- Full Time
Job Title: Programs Specialist
Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time
Pay Status/Range: Exempt, $105-117 per day
Schedule: 5 to 6 days per week
Dates of Employment: May 19, 2021 - August 14, 2021
Reports To: Programs Manager
Housing Available: Yes
Number of Positions Available: 4
At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, through the lens of science, changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.
Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School’s historic campus serves as base camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We’re proud to be Summit County’s #1 Best Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!
Program Overview and Job Summary
KSS offers day and overnight programs on the Keystone Science School campus and at satellite locations around Summit County. Programs are age-specific, full-week program sessions offering education, adventure and recreational activities based upon weekly science and adventure themes. Each week campers will participate in hands-on science activities, hikes, arts and crafts, games, leadership, community building, and much more! Campers in all programs range from entering Kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Programs Specialist is dedicated to supporting all aspects of summer programming including training, supporting curriculum development, engaging with large activities on all campuses, assisting with meals, and much more. This position will collaborate with the Day Camp and Overnight Camp Curriculum Specialists to ensure quality programming and instructor support. The Programs Specialist will act as one of the primary substitutes for all KSS summer program areas, including Day Camp, Discovery Camp, and Discovery Adventures. This position will be a support for any onsite or offsite programs needs. Specialists will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic, which may include living with other Instructors in a communal living environment.
Main areas of focus:
- 60% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, set up/clean up, transportation, student free time);
- 30% Teaching;
- 10% Lesson planning and curriculum development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintain organization of curriculum and resources, including check-out and check-in of all materials;
- Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate activities;
- Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
- Supervise and/or provide support for a wide variety of KSS programs and activities, which includes but is not limited to: "Camper Choice" activities, day program overnights, large group games, campfires, adventure day experiences led by professional contractors, etc.;
- Assign and manage task-based projects to instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
- Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
- Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
- Provide an electronics-aware experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
- Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from KSS campus;
- Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
- Drive a 15-passenger van and successfully complete Van Driver Training;
- Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements
- Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
- Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
- Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
- Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;
- Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing children in a variety of situations;
- Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
- Interpret a variety of instructions provided in written or verbal form;
- Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;
- Superior customer service skills;
- Demonstrate the ability to be creative and think 'outside the box';
- Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
- Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
Required Education, Experience, and Certifications
- Prior experience working with school-age children: at least three (3) months (460 hours) of full-time or equivalent part-time satisfactory and verifiable experience with school-age children;
- Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
- Age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience, excellent driving record, and a valid driver's license;
- Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
- Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
- Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software.
In many situations, KSS will provide transportation to satellite programming locations. However, staff may be asked to use personal vehicles to travel within Summit County. Any travel mileage outside Summit County may be reimbursed.
Physical Demands of this Position
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or hold objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee often stands for up to 16 hours per day, but may be required to stand longer in emergency situations. The employee must be able to lift and carry at least 40 pounds for an extended duration. The employee is frequently required to travel for extended periods over rugged terrain. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the employee to work in close contact with their teammates and children. Staff will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but varies seasonally due to programs and staffing on campus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee often works outside and drives vehicles in various weather conditions.
Housing and food are provided at no additional cost. A housing deposit may be collected.
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Equal Employment Opportunity
Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.