J-Camp Counselor: Special Focus and Sports Camps
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 has a blast with campers entering grades K-6 and are broken into three different types of day camp: traditional, special focus, and sports. Our special focus and sports camps are one week sessions that are focused on one theme that vary including LEGO® Engineering, cooking, and performing arts. Our staff also enjoys staff appreciation events including awards and social outings! All of our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

General Function:

Under the direction of the Unit Leader, the Camp Counselor will interact with and supervise camper's ages 5-12 years old. Camp Counselors are assigned a small group of 6-10 campers to supervise during each session (depending on ratio constraints). In addition, the Camp Counselor assist with planning and implementing daily large, medium, and small group activities while assuring that day camp operates in a safe manner at all times.

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:
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Experience working with youth in a camp or other recreational setting

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
  • Apply basic mathematical concepts and meet deadlines, follow directions, and take initiative
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Must possess the ability to make sound independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Understand and apply the OFJCC J-Camp Goals and Outcomes as well as commit to be a positive role model

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 and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to adequately observe participant activities, enforces safety regulations, and applies appropriate policies and procedures.
  • The physical ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.
  • 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):
  • Effectively interact with and supervise a group of 6-10 campers entering grades K-6.
  • Maintain camper discipline and supervision at all times including knowledge of camper's whereabouts at all times
  • Actively facilitate camper development in Outdoor Living Skills, Outdoor Recreation Activities, Social Skill Development, Values, Multi-Cultural and Environmental Awareness.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and conduct with total staff team as a positive adult role model.
  • Assist in development, implementation, and evaluation of daily day camp activities.
  • Adhere to and enforce J-Camp policies and procedures ensuring that all day camp activities operate in a safe manner at all times.
  • Communicate to the extended care counselor staff any information that needs to be relayed to campers and their families who participate in the extended care program.
  • Maintain good public relations with day camp parents.
  • Attendance at staff meetings and pre-camp training.
  • Be prompt to all work assignments and adhere to day camp daily schedule and operating calendar.
  • Maintain all camp equipment and supplies.
  • Care about and gives attention to campers' needs.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Hours of Position:
  • Exempt, Seasonal Full Time Position
  • Mandatory general staff training: May 3-5, 2013 (attendance required)
  • In general the schedule will be as follows: 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, June 3 - August 20
  • 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.