Wellness Specialist (Social Worker)

BBYO | Poyntelle, PA, United States

Posted Date 12/08/2021

Organization Summary: BBYO is the leading pluralistic, Jewish teen movement and has been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences for more than 90 years. We offer year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences enabling teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values. Learn more about BBYO’s summer and travel programs at: bbyo.org/teens/experiences/summer.

Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) is a 13-day program designed to develop and strengthen the leadership skills of BBYO chapter leaders. At CLTC, teens from across North America will form mock chapters and learn specific skills that help them lead their chapter at home. CLTC builds on a curriculum based on teens focusing on leadership development, program planning, and hands-on experience. CLTC is expected to reach 500 teens across 5 sessions throughout the summer.   

Camp BBYO is a weeklong summer camp program for BBYO members currently in 8th through 10th grade offering the best a BBYO summer at Perlman Camp in the Poconos. Teens will join their BBYO friends for the most incredible outdoor experience with time at the lake, pool, sports, Maccabiah, arts and crafts and other amazing programming. Camp BBYO is expected to reach 75 teens.

International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC) is a 19-day program designed to hone leadership skills for teens serving (or aspiring to serve) as regional BBYO position-holders in their home communities. ILTC participants often become the top leaders of the BBYO teen movement, gaining skills in recruitment, program planning and civic engagement. ILTC is expected to reach 200 teens.

Kallah is a 3-week Jewish learning and spirituality institute that inspires teens to explore their Jewish identities and interests in a diverse, pluralistic setting encouraging questioning and experimentation. Kallah participants gain important Judaic skills and come away feeling a deeper connection to Jewish study, Israel, and community. Kallah is expected to reach 200 teens.

Dates and Availability: Preference will go to candidates available for consecutive program availability

  • CLTC 1
    • Location: Poyntelle, PA
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, June 5 – Sunday, June 19
  • CLTC 2
    • Location: Poyntelle, PA
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, June 19 – Sunday, July 3
  • CLTC 3
    • Location: Poyntelle, PA
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, July 3 – Sunday, July 17
  • CLTC 4 / Camp BBYO
    • Location: Poyntelle, PA
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, July 17 – Sunday, July 31
  • CLTC 5
    • Location: Poyntelle, PA
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, July 31 – Sunday, August 14
  • ILTC
    • Location: Lake Como, Pennsylvania
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, June 19 – Tuesday, July 12, 2022
  • Kallah
    • Location: Lake Como, Pennsylvania
    • Work Commitment: Sunday, July 10 – Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Position Description

Responsible for monitoring the emotional well-being of all participants and staff.

General Responsibility: To identify and meet participant needs

  • Review each participant’s profile and help staff to plan for participants’ needs
  • Observe all participants and follow up on any potential issues
  • Assist with camp adjustment issues and separation anxiety
  • Provide support to staff as they deal with participant behavior such as aggression, homesickness, teasing, or bullying
  • Be alert to issues that may arise from pre-existing family situations such as recent death, divorce, or serious illness in the family
  • Consult with staff as they work with children with diagnosed disorders
  • Work closely with the camp nurse to monitor the overlap of the physical and emotional wellbeing of participants.
  • Be available to all staff regarding any issue surrounding a participant or the bunk group
  • Meet with individual teens or bunk groups when necessary
  • Work with appropriate staff to develop strategies for success for teens in need
  • Contact parents to discuss participants when necessary
  • Be available to respond to crisis situations
  • Be available and present to teens and staff throughout the camp day
  • Supervise Camper Support Specialist when the position exists
  • In matters of concern regarding teen behavior, inform the Site Director and Director of Inclusion

General Responsibility: Staff Training and Supervision

  • Plan and implement relevant staff training sessions during Staff Training and as needed throughout the summer
  • Assist Leadership Team, Educators, Leadership Staff, and Madrichim/Counselors to understand the needs of their teens
  • Assist staff in creating an environment where the teen feels emotionally supported and physically safe
  • Teach staff methods for providing opportunities for the teen to achieve success
  • Teach staff appropriate methods of dealing with teen behavioral issues
  • Provide emotional support to staff and monitor staff morale

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Prepare curriculum for teens on one of the various topics- conflict resolution, communication, stress, peer pressure, handling and managing change, or work with the Site Director on other relevant topics
  • Be available for pre-camp conversation and pre-camp planning
  • Participate in Staff Training
  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff trainings, meetings, and supervisory conferences
  • Attend meetings with nurse(s) and Site Director
  • Meet regularly with Madrichim/Counselors to discuss any participant, bunk or staff concerns
  • Meet regularly with Site Director to discuss ongoing issues
  • Communicate in a manner that is respectful of others
  • Be a positive, contributing member of the Leadership Team.
  • Assume all other responsibilities and perform whatever duties are necessary to assure the efficient and successful operation of the Division.
  • Follow and Enforce all COVID camp guidelines.

In addition to the job responsibilities listed above, our 2022 Summer Experience jobs may include additional responsibilities directly related to creating a safe and healthy environment at camp during COVID-19. Some additional job responsibilities may include:

  • Help clean and disinfect cabins, activity areas, dining hall, and/or other communal spaces as needed
  • Be a role model for campers in following all COVID related health and safety procedures implemented at camp
  • Support campers in understanding why COVID health and safety protocols exist and ensure protocols are strictly followed

BBYO is working to prepare the necessary measures to limit the spread of COVID at camp and to keep our campers and staff healthy. We will continuously update our protocols based on the recommended guidelines issued by the CDC, federal and local state governments.

Position is not an agent, partner, or employee of BBYO. Position is an independent contract role. 

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 202-857-6549.

To apply for this position, please go to – www.bbyo.org/careers.

Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW, LCSW, LICSW), Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC), or Related Field (EdM). Candidate must hold active license. Experience working with children/adolescents.

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Social Worker
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housing benefit | kosher food option available
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