Assistant Director at Summer Day Camp Where Kids Rule
Employment Type: Full-Time
Day Camp Where Kids Rule
Camp Session: Jun 22 - Aug 21, 2020 (start and end date will vary depending on site-specific training and move-in/move-out dates)
Location: Lacordaire Academy, Montclair, NJ
At Steve & Kate's, we put kids in the driver’s seat and staff come along for the ride. Campers choose minute to minute what they do, with whom, and for how long, because kids who learn to make decisions today build the self-confidence they’ll need to wrangle unknowns tomorrow. If you join our team as an Assistant Director, you’ll sharpen your inherent leadership skills and do meaningful work, while getting an immersive experience of creativity and play. The job in a nutshell is to help run all facets of a self-directed summer camp.
While working alongside one of our year-round Directors responsible for leading each camp (we call them Self-Directors), you’ll build relationships with hundreds of parents and children, helping them overcome fears, discover passions and generally find their groove at Steve & Kate’s; you’ll help train, lead and inspire a summer team; and you’ll oversee the day-to-day operations for your site to keep things running smoothly and safely. We view this role as a training ground and pipeline for new year-round Directors, so if you’re interested in a career at Steve & Kate’s, this is a great way to gain valuable experience and get your foot in the door. How do you know if you’re the right candidate?
If you answer yes to all of the questions below, definitely apply. Do you appreciate and agree with our self-directed approach for kids? Would sparking up conversations with staff, campers and parents fit in your comfort zone? Are you comfortable navigating challenging and sometimes sensitive interactions? Are you the type of person who can’t rest until you’ve done everything possible to make someone feel cared for? Like, if someone you knew was in need, would you do more than send them a “thinking of you” text? Can you multitask like you’re a Hollywood power agent all while keeping calm, level headed and nice? Especially the last one? Do you have the stamina to keep up (literally) with 4-12 yr. olds bursting with energy and creative potential? And, if needed, can you bench press a kindergartener (or at least lift up to 30 lbs)?
Even if you’re new to working with kids or don’t have a ton of leadership experience under your belt, if you’re motivated to learn and make an impact, we’ll get you up to speed with our paid training and development program. And if you’re inspired by what we do but not cut out for an Assistant Director role, we’re also hiring for Admin, Activity Lead, and Food Operations positions at our Winter, Midwinter, Spring, and Summer Camps (check out our Jobs page to see our other openings). A bit more about us.
We’re the people who pie-oneered self-directed summer camps starting way back in 1980 and introduced the most flexible and fair attendance system in the industry. At Steve & Kate’s, campers have license to determine wherever across camp they’d like to explore: The Media Lab, Sewing Salon, Blocktopolis, The Bakery, Crochet Corner, and more. Kids decide what they do and where they do it, giving them the confidence to risk, fail and rise, and develop self-knowledge and deep trust in their instincts and capabilities. We’re owned by a husband and wife named Steve and Kate, and we’ve grown to nearly 40 locations in 10 states. In order to create a camp where every child feels safe, respected, empowered, and a sense of belonging, Steve & Kate’s needs seasonal and year-round teams that represent the richness and diversity of our local communities. We are an equal-opportunity employer that strives to have staff members of all races, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities join us in helping kids (and adults) learn to trust themselves and one another. We also strive to create an environment where work, learning, and play is inclusive, equitable, and accessible for all.
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