PS 516 Sunset Park Summer in the Soil Camp: Group Leader
About the Position
The Group Leader will work with groups of 15-17 elementary-aged campers entering grades K – 5 in our summer camp program at P.S. 516 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Group Leader will help lead youth in activities focused on farm-based learning, green arts and crafts, movement, nutrition and healthy living, ecological stewardship, and urban expeditions.
The Group Leader will be responsible, in partnership with other program staff, for cultivating and maintaining a supportive and stimulating summer camp culture. The Group Leader will report to the Program Director. The Group Leader will be responsible for implementing ongoing classroom and behavior management.
We are seeking a Group Leader who is passionate, interested in youth development, high energy, creative, easy going, and is intentional and inclusive when working to build positive relationships with the young people we serve.
- Directly supervising a group of 15-17 campers alongside 2-4 assistant counselors
- Facilitating morning meetings and closing circles daily
- Facilitating daily activities in the classroom (including movement, newsletter projects, and community building games) and during outside park and free time
- Support and facilitate student-led community projects
- Foster academic, social and emotional competencies and physical well-being in a safe and nurturing environment
- Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants
- Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to participants with varying learning, emotional, and/or behavioral needs
- Maintaining positive relationships with and among campers and colleagues
- Facilitating social and emotional growth amongst participants
- Safely moving children from school to off-site camp locations on Urban Expeditions, the Brooklyn Grange Farm, and local parks
- Support Assistant Director with School Lunch program pickup and drop off
- Minimum 2 years of experience working with youth in a school or after school setting OR 2-3 years experience working in a summer camp
- Previous experience in afterschool, summer, or enrichment youth program strongly preferred
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Reliable and punctual
- Experience facilitating morning meetings and closing circles a plus
- Background in food, agriculture, STEM, and/or environmental science is a plus
- Familiarity with geography of NYC and public transit system
- Must be fingerprinted and undergo background check
- Bilingual Spanish or Mandarin strongly preferred
- Interest/experience in exploring nature and/or food with youth a plus
- Interest and experience promoting positive youth development and social and emotional growth
About the Program:
All program staff will function from the same belief that City Growers embodies in all of our programming: the belief that each student is capable of achieving success and growing as an individual. 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, and cultivate community engagement.
The PS 516 program’s Group Leader will work full time at our 6-week summer camp program, plus training before the program start date:
- Curriculum review and development training days are June 25 – 26, 2020.
- All-staff training and orientation are June 29 – July 2, 2020.
- Program runs July 6-August 7, 2020(Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM with weekly staff meetings until 4 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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