The Salvation Army - Southwest Division

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Head Counselor

at The Salvation Army - Southwest Division

Posted: 2/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Contract/Temporary

Job Description

  • Articulate personal testimony.
  • Plan and facilitate daily devotionals for camper groups.
  • Assist with spiritual and character development of camp participants and counselors.
  • Lead and mentor day camp counselors.
  • Lead day camp and other recreation activities with enthusiasm, and according to training protocol and written lesson plans.
  • Adhere to and implement positive discipline procedures created for campers and staff.
  • Communicate all issues regarding camp with After-School and Day Camp Lead II immediately.
  • Use appropriate documentation and communicate up chain of command as directed.
  • Complete all necessary documentation to inform parents and supervisors of camper injury, behavioral issue, disputes between campers, etc.
  • Adhere to dress code at all times. May be required to wear activity appropriate attire (e.g. swimwear while in the pool)
  • Ensure that program equipment and supplies are returned to the appropriate designated area upon completion of activity with group.
  • Clean each program area used with camper group before heading to next camp activity.
  • Facilitate day camp check in and out procedures according to protocol. Check ID of each person signing out camper daily, comparing against list of authorized persons for sign-out.
  • Interface respectfully with all peers, supervisors, customers, community partners and/or vendors.
  • Handle disputes with participants, parents, and staff in a professional manner with guidance of Arts, Education and Youth Coordinator, and After-School and Day Camp Lead II.
  • Ensure the safe use of the facility and execution of activities through enforcement of facility and activity-specific regulations, ensuring that only authorized patrons participate.
  • Protect, maintain, and be accountable for camp supplies.
  • Maintain a safe working environment; report and all facility defects/problems and any suspicious activities or persons to appropriate personal.
  • Assist in emergencies or treatment of injured participants or staff. Follow up with completion of appropriate paperwork as directed.
  • Enforce and follow all rules that pertain to camp and the facility on a consistent basis.
  • Practice vigilant supervision at all times. Perform regular head counts and keep an accurate attendance list of assigned children.
  • Assist with development, implementation and coordination of both daily and weekly activities and as directed.
  • Act as primary leader for assigned camp unit, providing coaching, supervision and correction when necessary to campers and camp staff.
  • Act as liaison between camp counselors and After-School and Day Camp Lead II.
  • Demonstrate integrity, enthusiasm and sound moral judgment.
  • Recognize the spiritual need of individuals, which may require referral to an officer, pastor or to our Youth Ministries Lead.
  • Provide support to children needing more assistance than can be provided from 1:15 staff-to-camper ratio.
  • Perform other assignments/duties as directed.

Skill / Requirements

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years old with a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be willing and able to drive vehicles for The Salvation Army, including 14-passenger buses and standard minivans.
  • Must be certified in CPR/First Aid/AED within 30 days of hire.
  • Must obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Must obtain a Tuberculosis Test.
  • Must obtain a food Handlers Card.
  • 12 credit hours in early childhood, child development, or closely related field or 6 months experience in licensed facility combined with high school diploma or an associate or bachelor degree in education or related field.
  • Current and valid CDL certification preferred. Employees with current and valid CDL certification may drive 25-passenger buses.
  • Must have previous experience programming youth activities and working with children, preferably in a camp setting.
  • Must have experience teaching a variety of activities involving education, computers, sports, performing arts, fine arts and/or fitness.
  • Must have experience or ability to coach others in teaching and leading groups of children in day camp setting, with biblical principles.
  • Must have the ability to maintain a non-judgmental attitude in working with customers, clients, members and staff.
  • Must be capable of learning basic point-of-sales procedures and database via computer system.
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate in English to be able to perform job duties.
  • Must thrive in a team oriented environment.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality as needed.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Must be capable of meeting the demands of day camp during a strenuous 40-hour workweek.
  • Strong desire and ability to work well with children, parents, and staff in a capacity of leadership, counseling, and education including but not limited to:
    • Relate joyfully and sensitively to children of all ages.
    • Sensitivity to children’s individual needs
    • Use appropriate positive discipline consistently.
    • Dependability
    • Handle security and crisis situations calmly
    • Engage and maintain a child’s interest in activities.
  • Complete all Protecting the Mission requirements and other trainings as directed.
  • Ability to perform responsibilities from the role of Counselor should you be needed for additional support and/or to secure safe ratios.
  • Must be able to work under and support the mission of The Salvation Army, and must be able to coach staff to do the same.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred.


Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation. A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order to meet the physical requirements of the position. The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is reasonable and no undue hardship would result. Qualified individuals must have access to reliable transportation.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach with hands and arms on a continuous basis. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must have the ability to operate telephone, a desktop or laptop computer, as well as the ability to access and produce information from a computer, and to understand written information.

Important Notes

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.