J-Camp: Art Specialist
OFJCC - Palo Alto, CA

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Come be a part of one of the fastest growing day camp programs in Palo Alto! At the Oshman Family JCC J-Camp, our fun, energetic staff have a blast with campers entering grades K-6 and are broken into three different types of day camp: traditional, special focus, and sports. Our traditional camp programs are two week sessions that include swim lessons, art, sports, Jewish Values, field trips and overnights. Our special focus and sports camps are one week sessions that are focused on one theme. All of our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

General Function:
Under the direction of Program Associate, the Art Specialist is an integral member of our specialist staff team and is responsible for creating fun learning experiences for each camp unit through art. Units are made up of multiple camper groups in a particular grade range. The Art Specialist facilitates lessons for the Unit Leader and counselors and their campers of each unit. In addition the Art Specialist should supervise behavior management of campers, liaise with parents about their child's camp experience and plan and implement programming for their camp unit both individually and collaboratively.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Education and/or experience:
21 years old

1-2 years experience working with children in Grades K-8

High School Diploma or GED Equivalent

2-3 years from a junior college or 4 year university

Experience teaching art to children or adults

Certification Requirements:
CPR for Child and Adult & Basic First Aid or the ability to obtain upon employment (certification must be listed on the ACA approved certifications) see http://www.acacamps.org/accreditation/firstaidcpr to check your certifications

State of California Food Handler Card or the ability to obtain upon employment

Ability To:
Effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, members, donors and the general public

Set and meet deadlines as well as apply basic mathematical concepts

Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Make sound independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action

Understand the OFJCC J-Camp Goals and Outcomes as well as commitment to be a positive role model

Knowledge of Jewish culture a plus

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Visual & auditory ability to respond to critical incidents & the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation.

Ability to adequately observe camper activities, enforces safety regulations, & apply appropriate policies & procedures.

Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, & peripheral vision.

The physical ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Also required to climb, push, and pull. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Principal Activities (Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

Assist with general camp staff training.

Create, plan, and implement curriculum lesson plans for specific activity periods on a weekly basis.

Support Unit Leaders, Camp Counselors and Jr. Counselors in daily activity periods.

Complete weekly preparations with the rest of the specialist team for the All Camp Events on Fridays.

Be a "project lead" for one All Camp Event.

Maintain good public relations and communications with day camp parents.

Relate to campers in a positive manner, maintain camper supervision, and discipline.

Enforce camp policies and procedures according to OFJCC policies and procedures.

Maintain and assist in the inventory and maintenance of all camp equipment and supplies.

Maintain day camp operations in a safe manner.

Resolve conflicts between campers as necessary.

Complete required weekly paperwork and reports, including but not limited to: health and behavior logs, incident and ouch reports.

Maintain camper discipline and supervision at all times.

Fill in as a Unit Leader for breaks when needed.

Assist with daily logistical plan to transport campers from their regular camp day to extended care.

Perform all other duties as assigned.

Hours of Position:
Exempt, Seasonal Full Time Position

Mandatory leadership team staff training: May 17-19, 2013 (attendance required)

Mandatory general staff training: May 3-5, 2013 (attendance required)

In general the schedule will be as follows: 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, May 17- August 9

Additional extended days and/or overnights may be required. Dates and schedules for extended work hours will be provided during staff training.

Effect on End Result:
The effectiveness of this position will be measured by:
Purposeful and coordinated programs that advance J-Camp and OFJCC strategic goals, good public relations, sound financial position and good records systems.

A positive working environment that allows for creative thinking, positive attitudes, teamwork and self-development.

Permeation of Tiferet (contributing to the greater good) throughout all OFJCC programs, services and interactions.

This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is understood that the employee will also perform other responsible related business duties if requested by the immediate supervisor. Position descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. This position description is not a written or an implied contract.