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Dance & Drama Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: D&DSpec2018
  • Job Location: San Diego, CA
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Seasonal
  • Date Updated: January 02, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: June 14, 2018
  • Classification: Seasonal



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Job Description:

Overview

Girl Scouts San Diego serves 22,500 girls and 12,700 adults. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Every summer, girls arrive to summer camp excited for new experiences. As a Camp Counselor, it’s your responsibility to encourage them to be courageous, demonstrate compassion and leadership, and participate in energetic activities that build memories for a lifetime. You have a desire to work with youth as they learn and succeed. You strive to be an inspiration. You want to have a positive impact on them as they build a stronger sense of courage, confidence, and character.

Girl Scouts San Diego is looking for dedicated and qualified staff members for our 2018 summer camps. Seasonal camp positions are open for our two resident camps located in Julian, CA. Camp positions will start on or about June 14, 2018 and will end August 18, 2018. It is preferred that our dynamic staff have experience working with youth, but it is not required.

Camp Whispering Oaks - Located in Julian, CA, this camp features arts and crafts, a sport field, basketball court, challenge course, and astronomy programming. The camps season begins mid-June and ends the middle of August. Campers and staff enjoy modern cabins with bunk beds and electricity.


Job Summary

Under moderate supervision, develops and delivers dance and drama activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to age and abilities of campers; manages dance and drama facilities and related supplies and equipment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works in conjunction with Unit Leaders to create weekly schedules for girl-driven, safe, creative and educational program for campers.
  • Collaborates with Unit Leaders and Program Specialists in all areas of use of facilities, supplies, equipment and activities to ensure unit schedules meet session goals and activities are balanced and geared toward campers’ ages, interests and abilities.
  • Works in conjunction with Camp Director and Unit Leaders to ensure staff are placed in appropriate working units.
  • Supervises and evaluates Unit Leaders to develop and implement all facets of girl-driven program.
  • Develops and facilitates Unit Leader training.
  • Facilitates Unit Leader meetings.
  • In coordination with the Camp Director creates staff development plan for the summer with weekly emphasis points.
  • Develops appropriate notebooks of job responsibilities.
  • Oversees bus stop processes and operations, including but not limited to camper/parent check-in, managing bus chaperones, and coordinating with council employees.
  • Meets with each Unit Leader and acting Unit Leader weekly for staff support and development.
  • Trains Unit Leaders and acting Unit Leaders on procedures for completing all tasks effectively.
  • Works with Program Director, CIT Directors and Unit Leaders to effectively resolve conflicts.
  • Oversees and develops camp vehicles usage schedules, trains and evaluates camp drivers, ensures proper maintenance of camp vehicles, including council gas credit cards and local gas station accounts.
  • Completes end of camp season evaluations and summary recommendations for future camp operations.
  • Maintains clear and positive written and verbal communication with all internal and external clients.
  • Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities.
  • Adheres to all council policies and procedures.
  • Observes all safety precautions and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Competencies and areas of expertise may include:

  • Adaptability & Flexibility - responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems; adapts approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations; copes well and helps others deal with the ongoing demands of change; sees and shows others the benefits of change; recovers quickly from setbacks, and finds alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
  • Organization - Sets priorities, creates goals and timetables to complete required tasks or projects. Tracks progress and makes necessary adjustments to efficiently complete work.
  • Program Development and Implementation - Designs age appropriate and engaging activities, considers available resources, works with unit staff and program specialists to create outcome specific programming, implements program and measures outcomes to continually improve program quality.
  • Interpersonal Relations - Establishes rapport with others at all organizational levels; respects others; considers and responds to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; establishes and maintains an open dialogue with others; has demonstrated ability to market the Girl Scout value proposition through a variety of communication venues, with particular emphasis on in person communication in one-to-one, small group, and large group settings.
  • Team-Building - knows team-building techniques and processes; collaborates with others to create optimal solutions; fosters a commitment to a team approach to work; promotes partnerships between work units; collaboratively defines boundaries and outcomes of work responsibilities; shares information with others; recognizes and rewards team accomplishments; shares decision-making responsibility with team members.
  • Mentoring and Development of Youth - Demonstrate care and interest in youth, create programs and opportunities for youth to acquire new skills in a safe environment.
  • Risk Management - Uses good judgment, evaluates situations for risks and hazards, notifies appropriate camp supervisor of observed risks or hazards, stops or alters program to best manage risk.
  • Outcomes Measurement -Collects formal and informal evaluations/ feedback to analyze current programs and make recommendations for the future.


Essential Requirements

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 18 years of age; preferably 21 and a high school graduate.
  • Minimum six months experience with arts and crafts program and instruction preferred.
  • Skill in arts and crafts activities especially emphasizing use of natural materials and creativity.
  • Knowledge of child development and problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to self-direct and time management skills.
  • Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival.
  • Must submit health history record prior to first day of work.
  • Attends staff meetings.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Valid drivers’ license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasional travel may be required. Must be comfortable driving narrow, winding mountain roads with passengers in mini or cargo vans.
  • Willingness to accept the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and acceptance of the relevant and compelling benefits of Girl Scouting.


Office Equipment/ Machines/ Electronic Devices

Personal computer and printers, telephone, fax machine, copier, audiovisual equipment, and other miscellaneous office equipment.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers, grasp, feel, talk, hear and perform repetitive motions.
  • Ability to perform light work exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, using computer terminal and reading.


Work Conditions

  • Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Works in heat and sun and may walk up to two miles per day.

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