• After Care Junior Counselor, Headfirst Summer Camps: 2017-1670

    Location
    US-VA-Oakton
    Category
    Counselor & Junior Counselor - Seasonal

  • The Position:

    Reporting to the After Care Program Leader, After Care Junior Counselors at Headfirst Summer Camps are responsible for bringing the Headfirst Summer Camp experience to life by tapping into the power of play to excite, entertain, and inspire throughout the back-end of the camp day. Since After Care participants come from across Headfirst Summer Camps' day, sport, STEM, and specialty camps, and range in age from 3 to 13, After Care Junior Counselors must have the creativity and composure to engage children of all ages and interests. In the span of a single afternoon After Care Junior Counselors may do everything from playing a game of kickball to leading an art project, so they must also have the energy and flexibility to do a variety of activities.


    The Work:

    Pre-Camp Season

    • Attend Counselor orientation and training days in late May and/or early June.
    • Participate in all required webinars and online trainings.
    • Master the Headfirst Summer Camps After Care Program curriculum and other materials provided prior to the start of camp.
    • Submit all required paperwork on time.

    Camp Season

    • Implement the After Care program’s curriculum-based games and activities with high energy, integrity, and passion to teach and play.
    • Build strong connections with campers, taking personal responsibility for each camper's well-being, enjoyment, and development.
    • Serve as a role model for campers in demonstrating positive attitudes, respectful communication, appropriate attire and grooming, and a diligent work ethic.
    • Work as part of a team to foster a safe, fun, and supportive camp environment that is centered upon Headfirst Summer Camps’ mission and values.
    • Implement Headfirst Summer Camps’ traditions, games, policies, procedures, and safety protocols.
    • Maintain enthusiasm and focus throughout busy afternoons during which you will supervise and participate with campers in every aspect of programming.
    • Communicate respectfully, clearly, and kindly with all members of the Headfirst Summer Camps community, including HQ, camp leadership, team members, campers, and campers' families.
    • Work in all weather conditions.
    • Participate in After Care carpool as required to create a safe, efficient process.
    • Participate in all required trainings, webinars, and team meetings.
    • Assist with afternoon snack and cleanup of the area.
    • Prepare, organize, and set up/take down all programming areas, and take responsibility for managing campers’ belongings and camp supplies appropriately
    • Meet Headfirst Summer Camps dress code and appearance requirements.
    • Keep an inventory of supplies for the program and alert the Program Leader when items are needed.
    • Communicate professionally with parents as requested by leadership in order to provide customer connection and relay important information on camper experience.
    • Attend all special events as assigned, facilitating activities, interacting with families, and assisting with set up/clean up.
    • Report any issue, question, or concern regarding the campers promptly to the Program Leader; notify appropriate leadership immediately of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions, individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances around campers, or any other potentially dangerous conditions or situation.
    • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in working with campers, campers’ families, fellow team members, leadership, and facility partners while upholding the Headfirst Summer Camps core values at all times.
    • Adhere to state law, Headfirst Summer Camps policies and procedures, and contractual obligations.
    • Take on additional responsibilities as assigned by the Headfirst Summer Camps leadership team and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.


    The Requirements:

    • At least 16 years of age.
    • High school student or graduate who will be less than one full year out of high school in Summer 2018 (if you will be more than one full year out of high school in Summer 2018, please apply to our After Care Counselor position).
    • Preferred: Experience supervising or working with children.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully at all times and in all situations.
    • Ability to work well with a variety of age, interest, skill, and developmental levels.
    • Ability to exercise good judgement, follow instructions, and properly implement Headfirst processes and policies in order to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of campers and team members.
    • Ability to approach each day and its unique challenges with enthusiasm, patience, and a sense of humor.
    • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law.
    • Ability to successfully perform all essential job functions (please note: this description reflects the current assessment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please contact the Headfirst Summer Camps Talent Department for more information.


    The Character:

    • An impassioned enterpriser who shares The Headfirst Companies’ core mission and values, and believes in our ability to work together to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults.
    • A highly motivated self-starter who is autonomous and dependable.
    • A team player who approaches professional hurdles with a strong sense of individual responsibility and a sincere emphasis on team over self.
    • A consummate professional who has the ability to prioritize and multi-task, managing several projects concurrently, sometimes under pressure, and often with tight deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
    • A vocal, energetic, and enthusiastic leader who possesses the charisma, passion, and polish to serve as an ambassador of The Headfirst Companies.
    • A doer who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on finishing the job every day.
    • A problem-solver who assumes responsibility beyond what is asked, and takes initiative.
    • A flexible, coachable, and down-to-earth teammate who has the desire and capacity to grow through self-reflection, and by both providing and receiving thoughtful, constructive performance feedback.
    • A patient individual with a stellar sense of humor.

    The Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.

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