At Camp Harlam, you have a unique opportunity to work with campers and fellow staff from all over the country and the world. We take a great deal of pride in the quality of our staff, and all of us play a vital role in the development of each and every one of our campers. It is a vital role which allows staff to guide, support and influence children for years to come.As a member of this staff, you will serve as role models for all of our campers. What this means is that each of you will be expected to act in a way that sets the proper example for our campers to follow.

Every day, each staff member is involved in planning, teaching and leading activities for our campers. Developing and implementing programs provides valuable experience for you in the areas of lesson planning, organization, communication, group management and group leadership.

It is our goal to build and strengthen the self-esteem of our campers and provide a profound Jewish experience that will positively impact the rest of their lives.

In addition to the various specific tasks assigned to each member of the Camp Harlam staff, there are certain expectations and responsibilities that are required of all staff members, regardless of their particular assigned duties. All staff members are expected to satisfy the qualifications and fulfill the responsibilities outlined below.

Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children in camp setting
  • Ability to relate to one's peer group
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Desire to change behaviors as necessary to continue growth in position and role in Camp
  • Be of good character, integrity and adaptability
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control
  • Well-developed sense of responsibility, good judgment, common sense
  • Must be adult role model of responsible, mature living
  • Must have understanding of the potential, characteristics and issues of young children
  • Must be sufficiently mature to guide impressionable campers through their stay at Camp
  • A parental attitude. Must respect the feelings of both children and their parents at all times

Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for the needs of the campers, your fellow staff members and yourself
  • Be safety conscious at all times
  • Provide fellow staff members with your support
  • Maintain strong lines of communication with all other staff members including formal and informal evaluations with your supervisor
  • Have fun!
  • Behave appropriately and maintain proper decorum
  • Be an exemplary role model of Jewish living
  • Be actively engaged with campers, as opposed to just watching them
  • Be on time and participate in all assigned activities
  • Dress appropriately for activities, at all times adhering to the Camp dress code

Qualifications:

  • Skill and ability in working with children.
  • Ability to communicate with campers, relate to them and serve as an example
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model -- surrogate parent -- for all campers
  • Willingness and ability to take full responsibility for the lives of campers through common sense, safety-consciousness and high moral character, which are all required
  • Ability to accept guidance and support and a willingness and ability to ask for help
  • Ability to assist in teaching activities

Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for all campers living in one’s assigned cabin: day-to-day involvement with campers as individuals, imparting of camp rules, policies and traditions, help every camper make friends, become acclimated to life at Camp, grow towards his or her potential and become part of the community
  • Responsible for the health, safety and happiness of ALL campers at ALL times
  • Act as "early-warning system" for campers with problems.
  • Ensure campers exercise good hygiene and health practices. Notify appropriate staff members of problems
  • Help campers keep track of belongings
  • Directly responsible for cleanliness and good repair of the cabin
  • Participate regularly and enthusiastically in all Camp programs
  • Teach or assist in electives and specialties. Plan and lead cabin activities, including creating and implementing meaningful nighttime rituals for campers.
  • Take an active role in evening programs
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required
  • Be totally familiar with all emergency procedures

Designated Supervisor: Unit Head (with assistance from Assistant Unit Head)
Please note: all cabin counselors live in a bunk with the campers they are supervising

Qualifications:

  • Skill and ability in working with children.
  • Ability to communicate with campers, relate to them and serve as an example
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model -- surrogate parent -- for all campers
  • Training and experience commensurate with needs of specialty position with teaching experience in that activity area desired
  • When required, hold relevant certifications in activity area
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned specialty
  • Ability to follow defined teaching requirements, developing own methods of presentation to campers

Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for all campers living in one’s assigned cabin: day-to-day involvement with campers as individuals, imparting of camp rules, policies and traditions, help every camper make friends, become acclimated to life at Camp, grow towards his or her potential and become part of the community
  • Responsible for the health, safety and happiness of ALL campers at ALL times
  • Act as "early-warning system" for campers with problems.
  • Develop the necessary lesson plans prior to executing each activity.
  • Set up for and break down from all activity periods.
  • Lead and coordinate activities for all age groups, as assigned by the Department Head, as scheduled for each unit. Maintain daily record of activity lesson plan
  • Maintain a safe and clean activity area
  • Assist in all activity areas within your specialty department as well as within your unit
  • Be available for cabin activities whenever possible
  • Act as general resource for other Camp activities relating to your specialty
  • Participate in other Camp programming as is practical. All specialists are assigned to units and cabins and should be with assigned units/cabins when they do not have direct programming responsibilities -- especially at meals, song sessions, services and evening programs. Sitting with cabins and interacting with campers is a must
  • Exercise good judgment and safety consciousness at all times. Act as role-model for safety with campers
  • Directly responsible for most maintenance and upkeep of facilities and supplies necessary for assigned specialty
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required

