Program Educator

Come work for the best camp in the country! We're looking for a positive attitude, high energy, enthusiastic, team oriented & service minded
Camp Description
YMCA Storer Camps sits on approximately 1300 acres in the beautiful Irish Hills region of southeast Michigan. Founded in 1918 as the summer camp facility of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, YMCA Storer Camps has long served the communities of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Job Description

A Program Educator works as a teacher responsible for delivering top quality residential Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) and Specialty Programs and Group Retreats (SPGR) camping programs.

Qualifications

College graduate in a relevant field (Education, Recreation, Science, Environmental Education, Psychology, etc) preferred. Experience with youth and in the outdoors, positive attitude, high energy, enthusiastic, team oriented, and service minded.

Essential Functions

Program Planning:

  • Assists in the continued development and delivery of the curriculum.
  • Attend staff training to learn basic lesson plans, camp layout and program areas.
  • Will be prepared to teach all curriculum areas through research, class outlines and peer observation.
  • Maintains a safe, high quality standard program for all guests of Storer Camps.
  • Responsible for general facility and equipment upkeep on a daily basis. Maintains the center facility for safety and cleanliness including daily, weekly and seasonal clean-up projects
  • Functions as part of a staff team to maintain and improve Storer Camps’ programs, being alert to new program opportunities and responsive to evaluations.
  • Functions as a part of YMCA of Greater Toledo association
  • Class equipment and facility are well cared for and kept clean, energy efficient and orderly.
  • Equipment and facility needs are communicated to supervisors in a timely manner.
  • Participates in weekly staff meetings.

Implementing Programming:

  • Teaches curriculum areas of Natural Science, Adventure Education (including the climbing tower, low and high ropes courses) and Cultural History.
  • Responsible for rotated duties as a staff member in OEE and SPGR programs (example compost, dish window).
  • Develop positive, friendly, professional rapport with students, guests and fellow staff members.
  • Provides a flexible program to adapt to the variety of needs and desires of our students.
  • May have opportunities to: host meals in dining hall, lead large group evening programs run orientation meetings for students/teachers.
  • Facilitates recreational activities and evening programs as scheduled for OEE and SPGR weekend groups.
  • Weekly evaluations from teacher, cabin leaders and group leaders on class knowledge, presentation and professionalism are consistently high.
  • Abides within the Personnel Policies of the YMCA of Greater Toledo
  • Maintain a clean living environment inside and outside of assigned living unit
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications

College graduate in a relevant field (Education, Recreation, Science, Environmental Education, Psychology, etc) preferred. Experience with youth and in the outdoors, positive attitude, high energy, enthusiastic, team oriented, and service minded.