Girl Scouts of Colorado
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TITLE: Unit Leader: SHR only
DATE: May 2017
STATUS: Seasonal
 

GENERAL PURPOSE:

  • Guide and counsel a camp unit of 8-24 girls in daily living, camp activities, and girl/adult government.
  • Direct the work of 2-3 Cabin Staff and volunteer staff as assigned.
  • Work plans are developed by the Cabin/Unit Lead and her supervisor in conjunction with camp program goals and this job description.
  • Individual work plans are developed and evaluated by supervisor in conjunction with Girl Scouts of Colorado program plans, budget, and this job description.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.      

  • Implement program plans to provide a quality outdoor experience for girls based on camp program goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Guide planning, activities, and experiences using a democratic form of government and girl planning appropriate to age and readiness within the framework of camp goals and program descriptions.
  • Use site resources.
  • Help girls become a group in which all members are included and which appreciates and accepts individual differences.
  • Make sure that each girl has at least one adult counselor who knows her by name, who knows of special problems and parent goals, and whom she can feel cares about her as an individual.
  • Incorporate camp skills and environmental awareness into the program.
  • Plan activities to provide progressive learning experiences.
  • Direct and supervise programs that are challenging and appropriate to age, ability, and readiness and which encourage personal growth.
  • Adapt activities and methods to meet the needs of varying individuals and groups and abilities.
  • Coordinate unit plans with those of the entire camp; adapt activities to weather and changing conditions.
  • Supervise and participate with campers in their activities and kapers.
  • Assist Program Counselors or other resource persons by organizing the group, maintaining discipline and assisting with instruction as needed and qualified.
  • Complete and submit trip itineraries, food and equipment requisitions, badge work records, and other reports accurately and on time.
  • Schedule special activities and program specialist services.
  • Orient and teach assigned Counselors-In-Training (CIT).
  • Assure that campers are properly dressed for activities.
  • Evaluate unit program with campers and staff.
  • Submit written recommendations for program and operations.
  • Act as a role model of Girl Scout principles for campers, staff and parents.

2.      

  • Maintain high standards of health, sanitation, safety and security to prevent accidents and to respond appropriately in emergency situations.
  • Ensure that safety procedures are practiced in all activities in accordance with camp procedures and guidelines.
  • Direct campers and unit staff in good housekeeping and sanitation practices in the unit.  Encourage good hygiene practices by campers.
  • Implement methods of discipline that are appropriate and in accordance with Council policies.
  • Make staff assignments or request assistance to assure that activities are properly supervised by qualified personnel.
  • Notify the Health Supervisor of health problems/concerns.  Assure that campers receive medications as directed by the Health Supervisor, including on hikes and overnights.
  • Teach and participate in emergency drills and rehearsals.
  • Check the unit first-aid kit at least weekly; keep accurate records of illness, accident and incident.
  • Administer first aid until the Health Supervisor or other professionals arrive.
  • Conduct daily inspection of the site for hazards.  Notify supervisor of potentially hazardous practices or conditions and take immediate steps to correct or minimize risk.
  • Implement security procedures.  Report security concerns immediately.  Alert supervisor to other potentially hazardous conditions or situations as soon as possible.
  • Maintain, use, and store equipment properly.  Inventory equipment as directed.  Report needed repairs.
  • Assure that campers are properly dressed for activities.
  • Keep records, write reports, and submit recommendations as directed.

3.  

  • Direct and supervise the work of assigned Cabin Counselors, including volunteer staff.

a.       Delegate work and make assignments to assure that supervision is done by qualified staff and to use skills and interests effectively.

b.       Conduct regular unit staff meetings to plan and coordinate activities and assignments, to plan for individual and group needs, and to communicate information, and to develop the work group as a team.

c.       Confer regularly with supervisees individually to improve their performance.

d.       Coordinate staff schedules, including time off.

e.       Conduct performance reviews for each supervisee, writing work reviews.

f.        Teach and model skills of working with individuals and groups.

g.       Observe and evaluate staff/camper interactions.  Share evaluations with supervisees.

h.       Share information with the camp director that may help improve staff performance, program or process.

i.        Orient volunteer staff to the site and program.

j.        Provide support to international and short term volunteer staff as needed.

k.       Promote positive health practices to keep staff healthy.

