Job Posting

Program Counsellor – Area Head

GENERAL FUNCTION

Program Counsellor Area Heads offer leadership in camper care, program development, and program instruction while working with one or two co-Counsellors to supervise, care for, and lead a cabin of campers. They apply their previous experience in child and youth leadership to promote the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of each child as a friend, mentor, and role-model. In addition to camper care responsibilities, Area Heads take a leadership role within the Glen Mhor Program in the development, implementation, training, and maintenance of their designated program area: Adventure, Waterfront, Arts, or Land Programs. They will have one day off and three nights out per week, as well as scheduled prep time and an hour off each day.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • All-Staff Responsibilities:
    • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to the mission and core values of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the campers, staff, families, and all program participants of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Practice and support the health and safety of all campers, staff, families, and all program participants of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Complete additional duties as required. 
  • Camper Care Responsibilities:
    • Ensure camper safety and wellbeing is prioritized in all actions and decisions.
    • Provide attention to all campers both individually and within groups, showing compassion, understanding, and modeling positive behavior.
    • Ensure that at least one staff person is always with campers.
    • Work co-operatively with co-Counsellor(s) to ensure that campers are safe, maintain adequate personal health and hygiene, arrive at scheduled activities on time, participate fully in the camp program, and follow all camp rules.
    • Professionally and supportively address camper needs in conjunction with the Camper Care Coordinator and Assistant Directors.
    • Complete administrative duties related to camper care, including but not limited to behaviour logs, situation of concern logs, communication logs, etc. 
    • Prepare a postcard for each camper, and any other individualized communications as requested.
    • Assist the Camper Care Coordinator with communications as needed, including but not limited to pre-camp contact, phone calls to new camper families, behavioral phone calls, etc.
  • Program Leadership Responsibilities:
    • Design and lead activities in all program areas (Adventure, Music, Arts, Dance and Drama, Waterfront, Outdoor Living Skills, Archery, etc.), primarily focusing on the designated program area. 
    • Design and lead age-appropriate program activities for campers that are tailored to the needs, abilities, and interests of the group.
    • Oversee and manage operations, safety, and in-house training for one of the four main program areas: Waterfront, Adventure, Arts, or Land Programs.
    • Complete regular inspection, maintenance, and organization of designated program area, with support from the Glen Mhor Program Coordinators.
    • Assist in preparing and leading staff training in designated program area.
    • Develop resources and program plans to provide program leadership support to other staff.
    • Coordinate with the Glen Mhor Program Coordinators, Assistant Director – Program, and other staff regarding scheduling and special events. 
    • Work collaboratively with other staff to ensure campers are engaged and supported throughout each activity.
    • Prepare and lead activities for camper-choice sessions as assigned.
    • Ensure all rules and processes are followed for each program area.
    • Prepare and lead creative and theme-based programs for campers in activity times, in conjunction with co-counsellor(s).
    • Participate fully in daily and evening programs, special day activities, and camp-wide programs.

 

JOB KNOWLEDGE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 2 years previous experience as a camp staff member with experience leading and facilitating programs, or equivalent experience working with children and youth.
  • At least 18 years of age by June 1, 2023.
  • Personal Skills: empathy, compassion, creativity, problem-solving ability, growth mindset, adaptability, collaboration.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C
  • National Lifeguard Certification and/or Challenge Course Certifications (Level 1  Ropes) required, and/or sufficient experience in music, arts, dance, drama, archery, or outdoor skills program leadership. 
  • Swim Instructor Certification or ORCKA Instructor an asset, and/or willingness to obtain certification prior to the summer camp season.
  • Clear Police Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Mandated training (including AODA, Workplace Violence & Harassment, Health & Safety Awareness, Child Protection, etc.) is required before or shortly after commencement of work 
  • The successful applicant is required to live onsite through the duration of their contract.

 

TO APPLY

Please submit your application, including any supplementary documents, at http://cairn.campbrainstaff.com. Should you have any questions, please contact Robynne Howard, Camp Director, at robynne@ilovecamp.org

 

The Cairn Family of Camps is committed to employment equity, and supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. All qualified candidates, including candidates from diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. The Cairn Family of Camps is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. Individuals needing employment accommodation in the hiring process or job postings in an alternative format may contact the camp office.

 

Details

Category:
Waterfront / Swim Specialist

Deadline:
2023-03-01

Website:
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Email:
robynne@ilovecamp.org

Phone:
(705) 783-2853