Dates of Employment: June 12th – July 28th, 2017
Reports to: Assistant Camp Director
Position Purpose: To further the mission of BCH Camp by overseeing and managing our 2 senior camp programs: EDGE (9th – 12th): An adventure-based program for teens that includes frequent use of our ropes course, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking and paddling. Campers live in a tight-knit community focused on challenging personal and group limits. Base (10th – 12th): A theme-based program for teens that includes 4 unique sessions – Community Service Week, Music Art & Drama (MAD) Week, Summit (a 2-week session focused on leadership development) and You-Can’t-Do-That-At-Camp Week.
At least 2 years in a camp leadership or administrative role.
Desire and ability to work with high-school aged youth (9th – 12th grades) in a camp setting.
Experience working at a faith-based or religious organization.
Experience with adventure programming.
Ability to provide supervision and guidance to counselors.
Experience and ability to creatively schedule programs, trips, facilities and staff.
- Serve as a member of the Leadership Staff Team.
- Attend Leadership Staff Training (June 12th - 16th, 2017).
- Participate in daily Leadership Staff meetings.
- Communicate counselor or camper needs to the Assistant Camp Director.
- Inform Leadership Staff of any camper or staff concerns.
- Train EDGE facilitators and Base counselors in their responsibilities.
- Prior to camp, contact staff who will be assigned under your supervision.
- During all staff training (June 17th – 23rd), teach portions of the training content as determined by the Assistant Camp Director.
- Prepare in advance the content pertinent to the subjects you will be training.
- Oversee the safety and wellbeing of EDGE and Base campers.
- Assist those campers and staff who may need help fitting into camp atmosphere.
- Make connections with campers and ensure their happiness at camp.
- Oversee the behavior management strategies used with campers.
- Manage the timely resolution of issues that develop with counselors and/ or campers.
- Provide supervision, continued development and evaluation for EDGE facilitators and Base counselors.
- Provide on-going support and feedback; conduct regular informal evaluations.
- Conduct formal mid-summer and end-of-summer evaluations.
- Assist staff in setting objectives so they can meet expectations.
- Privately address issues with concerning staff members.
- Help ensure staff morale by seeing that staff get enough rest and time off.
- Provide coverage when necessary.
- Oversee, develop and evaluate the EDGE and Base camp programs.
- Be a present and visible member of both camp programs.
- Ensure the proper schedules are being followed and programs are being implemented.
- Provide ideas, creativity and insight for stagnant activities.
- Book trips and organize transportation.
- Design and lead the 2-week session for Base, “Summit.”
- Plan curriculum, organize volunteers, book and attend trips.
- Evaluate both programs and make changes where necessary.
- Make formal recommendations for the following camp season.
The Senior Camp Unit Director is responsible for supervising 2 EDGE facilitators and 2 – 4 Base counselors (4 – 6 staff, total), and reports to the Assistant Camp Director for supervision. In the Assistant Camp Director’s absence, the Senior Camp Unit Director reports to the Camp Director. As a member of the leadership staff team, the Senior Camp Unit Director works alongside 2 Junior Camp Unit Directors, Day Camp Unit Director, Waterfront Director, Junior Counselor/Squad Coordinator and Activities Coordinator.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Passion for youth camping.
- Experience in teaching and training adults and children.
- Familiarity with and openness towards the Episcopalian faith and traditions.
- Ability to work long hours and be on-call during time-off.
Physical Aspects of the Position
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
- Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
- Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
Apply by: May 26 2017
Camp/Organization: Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center (ACA Accredited)
Location: Greenfield, New Hampshire
Type of Position: Director
Time Frame: Seasonal