REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator/Camp Director
FUNCTION OF POSITION:
This position is responsible for successful implementation of all required substance abuse-related education-focused activities during camp weekend.
Desired outcomes of Camp Mariposa are to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness by connecting campers with other children impacted by a loved one’s substance disorder. To educate campers that substance abuse and addiction are diseases and not their fault. Provide a place for kids to have fun, build confidence and learn critical life skills to help manage feelings and practice self-care. To offer campers positive choices in life and to connect campers with ongoing support and resources to meet needs that are identified.
SPECIFIC TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborate with program coordinator/camp director to create theme and education focus for weekend
- The planning and facilitation of age-appropriate psycho-education experience and modification as indicated by group dynamic and need.
- Develop strong therapeutic relationship with campers, mentors, and volunteers
- Work with program coordinator/camp director to provide post-camp support or resources to campers
- Participate in staff meetings and required trainings
- General camp mentor responsibilities and other duties as required
- Ability to travel as required.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
This position requires the individual to perform a broad range of activities. This position requires full range of motion, including manual and finger dexterity and hand-and-eye coordination. This position requires corrected vision, speech, and hearing to normal range, or special accommodations made of sufficient nature for completion of assigned tasks. This position requires ability and willingness to participate in physical activities related to camp experience including use of electronics necessary to implement education as well as standing work in front of a classroom. This position requires the ability to lift 30 pounds. This position requires ability and willingness to participate as chaperone during bus transportation of campers. This position requires the ability to withstand exposure to outdoor elements ie. cold, heat, sun, insects, water, nature and all activities related to a typical camp experience. This position requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours
A Behavioral Health, Mental Health or Education Master’s Degree is preferred. A minimum combination of two years direct substance abuse-related activities or experience working with youth is required.
- Excellent grasp of theory and application as it relates particularly to substance abuse, family challenges surrounding addiction and its impact on the individual youth.
- Ability to work with staff team to continuously assess individuals utilizing strengths-based assessment and positive interventions as needed
- Strong ability to relate to other professionals and lay people
- Ability to work with hard to reach or resistant individuals
- Ability to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and manage a large group of children
- Ability to provide education related to substance abuse, addiction, family roles, coping skills, and social skills
- Valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation
- Oriented within the first six months of hire to:
a. The agency’s mission, philosophy, goals, and services;
b. The cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the service population;
c. The agency’s place within its community;
d. The agency’s personnel manual; and
e. Lines of accountability and authority within the agency.
- Training on Camp Mariposa policies and procedures.
- Training on role expectations at camp facility
- Yearly DCF trainings as required by JFCS: HIPAA, SAT, CAO, HHS