4.       Contribute to positive relationships between diverse racial, ethnic, and social groups in the Council as a whole, and between the diverse individuals employed by the Council or giving volunteer service.

a.       Support the efforts and commitments of Girl Scouts of Colorado in the area of pluralism.

b.       Demonstrate sensitivity to racial, ethnic, and social diversity of individuals and groups.

c.       Demonstrate a recognition and understanding of good customer service in all dealings and interactions as an employee of Girl Scouts of Colorado by maintaining constructive relationships with co-workers, girl members, parents, volunteers, and the community.

5.       Participate as a professional member of the total staff in providing effective staff service to the Council.

a.       Be an active member of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., demonstrating the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law in all activities of the job.

b.       Present a positive image to parents and visitors through attitude, dress, and courtesy.

c.       Perform other duties to foster a cooperative climate and a smoothly operating camp.

d.       Participate in pre-camp and in-service trainings, attend staff meetings and contribute to the planning and coordinating of the work of the total staff team.

e.       Keep such records and files as are necessary to carry out the job.

f.        Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process.

g.       Respect the confidential nature of all information pertaining to staff, volunteers, or campers.

h.       Adhere to all safety and security procedures at all times.

i.        Identify volunteer and employed staff members with potential for future volunteer and employed positions.

 

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.       Supervise campers at meals and all-camp activities.

2.       Direct opening and closing of the unit site and other assigned areas at the beginning and end of the season.

3.       Talk to parents to share information and get input and insights, and to promote a positive image of the camp.

4.       Maintain order and cleanliness in general camp areas, including staff areas and laundry.

In accordance with the philosophy of Girl Scouts of Colorado, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.

 -EMPLOYEES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL DUTIES OF THIS JOB-

 JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  •          Maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the camp and the Girl Scout organization.
  •          Girl Scout outdoor program and general outdoor program skills.
  •          Program requirements for the safe conduct of activities.
  •          Recognize potentially hazardous conditions.
  •          Developmental needs of children.
  •          Group dynamics and behavior management.
  •          Flexible and adaptable in dealing with changing situations.
  •          Adaptable to the camp setting and community life.
  •          Organization, delegation.
  •          Problem solving and crisis management skills.
  •          Pass a CBI/FBI criminal record check; document legal employment status.
  •          Flexible and adaptable dealing with changing situations and settings.
  •          Crisis management
  •          Work with diverse adults and children.
  •          Ability to work within a budget.
  •          Keep accurate records.
  •          Ability to work under pressure.
  •          Physical ability to move equipment up to 30 lbs.
  •          Access to a vehicle.
  •          Valid driver's license and driving record acceptable to the Girl Scout insurance company.
  •          Membership in the Girl Scout organization.

 


EDUCATIONAL OR FORMAL TRAINING

  •          At least three years of college or post high school work experience.
  •          Current first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification.

 

EXPERIENCE

  •          Working with children in groups of 16-30 in a leadership position.
  •          Directing the work of others; leadership with peers.
  •          Camp counseling of at least six weeks.
  •          Work with girls and adults from diverse backgrounds.
  •          Experience in record keeping and purchasing.
  •          Camp experience desirable.

 MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED

  •          Program equipment, including cooking equipment, propane stoves, tents, craft supplies, game equipment.
  •          Records, reports.
  •          First aid supplies.
  •          Audiovisual equipment
  •          Telephone and cell phone
  •          Computer
  •          Use of telephone frequently during the day and evening hours.

 WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  •          Campers come from throughout the metropolitan area.  Many campers are recruited from low-income areas.
  •          Camp living and activity areas are spread over approximately 400 acres.  Staff can expect to walk several miles each day.
  •          Program activities are carried out in the out-of-doors and are often strenuous.
  •          Staff tents or living quarters are shared with other staff.
  •          Equipment is generally stored in living or program areas, but may need to be carried from a central area.
  •          Except for daily time off, counselors are with campers at all times.
  •          Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.
  •          Ability to carry equipment and supplies up to 30 lbs. to outside meetings and events.
  •          Ability to set up tables, chairs, and any necessary equipment.
  •          Must be willing to submit to security check and a driving record check.

 

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