Educational Alliance, Inc. Unit Head - Performing Arts in New York, New York
Unit Heads are responsible for creating and implementing quality curriculum and programming for New Country Day Camp. Program units include Sports, Martial Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Movement, Science, Journalism, Imagination, Wilderness Discovery, and Cooking, Planting and Pioneering (CPP). Unit Heads are passionate about teaching their particular area of expertise in an informal, outdoor, educational setting.
In NCDC's Performing Arts Unit, campers participate in theater activities that emphasize collaboration and communication. Activities range from ensemble-building games for large groups, to improvisation and theater sports, to creating short performances to be shared with the whole camp community (because of the nature of our schedule, the Performing Arts Unit does not present a ‘full length’ performance).
The Unit Head, with the support of their Assistant Unit Head, creates and executes lesson plans that challenge campers’ creativity and help build interpersonal relationships and build trust and community. Lessons and activities will align with weekly themes from NCDC's values-based curriculum.
Because of the eclectic nature of the position, applicants with many types of educational and work backgrounds will be considered. Experience leading large groups is a plus.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
Direct client group: Campers ages 4-13
Directly supervises Assistant Unit Head(s) and instructional team of camp counselors
Directly supervised by Program Director
Consults with Director of Jewish Life and Culture
Collaborates with fellow Unit Heads
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Incorporate NCDC values and seasonal themes rooted in Jewish sensibilities into all curriculum programming
Submit lesson plans in pre-camp months and during camp to supervisor and consultants
Develop and execute 30 minute daily morning activity periods for groups of 30 campers at a time grouped by age, keeping consistent with pre-determined weekly themes and values.
Develop and execute week- long, progressive and comprehensive programs for afternoon elective time for 10-40 kids at a time for campers in 2nd -6th grades keeping consistent with pre-determined weekly themes and values.
Be actively involved in the development of NCDC Maccabi Games Program
Develop rainy day programming and family day activities over the summer
Be responsible for overall cleanliness and organization of program area and supplies
Work with Operations Manager on ordering of supplies for program units, as well as maintaining an organized inventory and balanced budget
Exhibit and maintain strong time management capabilities
Actively participate in NCDC’s sustainability and waste management efforts
Submit weekly elective programming to Social Media Coordinator in order to communicate program options on the camp blog for campers and their families
Communicate as needed with Division Heads regarding camper needs and concerns
Provide additional support for counselors and campers outside of lesson time as needed and assigned, particularly on days when it is rainy and/or counselors are absent
Work closely with Support Team to ensure campers of varying ability levels needs are being met at all times
Leadership and Supervision
As a member of the NCDC Supervisory Staff, exhibit a role of leadership at all times
Be present at all days of orientation, camp and staff meetings during the camp season
Proactively problem solve and motivate colleagues as difficult moments present themselves throughout the camp season; encourage flexibility and understanding as means to achieve common goals
Establish and promote a commitment to the mission and vision of New Country Day Camp
Supervise, train and develop clear roles for Assistant Unit Heads at camp, with special attention paid to their supervision model and need for initiative
Develop clear roles for unit counselors with special attention paid to afternoon programming during elective periods
Conduct daily check-ins with direct supervisee(s) and attend a weekly check-in with supervisor, consultants and colleagues
3+ years of experience working with elementary school-age children
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
Professional-level experience in their field of expertise, including curriculum development
Previous supervisory experience preferred
Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills
Ability to interact with children and colleagues of diverse cultural and social backgrounds
Skilled and passionate about education and communication
Fast learner with ability to work independently and collaboratively
Role Key Competencies