Love kids? Want to work in a creative, supportive environment?
Camp Kaleidoscope, an arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for staff for Summer 2019.

Staff must be available for full camp season including orientation dates unless otherwise agreed on. Camp dates: June 24-August 16, 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Orientation the week before camp opens; staff meetings Mondays after camp. Although camp is not easily accessible by public transportation, buses are available from Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Framingham and Wayland. Kaleidoscope is a pluralistic Jewish camp welcoming the entire community. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Staff Positions

Unit Leader: Lower and Middle Camp

The Unit Leader: Lower and Middle Camp, is responsible for overseeing campers entering grades K-3 and lower and middle camp counselors. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that camper needs are met; communicating with parents; supervising counselor staff; working with specialists; and working with program staff to refine daily activities. 

Responsibilities

To identify and meet camper needs:

  • Review each camper’s profile and plan accordingly
  • Understand the developmental needs of the age groups
  • Develop a positive relationship with each lower and middle camp bunk
  • Maintain contact with camper parents on a regular basis
  • Work with Camper Support Coordinator and Camp Director in reporting, managing and supervising camper behavior

To plan and facilitate camp programs:

  • Work with Program Staff and counselors to schedule choices for Fridays, Special Days and for Middle Campers’ Choice Times
  • Support a fun, vibrant Jewish camp culture infused with Jewish learning opportunities
  • Monitor campers’ participation throughout the week, and ensure all campers are participating appropriately
  • Communicate all schedules and schedule changes to counselors and specialists, and monitor their communication to campers
  • Take on or cover responsibilities if staff are absent or ill
  • Participate in dress-up days and special events and demonstrate camp ruach (spirit)
  • Support Arts Nights and Special Days as needed

Staff supervision

  • Administer pre-camp orientation meetings
  • Help staff to understand the needs and abilities of their campers
  • Encourage an environment where each camper feels emotionally supported and physically safe
  • Teach and model appropriate methods of dealing with camper behavior issues
  • Work with specialists as needed in planning and implementing lessons, time management, and classroom management
  • Lead or co-lead weekly staff meetings
  • Complete end-of-summer evaluations of assigned staff
  • Inform the Camp Director immediately in matters of concern about inappropriate staff behavior

Additional Expectations:

  • Check in with Camp Director daily
  • Follow all the rules of camp as described in the Staff Manual and Code of Conduct
  • Maintain good relations with the greater JCC Greater Boston community
  • Be a positive, respectful, flexible member of the Camp Team, working collaboratively with others and accepting criticism or suggestions in a positive manner
  • Willingly assume all other responsibilities and perform whatever duties are necessary in order to assure the efficient and successful operation of Camp.

Requirements

  • Must be a college graduate.
  • Minimum of 3 years working in camp or camp-like setting.
  • Previous teaching and supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Experience communicating and working with parents of children of varying abilities.
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain perspective under pressure.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs.
  • Must have a sense of fun.
  • Must be energetic, enthusiastic and demonstrate the desire to go the extra mile.

Employment Status: Full-time Seasonal, Mondays through Fridays, June 24 – August 16, including 25-30 hours of staff training and pre-camp set-up in May and June.

Hours: 8:00am-5:30pm Mondays; 8am-5pm Tuesday-Friday or as needed

To apply: send a resume, cover letter and three references to: Betty Lehrman, Director, Camp Kaleidoscope, 333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459 or email: blehrman@jccgb.org.

Unit Leader: Upper Camp

The Unit Leader: Upper Camp, is responsible for overseeing campers entering grades 4-11 and upper camp and CIT counselors and specialists. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that camper needs are met; communicating with parents; supervising counselor and specialist staff; and working with program staff to refine daily activities. 

Responsibilites

To identify and meet camper needs:

  • Review each camper’s profile and plan accordingly
  • Understand the developmental needs of the age groups
  • Develop a positive relationship with campers and staff
  • Maintain contact with camper parents on a regular basis as needed
  • Work with Camper Support Coordinator, Program Director and Camp Director in reporting, managing and supervising camper behavior

To plan and facilitate camp programs:

  • Work with Program Staff and others to schedule choices for Fridays and non-typical days
  • Work with Upper Camp counselors, Production Staff, Art Staff, Science, Sports and others as necessary
  • Support a fun, vibrant Jewish camp culture infused with Jewish learning opportunities
  • Monitor campers’ participation throughout the week, and ensure that campers are participating appropriately
  • Communicate all schedules and schedule changes to staff, and oversee communication to campers
  • Take on or cover responsibilities if staff are absent or ill
  • Participate in dress-up days and special events and demonstrate camp ruach (spirit)
  • Support Arts Nights, Late Nights, and Special Days as needed

Staff supervision

  • Administer pre-camp orientation meetings
  • Help staff to understand the needs and abilities of their campers
  • Encourage an environment where each camper feels emotionally supported and physically safe
  • Teach and model appropriate methods of dealing with camper behavior issues
  • Support specialists as needed in planning and implementing lessons, time management, and classroom management
  • Lead or co-lead weekly staff meetings
  • Complete end-of-summer evaluations of assigned staff
  • Inform the Camp Director immediately in matters of concern about inappropriate staff behavior

Additional Expectations:

  • Check in with Camp Director and Program Director daily
  • Follow all the rules of camp as described in the Staff Manual and Code of Conduct
  • Maintain good relations with the greater JCC Greater Boston community
  • Be a positive, respectful, flexible member of the Camp Team, working collaboratively with others and accepting criticism or suggestions in a positive manner
  • Willingly assume all other responsibilities and perform whatever duties are necessary in order to assure the efficient and successful operation of Camp.

Requirements

  • Must be college graduate.
  • Minimum of 3 years working in camp or camp-like setting.
  • Previous teaching and supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience with Jewish education, theatrical productions, studio art, or science teaching a plus.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Experience communicating and working with parents of children of varying abilities.
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain perspective under pressure.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs.
  • Must have a sense of fun.
  • Must be energetic, enthusiastic and demonstrate the desire to go the extra mile.

Employment Status: Full-time Seasonal, Mondays through Fridays, June 24 – August 16, including 25-30 hours of staff training and pre-camp set-up in May and June.

Hours: 8:00am-5:30pm Mondays; 8am-5pm Tuesday-Friday or as needed

To apply: send a resume, cover letter and three references to: Betty Lehrman, Director, Camp Kaleidoscope, 333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459 or email: blehrman@jccgb.org.

Counselors

Counselors are mature, reliable, patient people who understand what it takes to make a camper's day a wonderful experience. While the JCC is not easily accessed by public transportation, buses are available from Framingham, Wayland and Brookline. Counselors are 18 years old or graduating high school or older, with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children. Internships are open to students entering grades 11 or 12,  with experience working with children. All counselors must be available through August 17. We have openings for June 24-August 16 and July 8-August 17, depending on the position.

  • Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work in pairs or groups of three and are responsible for a group of 10-15 campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day as campers attend activities in the arts, science, sports and swimming. Middle camp counselors may also assist in other areas throughout camp.
  • Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and productions. Open positions may include guitar teacher, theater, dance, magic, video production, canoeing, sports and games, acrobatics, knitting and crafts. Upper Camp teaching counselors usually have completed at least one year of college.

To apply, send cover letter, application and letters of reference to:

Camp Kaleidoscope

333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459

kaleidoscope@jccgb.orgor  617.558.6523

 

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