Unit Head - Cooking, Planting and Pioneering

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


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 Cooking, Planting and Pioneering (CPP). Unit Heads are passionate about teaching their particular area of expertise in an informal, outdoor, educational setting.


In NCDC's Cooking, Planting & Pioneering Unit (CPP), campers participate in a broad range of activities in which they learn about food: from sowing to eating. Campers in this unit plant and maintain camp’s vegetable and flower garden, and along the way learn about garden and farm ecosystems and all the things that keep them running: from compost and worms to engineering and hard work.


The Unit Head, with the support of their Assistant Unit Head, creates and executes collaborative and developmentally appropriate lesson plans that teach these themes through hands-on activities that include planting and tending the garden, preparing food and drinks, and engaging with camp’s environment in creative ways. Lessons and activities will align with weekly themes from NCDC's values-based curriculum.


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. 



  • 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



  • 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



Required Knowledge

  • 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
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Patience
  • Delegation

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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