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Winter Camp Counselor

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Berkeley, CA
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Two Jewish community centers, JCC East Bay and Contra Costa JCC, have collaborated to create a new Winter Camp in Lafayette, California. This camp serves campers Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with optional CIT track for older children, and will take place at the Contra Costa Jewish Day School. Our camp provides a safe place for children to learn and practice social skills, explore their creativity, and expand their knowledge of Jewish values and culture.

Our vision for this Winter Camp is a Jewish day camp complete with opportunities to explore tikkun olam (healing the world) by baking challah bread to deliver to the homeless through Challah for Hunger and the local Winter Nights program, a garden available on site in which campers can explore environmentalism, and the possibility of field trips to nearby hiking trails.

We will celebrate Shabbat every Friday and incorporate Judaic themes throughout camp programming, yet pride ourselves on being inclusive to all religious beliefs and practices. The Camp staff is a team that works together to create a community where each member is enriched by the experience. Our emphasis during camp is to nurture the campers in a safe environment that allows them to feel a strong sense of community as well as celebrate themselves as an individual. Our team includes people of both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds who are committed to enhancing the lives of children in positive and meaningful ways.

Schedule

Camp will run from Dec 23 to Jan 3, 9:00am to 3:30pm daily, with pick up from 3:30pm to 4:00pm. There will also be optional early care (from 8:00am) and after care (until 6:00pm). Camp will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Day, and after care will not be offered on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Mandatory staff training in December (dates TBD).

We are also hiring for substitute counselors. Substitute counselors should have all qualifications of general counselors, and be available on an as-need basis during the Camp. They may be called in for reasons other than counselor (ex: helping move in or out of camp).

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage kids in fun day-to-day programs and activities at camp
  • Know each camper by name
  • Show that safety is always important
  • Compassionately and thoughtfully resolve camper conflicts
  • Work collaboratively with co-counselors and fellow camp staff to ensure that camp runs safely and smoothly
  • Act as a positive and appropriate role model for fellow staff and campers
  • Support the goals and spirit of JCC East Bay and Contra Costa JCC

Qualifications

  • Childcare or equivalent experience
  • Camp experience preferred
  • 16+ years old

Hiring Process

If you are an interested candidate, please describe in a cover letter why you are uniquely qualified for this position and attach a resume. Please note the specific job title in your subject line of your email. If you are able to be a substitute counselor on an as-needed basis, please note this in your cover letter.

Send cover letter and resume as attachments to alystars@jcceastbay.org or call the Public Programs Manager, Alystar Sacks, at 510.848.0237, ext. 118 with any questions.

Please note: Prior to confirming your employment, you will be required to pass a fingerprint Live Scan and provide recent proof of a negative TB test.

The JCC East Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. JCC East Bay policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. The JCC East Bay complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require particular accommodations during the application and interview process, please inform us of your needs so that we can provide accordingly.

The JCC of the East Bay provides a comfortable and warm gathering place for Jews wishing to affirm their cultural and ethnic origins. Our members and visitors represent all facets of the Jewish community and many are unaffiliated with other Jewish organizations or synagogues. All programs emphasize and celebrate Jewish values and culture, and are open to everyone. Together, with an active Board of Directors, our dedicated staff, and our strong and active volunteer teams work together to build a strong community.

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

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