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Ha’Geemnasia Camp Project Leader

Ha’Geemnasia Camp Project Leader
Reports to: CBE KIDS Camp Director

The summer camp project leader is an integral part of CBE KIDS Camps, under the auspices of Congregation Beth Elohim, a reform Congregation in Park Slope, Brooklyn; the camp is aligned with CBE’s mission to celebrate Jewish values and work towards social justice in an inclusive environment. The project leader creates a full Hebrew immersion program that is engaging, stimulating, aligns with the culture, philosophy and atmosphere of the camp. The individual must develop a strong, positive relationship with the camp leadership, the Israeli counselors, other staff members, campers and parents. All of these elements are vital to the success of this Hebrew immersion initiative.

The project leader manages all aspects of the Hebrew Immersion program, providing an ongoing spoken Hebrew environment, leading, supporting, and training for the program’s Israeli counselors, developing Hebrew program curriculum, and communicating with parents. Prior to and during the summer the project leader should advocate for the program and reach out to the community and communicate with prospective families. The Project Leader must be available to participate in Areivim Hebrew at Camp group and individualized training. The program is supported by Kayitz Kief, a program of Arevim.

Note: The individual chosen will be full time with Hebrew at Camp during the offered summer sessions.

Program Leader Job Description

Prior to camp
Marketing:
o Contribute to marketing and recruitment efforts by communicating an appropriate understanding of the program to various constituencies.
o Assist camp leadership in providing orientation about the program, process and procedures.
o Assist the camp director in advocating and recruiting for the program within the community (i.e. parlor meetings, holiday programming etc.)

Professional development:
o Participate in AHAC pre-camp professional development seminar, Learn the Proficiency-based Approach up to Hebrew instruction pedagogy and methods, through Mandatory participation at training seminars that are offered by Areivim Hebrew at Camp team, some of which include travel out of state or to Israel:
o Program Leader orientation and program introduction
o JAFI interviews sessions (distance or in Israel)
o JAFI seminar for summer shlichim (in US or Israel)
o Ongoing one-on-one mentoring via phone/Zoom throughout the year
(Note: Areivim will cover costs of workshops and seminars as long as camp adheres to guidelines presented in official agreements.)
o Collaborate with the Director of Hebrew Programming to improve the program and continue to learn best practices, new methods and approaches.
o Create summer program curriculum based on proficiency approach and other methods learned during training and seminars.
o Work collaboratively with the camp specialists before and during camp to ensure that their activities further support the language aims of the program.
o Be collaborative member at the national AHAC cohort to learn, share, reflect and support

During Camp:
Program Implementation:
o Ensure the delivery of a daily informal Hebrew Mifgash (gathering) and language experiences/activities that further those language goals
o Follow the program plan curriculum as designed prior camp and adjust it according to the camp opportunities, learners and progress.
o Set weekly desired language goals for progress assessments that will also serve as an outline for the daily language activities.
o Implement ongoing formative assessment approach into the daily activities instruction, to adjust the program to the learners progress.
o Collect and report on campers’ ongoing language growth, facilitated and documented together with the counselors.

Program Progress
o On a regular basis, document video and anecdotal examples of the camper’s progress.
o Share documented progress (video and anecdotal examples of the camper’s progress) and other material with Hebrew at Camp team to maximize and modify the summer curriculum as needed.

Staff Supervision
o Continuously direct, support and mentor the program counselors based on the proficiency approach guidelines in the implementation of the program activities.
o Ensure counselors conduct all activities, interactions and communication in Hebrew at all times.
o Encourage non-Hebrew at Camp specialists to include Hebrew during the activities or to allow and include the Hebrew counselors to provide the direction in Hebrew or have conversation during the activities.
o Keep activity space is safe, clean and attractive; establish and maintain inventory of supplies & equipment.
o Monitor the morale of the program counselors, set expectations, provide support as well as concrete strategies for managing the communication gap at the start of the program, and create morale-boosting activities when necessary to keep Hebrew counselors positive
and focused).

Project and Team leadership:
o Communicate regularly and clearly with camp leadership regarding program progress; supervise counselors.
o Function as liaison between camp director, counselors, and parents. Write notices and post up-to-date information about program activities; send email reminders as needed.
o Oversee required record keeping activities and ensure the completion of anecdotal
records, physical observation, developmental observations, and any other required or
other reports in a timely fashion

Communication:
o Help in creating center-wide activities among the families enrolled in Summer Camp.
o Add program articles for center newsletters that highlight program activities.
o Share with parents about how children acquire language.
o Work with camp team, confirm, and coordinate all details of the Hebrew program summer activities, including scheduling of staffing, field trips, entertainment, visits to cultural institutions, recreational sites (parks, swimming pool, etc.)

Post camp
o Participate in recap calls and summer reflection
o Help with completing program reports
o Participate in a post summer national cohort strategic seminar

Qualifications and skills:
o Preferred knowledge of and proficiency in spoken Modern Israeli Hebrew
o Experience with supervising staff in an educational or camp environment focusing on elementary school age children.
o Excellent communication organizational and interpersonal skills
o Preferred Experience working with kids in an informal setting, camp experience a plus
o Openness to learning Basic computer skills and familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and digital imaging programs (i.e., MS Word, Excel, downloading photos).
o Flexibility to participate in a yearlong scheduling to meet the needs of the overall program
o Commitment and leadership

Duration full-time
Benefits
Ad Posted On 2020-02-11
Times this Ad has been viewed 65 times
Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Summer Staff
Focus Camps & Camping, Synagogue
Organization Name CBE Kids Camps
Job Location 274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, New York
United States
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