Summer Camp Program Director
About the Position
City Growers seeks a Summer In the Soil Camp Program Director to oversee the program, 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 Program Director will oversee 4 Group Leaders, 2 Activity Specialists, and 8-12 Assistant Group Leaders 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. The Program Director will supervise all 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.
The 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.
- Lead staff meetings; observe staff and provide feedback
- Supporting staff
- Facilitating behavior management amongst participants
- Serving as conflict manager among students
- Communicating with parents, including weekly newsletters
- Acting as a liaison between City Growers and school community
- Maintaining full enrollment
- Lunch duty
- Administrative tasks including:
- Entering attendance
- Maintaining staff records
- Following DOH license regulations
- Maintaining additional records required by City Growers
- 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
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Conflict Management Experience
- Reliable and punctual
- Bilingual/Fluency in Spanish 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 Summer day camp will run from 9am-3pm (with after care options for campers as well). Students will be visiting various sites in the neighborhood several times a week for greening and growing (gardening), visiting local parks twice a week, and taking trips via subway around NYC once a week.
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 belief that City Growers embodies in all of our programming: that each student is capable of achieving success and growing as an individual.
Program runs July 8-August 16 with training and orientation on June 28th, and July 2nd and 3rd. The Program Director will work Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00; plus the equivalent of 2 weeks time to prepare and co-facilitate the 3 day program staff training prior to June 28th.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
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