Virtual Program Staff & Leader Job Description | Camp Ramah Northern California

Virtual Program Staff & Leader Job Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Summary: 

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.

Responsibilities 

Communication with camp:

-Setup your Paycom account

Leadership: 

● 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.

Programmatic:

● 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.

Logistics: 

● 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.

Time Management: 

● Start on time, run activities on schedule.

● Prepare your activities ahead of time with the allocated prep-time.

Eligibility: 

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.

Skills:

● 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

Requirements 

● 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)

Essential Functions 

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. 

Work Environment 

This job operates online. 

Other Duties 

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.