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Camper/Student Support Specialist

Company: The Community YMCA
Location: Freehold
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

The role of the Camp Support Specialist is to coordinate efforts with the Camp Administration, counselors, nurse, and a clinician to implement strategies or take steps to help campers with a diverse array of abilities and social and emotional needs to positively engage in camp. S/he will communicate with and act as a resource for staff and families. S/he will display and encourage the character traits of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility and utilize the Developmental Asset approach to Positive Youth Development.

+ With the Camp Director, coordinate the Camp Support Team including leading morning team meetings, once a week, to review the Camper Concern Logs.

+ Develops and creates individual support plans that recognize the uniqueness and interest of the child and works with team to ensure supports are in place.

+ Coordinate the actions or tasks identified in the Camper Support Plan.

+ Act as a liaison to family and/or support systems. Facilitate ongoing communication with families to provide updates and to problem solve any challenges.

+ Provides direct support and guidance to camp staff in meeting the needs of the camper; intervene when appropriate to prevent or resolve problems

+ Provide on-going training and guidance to front line counselors on how to: minimize common behavior problems and how work with campers who display a diverse array of emotional and behavioral challenges

+ Monitor camp groups for behavior trends: positive and negative

+ Create a culture of positive support and behavior management.

+ Assist in the preparation and implementation of program elements while facilitating a smooth transition and the inclusion of all participants

+ Create a safe and supportive learning environment at camp and in school-age site.

+ Work individually 1:1 or with a group 1:3 of participants with behavioral issues/special needs in accordance with levels of supervision and school identified behavior plan if provided with one.

+ Ensure safety and well-being of all program participants.

+ Report any suspected child abuse to Camp Director or Site Supervisor/School Age Director. Document as necessary.

+ Passionate, positive and inspired to work with youth that are autistic, intellectually and/or developmentally disabled

+ Bachelors in Education, Child Development, Social Work, Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Child Psychology, Human Services or a related field is preferred; or working toward such a degree.

+ Minimum 21 years of age

+ Minimum of 2 years' experience working with youth and/or experience in the special needs community, health field, or related field;

+ Experience working with at-risk populations is helpful; some camp experience is preferred

+ Ability to work with a culturally diverse community

+ Ability to adequately observe participant activities, enforce safety regulations and apply appropriate policies and procedures

+ The physical ability to lead in group activities and to perform related physical

+ An understanding of positive behavioral approaches and Positive Youth Development.

+ Excellent oral and written presentation skills and demonstrates professionalism with staff, parents and participants

ID: 2022-1481

External Company Name: YMCA of Greater Monmouth County

External Company URL:

Street: 470 E. Freehold Road

Keywords: The Community YMCA, Brick , Camper/Student Support Specialist, Other , Freehold, New Jersey

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