PS 20 – Clinton Hill Summer in the Soil Camp: Program Director
About the Position
City Growers seeks a Summer Camp Program Director to oversee the program, staff, and 30 students entering grades 2 – 5 in our Summer In the Soil Camp program at P.S. 20 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. In this 6 week program, the Program Director will oversee 2 Group Leaders, 2 Activity Specialists, and 4-8 SYEP Counselors who will lead youth in activities focused on farm-based learning, nutrition and healthy living, ecological stewardship, and urban expeditions. The Program Director will report to the Program Supervisor.
The Program Director will be responsible, in partnership with other staff, for cultivating and maintaining a supportive and stimulating summer camp culture while fulfilling required administrative work, maintaining all paperwork and training materials in accordance with City Growers’ policies and protocols. The Program Director must possess the ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. They will have previous experience providing supervision to staff, as well as previous experience working with a DYCD youth services program. The Program Director will provide supervision of all on-site staff, offer guidance and support around facilitation of activities and social and emotional learning and behavior management, and facilitate orientations and professional development trainings. This individual will be comfortable building relationships with school administration, educators, community members, and parents to best support the needs of the program participants.
Program Director will be responsible for adhering to City Growers’ educational philosophy of positive reinforcement and supporting all staff in the areas of communication with students, behavioral management interventions, and cultural competency. Program Director will be able to make the connections for staff between the larger social inequalities that may affect program participants, and the impact these inequalities may have on lesson delivery and restorative policies.
- Lead staff meetings; observe staff and provide feedback
- Lead all-camp morning rallies
- Ensuring participants maintain a 75% rate of participation
- Facilitating behavior management amongst participants
- Serving as conflict manager among students
- Developing training materials for all-staff training sessions before camp
- Overseeing and managing staff and campers on weekly field trips around NYC
- Communicating with parents, including weekly newsletters
- Acting as a liaison between City Growers and the PS20 school community
- Complete 15-hour Food Handlers License course and certification exam
- Recruiting participants and maintaining full enrollment
- Supporting staff
- Lunch duty
- Administrative tasks including:
- Maintaining staff records
- Following DOH license regulations
- Maintaining additional records required by City Growers
- Maintaining all online and paper requirements of DYCD
- Entering attendance into DYCD Connect
- Maintaining records required by DYCD
- Fill in for Assistant Director and staff when staff are sick or absent
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Minimum 3 years of experience working with youth in a school or after school setting OR minimum 3 years experience working in a summer camp setting
- At least 2 years experience as the Director of a Youth Services program
- At least 1 year experience working with a DYCD youth services program
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Conflict Management Experience
- Reliable and punctual
- Bilingual or Fluent in Arabic, Bengali, French, Haitian Creole, or Spanish preferred
- Familiarity with geography of NYC and public transit system
- Must be fingerprinted and undergo background check
- Must be certified in CPR Pro and Advanced First Aid (training opportunities are available)
- Background in food, agriculture, STEM, and/or environmental science is a plus
About the Program:
The program’s overarching goals are to stimulate curiosity about the natural world, and to empower participants to become stewards of their bodies and their environment, while providing much needed child-care to the community. All program staff will function from the same understanding and belief that City Growers embodies in all of our programming: strengths-based, and the belief that each student is capable of achieving success and growing as individuals.
The PS 20 program’s Program Director will work full time at our 6-week summer camp program, plus training and preparation before the program start date:
- Equivalent of 7 days of additional training and preparation of program & all-staff training before June 27, 2020.
- All-staff training and orientation are June 29 – July 2, 2020.
- Program is July 6 – August 14, 2020 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM).
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to email@example.com.
Application with no cover letter will not be considered.
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