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Working at Camp at the J offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Our staff is comprised of dedicated leaders, working together to create a vibrant and comfortable Jewish community for our campers. The rewards are great – the joy of helping a child and the excitement and fun of working as part of a hilarious, energetic team. Working at Camp at the J is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Current Opportunities

Unit Head

POSITION SUMMARY:

Unit Head works with Camp Director to plan, develop, and coordinate age-appropriate, intriguing, and exciting camp programs and activities, supervise counselors, and provide a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for Camp at the J campers.The Unit Head is fully involved in all aspects of the campers’ day including village programming, group management, community experience, and scheduling for campers and staff. The Unit Head will work in tandem with the Assistant Director and broader summer leadership team at camp to ensure the positive resolution for any and all camper, staff, and parent issues that may arise. This position requires a person with a variety of skills and abilities to transition from one situation to another, quickly and intuitively, while also showing compassion and empathy for campers and staff. It is essential that the Unit Head is compassionate and patient, and should have extensive experience working with children as well as previous experience in a supervisory role.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Embodies the goals and values of the Mayerson JCC: Camp at the J.
  • Lead and participate in staff training sessions and orientation prior to the start of camp season.
  • Attend/Lead daily staff meetings during the summer in the morning and afternoon.
  • Develop and implement routines, schedules, and procedures for the operation of the unit.
  • Supervise all unit staff and responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of all campers in their unit.
  • Create strong relationships with campers, staff, and other Supervisors to ensure positive outcomes for any and all camper or staff issues that may arise by being present at activities.
  • Serve as the lead in handling all camper care and staff issues, including but not limited to behavior management, interpersonal disputes, and safety based on daily check-ins and observation.
  • Provide staff with feedback and support, and conducting written and oral performance evaluations.
  • Keep Camp Director and Assistant Director informed of any camper or staff issues.
  • Create an inclusive camp environment.
  • Plan and implement programs with staff, following the objectives and outline of the camp.
  • Oversee the preparation of group activities, and participate in group activities.
  • Help facilitate Jewish learning in camp programs.
  • Prepare newsletter articles informing parents of specialty activities.
  • Responsible for the care of unit equipment, and cleanliness of camp facilities.
  • Plan and implement Family Night/Day and overnight activities.
  • Arrival and dismissal duties.
  • Exhibit a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Exhibit a positive and flexible attitude and demeanor.
  • Remain flexible and available to carry forth with all camp related activities.
  • Evaluate camp program and activities at the conclusion of camp.
  • Administrative tasks in camp office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be 21 years old
  • At least two years or equivalent experience working with children
  • Experience in camping, teaching or related field
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Ability to supervise staff and campers
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and love of fun
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team
This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.
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Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY:

Specialist is responsible for designing meaningful and enriching skill-based activities for campers and building strong relationships with campers and staff. Specialist plans, develops, and coordinates age-appropriate, intriguing, and exciting specialty activities, and provides a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for Camp at the J campers. The Specialist’s primary role in camp is to run their program area, but they also have responsibilities to their bunk and unit.

Specialists Include: Arts and Crafts, Music, Sports, Dance, Judaics, Nature, Cooking, and Drama.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the goals and values of the Mayerson JCC: Camp at the J.
  • Develop and implement routines, schedules, and procedures for specialty activities.
  • Create and implement activities for campers that align with overarching program curriculum integrating fundamental skill development with Camp at the J values and balance creativity with challenge.
  • Facilitate activities in a way that engages campers at all times and fosters the development of respect,  creativity, self-confidence, and positive social relationships.
  • Collaborate with advocate counselors to make accommodations or alternative activities for campers so they can learn and grow their skill set at their own pace.
  • Create back-up plans for rainy days.
  • Foster an atmosphere of positive energy and enthusiasm about your specialty area.
  • Develop supply list at least two weeks prior to need of supplies and submit to Camp Director.
  • Inventory specialty supplies and equipment at the conclusion of camp.
  • Manage camper behaviors using positive behavior management techniques, enforce appropriate safety policies, emergency procedures, and camp rules.
  • Keep supervisor informed of any camper or staff issues.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with camp staff.
  • Responsible for the care of specialty equipment and cleanliness of camp facilities.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of the family night activities.
  • Assist in arrival and dismissal of campers.
  • Remain flexible and available to carry forth with all camp related activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College graduate preferred
  • Experience in camping, teaching or related field
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and love of fun
  • Desire and ability to work and play with children
  • Ability to take guidance and supervision
  • Specialty skills and the ability to teach skills to campers
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to plan and implement daily lesson plans
This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.
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Senior Counselor

POSITION SUMMARY:

