Camps Director Job Description

Qualifications:

  • Creativity and passion for mentoring youth in a natural flow learning environment with open and flexible structure
  • Current Wilderness First Aid  (we will help you acquire this before working)
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and risk assessment
  • Strong ability to work as a contributing member of a team
  • Willing to participate in a healthy feedback culture
  • Be a professional adult: operate with responsibility and integrity, 
  • Care about equity and diversity and creating a welcoming and inclusive space for all
  • Uphold Wild Intelligence (WI) mission and policies

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:

1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

2. Research, develop, and deliver, based on the needs of the students’ age level and camp-chosen curriculum.

3. Develop, maintain and improve program materials and supplies for the betterment of the program

4. Share in the necessary job responsibilities of the staff team on a rotating basis.

6. Actively participate in board meetings, staff meetings, and staff trainings.

9. Provide a positive atmosphere for mentors, leaders and students; allowing them flexibility to meet their needs and program goals.

11. Provide a safe and responsible atmosphere for children to learn and grow.

12. As skill level dictates, provide emergency care to all participants.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of growth and development characteristics for pre-adolescent children; knowledge of ways to successfully affect learning; knowledge of our ecological system and subsystems; knowledge of strengths and limitations of various learning theories; ability to provide effective leadership to adolescent students; ability to effectively communicate with children; ability to promote and develop student’s desire to learn; ability to provide learning opportunities appropriate to fostering student’s behavior that enhances desirable ecological practice; skill to utilize effective teaching strategies; and ability to evaluate and revise one’s own instructional practices and programs; 

Summary: 

Seeing children develop new skills and gain an appreciation of knowledge and learning can be very rewarding Wild Intelligence facilitators are responsible for providing a safe and developmentally appropriate outdoor  program for young children that complies with all relevant legislation, and WI policies and procedures as well as our unique point of view and curriculum that sets WI apart. Young children learn from playing, problem solving, questioning, and experimenting.  Teachers use play and other instructional techniques such as positive redirection to teach children about the world.

Core Competencies

  • Ability to be patient and compassionate under pressure and in times of chaos.
  • Embrace the perspective of the child, and be respectful in tone and body language; meeting them on their level. 
  • Excellent time management, analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to lead projects and resolve issues independently. 
  • Exceptional critical thinking & problem solving skills. 
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong organizational skills. 
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. 
  • Professionalism, dependability, integrity and trustworthiness combined with a cooperative attitude. 

Supplies:

  • Keep tools, and necessary supplies stocked 
  • When you cannot promptly obtain supplies for yourself, you will notify the board to obtain supplies for you.

Governance:

  • Provide basic needs for all children in your care. i.e. water,  restroom, attention, care.
  • Harsh, hazardous or inappropriate handling of the children is immediate grounds for termination.

Parent Communication:

Provide feedback to parents at pick up each day, either in person or by means of the daily log.

  • Be mindful of the tone, and always practice respectful communications. Execute the “compliment sandwich” method; begin and end with positive information. 
  • Meet and greet any individual.
  • Be aware of WI events and effectively communicate with parents about scheduling changes, upcoming events, community involvement, behavioral issues and concerns. 
  • Remain visible and accessible to Team Members and parents. 
  • Maintain procedures for pick-up and drop off with staff. 
  • Represent the interests of WI in the community. 
  • Stay highly aware of safety issues keeping a constant eye on items that may have not been noticed. 
  • Meet regularly with management, and board of directors perform other job-related duties as necessary. 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee frequently is required to sit, often on the ground, for extended periods of time; often upwards of 50% of the day. 
  • The employee is frequently required to walk, balance, stoop, kneel or bend. (50%) 
  • Possess strong hearing acuity. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Relationships:

  • Supervised by the board of directors
  • Works closely and maintains communications with management team, teaching staff, administrative staff, and external counterparts such as parents.

Send your resume and cover letter to Wild Intelligence Board of Directors at Wildintelligence@protonmail.com