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

Title: Social Worker - New Country Pride Camp

Division - Department: 14th Street Y – Youth Programs

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

Date: March 2022

Supervisor: Division Supervisor, New Country Pride Camp

New Country Pride Camp is a very special, three-week program specifically for LGBTQ+ kids and kids from LGBTQ+ families. NCPC campers and staff will take part in all of our classic NCDC activities and programs, and also have important conversations about what it means to be an LGBTQ person in the world today. New Country Pride Camp is a new Division of New Country Day Camp.

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 a disability-inclusive camp model, so all campers and staff are given the individual support they need to have a successful summer. Some of our campers have disabilities or atypical support needs, and our support staff are there to offer the additional support they need to make camp a success!

JOB PURPOSE

NCPC Support Specialists (Social Workers or other mental health professional) are enthusiastic, highly motivated, creative, and responsible role models who are directly responsible for the well-being of campers with disabilities or atypical support needs (e.g. mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, mood or anxiety disorders, etc.) at New Country Day Camp from June 28th to August 12th with a special eye toward our campers with disabilities or atypical support needs who require additional support.

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

  • Direct client group: LGBTQ+ campers ages 5-13, with special attention toward a small group of campers with disabilities or atypical support needs who require additional support.

  • Collaborates closely with NCPC Division Supervisor and NCPC Counselors

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Attend all days of staff orientation before camp, evenings beginning in June

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

  • Learn about assigned campers who need additional support and carry out their plan for success throughout the summer

  • Communicate regularly with Division Supervisor about the campers' progress and challenges, and with Division Supervisor about daily schedule and responsibilities

  • Implement crisis management strategies, when needed, for all campers

  • Work harmoniously with group counselors to support campers

  • 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)

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

Camp Activities

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

  • Actively participates in all camp activities alongside campers and staff, including discussions and activities focused on LGBTQ+ identity and community

  • 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 do their best & be their on-site daily support system

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

  • Be a supportive partner for campers with disabilities or atypical support needs to anticipate/identify when they might need additional support, and proactively engage them using supportive strategies from a strengths-based perspective

  • Write weekly progress reports to families of assigned campers

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Availability to attend all days of camp from June 28th and July 15th and pre-camp orientation starting in June (possible additional hours beginning in May),

  • Degree in or currently pursuing an education in Social Work, Child Psychology, or any related fields. Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • 2+ years working with LGBTQ+ children and children with disabilities required, experience working in a camp setting is a plus

  • Highly competent in matters of LGBTQ+ identity and community

  • Friendly, warm, active and genuinely enjoys working in an outdoor camp setting

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Collaborative, flexible, with the ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment

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

Role Key Competencies

Communication

Team Work

Enthusiasm

Safety Awareness

Initiative

Disability and LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

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.

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