Senior Counselor works with the unit head in the implementation of age-appropriate, intriguing, and exciting camp programs and activities, and provide a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for JCC day campers.A counselor’s primary responsibility is their group of campers. Counselors are responsible for facilitating the daily routine; planning, leading, and participating in activities and programs for campers. Counselors serve as a mentor, coach, and teacher to campers are responsible for the physical, social, and emotional health, safety, and well-being. A successful camper summer is almost always tied directly to the relationship they develop with their counselor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the goals and values of the Mayerson JCC: Camp at the J.
  • Responsible for the safety and well-being of the campers in the bunk.
  • Implement routines, schedules, and procedures for the operation of the bunk in partnership with co counselors.
  • Have an intimate knowledge of and take responsibility for each individual camper’s social, physical, and emotional health, safety, and well-being.
  • Manage camper behaviors using positive behavior management techniques, enforce appropriate safety policies, emergency procedures, and camp rules.
  • Keep unit head informed of any camper issues..
  • Share in the planning and implementation of group activities.
  • Participate in all group and specialty activities, including assisting with instructional swim every day.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with all camp staff.
  • Exhibit good judgment, maturity, and stability.
  • Attend and participate in any Unit late night or overnight programs and Family Night activities.
  • Assist in arrival and dismissal of campers.
  • Exhibit a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Remain flexible and available to carry forth with all camp related activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School graduate
  • Camping and/or group leadership experience
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and love of fun
  • Desire and ability to work and play with children
  • Ability to take guidance and supervision
  • Activity skills and the ability to teach skills to campers
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team
This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.
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Junior Counselor

POSITION SUMMARY:

Junior Counselor works with the Senior Counselor and Unit Head in the implementation of age-appropriate, intriguing, and exciting camp programs and activities, and provide a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for Camp at the J campers.A counselor’s primary responsibility is their group of campers. Counselors are responsible for facilitating the daily routine; planning, leading, and participating in activities and programs for campers. Counselors serve as a mentor, coach, and teacher to campers are responsible for the physical, social, and emotional health, safety, and well-being. A successful camper summer is almost always tied directly to the relationship they develop with their counselor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the goals and values of the Mayerson JCC: Camp at the J.
  • Responsible for the safety and well-being of the campers in the bunk.
  • Implement routines, schedules, and procedures for the operation of the bunk in partnership with co counselors.
  • Have an intimate knowledge of and take responsibility for each individual camper’s social, physical, and emotional health, safety, and well-being.
  • Manage camper behaviors using positive behavior management techniques, enforce appropriate safety policies, emergency procedures, and camp rules.
  • Keep unit head informed of any camper issues.
  • Share in the planning and implementation of group activities.
  • Participate in all group and specialty activities, including assisting with instructional swim every day.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with all camp staff.
  • Exhibit good judgment, maturity, and stability.
  • Attend and participate in any Unit late night or overnight programs and Family Night activities.
  • Assist in arrival and dismissal of campers.
  • Exhibit a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Remain flexible and available to carry forth with all camp related activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 16 years of age and/or must be entering the 11th or 12th grade of high school.
  • Camping and/or group leadership experience.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and love of fun.
  • Desire and ability to work and play with children.
  • Ability to take guidance and supervision.
  • Activity skills and the ability to teach skills to campers.
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team.
 This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.
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Advocate Counselor

POSITION SUMMARY:

Advocate Counselor works with the Inclusion Coordinator, Counselors, and Unit Head in the implementation of age-appropriate, intriguing, and exciting camp programs and activities, adapting activities as needed, and provide a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for Camp at the J campers. Advocate counselors are responsible for facilitating the daily routine and programs in an effort to include their camper in the camp community. A successful camper summer is almost always tied directly to the relationship they develop with their advocate counselor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the goals and values of the Mayerson JCC: Camp at the J.
  • Work with Inclusion Coordinator to assist in the development of individualized camper plans.
  • Implement routines, schedules, and procedures for assigned camper in partnership with Advocate Unit Head.
  • Assist campers as needed (this may involve bathroom assistance, implementation of routines, schedules, and procedures, and meals.)
  • Manage camper behaviors using positive behavior management techniques, enforce appropriate safety policies, emergency procedures, and camp rules.
  • Assist Aquatics staff with instructional swim and recreational swim as directed.
  • Keep co-counselors, Inclusion Manager, and Unit Head informed of any camper issues.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with all camp staff.
  • Encourage interaction between campers with special needs and other campers in bunk.
  • Help the camp staff to adapt activities so that all children can be included.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with all camp staff.
  • Exhibit good judgment, maturity, and stability.
  • Never leave campers unattended.
  • Participate in group and specialist activities.
  • Share responsibility for the care of Unit equipment, and cleanliness of camp facilities with other staff.
  • Attend all Open House, Family Nights, and other camp programs.
  • Attend and participate in any Unit late night or overnight programs and Family Night activities, if applicable.
  • Assist in arrival and dismissal of campers.
  • Exhibit a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Remain flexible and available to carry forth with all camp related activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Graduate
  • Previous camp experience a plus
  • Previous inclusion background/training/experience a plus
  • Desire to work and play with children of all needs and abilities
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and love of fun
  • Ability to take guidance and supervision
  • Must be professional and able to maintain confidentiality
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.

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