Junior Program Counselor
Job Code/Title Position Number H19011 Working Title Junior Program Counselor Department Community Service Programs Organizational Overview
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Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $7.50 Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Hourly Hours/Week 28 Normal work days M-F, sporadic evening/weekend Normal work hours 8:30AM-4:30PM Job Category Miscellaneous Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? No Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical No Description of the Job
The Mary and Frances Youth Center ( MFYC ) on the VCU campus, opened its doors in 2007 and offers two private tennis courts and classrooms designed for youth programming and youth centered training. Lobs & Lessons, operating out of the MFYC, is an afterschool and summer enrichment program for elementary and middle school age youth that focuses on character development, future orientation and the sport of tennis.
Lobs & Lessons will offer eight weeks of summer camp to elementary and middle school youth. This position is for a Jr. Camp Counselor who is responsible for being an active part of all camp activities to include team building, swimming, and life skills lessons. A camp counselor is the most important person in a camper’s life. Setting the tone for the entire summer, and in some cases, for life, the counselor’s job is not to be taken lightly. Serving as an activity counselor, the most successful candidates are those who are able to manage multiple priorities, create fun in an instant, maintain high energy and serve as a positive role model in camper’s lives.
Hours: Varies, between 8:30-4:30pm
Reports to: Director, Mary and Frances Youth Center
Start Date: Training: June 15-19 / Camps: June 22-July 17, July 27-31
1. Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers.
• Support campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
• Help to ensure campers are properly supervised at all times.
• Be aware of, and implement, safety guidelines.
2. Participate in implementation of program activities for campers
• Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
• Assist counselors with team building games and life skills lessons.
• Assist counselors with on-court tennis instructions (Set-up and break down of equipment, taking pictures, feeding tennis balls, using water guns and managing water breaks)
• Assist counselors with swimming at Rec Sports.
3. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
• Support counselors in providing the daily care for each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
• Be alert to camper needs and discuss any problems with counselors.
4. Be a positive role model for campers and staff
• Ensure positive attitude, behavior and interaction with campers and staff at all times.
• Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
• Set a good example to campers and others with regard to general camp procedures and practices, including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.
• At least 15 years of age.
• Experience and/or desire to work with children; specifically in afterschool, summer or classroom settings.
• Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner
• Previous experience as a Jr. Counselor
• Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively (verbally) with youth.
• Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-motivator, responsible and adaptability.
• Demonstrate knowledge and interest in skill development in assigned program areas.
• Proven ability to maintain high levels of endurance, positive attitude and leadership abilities.
Physical Requirements of the Job:
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
• Willing to work in a camp setting; inside and outside.
• Withstand daily exposure to sun and heat.
• Willingness to swim appropriately with the youth; no fear of the water.
Preferred Qualifications Job Open Date 03/05/2020 Remove from posting on or before 04/03/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include your resume and cover letter that speak towards your experience serving youth.
Additional Information Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/97961 Supplemental Questions
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- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Other Document
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