Unit Leader

Department: Residential Life
Reports to: Camp Director
Supervises: Cabin staff and volunteers
Dates of Employment: June – August
Compensation: Paid Weekly, Housing and Meals Provided

Job Summary: The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized programs and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. A Unit Leader meets this mission by providing staff and campers a safe and meaningful experience while at the Double H Ranch. A Unit Leader is also responsible for providing direct feedback to the staff team and creating a positive work environment.

Main Responsibilities:

Pre Session:
• Conduct a cabin meeting with staff and volunteers to review camper needs, session goals and promote an atmosphere of teamwork
• Create a clear and organized schedule for cabin duties and responsibilities (one on one camper care, feeding schedules)
• Design and oversee rules that pertain to procedures and behavior while in cabin and while rotating to activities.

During Session:
• Provide safe supervision campers, staff and volunteers
• Awareness of camper and staff personal fears and concerns
• Responsible for knowing the whereabouts of every staff member and camper in the cabin
• Responsible for participating in and supervising the activities of a group of campers with a 2 children to 1 staff member ratio
• Provide effective and appropriate feedback to Activity Leaders regarding program areas.
• Act as a role model and set an example for campers, staff and volunteers
• Provide regular and positive feedback to campers, staff and volunteers
• Attend and give updates at weekly unit leader meetings
• Responsible for living in assigned cabin from June until August
• Be the point of contact for all behavior related situations involving campers
• Provide safe alternative activities when the weather is inclement
• Be the point of contact for all medical situations involving campers, staff and volunteers
• Integrate and evaluate volunteers to provide the best experience possible for volunteers
• Make decisions on cabin activities that ensure campers are participating in age appropriate and camp appropriate activities that promote growth, learning and social development
• Set up a system that allows campers to take responsibility for the cleaning of the cabin
• Ensure that all campers medical and nutritional needs are met including food allergies, medical sensitivities and personal care related needs.

Post Session:
• Attend and give updates at weekly staff meetings
• Assure that the cabin is cleaned and prepared for the next session
• Complete all necessary paperwork including volunteer evaluations, incident reports, and evaluations

Supervision:

• Establish a routine for campers, staff and volunteers within your cabin
• Use appropriate behavior management at all times
• Monitor children’s health on a daily basis: reporting any symptoms to the medical staff
• Formally evaluate staff twice throughout the summer
• Meet with staff weekly to provide them with an opportunity to provide feedback and receive feedback
• Provide constructive feedback for staff and remain professional in regards to staff feedback
• Communicate staff issues with the Camp Director
• Train, manage and support staff and volunteers
• Hold daily check in/debrief meetings with staff/volunteers during each day of the session that discuss topics like: camper behavior, team dynamics, safety and cabin events

Safety: • Report any acts of maltreatment, neglect and/or any other violation of camp policies immediately to the Camp Director • Ensure that American Camping Association standards, SeriousFun Children’s Network standards and NYS Department of Health standards are being implemented and followed • Must complete all medical and employment forms • Must adhere to all safety rules and teach campers what those rules are • Provide safe alternate activities when weather is inclement • Provide clean, safe living environments for children and staff members Staff Team: • Actively participate in staff training • Support other members of the staff • Be a role model for all staff and volunteers • Treat other staff and volunteers with professionalism and respect • Accept supervision and guidance from staff and supervisors

Qualifications:
• At least 19 years of age
• At least three prior seasons as a lifeguard or equivalent role
• No criminal conviction record related to the treatment of children

Essential Functions:
• Must be able to provide complete, independent personal care for yourself in regards to: hygiene maintenance & medical needs & medication administration.
• Must be able to provide personal care for campers including: bathing, toileting, changing diapers, dressing, transferring children out of their wheelchair, etc.
• Must be able to physically and mentally able to work 12 hour shifts with limited breaks.
• Must possess the strength and stamina to maintain constant supervisor of campers for the duration of the season.
• Be able to push, pull, lift and carry items up to 50 pounds.
• Be able to supervise and instruct campers; this will require the ability to walk, sit, climb, kneel, crouch and stand.

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