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Camp Counselor - Camp Lincoln

Southern District YMCA

The Southern District YMCA has a long history of providing many communities throughout Southern New Hampshire with outstanding programs and services for youth. The Y’s Camp Lincoln is a traditional summer camp and outdoor education facility offering over 1500 campers the opportunity to engage in healthy activities. More than 750 children are enrolled in 15 before and after school sites through the Y’s child care programs. And just over two years ago, the Y opened the Exeter Area YMCA, a 33,000-square-foot multi-generational health and wellness center, which has seen membership growth that exceeds expectations. The Southern District YMCA is also currently exploring Phase 2 of a capital campaign to add a new aquatics facility to its Exeter location. The YMCA is currently seeking a new leader who will provide strong support for all aspects of the Y’s operations and strategic initiatives.

Mission Statement: Southern District YMCA (SDYMCA) provides opportunities for youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility in our southern New Hampshire community.
We achieve this by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy
spirit, mind and body for all – regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, ability, religion or
income.

Service Area & Demographics: SDYMCA serves the NH towns of Brentwood, Danville, East
Kingston, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Newton,
North Hampton, Plaistow, Raymond, Seabrook, and Stratham.

History: In 1926, YMCA Camp Lincoln began as a summer camp on Kingston Lake. Today,
summers are full of 1,500 campers aged 3-15 and a robust counselor-in-training program for 14-
15-year old’s. Year-round activities at Camp Lincoln include outdoor education, team-building
programs and weekend rentals serving an additional 11,000 people. YMCA School Age Child Care
operates 15 before and after school programs meeting HEPA standards and state licensing
requirements for 750 students. Exeter Area YMCA opened its doors in September 2015 to an
eager community. The 33,000 square feet facility serves over 6,300 members, averaging 400
daily.


Seasonal/Temporary

Effectively lead and participate in the Camp Lincoln community.  Counselor’s model leadership and lead by example following the staff pledge and living in accordance with the Core Values – Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

Requirements:
  • Mission, Values & Understand and model The Y’s mission and values.

Develop and embrace a shared vision.

Focus on creating positive social & community change through the development of meaningful programs and services.

Model the mission and values of The Y in all written and verbal interactions with peers, co-workers, staff, members and the community.

  • Relationship Building:

Be deliberate in establishing positive relationships with internal and external members and partners.

Connect relationship building to all that you do at The Y.

Make members and community needs paramount and do everything in his/her power to engage and partner with members and community to exceed expectations.

Create a team atmosphere by identifying common goals, sharing information encouraging cooperation and keeping others informed of decisions impacting others.

  • Professional Approach and Positive Outlook:

Apply positive “can-do” approach to work, accept full responsibility for personal actions and respond openly and appropriately to people of different backgrounds.

Use a variety of clear and consistent communication methods to keep all informed and respond to internal and external requests in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Respond openly & appropriately to people of different backgrounds & abilities.

Foster a healthy, safe work environment.

Ability to see the “big picture” with a long-term focus in decision making.

Respond in a timely & appropriate fashion to campers, parents, co-workers and supervisors.

  • Leadership:

Motivate others to achieve results and provides clear and timely direction to others.

Take initiative, maximize productivity, is proactive on the job and consistently leads efforts to positive results.

Provide staff, co-workers and volunteers with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Encourage, support and model curiosity, creativity, innovation and calculated risk-taking of others.

Model healthy behaviors.

Value other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion and cultural competence.

When appropriate, assist co-staff members in constructing development plans to enhance their capabilities & eliminate performance deficiencies.

When appropriate, identifies & delegates tasks to co-staff members constructively and specifically for the purposes of building their skills.

 

Requirements

Core Competencies:

  • Mission, Values &

Understand and model The Y’s mission and values.

Develop and embrace a shared vision.

Focus on creating positive social & community change through the development of meaningful programs and services.

Model the mission and values of The Y in all written and verbal interactions with peers, co-workers, staff, members and the community.

  • Relationship Building:

Be deliberate in establishing positive relationships with internal and external members and partners.

Connect relationship building to all that you do at The Y.

Make members and community needs paramount and do everything in his/her power to engage and partner with members and community to exceed expectations.

Create a team atmosphere by identifying common goals, sharing information encouraging cooperation and keeping others informed of decisions impacting others.

  • Professional Approach and Positive Outlook:

Apply positive “can-do” approach to work, accept full responsibility for personal actions and respond openly and appropriately to people of different backgrounds.

Use a variety of clear and consistent communication methods to keep all informed and respond to internal and external requests in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Respond openly & appropriately to people of different backgrounds & abilities.

Foster a healthy, safe work environment.

Ability to see the “big picture” with a long-term focus in decision making.

