Experience: A unit head must have significant resident camp experience, including staff supervision and training experience. Individuals should possess a significant level of Jewish Education in an experiential model and educating others in an informal environment. Must be a confident communicator and possess public speaking skills. It is also preferable and desired for a unit head to be athletic, have a high level of physical fitness.
The Role: A unit head must first and foremost be a positive Jewish role model who enjoys being with, and providing guidance to, children and staff members. A unit head must have a well-developed sense of responsibility with good judgment and common sense because he/she has a significant impact on each indivual's summer experience.
A unit head should be patient, compassionate, approachable serving as a mentor for all counselors. The unit head must be a confident decision maker, able to think on their feet and operate in high pressure situations. Listening skills and conflict resolution skills are essential.
Directly responsible for all campers and counselors living in the dorms in each circle, a unit head has day-to-day involvement with each individual and with the entire group. He or she must see that every individual camper makes friends, becomes acclimated to life at camp, grows towards his or her potential and becomes a part of the total camp community.
· In partnership with Directors, train and supervise counselor/assistant coaches, serving as a role model and support for all counselors
· Assist in expectation setting and providing regular evaluations and feedback to counselor/assistant coaches, both formally and informally.
· Contribute to the overall positive morale of the camp community. Address any problems or questions as they arise and resolve conflicts
· Directly responsible for health and welfare of all participants. Be involved in daily lives of campers and counselors; update directors with concerns on consistent basis
· Schedule counselor/assistant coach days off and daily time off
· Assist in planning, preparation and implementation of evening programs, special events and weekly nighttime staff programs
· Serve as shmira, night time duty on a rotation basis
· Attend daily unit leadership meetings.
· Hold daily check-in meetings with dorm staff teams
· Manage camper elective requests and assignments
· Support Director of Jewish Life by helping to implement education curriculum, and coordinating T’filot
· Participate in sport majors and electives, when appropriate. Provide coverage for counselors/assistant coaches as needed
· Assist in coordinating activities and supervising campers during intersession
· Ensure completion of daily camper status reports
· Ensure consistent, ongoing camper letter writing
· Oversee the planning and implementation of engaging Shabbat bunk programming
· Be prepared to help with logistics and other needs, i.e.: Procuring equipment and supplies, assist with camp visitors and special guests, arrival and departure days, staff transportation during time off, A/V Setups, snacks, water, administrative office support