Camp Staff Positions

Work at Camp Tzofim!

Come join the staff at one of the East Bay summer camps. We have been running our traditional summer camp for over thirty years! Not only will you get the chance to work with some of the best staff this side of the bay but also enjoy hitting up many of the local lakes, beaches and regional parks!

 

About JCC Camp Tzofim

JCC Camp Tzofim is a traditional summer day camp with an Oakland twist. Our base of operations is St. Theresa School in the Oakland Hills. There are swimming lessons and camp fires, fieldtrips to the East Bay Regional Parks, camping trips and day long adventures to many locations the bay area has to offer. We celebrate Shabbat every Friday and incorporate Judaic themes throughout camp programming, yet pride ourselves on being inclusive to all religious beliefs and practices demonstrated by the diversity of the staff and campers.

The Camp Tzofim Staff is a team that works together to create a warm and welcoming community, where each member is enriched by the experience. Our emphasis during the eight weeks of camp is to nurture the campers in a safe environment that allows them to feel a strong sense of community as well as celebrate the individual. The Camp Tzofim team includes people of both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds who are committed to enhancing the lives of children in positive and meaningful ways. The JCC East Bay is an inclusive agency that serves both Jewish and non-Jewish populations.

 

General Camp Schedule Commitment

Camp Tzofim runs from June 24, 2013 to August 16, 2013. Mandatory staff training is from June 17 – 21. The schedule is generally Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm with some evening and over-night expectations.

 

Overnight Group Schedule

In addition to the general camp schedule commitment, overnight groups go on camping trips one to four nights in length, as close by as Anthony Chabot Park in the Oakland hills and as far away as Los Angeles.

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

General Counselors

  • Engage kids in fun day-to-day programs and activities at camp
  • Know each camper by name
  • Show that safety is always important, especially at free swim
  • Compassionately and thoughtfully resolve camper conflicts
  • Work collaboratively with co-counselors and fellow camp staff to ensure that camp runs safely and smoothly
  • Mentor Junior staff members to help them develop the skills needed to be an effective counselor
  • Support the goals and spirit of JCC Camp Tzofim
  • 3rd Grade Counselors and above must be comfortable in the outdoors and outdoor camping
  • Have completed two summers as a Junior Counselor, or equivalent childcare experiences
  • 18+ years old

 

Junior Counselors

  • Engage kids in fun day-to-day programs and activities at camp
  • Know each camper by name
  • Show that safety is always important, especially at free swim
  • Compassionately and thoughtfully resolve camper conflicts
  • Plan and Facilitate counselor lead activities at least once a week
  • Work collaboratively with co-counselors to ensure that camp runs smoothly in their group
  • Act as a positive and appropriate role model for fellow staff and campers
  • Support the goals and spirit of JCC Camp Tzofim
  • Previous childcare experience preferred
  • Have completed one summer as in our CIT (Counselor In Training) program or equivalent childcare experiences
  • 16+ years old

 

Overnight Trip Leaders

In addition to the General Counselor responsibilities, Overnight Trip Leaders:

  • Have hands-on experience leading camping and overnight trips
  • Provide safety and supervision in the wilderness and isolated areas
  • Plan and implement evening programs for the campers in their group
  • Set menus for camping trips appropriate to campers age level
  • Strongly preferred: Age 21+, with valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Preferred: Current Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Preferred: Life Guard Certification

 

Arts & Crafts Specialist

In addition to the General Counselor responsibilities, the Arts & Crafts Specialist must be able to:

  • Knowledgeably lead activities in their specialty area
  • Lead groups of up to 20 kids in arts and crafts activities
  • Create and implement innovative age-appropriate arts and crafts programming for 5-14 year olds
  • Work with Director to order necessary supplies to implement your artistic vision
  • Utilize general counselors too increase effectiveness of athletic activities
  • Knowledge about Judaism or Jewish themes is preferred

 

Sports Specialist

In addition to the General Counselor responsibilities, the Sports Specialist must be able to:

  • Knowledgeably lead activities including basketball, soccer, Frisbee, dodge ball and any fun and wild sport activity you can think of
  • Lead groups of up to 20 kids in athletic activities
  • Create and implement new and fun age-appropriate sports programming for 5-14 year olds
  • Utilize general counselors too increase effectiveness of athletic activities

 

Adventure (Team Building) Specialist

In addition to the General Counselor responsibilities, Adventure (Team Building Specialist) must be able to:

  • Knowledgeably have experience with team building games and activities
  • Facilitate frequent teambuilding programs with older overnight groups
  • Lead groups of up to 20 kids in team-building activities
  • Create and implement age-appropriate team building programming for 5-14 year olds
  • Communicate to general counselors the necessary jobs for team building activities to run smoothly
  • Knowledge of Judaism or Jewish themes is preferred

 

Teva (Nature) Specialist

In addition to the General Counselor responsibilities, the Teva Specialist must be able to:

  • Knowledgeably lead activities in their specialty area
  • Lead groups of 20 kids in nature-focused activities
  • Create and implement age-appropriate nature programming for 5-14 year olds
  • Utilize general counselors too increase effectiveness of nature activities
  • Knowledge of Judaism or Jewish environmentalism preferred

 

Extended Care Staff (3-4 positions available)

  • Plan and implement fun programming with extended care staff for kids, from 3:45-6:00pm daily
  • Know each camper by name
  • Show that safety is always important, especially during structured free-play
  • Compassionately and thoughtfully resolve camper conflicts
  • Work collaboratively with their co-counselors to ensure that extended care runs smoothly and safely
  • Act as positive and appropriate role models for all the staff and campers
  • Support the goals and spirit of JCC Camp Tzofim
    • Communicate with parents regarding camp programs and child experiences
    • Help prep snack for the following day
    • Have previous childcare experience
      • Schedule is generally 3:00-6:15pm with some evening and training expectations

           

Essential Functions for all Childcare Staff

  • Ability to supervise children visually
  • Strong listening skills
  • Ability to problem solve and resolve behavioral conflicts
  • Ability to plan and implement after care programming for 50 kids daily
  • Ability to communicate to parents and coworkers about children and program

 

To Apply

For a Counselor in Training, please fill out the CIT Application and return to Stan Berrin.

For new staff, please fill out a New Staff Application and return to Stan Berrin

For returning staff members, please fill out a Returning Staff Application and return to Stan Berrin.

 

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