Reports to: Site Supervisor
Our Commitment to Equity:
Camp Fire is committed to building a diverse team and culture. We recognize that there are many aspects of one’s life experience that contribute to the growth of our organization. We encourage everyone to apply. If you believe in our values and mission and want to contribute to the work we do, we want to hear from you, even if you don’t meet every one of the qualifications listed.
At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the schoolyear, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5- 18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit: http://campfirecolumbia.org/
What the role offers:
Before & After School Program Specialist will increase their experience and expertise in solo teaching, teamwork and outcome-based lesson planning. This position will support growth and training in areas of youth development and culturally-responsive programming, including best practices in racial equity, social justice, mentoring, academic enrichment, behavior management, youth adult partnerships, life-skills, and leadership development.
About the Role:
The Before & After School Program Specialist is responsible for planning and teaching sequenced club-style lessons in after school settings for up to 15 youth, while helping manage day-to-day directives that support the overall health of the program and follow Office of Child Care (OCC) health and safety licensing guidelines. The Before & After School Program Specialist will strive to achieve youth development outcomes by engaging program participants in academic enrichment and support creative arts, active recreation, community building, community-based learning, social-emotional growth and leadership activities through a trauma-informed lens while partnering with district representatives in an ever-changing direct service climate.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
This role will come in contact with students, campers, visitors, vendors and employees. Each of these persons may have visible and invisible qualities that makes that person unique. This includes race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. This role requires sustaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environments by having respectful and considerate behavior, thoughtful and constructive speech to all.
- Direct instruction of participants in a before and after school program setting while maintaining program expectations and supporting positive behavior interventions.
- Create project-based learning activities and design lesson plans using various resources to facilitate active engagement of participants in learning.
- Have or gain awareness of OCC licensing policies and COVID-19 safety protocols and maintain program compliance with state licensing standards in partnership with program leadership.
- Support district partnerships through appropriate facility use, setting clear expectations
- Submit written lesson plans, community-based learning plans and supply needs on a scheduled basis determined by site teams and leadership.
- Work within school policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral management systems.
- Be a role model for positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
- Participate in recruitment and retention of program participants.
- Participate in outreach to families and coordinating family engagement activities virtual and in-person.
- Support staff and program participants during field trips.
- Attend Camp Fire meetings and events either in person or remotely as required
- Assist Site Supervisor and program leadership with program and administrative functions.
- Ensure policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
- Quickly adapt to OCC licensing rule changes and safety guidelines.
- Be a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire.
- Support the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
- Maintain regular and reliable on-site attendance for all scheduled shifts.
- Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
- Display the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
- Work and support full day program on non-school days.
- Respectfully take direction from site supervisor and program leadership.
- Other duties as assigned.
This position does not have any staff supervisory responsibilities. Site staff members will work together as a team under the leadership of their Site Supervisor, cluster Multi-site Coordinator, and/or Department Director.
- Ability to implement a racial equity lens in the delivery of youth development programming
- Ability to maintain a calm demeanor when supporting youth with varying needs
- Ability to collaborate as part of a team
- Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively
- Self-starter, proactive
- Flexible and willingness to adapt to the needs of the organization
- Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness
- Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times
Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in the field;
Or, one-year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Has basic computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data. Understands that becoming comfortable working with Zoom, Google Meets, other platforms that will be important when supporting students with their distance learning assignments.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
A valid, insurable Driver’s License is desired. This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, Adult and Child First Aid & CPR certification and OCC Basic Safety Set Trainings, plus >15 hours of approved professional development trainings per license year. Current enrollment in the Oregon Central Background Registry. Submission of Oregon STEP registry application is preferred and required upon hire.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must frequently move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to be stationary, traverse grounds, and get low to the ground to move objects. The employee is occasionally required to ascend or balance and detect flavor and scents. The employee will have interaction with kK-5th grade children and will be required to interact through frequent traverse school grounds, stationary at small desks, traversing in a fields or/and inside a gym, and navigating a playground, while observing multiple program participants children.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud depending on the activity/day.
The employee will be required to wear a mask when working as a Program Specialist in a district building and follow any changing health and safety guidelines including, but not limited to, self-report health checks, hand washing, and potential health exclusions when/if exposed to a positive or presumptive case of COVID-19.
Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.
Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.