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Schenectady Jewish Community Center SENIOR COUNSELOR in Schenectady, New York


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Job Location

Schenectady JCC - Schenectady, NY

Position Type


Salary Range

$16.00 - $16.50 Hourly


This individual, supervised by a Unit Head, manages the operations of a particular camp group of Camp Chaverim; and oversees the health, safety, and well-being of the campers in assigned group.


  • Attend pre-camp orientation

  • Attend Camp Open House before the 1st day of camp


  • Maintaining appropriate staff to camper ratios at all times, including not leaving a Junior counselor alone to supervise whole group.

  • Actively supervising at all times- especially on playground and at the pool.

  • Guide children and document significant behavioral events on a daily report form.

  • Ensuring accurate attendance records are maintained and campers are accounted for throughout the camp day.

  • Perform daily health check of campers each morning.

  • Report all injuries regardless of severity to Camp Health Director.


  • Form positive relationships with campers, co-workers, and parents.

  • Prepared for the pool with appropriate swim attire and actively in the water with campers.

  • Assist Activity Specialists and children during specialist activity periods, swim lessons, TAG time and Special Events.

  • Maintain supplies and cleanliness of areas used on and off campus.

  • Work Late nights and Overnights as they pertain to your Unit.

  • Working together with Group Leaders, Group Counselors and camp supervisory team in a positive manner for the betterment of camp.

  • Responsible to report to Unit Head daily on group happenings.

  • Lead communicator to camp group families.

  • Creates routines and structure for camp group.

  • Plans, implements, and coordinates programming during Group Times.

  • Responsible for submitting weekly newsletters and Group of the Week nominations.

  • Attend all weekly staff meetings.

  • Responsible for group binder and walkie talkie.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned or delegated by the Camp Director, Unit Heads, or Director of Summer Experiences.


  • At least 18 years of age

  • 1 Year experience working with children in camp or afterschool setting

  • Ability to lead group staff and children

  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and families

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods time,

  • Ability to bend at the waist, squat and pick items off the floor

  • Ability to walk, hike, and climb, long distances

  • Must have great eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and participate in camp activities;

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Competently participate in aquatics activities, including swimming