Art & Science Specialist, Headfirst Summer Camps: 2018-1780

The Position

Reporting to the Day & Junior Day Camp Program Leader, the Art & Science Specialist occupies a unique role, overseeing all aspects of the Day & Junior Day Camp art and science programming as Day & Junior Day Campers and their Counselors rotate through the classroom. The Headfirst Summer Camps Art & Science Specialist brings the Headfirst Summer Camps mission to life by using their passion for working with children to inspire our Day & Junior Day Campers to reach their full intellectual and creative potential. The Art & Science Specialist must be a master of the Headfirst Summer Camps art and science curricula with meticulous attention to detail and an emphasis on consistent and enriching instruction, while also employing their classroom management skills to ensure the safety, enjoyment, and emotional well-being of every program participant.

The Work

Pre-Camp Season

  • Attend leadership training in late spring and/or early summer.
  • Attend and help facilitate Counselors’ trainings in late May and/or early June.
  • Participate in all required webinars and online trainings.
  • Master the Headfirst Summer Camps Day & Junior Day art and science curricula and other materials, offering feedback and adjustments that will improve the program.
  • Submit all required paperwork on time.

Camp Season

  • Execute the Day & Junior Day art and science curricula with energy, integrity, and passion– modeling, presenting, and teaching daily art and science projects for each group.
  • Take ownership over the cleanliness and organization of your classroom before, during, and at the close of each camp day.
  • Build strong connections with staff and campers, taking personal responsibility for the well-being, enjoyment, and creative development of all Day & Junior Day Camp program participants.
  • Take responsibility for the belongings of each camper while they are in your classroom, and organize all completed projects, ensuring the projects go home with the correct camper.
  • Serve as a role model for campers in demonstrating positive attitudes, respectful communication, appropriate attire and grooming, and a diligent work ethic.
  • Work as part of a team to foster a safe, fun, and supportive camp environment grounded upon Headfirst Summer Camps’ mission and values.
  • Implement Headfirst Summer Camps’ traditions, games, policies, procedures, and safety protocols.
  • Maintain enthusiasm and focus throughout busy days during which you will supervise and participate in every aspect of the art and science programming.
  • Communicate respectfully, clearly, and kindly with all members of the Headfirst Summer Camps community, including HQ, camp leadership, counselors, campers, and campers' families.
  • Work in all weather conditions.
  • Play a vital role in the efficiency and safety of AM/PM carpools.
  • Participate in all required in-season trainings, webinars, and team meetings.
  • Meet Headfirst Summer Camps dress code and appearance requirements.
  • Keep an inventory of supplies for the Day & Junior Day art and science programs and follow the correct protocol laid out during training to let HQ know when additional supplies or materials are needed.
  • Call or meet with parents as requested by the Site Leader and/or HQ in order to provide customer connection and relay important information on camper experience.
  • Attend all special events as assigned, facilitating activities, interacting with families and assisting with set up/clean up.
  • Report any issue, question, or concern regarding the campers promptly to the Site Leader; notify appropriate leadership immediately of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions, individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances around campers, or any other potentially dangerous conditions or situation.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in working with campers, campers’ families, fellow team members, leadership, and facility partners while upholding the Headfirst Summer Camps core values at all times.
  • Adhere to state law, Headfirst Summer Camps policies, procedures, and safety protocols, and contractual obligations.
  • Take on additional responsibilities as assigned by the Headfirst Summer Camps leadership team and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

The Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • High school graduate – or equivalent educational experience – and more than one full year out of high school in Summer 2018.
  • Minimum 1 year experience teaching or working with children.
  • Preferred: Completion or pursuit of a degree in a science-, arts- and/or an education-related field.
  • Preferred: CPR/First Aid Certification, or ability to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification before May 31, 2018.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully at all times and in all situations.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of age, interest, skill, and developmental levels.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, follow instructions, and properly implement Headfirst processes and policies in order to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of campers and team members.
  • Ability to approach each day and its unique challenges with enthusiasm, patience, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law.
  • Ability to successfully perform all essential job functions (please note: this description reflects the current assessment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please contact the Headfirst Summer Camps Talent Department for more information.

The Character

  • An impassioned enterpriser who shares The Headfirst Companies’ core mission and values, and believes in our ability to work together to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults.
  • A highly motivated self-starter who is autonomous and dependable.
  • A team player who approaches professional hurdles with a strong sense of individual responsibility and a sincere emphasis on team over self.
  • A consummate professional who has the ability to prioritize and multi-task, managing several projects concurrently, sometimes under pressure, and often with tight deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • A vocal, energetic, and enthusiastic leader who possesses the charisma, passion, and polish to serve as an ambassador of The Headfirst Companies.
  • A doer who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on finishing the job every day.
  • A problem-solver who assumes responsibility beyond what is asked, and takes initiative.
  • A flexible, coachable, and down-to-earth teammate who has the desire and capacity to grow through self-reflection, and by both providing and receiving thoughtful, constructive performance feedback.
  • A patient individual with a stellar sense of humor.

The Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.


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