Be Part of Our Mission
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.
Job Summary and Key Accountabilities:
The Day Camp Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that camp operations run efficiently and that camp staff provide a high-quality, outstanding camp experience to the children, parents/guardians and families we serve through support and supervision of daily camp operations. This role is responsible for overseeing the setup and organization of resources and equipment for camp activities, coordinating the scheduling and coverage of staff, creating and providing team communications and updates and monitoring activities to ensure a high-quality program and the safety of campers and team members. This includes ensuring that each youth in camp has appropriate supervision per YMCA standards.
Scope of Responsibilities:
Camper Experience and Camp Management
- Oversees daily camp activities and coordinates across all camp cohorts to ensure that camp operations run efficiently and that staff have the resources needed to deliver a high-quality camper experience and provide outstanding customer service to families. Makes recommendations and modifications to improve service and camp experience.
- Communicates with parents/guardians to address questions, concerns and deliver updates. Participates in direct service and leads camp activities as needed to facilitate operations.
- Monitors camp rosters as needed to provide appropriate coverage according to YMCA standards including ensuring that every child has appropriate supervision and is never unattended.
Camp Team Leadership
- Provides camp leadership support and expertise as a role model for Unit Leaders, Counselors and other camp team members to facilitate cohesive and engaging activities for campers. Promotes YMCA values including keeping the environment welcoming and safe for all.
- Assists with local recruiting, interviewing and selection as needed to identify team members. Supports team goals and performance standards by coaching, training and developing unit leaders and counselors to optimize performance. Provides feedback to Program Director/Manager to assist with staff observations and intervention as needed.
- Monitors and provides time and attendance support as needed. Ensures proper scheduling and timekeeping for staff as required by supervisor and YMCA policies.
- Ensures the physical and social-emotional health and safety of campers by serving as a role model and instilling the importance of being developmentally appropriate and safety conscious, following all established YMCA standards and critically evaluating situations for potential risks.
- Identifies, escalates and rectifies potential risks that could threaten the safety, health or well-being of campers and team members.
- Ensures compliance with established policies, rules and regulations. Monitors campers and counselors and provides corrective coaching and intervention as necessary.
- Sets up facilities and/or equipment for daily activities and stores equipment appropriately after use. Immediately notifies Program Director of any hazardous or non-functional equipment. Monitors supplies, resources or equipment as needed to ensure camp safety and smooth operations.
- Works to keep facilities safe, clean and inviting by adhering to Association standards.
Child Abuse Prevention
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
Commitment to Inclusion
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.
Minimum and Preferred Requirements:
- High School Diploma or equivalent is required; Bachelor’s degree or college coursework in Recreation, Child Development, Education or related field preferred.
- Must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of camp.
- Must have 2 or more years of prior experience working with youth; experience in a camp setting highly preferred; if supervising specialty camps, relevant specialty experience is a must.
- Commitment to and passion for the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission is a required including a passion for working with diverse youth including children with disabilities.
- Must have the proven ability to establish constructive relationships and interact as a positive role model for both youth and team members.
- Ability to identify and leverage developmentally appropriate practices in conducting camp activities; ability to observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques is a must.
- Experience coaching or directing team members as a Unit Leader or similar role is preferred
- Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely present ideas and concepts and tailor communication to multiple audiences
- Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Y Team competencies in previous experience or practice
- Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.