JOB DESCRIPTION – Cabin Counseling
Serve as a live-in counselor, helping youths adjust to Global Youth Village’s dynamic culture. Create a warm, harmonious cabin environment, working cooperatively with other members of counseling team. Maintain standards of health, safety and program quality consistent with program goals. Create opportunities for cultural sharing within the cabin, and facilitate cross-cultural communication and understanding.
- High school graduate with at least two-years college education or post secondary school work experience; 21 years of age or older.
- Youth work experience; preferably multicultural and in a residential setting.
- Experience in team building and leading youth groups; able to initiate and moderate youth discussions; able to plan and deliver youth activities.
- Able to fulfill work responsibilities with professional attitude; motivated; good stamina; flexible; responds well to program transitions and changes.
- Solid role model, mature, positive outlook, attentive to the needs of others.
- Works well in team structure. Open minded and has positive response to new points of view and feedback.
- Conversant in English.
- Lives in the cabin with 7-10 youths, ages 14-18.
- Monitors cabin during morning wake-up, afternoon rest hour, evening lights-out.
- Attends all meals and evening programs with cabin.
- Creates methods for maintaining cabin cleanliness and monitors health, personal hygiene and dietary needs of individual youth.
- Keeps cabin informed of program schedules; assists youths in selecting activities.
- Moderates cabin discussions on variety of topics; holds regular cabin meetings.
- Encourages youth to participate fully in program activities and to be willing to try new things and make new friends.
- Makes self readily available to youth and is reliable presence in cabin
- Offers consistent guidance and discipline in collaboration with other counseling team members; creates a comfortable, safe and respectful cabin environment.
- Attends counselor meetings and discusses cabin dynamics and individual youth needs. Coveys youth views to administrative staff
- Upholds and is a role model of GYV “Honor Code” (See “Community Guidelines”)
- Plans and delivers weekly “Cabin Night” activities for cabin. Collaborates with the Evening Programs Coordinator in the design and delivery of evening programs and other special weekend events.
- Teaches weekly electives or daily special activities on subjects of personal expertise. (Review the secondary role options available to you.)
- Fulfills other support functions as outlined in the general job description (daily meal clean-up, facility set-up, etc.).
- Completes cabin counseling evaluation and cabin cleaning procedures at the end of each session.
- Ability to effectively manage a group of 8-12 teens. Provides necessary instruction and guidance to youths throughout the day.
- Ability to observe youth behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and provide appropriate guidance and discipline.
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to any activities one may be overseeing.
- Possesses endurance required to maintain constant supervision of youth in a rural, residential camp setting.
- Cognitive ability to plan and conduct cabin activities.