Camp Counselor

Pay Rate: $7.25 – $9/hr.,Depends on Experience
LOCATION: El Paso, TX
SCHEDULE: Part time, 20-30 hours, Hours, Days and Location Varies

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the site summer Camp Coordinator and Executive Director; be responsible for the supervision and management of a school-age group of children between the ages of 5 to 12 years. Provide a program to foster children’s social, physical, emotional and mental growth. Maintain in every way the objectives of the Association and strengthen the relationship between counselor and program participants.

JOB SEGMENTS:
1. Greet and communicate with all children and parents in a friendly, professional manner.

2. Assist in the planning and implementation of the program under the direction of the site camp coordinator.

3. Assist in the preparation of a creative learning environment, establishment of interest centers and the preparation of needed materials and supplies.

4. Assist with general housekeeping tasks to ensure a clean, safe environment.

5. Must supervise children at all times in accordance to Association policies, i.e. Code of Conduct, etc.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Regular attendance at Employer’s place of business and/or during particular hours, as assigned, is an essential function of this position. Employee must comply with and follow YMCA’s attendance policy at all times, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted, as required by law.
2. Provides appropriate guidance, care and security in a nurturing environment to ensure safety, physical care and emotional well-being of the children.
3. Provides a variety of supervised activities to children including, but not limited to, arts and crafts, dramatics, story hours, indoor and outdoor games, creative movement and free play.
4. Provides stimulating activities that will enhance the development of each child.
5. Complies with Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) minimum standards for child care at all times.
6. Supports the activity and program of the After School Site Director and assists with lesson planning and activity implementation.
7. Attends training and meetings as required, including participation annually in 20 hours of training per TDPRS minimum standards.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High school graduate or equivalent required.
2. Must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 but enrolled in a career program through present high school.
3. Over three (3) months experience working with children in a recognized setting; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
4. Must have an interest in children and be able motivate children while remaining sensitive to their needs and capabilities.
5. Must acquire CPR, First Aid, DFPS background check, FBI fingerprint and food handling certifications prior to start of employment. Must maintain these certifications throughout employment.
6. If you have lived out of state in the past five years you are required to submit for criminal history and child abuse/neglect check for the different states you have resided in.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically fit in order to participate in all aspects of the position. Ability to lift twenty-five (25) pounds without strain and mentally alert to recognize potential hazards and accidents. Make sound judgments even when distracted by noise and activity. Ability to handle irate, complaining or demanding individuals without internalizing or personalizing comments made. Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and first aid effectively.