Designated Supervisors: Unit Head (assistance from Asst. Unit Head) and Department Head (assistance from Assistant Department Head where applicable)
Please Note: Some specialty counselors live in cabins with campers, and some specialty counselors live in staff housing. All specialty counselors have the possibility of living in staff housing. Whether or not a specialty counselor lives with campers, they will be assigned to a cabin an expected to be present and supervise those campers while not at their specialty area.

Qualifications:

  • Must have been a staff member at Camp Harlam in a previous summer
  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • Ability to give and take constructive criticism
  • Ability to communicate appropriately with the Leadership Team
  • Experience writing, developing, and executing programming (NFTY, Camp, Hillel, etc.)

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the program director to ensure that all programs are running smoothly
  • Read and provide feedback to staff about evening programming
  • Help to gather and distribute program supplies for programs, including, but not limited to, evening programs
  • Work closely with the Office Staff to produce materials needed for programming
  • Help support special events and liaising with appropriate people
  • Work with the Staff Engagement Supervisor to help support staff programming
  • Act as a liaison to staff, leadership team, CITs, and operations staff
  • Develop and facilitate all-camp programming, including rainy day programming
  • Other as needed responsibilities

Designated Supervisor: Program Director

Qualifications:

  • Skill and ability in working with children.
  • Ability to communicate with campers, relate to them and serve as an example
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model -- surrogate parent -- for all campers
  • Training and experience in the maintenance, set-up, breakdown and use of A/V Equipment (sound systems, theater-related work, computer systems, etc.), low-level maintenance tasks, room set-ups and the movement/transport of large objects.
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned specialty
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a flexible, fast paced environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and provide excellent service to the camp community
  • Ability to problem solve and think on your feet

Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for all campers living in one’s assigned cabin: day-to-day involvement with campers as individuals, imparting of camp rules, policies and traditions, help every camper make friends, become acclimated to life at camp, grow towards his or her potential and become part of the community
  • Responsible for the health, safety and happiness of ALL campers at ALL times
  • Act as "early-warning system" for campers with problems
  • Set-up and break down of all A/V requests for camp programs, evening programs, concerts, plays, etc.
  • Maintain an organized ledger of A/V requests, inventory, and other necessary equipment
  • Assist in Operational responsibilities including but not limited to driving a camp vehicle out of camp for errands, setting up and breaking down chairs/tables for events, building furniture as needed, moving items around camp as needed
  • Be available for cabin activities whenever possible
  • Act as general resource for other camp activities relating to Operations & A/V
  • Participate in other camp programming as is practical. All specialty counselors are assigned to units and cabins and should be with assigned units/cabins when they do not have direct programming responsibilities -- especially at meals, song sessions, services and evening programs. Sitting with cabins and interacting with campers is a must
  • Exercise good judgment and safety consciousness at all times. Act as role-model for safety with campers
  • Directly responsible for some maintenance and upkeep of facilities and supplies
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required
  • Any other assigned tasks

Designated Supervisor: Operations Manager
Please Note: Some specialty counselors live in cabins with campers, and some specialty counselors live in staff housing. All specialty counselors have the possibility of living in staff housing. Whether or not a specialty counselor lives with campers, they will be assigned to a cabin an expected to be present and supervise those campers while not at their specialty area.

