Group Leader-Camp Kehilla

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center | Wheatley Heights, NY, United States

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Posted Date 3/06/2024

Sid Jacobson JCC (SJJCC) is the only full-service JCC on Long Island's North Shore in Nassau County. SJJCC provides cutting-edge recreational, health, fitness, educational, cultural arts, and social services programs. SJJCC is a national leader in providing care for those suffering from chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, and other degenerative illnesses. In addition, SJJCC offers year-round social, recreational, fitness, and vocational programs for children, teens, and adults with special needs. SJJCC is Long Island's hub that addresses social justice, uses social action to better our society, and provides volunteers with the opportunity to give back.

Camp Kehilla, a Sid Jacobson JCC (SJJCC) experience, is designed to make the typical camp experience accessible to those with various special needs. Our approach allows for a customized summer for children ages 5-21 years with developmental disabilities, Autism spectrum disorder, and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions. By combining typical camp activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, and sports with evidence-based social facilitation techniques, campers have an opportunity to forge friendships and develop social skills in an environment that closely resembles that of a neurotypical setting. The flexible structure of camp promotes the ability for each camper’s individual strengths to flourish, which helps craft a personalized experience for everyone who attends.

Our Summer Day Camp Counselor of Camp Kehilla should be compassionate, creative, enthusiastic young professional. He/she/they will assist with the growth and care of campers in a fun and nurturing environment! We offer onsite parking at the camp, and other perks and discounts.

Each seasonal Group Leader team member of the Camp Kehilla will create a safe and enjoyable environment for our campers and staff while maintaining the high quality of programming associated with Camp Kehilla. Group Leader(s) are integral members of the leadership team in camp and are responsible for mentorship and direct support to their counselors and campers in your group.

This position is located in Suffolk County, Long Island but training will take place in Nassau County, Long Island.

Essential Responsibilities for Group Leaders

· Supervise and support counselors and campers within his/her group

· Must stay after camp to assist the Division Head with family communication and paperwork; unless a bus counselor

· The Group Leader will report directly to their Division Head

· Model appropriate participation and engagement in activities with campers

· Oversee the group at all times while reinforcing the daily schedule for the campers

· Be a positive, approachable resource for staff within your group

· Participate and supervise all activities involving the entire group and/or camp

· Conduct weekly staff meetings to support the staff needs

· Communicate with direct supervisor regularly about performance of group counselors, operations of camp procedures, and quality of camp program

· Address and resolve any issues or conflicts that may arise among campers or staff members

· Follow all employment policies and procedures of the Sid Jacobson JCC, including but not limited to those detailed in the JCC Employee Handbook and Camp Kehilla Staff Handbook

· Attendance at all staff meetings, group meetings/trainings, and camp orientation is required. Including SCIP, CPR, and First Aid.

Preferred Qualifications

· Degree in special education, social work, psychology, occupational, physical or speech therapy or other related field with a focus on children with developmental disabilities

· Minimum 2 years’ experience in working with children who have developmental disabilities

Preferred Skills

· Great communication skills with children of various ages as well as with coworkers

· Passion for working with children who have developmental disabilities

· Ability to take skills learned during trainings and apply them to the daily aspects of camp

· Good written and oral communication skills

· Excellent organizational skills

· Flexibility and ability to multi task and make decisions in a fast-paced environment

· Leadership skills to manage and supervise staff in a supportive manner

· Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively in a team environment and balance the needs of participants and staff

· Exhibit kindness, patience, and compassion

· Ability to physically stand, bend, squat, and lift to 35 pounds

Sid Jacobson JCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, military status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Part Time Categories
Summer Staff
Organization Type
Camps & Camping
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