• Site Leader, Headfirst Summer Camps: 2018-1770

    Site Leaders & Coordinators - Seasonal

  • The Position:

    The Headfirst Summer Camps mission is to enrich the lives of children nationwide by providing a fun and safe environment that simultaneously builds character and self-esteem.  The Headfirst Summer Camps Site Leader brings the Headfirst Summer Camps mission to life by using their passion for working with people to create a positive, high energy, life-changing experience for every camper and staff member on site. The Site Leader’s role is to supervise, coach, and provide constructive feedback all while working closely with Headfirst Headquarters to ensure that each camper and staff member has a safe, enriching, and fun time at camp. This position will closely and directly monitor all programs to guarantee they are executed to Headfirst’s standards. The Site Leader must live Headfirst’s core values at all times, demonstrating dedication, integrity, and professionalism in everything they do. The Site Leader must always prioritize operating a safe and secure camp, taking personal responsibility for the physical and emotional wellbeing of every program participant. The Site Leader must always be mindful of their role as an ambassador for Headfirst Summer Camps and strive to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with every member of the Headfirst Summer Camps community, from facility partners to camper families.

    The Work:

    Pre-Camp Season

    • Tap into your existing professional and personal network to help recruit and retain staff for your site.
    • Master camp processes and provide curriculum feedback and input, including schedules, activities, policies, and procedures.
    • Attend and help facilitate counselor’s trainings in the spring.
    • Participate in all required webinars and online trainings.
    • Assist with the mobilization of site (including, but not limited to, set up, equipment organization, operational & logistics planning).
    • Submit all required paperwork on time.

    Camp Season

    • Manage all camp processes, procedures, and programs with high energy, integrity, and passion.
    • Audit program curriculum and execution to ensure that instructional and business objectives are being met in all programs.
    • Keep adequate documentation and records of attendance, absences, and emergency information on each camper.
    • Master all facility-specific emergency procedures to ensure the safety of all campers and staff.
    • Ensure all facility rules are followed, and all campers and staff are respectful of facility property.
    • Create and maintain positive relationships with facility representatives, including administrators and custodial staff.
    • Serve as a role model for staff and campers in demonstrating positive attitudes, respectful communication, appropriate attire and grooming, and diligent work ethic.
    • Evaluate leadership staff performance and regularly provide constructive feedback both formally and informally, in written and verbal form.
    • Coach Headfirst Summer Camps Program Leaders on all matters related to their staff management responsibilities, including how to evaluate and give feedback to their counselors, how to address staff conflicts and concerns, how to resolve individual and group behavioral management issues, and how to handle matters related to camper health, safety, and security; proper execution of this responsibility will require organizing and running morning trainings throughout the summer.
    • Encourage and cultivate a culture of communication between leadership and staff regarding issues related to campers, camper families, or team members, and address 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, immediately and in a manner consistent with Headfirst Summer Camps policies and procedures.
    • Ensure that the Program Leaders have the supplies they need to conduct their activities.
    • Act as a proactive resource, problem solver, and sounding board for all parent concerns, communicating with parents respectfully, clearly, and frequently.
    • Handle high level Service Recovery issues, communicating with HQ to fully resolve all matters.
    • Maintain and enforce the Headfirst Summer Camps dress code and appearance requirements.
    • Implement Headfirst Summer Camps’ traditions, games, policies, procedures, and safety protocols.
    • Facilitate all required team and morning camper meetings and attend all required leadership meetings.
    • Manage and supervise carpool safely and efficiently.
    • Ensure Before Care and After Care programs are fun, instructional, and safe.  This may require the working of Before Care and After Care if staffing needs arise.
    • Supervise and attend all Headfirst Summer Camps special events, interact with families, and coordinate set up/clean up.
    • Attend and contribute to summer wrap-up meeting.
    • Participate on all conference calls.  Daily morning and weekly after camp calls.
    • 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 HQ and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

    The Requirements:

    • At least 21 years of age.
    • Experience managing a team of direct reports with demonstrated expertise in performance evaluation and feedback loops.
    • Career or equivalent experience in education.
    • Minimum 4 years of camp experience or experience in teaching and working with children.
    • Comfort with public speaking (to parents, staff and groups of campers)
    • CPR/First Aid certification, or ability to obtain CPR/First Aid certification before May 31, 2018.
    • 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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