About Summer in the City
Hosted by St. James Cathedral, Summer in the City (SITC) is a non-residential day camp that hosts thirty young campers ages 8-13 from different parts of Chicago. SITC is an adventure and art camp allowing Chicago youth to discover treasure in their city, themselves and others.
Summer in the City Camp Counselors are exciting and creative individuals responsible for creating an inviting, stimulating, and safe summer camp environment. SITC Camp Counselors assist many aspects of the camp including trips, daily activities, and communicating with volunteers and parents. As a youth development camp, SITC Camp Counselors are expected to contribute to a team-centered working environment that is friendly, respectful, open and honest. Camp Counselors are required to attend training and be available for the entire camp. SITC staff work together to share ideas and to develop projects and daily activities with staff and artists. Camp Counselors are responsible for the children’s experience at Summer in the City.
Applicants must be available on June 6, 2020 and from July 13 - August 3, 2020
Essential Responsibilities Take day-to-day responsibility for all aspects of camp coordination and success, including but not limited to the following:
- Camp Programming: Work with SITC Program Director to design, manage, and teach activities the inspire and mentor campers to develop their talents and interests, and create activities with teaching artists, vendors, and volunteers.
- Logistics: Aid in planning, confirming, and coordinating the details of activities, including field trips, entertainment, visits to cultural institutions, recreational sites (parks, lake, etc.) and downtime between activities and events.
- Maintaining Space: Manage space & supplies; ensure spaces are safe, clean and attractive; establish and maintain an inventory of supplies & equipment; inform the Program Director of deficits.
- Communication: Correspond with vendors, organizations, transportation providers and guest artists; function as a liaison between the Program Director, teachers, and parents in a timely, regular and clear manner.
- Attendance: Collect daily attendance sheets, ensure accurate counts, and file incident reports.
- Assist with program planning, preparation, and evaluation
- Assure that materials and equipment are available to support planned activities
- Show decisiveness in dealing with child-related incidents; make decisions based on an understanding of health and safety policies
- Create and maintain a safe, attractive, and stimulating environment
- Display campers’ work in a way that is attractive and informative to visitors and promotes children’s self-esteem
- Alert the Program Manager of any concerns about cleanliness, needed repairs, or safety
- Enforce safety rules, intervene when children may injure themselves or others, and promptly complete an incident report in the event of an injury involving children or staff
- Practice infection control principles (proper hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing toys, tables, etc.)
- Ensure that Summer Camp staff coverage follows SITC 2020 guidelines and, if not, inform the Program Director
- Must be available for all training and camp dates
Qualifications: High School Diploma required. Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Development, Education, Social Work or a related field preferred. Minimum of one year’s experience working with people ages 8-13.
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
- Honesty, integrity, and commitment to confidentiality
- Imagination and sense of humor
- Evidence of being a problem solver
- Be actively engaged and involved with children each day, including daily outdoor time in all ranges of temperature or humidity levels, in accordance with safety guidelines
Job Type: Temporary, Contract
Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Director Tony Santiago at email@example.com.