Summer Camp Counselor


POSITION: Summer Camp Counselor

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This is an hourly, temporary position, reporting to the Director of Education at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Camp Counselor assists the Lead Teacher with delivering educational programming for Summer Camps. Assists students in having a safe, fun and educational experience. Presents educational, lessons, and demonstrations. Facilitates camp style games and activities.

1. Serve as an assistant instructor and facilitator for Summer Camps.
2. Assist the Lead Teacher in the execution of camp curriculum, and daily classroom set-up.
3. Interact positively with the child(ren) to encourage involvement in activities, and to support the individual needs of the child(ren).
4. Facilitate Science Center exploration, snack time, lunch time, and camp games.
5. Facilitate small group activities and instruction.
6. Assist the Director of Education with check-in and check-out of campers.
7. Proactively address logistical or behavioral issues, making sure to involve the Lead Teacher and Director of Education (if necessary) for a resolution.
8. Work with minimal supervision, assess situations and make necessary decisions on the job in order to maintain and improve the quality of the camper experience, and inform the Lead Teacher or Director of Education of actions taken.
9. Maintain familiarity with emergency procedures and assist in implementing them if/when necessary.
10. Attend summer staff orientation, departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.
11. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Education.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

1. Experience in leading activities for students in Science, STEAM or a STEAM field preferred.
2. Work in a summer camp or co-teaching environment is recommended.
3. Excellent interpersonal and guest service skills are required. Must enjoy working with groups of children.
4. Must be poised, self-motivated and a positive influence on team dynamics. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly is essential.
5. Ability to work weekdays, full days for the 5-7 week period of summer camps.
6. Must be able to work independently to a high standard of reliability and quality.
7. Must be able to be a positive, professional representative of Whitaker Center to the community.
8. Must have good oral communications skills, including the ability to speak clearly and project your voice on a daily basis.
9. Must be able to teach a variety of age groups with enthusiasm, energy, and much creativity.
10. Must communicate professionally and positively with educators, staff, and children.
11. Ability to stand for long periods, climb stairs frequently, and lift up to 30 lbs.
12. Must be able to understand and obey safety rules and regulations related to equipment and chemicals.
13. Must have a willingness to utilize the newest educational technologies available in all educational programs.
14. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to the general public, co-workers and volunteers. Positive and friendly attitude at all times.
15. Exhibit strong writing, analytical, presentation and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit, and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
16. Ability to work as part of a high performance team and be a strong team player.
17. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

1. Technology literate; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft and Internet research procedures and database application.
2. Working knowledge of telephone, computer, printer, copier, and calculator.

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