PS 516 Sunset Park Summer in the Soil Camp: Assistant Program Director
About the Position
City Growers seeks a Summer In the Soil Camp Assistant Program Director to aid the Program Director in overseeing staff and 60 students entering grades K – 5 in our summer camp program at P.S. 516 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In this 6 week program, the Assistant Program Director will support the Program Director in overseeing 4 Group Leaders and 2 Activity Specialists who will lead youth in activities focused on farm-based learning, nutrition and healthy living, ecological stewardship, and urban expeditions. Camp will employ 2 Assistant Directors (one 10am-6pm position will be available, and one 8am-4pm position will be available), whose additional responsibilities will include: overseeing 12 SYEP participants in the role of Counselors; After Care management; lunch and attendance. The Assistant Program Director will report to the Program Director.
The Assistant 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, and maintaining all paperwork and training materials in accordance with the City Growers’ policies and protocols. The Assistant Director must possess the ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities, and will have previous experience providing supervision to staff. The Assistant Director will supervise all Counselors, offer guidance and support in the 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. The Assistant Director will report to the Program Director.
The Assistant 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 discipline policies. This approach, adopted by the team, will aim to meet program participants where they are, while attempting to support any behavioral issues in a holistic way by turning incidents into conversations.
- Maintaining a positive work environment for all counselors
- Data Collection
- Supporting staff
- Maintaining attendance records
- Communicating with families of participants
- Acting as a liaison between City Growers and school community
- Supervision and maintenance of materials
- Supervise off-site locations during local park, farm, or field trips
- Managing SYEP contract and supporting SYEP participants
- Managing After Care
- Complete 4-hour Food Protection Course with NYCDOH for Soup Kitchen and Summer Camp Workers
- Maintaining inventory of lunch records; pick up and return of lunch and relationship management with School Food
- Help the Program Director lead staff meetings; observe staff and provide feedback
- Ensure participants maintain a 75% rate of participation
- Facilitate behavior management amongst participants
- Serve as conflict manager among students
- Supporting oversight and management of staff and campers on weekly field trips around NYC
- Lunch duty
- Assist Program Director with 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
- Fill in for Program 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
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Conflict Management Experience
- Reliable and punctual
- Bilingual/Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin strongly 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, empower participants to become stewards of their bodies and their environment, and cultivate community engagement while providing much-needed childcare to the surrounding area. All program staff will function from the same understanding that City Growers embodies in all of our programming: the belief that each student is capable of achieving success and growth as an individual.
The PS 516 program’s Assistant Director will work full time at our 6-week summer camp program, plus training before the program start date:
- Equivalent of 5 days of training and preparation before June 27, 2020.
- All-staff training and orientation are June 29 – July 2, 2020.
- Program is July 6 – August 7, 2020 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM).
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application with no cover letter will not be considered.
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