Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, per order of the Governor of California, as of March 9th, 2020, all schools are closed and a statewide “shelter in place” is mandated. On 4/1/2020, the Governor of California announced that schools will not reopen for the rest of the academic year. As we operate on a school setting, this has drastically affected us.
It is still unclear if camps with modified social distancing & health screening procedures, as well as increased sanitation protocols will be authorized to open during the 2020 Summer. In case they are not, Camp Ramah will hold Virtual Camp instead. Thus the Virtual Program Staff and Virtual Program Leader is a new temporary position to respond to the crisis and ensure children have a Ramah experience during the 2020 Summer. Ramah virtual camps welcome welcome campers (grades 3 and up). They aim to provide a Ramah Galim experience in many meaningful ways.
The Virtual Program Staff and Virtual Program Leader enables campers, youth workers, and teachers to share their culture and ideas with kids of the United States in camp settings.
This position runs exclusively online, with direct contact with children and with occasional non-program duties pertinent to camp life, such as managing schedules, communicating with families and organizing daily activities.
Each “virtual group” is made of up of a variety of campers with an interest in either the age group or content area of interest.
Communication with camp:
-Setup your Paycom account
● Act as a virtual camp staff member and work with other staff and camp volunteers in accordance to the values of Ramah
● Communicate with campers in an appropriate meaningful way through authorized means in an environment that is no less than the “rule of 3’s”. Emails and phone calls are handled by Hanhallah.
● Provide a safe digital environment
● Be fun/silly/engaging to foster children’s imagination in connection with programming.
● Identify and respond to camper behavior issues in a culturally adapted manner (no screaming, no ridiculing, no negative punishment).
● Either toward campers or colleagues, always give praise in public, give negative feedback in private.
● Do not play favorites with campers.
● Actively participate in the staff meetings and help diffuse and de-escalate team tensions by proposing constructive and creative solutions.
● Track participants’ experiences and report concerns to Supervisor.
● Design engaging and meaningful online content for campers. Prepare for them during prep-time.
● Implement sound projects to maintain and promote the appropriate content area and age group considerations.
● Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week.
● Support other staff by redirecting campers attention toward the staff member running the program if you are not and assisting campers during activities.
● Support children’s wellbeing by allowing “meaningful conversations” among campers during and between activities.
Safety and wellbeing:
● Ensure only authorized campers enter the virtual camp.
● Ensure proper accommodation for kids with special needs or disabilities. Be mindful of their rights and respect their privacy.
● Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the virtual camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers’ physical and psychological safety online.
● Manage your stamina and stress level by getting ample rest and sleep and by taking all your daily breaks, as well as mini-breaks during your shift, if need be.
● Make sure your computer, sound system, Internet connection are running optimally to stream online our programs and activities.
● Use the Virtual Camp Page to share activities and contents with campers.
● Use exclusively the streaming platform designed by camp to broadcast your activities.
● If you are the person managing the program, work the chat room to make sure campers receive assistance and remain engaged.
● Start on time, run activities on schedule.
● Prepare your activities ahead of time with the allocated prep-time.
Ramah recruits camp leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Eligible candidates are persons who are knowledgable in the Judaic framework of Ramah and the conservative movement.
● Exceptional leader and great communicator
● Patient, dynamic and smiley
● Passionate about working with and for children
● Able to anticipate issues and act accordingly
● Great team player and role model for kids & camp counselors
● Able to receive and learn from constructive feedback
● Knowledgeable of health and safety practices
● Accountable, self-starter and creative
● Punctual, dependable and organized
● Able to sing, dance, act, play sports and/or draw
● Able to listen attentively and compassionately
● Available, positive and happy
● Knowledgeable in the Judaic framework of Ramah and the Conservative Movement
● sufficiently proficient in the English language to supervise and interact with American youth, parents and colleagues
● Be 18 years old or older
● Virtual Program Leader – minimum 2 years experience working with kids grade 3
● desire to work with kids grade 3 +
● Fulfill post-arrival requirements (fingerprint, bank account and US tax form, Social Security, US phone, sexual harassment prevention training, mandated reporter training, on-boarding training)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position requires prolonged standing, walking, bending, kneeling, occasional running and jumping. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. All positions at Ramah may require heavy lifting, prolonged standing, or travel. You are expected to be a team player and work collaboratively with your peers, manager and other departments within Ramah.
This job operates online.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.