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Camp Name: YMCA Camp Collins

Camp Location: Portland, OR

Camp Description: Resident Camp right off the Sandy River in Gresham Oregon

Sponsoring YMCA: YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Association Services

YMCA Location: Portland, OR

Job Description and Required Certifications: The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is a mission driven organization, which seeks individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about our purpose and mission. We do this by putting the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into practice. General Function: Work with the Seasonal Units Director to plan, organize and implement the Day Camp program. Ensure the safety, well-being and personal growth of staff and campers. Responsible for overall Day Camp operation: tone-setting, communication with parents, camper behavior management, scheduling, quality of activities, staff evaluations and coordination of transportation. Be an active and supportive member of the Leadership Team. The Day Camp Director must demonstrate positive, professional role modeling at all times, acting in a manner that is consistent with the staff code of conduct and the philosophy, goals, and objectives of YMCA Camp Collins. Entry Requirements: • Minimum age 21. • 2 years of camping experience or combination of youth program and supervisory experience. • First Aid and CPR Certifications or ability to obtain prior to 1st day of employment. • Requires strong communication skills, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, dependability, creativity and ability to work and problem solve as a team player. • Mental and physical ability to deal with high stress situations and work well under pressure. • Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently. • Ability to support and connect with campers and staff. • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical abilities to act swiftly in an emergency situation. • Knowledge of/practical experience in: cabin leadership, camper psychology, peer leadership and supervision; staff management & motivation. • Ability and willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly. • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Essential Functions: 1. Incorporate and Model our YMCA Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into your work. 2. Commit to establishing long-term relationships with staff, volunteers, campers and families. 3. Support Staff a. Complete a bi-weekly evaluation for each staff member and a formal mid & end of summer evaluation. b. Praise staff frequently with specific examples of their actions and words. c. Help staff replace undesired behavior with positive choices. i. Identify and point out incorrect choices in a timely manner. ii. Work with staff to make better choices in similar situations. d. Connect with each staff member and maintain a positive relationship throughout the summer. e. Establish a harmonious and supportive tone among all Day Camp Counselors. i. Work with counselors to ensure that the team maintains healthy communication. f. Help staff grow as people and as counselors. i. Create an opportunity for staff to set personal and professional goals for the summer. ii. Follow up on the progress of staff goals and motivate the staff achieve them. g. Be supportive when staff deals with challenging situations. i. Encourage staff to ask for help when needed and give it willingly when asked. ii. Listen and demonstrate understanding. h. Follow-through with staff requests and commitments that you make. i. Serve as a liaison to the Leadership Team. Ensure that open communication is maintained between counselors and Leadership Team. 4. Ensure the Physical, Emotional and Social Safety of Campers a. Work with staff to create an environment in which all campers are respectful of each other and the guidelines at camp. b. Spend time with the campers so that you are able to observe the group dynamics of each cabin group and connect with individual campers. i. Ensure that all campers have made a connection with at least one staff member. c. Help campers who need extra support. i. Look for campers who may be unhappy or unconnected. ii. Work with staff to help the camper be successful. d. Talk to the Summer Program Director when you have serious concerns about the behavior of a particular camper. e. Report any suspicions of child abuse immediately to the Seasonal Units or Summer Program Director. i. With the Summer Program Director’s assistance, call the Metro Tri County Hotline. ii. Document the situation and complete an incident report form. f. Use parents as resources to give you insight into their child’s behavior and how to help them. i. Call them in a timely manner. ii. Keep the Summer Program Director informed of the situation. g. Be aware of times or activities that may involve a high degree of emotional or social risk for campers and work with staff to mitigate these risks. h. Stay informed of staff choices, especially involving discipline, to ensure that campers receive fair and appropriate treatment. i. Handle all situations involving camper safety in a timely manner. 5. Build Relationships with Day Camp Parents a. Communicate regularly with Day Camp parents about their child’s behavior, successes and challenges. b. Keep parents informed of any changes in the Day Camp program or schedule. c. Return parent phone calls in a timely manner. d. Keep Seasonal Units Director informed of any parent concerns or situations that need further attention. e. Find fun and creative ways to create stronger relationships with Day Camp parents. 6. Leadership Team Responsibilities a. Demonstrate professional role modeling at all times. b. Work to establish and maintain positive relationships with all Leadership Team members throughout the summer. c. Communicate regularly with the Seasonal Units Director. d. Ask for help when needed. e. Fulfill Leadership Team Duties, such as the Camp Store and running meals, with a positive attitude and willingness to help. f. Perform daily driving responsibilities. g. Complete a thorough End of Summer Report prior to employment agreement end date. 7. Conduct Appropriate Parent Communication a. Act proactively regarding camper concerns by informing parents of camper illness, safety and behavior when a situation first arises. b. Be consistent and timely in inclusion of parents in updates of camper situations. c. Follow-up with parent inquiries and calls in a timely manner. 8. Perform other duties as assigned

Salary Information: 235-275 per week plus room & board

Room and Board Provided: No


How to Apply: How to Apply: New Applicants: Complete a YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Employment Application and YMCA Camp Collins Supplemental Application Returning Applicants: Complete a YMCA Camp Collins Supplemental Application and send to: Summer Program Director YMCA Camp Collins 3001 SE Oxbow Parkway Gresham, OR 97080

Apply Online: http://www.ymcacw.org

Apply By Phone: 503-663-5813

Contact: Heather L Jackson
hjackson@ymca-portland.org
9500 SW Barbur Blvd Ste 200
Portland, OR 97219

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