Respond in a timely & appropriate fashion to campers, parents, co-workers and supervisors.

  • Leadership:

Motivate others to achieve results and provides clear and timely direction to others.

Take initiative, maximize productivity, is proactive on the job and consistently leads efforts to positive results.

Provide staff, co-workers and volunteers with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Encourage, support and model curiosity, creativity, innovation and calculated risk-taking of others.

Model healthy behaviors.

Value other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion and cultural competence.

When appropriate, assist co-staff members in constructing development plans to enhance their capabilities & eliminate performance deficiencies.

When appropriate, identifies & delegates tasks to co-staff members constructively and specifically for the purposes of building their skills.

Key Result Areas:

    PROFESSIONALISM (35%)  Represent ones-self and Camp Lincoln positively at camp and in the community.  Remain confidential and mature when handling all aspects of camp.  Exercise tolerance and acceptance of everyone.  Model respect and organize time effectively.  Treat campers, parents and staff members with professionalism, appropriateness and with friendly character.
    SAFETY / HEALTH CONSCIOUS (35%)  While modeling safe behavior and sound judgment, keep camp clean and protect the physical safety of all participants.  Understand and follow all camp rules, standards and expectations.
    TEAM PLAYER (30%)  Complete service with a smile and positive attitude.  Complete tasks with enthusiasm and seek opportunities to take initiative.  Be prompt and willing to work with others to complete assigned and voluntary tasks.  Be inclusive, appreciative and humble.  

 
RESPONSIBILITIES

    PROFESSIONALISM (35%)
  Be cleanly dressed, well groomed and prompt every day.
  Maintain confidentiality.
  Express yourself in a mature manner that is fun, responsible and appropriate for the age group being interacted with.
  Be tolerant of individual needs by expressing patience, understanding and compassion.
  Lead by example how to respect other people, Camp Lincoln property and other’s property.
  Manage and organize time to gain the best result everyday and through the summer.
  Communicate clearly and effectively on the phone, in person and through emails.
  Interact with parents, community members and campers in a welcoming and friendly manner.
    SAFETY / HEALTH CONSCIOUS (35%)
  Understand and follow the camp rules, standards and expectations.  Effectively teach participants and help them understand the importance of safety through understanding.
  At all times, use good judgment and common sense when making decisions and leading groups.
  Model safe behavior on and off-site.
  Protect the physical and mental safety of campers through intervention, adherence, and rule / policy enforcement and understanding.
  Keep camp clean to limit health concerns and for ease in identify possible concerns.
  Immediately report safety &/or health concerns to Unit Leader.
    TEAM PLAYER (30%)
  Exhibit service with a smile all day, every day.  Even when presented with challenges, meet them with a positive attitude.
  Complete assigned tasks with enthusiasm, gusto and pride.
  Acknowledge differences and work with fellow staff members to embrace diversity.
  Be prompt to all aspect of camp.
  Work closely with the Camp Office Manager to complete appropriate tasks in an efficient manner.

Job Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Successfully embrace Camp Lincoln’s spirit.
  • Follow the Core Values – Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Must be able to answer phones and communicate in a professional manner.
  • Must have a positive attitude, be able to multi-task, and manage priorities.
  • Obtain New Staff Orientation within 30 days of hire, including child abuse prevention and blood-borne pathogen training.
  • Agree to be fingerprinted for FBI and state criminal background checks.
  • Maintain updated certifications of the job (CPR and First Aid/AED).
  • Must sign the Voluntary Disclosure statement.
  • Must sign and demonstrate the Southern District YMCA Code of Conduct.
  • Must sign and abide by The Y’s Personnel Policy.
  • Must be at least 16 years old before starting.
  • Be eager and willing to work with campers 5 – 15 years old.
  • Effectively communicate needs to appropriate supervisors.

 
ADA Specifications & Essential Functions:

 
Physical Demands: 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.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Essential Functions
  Ability to work hands-on with children and staff
  Ability to observe participant behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
  Ability to transport self to camp on a regular basis                            

Southern District YMCA is an Equal Opportunities employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of SDYMCA to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetic information.

Responsibilities:

Counselors take advantage of opportunities that safely enrich the lives of their campers.  They work with fellow staff members and their Unit Leader to manage campers and program areas.  Counselors are responsible for working with appropriate staff members to acquire necessary supplies to maintain an appropriate inventory for successful operations.
 
Counselors seek every opportunity to create a safe community that is free of bullying and ridicule.  Camp is a place for personal growth, leadership development and community enhancement for all participants.  Every camper’s self-confidence is enhanced because of the leadership and example set by staff members through games, fair dispute resolution, consistent expectations, friendship building and positive reinforcement.

Salary Range:

TBC

Job Location:

Kingston

Date Added: February 13, 2020

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