- Full Time
Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator
Job Title: Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator
Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time
Pay Status/Range: Exempt, $115-128 per day
Schedule: 5 to 6 days per week
Dates of Employment: May 10, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Reports To: Programs Manager
Housing Available: Yes
Number of Positions Available: 1
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 camp programming based out of various sites around Summit County, for local and visiting children grades Kindergarten through 8th. Programming is age specific and full-day, offering educational and recreational activities with weekly science and adventure themes. Each week, campers will participate in hands-on activities, local hikes, arts and crafts, games, leadership, literacy, community building and much more!
The Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator oversees all Day Camp programs. Their primary responsibility is to provide the necessary tools for instructors to maintain a positive and safe learning environment for children. The Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator will also mentor and support Day Camp instructors.
The Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator is responsible for creating schedules and attendance sheets, communicating with outside contractors, assisting in developing curriculum, and facilitating a wide variety of summer program activities.
The Seasonal Day Camp Coordinator 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:
- 40% Administrative tasks;
- 20% Teaching;
- 20% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
- 20% Support Staff duties (e.g. check-in/out, cleaning, student free time);
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Mentor, motivate, and inspire the day programs team of 26 instructors;
- Collaborate closely with the Day Camp Curriculum Specialist to develop program curriculum;
- Complete all logistical and operational tasks for day programs, which includes but is not limited to: creating weekly schedules, assigning trail groups, creating weekly attendance lists, etc;
- Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
- Collaborate with the Customer Experience team in communicating with parents/guardians regarding behavior, risk, and safety;
- Plan and facilitate all staff meetings and trainings (as assigned);
- Maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
- Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
- Provide an electronics-free experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
- Assign task-based projects to Instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
- Provide support for other summer programs during daytime or evenings;
- Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
- Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from KSS programming;
- Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
- Facilitate and complete set up/take down projects at the end of every Day Camp session as assigned;
- 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
- Desire to lead and mentor the Day Camp team at several programming locations;
- Desire to coordinate all Day Camp programs and complete necessary administrative tasks;
- 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 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;
- Write incident reports and lesson plans with attention to detail.
Required Education, Experience, and Certifications
- Candidates will be asked to provide verification of one of the following: (A) 4 year college degree with a major such as recreation, education with a specialty in art, elementary education or early childhood education, or a subject in the human services field; (B) 2 years of college training + 6 months (910 hours) of experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children since attaining the age of 18;
- Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
- Excellent driving record and a valid driver's license; Candidates age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience will be required to participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and they will be required to drive a 15-passenger van;
- Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
- Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
- Experience leading employees and managing administrative tasks in a professional environment;
- 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.