Unit Heads are responsible for creating and implementing quality curriculum and programming for New Country Day Camp. Program units include Sports, Martial Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Movement, Science, Journalism, Imagination, Wilderness Discovery, and Creating, Planting and Pioneering (CPP). Unit Heads are passionate about teaching their particular area of expertise in an informal, outdoor, educational setting.
In NCDC's Science Unit, campers participate in activities that emphasize exploration and the quest for knowledge of the world around them. Through discussion, direct observation and experimentation, campers learn about natural and human-made systems that have created NCDC's physical home: the Todt Hill forest, Staten Island and New York City.
The Unit Head, with the support of their Assistant Unit Head, leads these activities, and will create and execute plans for collaborative, physically engaging lessons that bring campers' attention to their immediate environment, and that foreground the question "How does this work?" Lessons are designed to address issues of environment and community. Lessons and activities will align with weekly themes from NCDC's values-based curriculum.
The UH will be encouraged to explore a broad range of topics in the history of Staten Island, from the island's geology and forests, Native American history, immigrant communities who have lived here and the uses to which they've put the land and structures and systems like the Verrazano Bridge, Fresh Kills and the SI Ferry.
Because of the eclectic nature of the position, applicants with many types of educational and work backgrounds will be considered. Experience leading large groups is a plus.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
- Direct client group: Campers ages 4-13
- Directly supervises Assistant Unit Head(s) and instructional team of camp counselors
- Directly supervised by Program Director
- Consults with Director of Jewish Life and Culture
- Collaborates with fellow Unit Heads
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
- Incorporate NCDC values and seasonal themes rooted in Jewish sensibilities into all curriculum programming
- Submit lesson plans in pre-camp months and during camp to supervisor and consultants
- Develop and execute 30 minute daily morning activity periods for groups of 30 campers at a time grouped by age, keeping consistent with pre-determined weekly themes and values.
- Develop and execute week- long, progressive and comprehensive programs for afternoon elective time for 10-40 kids at a time for campers in 2nd -6th grades keeping consistent with pre-determined weekly themes and values.
- Be actively involved in the development of NCDC Maccabi Games Program
- Develop rainy day programming and family day activities over the summer
- Be responsible for overall cleanliness and organization of program area and supplies
- Work with Operations Manager on ordering of supplies for program units, as well as maintaining an organized inventory and balanced budget
- Exhibit and maintain strong time management capabilities
- Actively participate in NCDC’s sustainability and waste management efforts
- Submit weekly elective programming to Social Media Coordinator in order to communicate program options on the camp blog for campers and their families
- Communicate as needed with Division Heads regarding camper needs and concerns
- Provide additional support for counselors and campers outside of lesson time as needed and assigned, particularly on days when it is rainy and/or counselors are absent
- Work closely with Support Team to ensure campers of varying ability levels needs are being met at all times
Leadership and Supervision
- As a member of the NCDC Supervisory Staff, exhibit a role of leadership at all times
- Be present at all days of orientation, camp and staff meetings during the camp season
- Proactively problem solve and motivate colleagues as difficult moments present themselves throughout the camp season; encourage flexibility and understanding as means to achieve common goals
- Establish and promote a commitment to the mission and vision of New Country Day Camp
- Supervise, train and develop clear roles for Assistant Unit Heads at camp, with special attention paid to their supervision model and need for initiative
- Develop clear roles for unit counselors with special attention paid to afternoon programming during elective periods
- Conduct daily check-ins with direct supervisee(s) and attend a weekly check-in with supervisor, consultants and colleagues
- 3+ years of experience working with elementary school-age children
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
- Professional-level experience in their field of expertise, including curriculum development
- Previous supervisory experience preferred
- Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills
- Ability to interact with children and colleagues of diverse cultural and social backgrounds
- Skilled and passionate about education and communication
- Fast learner with ability to work independently and collaboratively
Role Key Competencies
- Classroom management
- Leadership skills
Minimum Education Required