Location and Job Title:
Tribe Leader (Unit Head), Camp Twelve Trails
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040
At Camp Twelve Trails we are dedicated to universally shared values central to Jewish life. Our proactive integration of these values into everything we do supports children of all backgrounds and helps them grow into better people. Our warm, welcoming culture fosters a vibrant camp community where we all look out for each other and take care of the world around us. Staff are central to carrying out this vision by crafting programs that are in line with our educational outcomes, beliefs, and providing positive, enthusiastic energy every day. We expect staff above all to deliver the wow!
Tribe Leaders supervise a unit of counselors and campers at Camp Twelve Trails, fostering a collaborative environment, serving as an overall leader for the group during all activities, trips and camp programming. Tribe Leaders are the first contact for parent communication.
- Participate, partake in, and lead pre-camp training.
- Help prepare camp for opening and closing.
- Assist in pre-summer parent communication.
- Assist with camper grouping and proper camper intake.
- Participate in all pre-summer leadership staff meetings and trainings, and attend all Parent Meet and Greets.
DUTIES DURING CAMP
- Provide support and supervision for an entire Tribe (Age group) of campers and their counselors.
- Oversee the day to day program operations of the Tribe, including scheduling, activities and rainy-day programming.
- Act as the lead contact for parents. This includes weekly emails, unit newsletters and phone calls on an as needed basis.
- In addition to as needed calls, Tribe Leaders will reach out by phone to every camper before the start of camp, and all new campers within their first week of attending camp.
- Lead Tribe wide camper programs and from time to time run activities for smaller groups within the Tribe.
- Be familiar with and enforce the personnel policies, safety rules, and program of camp.
- Lead and attend all camp meetings, activities and special programs.
- Keep records as required, including documenting all incidents and behavioral issues.
- Ensure for the health, safety, and welfare of all campers in any area or programs at camp.
- Model appropriate behavior to staff and campers.
- Provide behavior management techniques and intervention for campers where necessary.
- Lead trips out of camp.
- Evaluate the performance of each Counselor throughout the summer, both informally and written.
- Create a culture of trust and feedback within your Tribe.
- Perform any other program or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
- Must be entering senior year of college or equivalent
- Minimum of three years working in camp, or camp-like setting;
- Ability to teach skills to other staff members and campers of all ages
- Strong communication and problem solving skills
- Experience communicating and working with families with children of varying abilities
- Ability to remain calm and maintain perspective under pressure
- Commitment to work collaboratively with others
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs
- Much be energetic, enthusiastic and demonstrate and desire to go the extra mile;
Status: Full-time Seasonal, Mondays through Fridays, June 29 - August 21, including Pre summer leadership training beginning in April, and 40-45 hours of staff training in May and June. In addition all Tribe Leaders are expected to work up to 5 hours a week of preparatory work during the months of May and June in the lead up to camp
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm during the summer
Established in 1917 as one of the first Jewish community centers in New York City, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the Y) is a thriving and visionary not-for-profit human services organization in Northern Manhattan. We welcome people of diverse ethnicities and all ages, from pre-school to older adults, into the Y family with a wide range of educational, recreational and social services and programs that focus on improving the quality of their lives. With a long and distinguished history, the Y is a multi-service community center that is well known for its nurturing environment and non-judgmental philosophy.