderness.

Program Specialists are passionate about teaching their area of expertise in an informal, outdoor, educational setting.


  • Direct client group: Campers ages 4-13

  • Directly supervises: Instructional team of Camp Counselors

  • Directly supervised by Program Director

  • Collaborates with fellow Program Specialists

  • Mentors 1-2 Counselors-in-Training (14-15 year olds)


Program Management

  • Incorporate NCDC values and seasonal themes rooted in Jewish sensibilities into programming

  • Submit lesson plans in pre-camp months to supervisor and consultants

  • Develop and execute 30-minute activities for groups of 30 campers at a time grouped by age and inclusive of varying needs and abilities

  • Develop and execute week-long, progressive and comprehensive programs for afternoon elective time for 10-40 kids at a time for campers in 2nd -6th grades inclusive of varying needs and abilities

  • Be actively involved in the development of NCDC Maccabi Games

  • Develop rainy day programming and family day activities over the summer


  • Be responsible for overall cleanliness and organization of spaces and supplies, including adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures

  • Work with Operations Manager on ordering of supplies for program units, as well as maintaining an organized inventory and balanced budget

  • Exhibit and maintain strong time management capabilities

  • Actively participate in NCDC’s sustainability and waste management efforts

  • Submit weekly elective programming to Communications Coordinator for camp blog content

  • Communicate/consult as needed with Division Supervisors and Support Supervisors regarding camper needs and concerns

  • Provide additional support for counselors and campers outside of lesson time as needed and assigned, particularly on days when it is rainy and/or counselors are absent

Leadership and Supervision:

  • As a member of the NCDC Supervisory Staff, model professional behavior for campers and other staff at all times

  • Attend required days of orientation and training, camp, and staff meetings during the camp season

  • Proactively solve problems and motivate colleagues as difficult moments present themselves throughout the camp season; encourage flexibility and understanding as means to achieve common goals

  • Establish and promote a commitment to the mission and vision of New Country Day Camp

  • Develop clear roles for counselors during programming, with special attention paid to afternoon programming during elective periods

  • Conduct daily check-ins with direct supervisee(s) and attend a weekly check-in with supervisor, consultants and colleagues

  • Learns and implements NCDC’s restorative approach to supervision and behavior management


Education and Experience

  • 3+ years of experience working with elementary school-age children

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required

  • Professional-level experience in their field of expertise

  • Previous experience as a supervisor or mentor preferred

  • Excellent organizational and oral communication skills

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

  • Fast learner with ability to work independently and collaboratively

Role Key Competencies

  • Creativity

  • Classroom management

  • Teamwork

  • Leadership

  • Patience

  • Flexibility

  • Delegation

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.