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

Job Title: Support Supervisor

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

Job Classification (FLSA): Non-Union – PT/FT (Part-Time during pre-camp, February-June & Full-Time during camp program, June-August

Supervisor: Support Program Manager

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 and atypical support 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.


Reporting to the Support Program Manager, Support Supervisors play a pivotal role in coordinating and supervising our disability-inclusive model that provides extra support to campers with disabilities and atypical support needs. Support Supervisors ensure that all campers at camp are able to experience the joy of camp in the most inclusive, least restrictive environment possible.


  • Direct client group: Campers who require additional support & their families (K-8th Grade; Age assignment TBD)

  • Directly supervises: 3 – 6 Support Specialists

  • Will act as a task manager for group counselors when necessary

  • Will collaborate closely with other Support Supervisors, Division Supervisors, and Program Specialists .


Camper Care

  • Beginning in April, conduct virtual and/or in-person intakes with new NCDC camp families and their camper(s)

  • Work directly with families, supervisor, and NCDC leadership to create individualized plans for campers who require additional support (Individualized Camper Plans)

  • Update ICPs (Individualized Camper Plans) for returning campers on specified caseload

  • Train supervisees (Support Specialists) how to use and implement ICPs for camper success

  • Observe and check-in with Support Specialists and individual campers as needed throughout the day

  • Be available for crisis management for all NCDC campers throughout the camp season

  • Utilizing disability-inclusion and trauma-informed care as a lens for all aspects of camper experience (e.g., assessing activities and providing necessary support to ensure a camper’s success)

Logistics and Communications

  • Attend pre-camp meetings with families and/or staff as needed

  • Communicate with parents as needed through the camp season, including being available via phone and email until 6:30pm nightly

  • Compose and send weekly emails to families (Rose Emails) with individual camper highlights from each week

  • Communicate and effectively partner as needed with Division Supervisors, Aquatics Staff, and Program staff regarding camper needs and concerns

Leadership and Staff Supervision

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

  • Be present at all days of orientation, camp, and staff meetings during the camp season

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

  • Train, observe, and evaluate a staff of 3 – 6 Support Specialists, who are assigned 2-3 campers that require additional support. They offer extra support to the group as a whole & are fully briefed on the ICPs for campers in their group.

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

  • Learns and implements NCDC’s restorative approach to supervision and behavior management, including regular check-ins and evaluations for supervisees

  • Partners respectfully with the Division Supervisor on crisis management using a restorative approach, working to provide the proper supports for campers within the division.

  • Ensures all staff follow COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures


Required Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience in Education, Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related field required. Some graduate experience or Master’s Degree strongly preferred.

  • Experience as a leader in an inclusive, educational setting, or similar experience.

  • Background in elementary and/or special education, social work, or relevant setting

  • Previous supervisory experience.

  • Can begin minimal part-time work in April working virtually with families to create and update ICPs, and can attend all days of hybrid staff orientation and in-person camp starting in early June through August 19th.

Role Key Competencies

  • Inclusivity

  • Team Player

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Initiative

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.