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • Strong background and experience in camping and/or related fields
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults in Camp setting
  • Ability to creatively plan & schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills & talents of staff members
  • Ability to give & take constructive criticism
  • A college graduate (preferred) or undergraduate
  • Must be self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel

Responsibilities:

  • Attend meetings as a member of Camp’s Leadership. Help formulate and implement policy. Prepare and submit required materials
  • Directly responsible for planning, preparation and implementation of all evening programs for assigned unit/department; serve as the creative force for unit/department programs, assign staff members to program teams and work closely with specialists planning programs for your unit/department
  • Directly responsible for consistently having unit’s/ department’s program supply requisitions turned in.
  • Whenever possible, incorporate unit/department staff members in program planning and leadership.
  • Make all site & supply arrangements
  • Coordinate activities of cabins in the unit: cabin activities, staff days off, etc.
  • Act as role model for unit/department staff. Be a ―counselor’s counselor, assisting unit/department staff with problems, questions and support
  • Regularly evaluate the performance of unit/department staff members, following the policies of staff evaluation
  • Act on behalf of unit/department on issues involving Camp community
  • Run unit/department staff meetings
  • Be directly involved with all campers and staff in unit/department. Ongoing camper and staff problems are of particular concern. Communicate with the Camp Director and Assistant Camp
  • Director on key matters. Will be called upon to communicate directly with parents.

Designated Supervisor: Assistant Camp Director
Please Note: Unit Heads live in staff housing which may be attached to camper housing

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • An Assistant Unit Supervisor must be a dedicated staff member who is looking to take on further leadership responsibilities within camp
  • An Assistant Unit Supervisor must have leadership skills necessary to motivate, support and guide other Unit Staff
  • The role of an Assistant Unit Supervisor is to serve as a role model for the rest of the Unit Staff, as well as be the direct support to the Unit
  • Supervisor in the day to day management of the Unit

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as member of the camp’s assistant supervisor staff, attend regular meetings, be involved in the implementation of camp policies as they affect campers and staff members and assist in the enforcement of these policies
  • Be a positive role model for counselors and campers in his/her unit and in the general camp community
  • Act in the capacity as a mentor for the staff, one to whom a staff member can bring their bunk/program area problems, successes, challenges and questions
  • Act as a mediator and/or guide during disputes
  • During staff training, help teach staff their responsibilities and skills they need for the summer
  • Record and keep a binder of programming and logistical materials to be turned into supervisor at the end of the camp season
  • Support the Unit Supervisor in coordinating days off for staff in Unit
  • Develop new and innovative ways of having fun and recognizing staff in your Unit and implement them with your Unit Supervisor
  • Praise and recognize staff for work well done and going above and beyond expectations
  • Correct or reprimand Unit staff as soon as practical (in private), for actions that put health and safety of a camper at risk
  • Know the names of all the campers and staff in the unit and be knowledgeable about their needs
  • Coordinate the activities of cabins in the unit with the Unit Head
  • Assist in monitoring the up-keep of equipment, supplies and facilities.

Designated Supervisor: Unit Supervisor
Please note: Assistant Unit Heads may live in camper cabins or staff housing

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • Strong background and experience in camping
  • Strong background and experience in your specific area of supervision
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults in Camp setting
  • Ability to creatively plan & schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills & talents of staff members
  • Ability to give & take constructive criticism
  • A college graduate (preferred)
  • Must be self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel

Responsibilities:

  • Attend meetings as a member of Camp’s Leadership Team. Help formulate and implement policy.
  • Prepare and submit required materials
  • Directly responsible for planning, preparation and implementation of all programs for assigned department; serve as the creative force for department programs, assign staff members to program teams and work closely with specialty counselors planning programs for your department
  • Directly responsible for consistently having department’s program supply requisitions turned in.
  • Guiding the department staff to be able to effectively lead programming in their activity areas.
  • Make all site & supply arrangements
  • Coordinate activities of all groups participating in your department’s activities at a given time: allocation of space, staff, etc
  • Act as role model for department staff. Be a ―counselor’s counselor, assisting department staff with problems, questions and support
  • Regularly evaluate the performance of department staff members, following the policies of staff evaluation
  • Act on behalf of department on issues involving Camp community
  • Run department staff meetings
  • Be directly involved with all campers and staff in department. Ongoing camper and staff problems are of particular concern. Communicate with the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director on key matters.
  • Be a presence and an advocate for camp wide policy.

Designated Supervisor: Assistant Camp Director
Please note: Department Supervisors live in staff housing which may be attached to camper housing

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • An Assistant Dept. Supervisor must be a dedicated staff member who is looking to take on further leadership responsibilities within camp and their department.
  • An Assistant Dept. Supervisor must have leadership skills necessary to motivate, support and guide other Dept. Staff
  • The role of an Assistant Dept. Supervisor is to serve as a role model for the rest of the Dept. Staff, as well as be the direct support to the Dept. Supervisor in the day to day management of the department

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as member of the camp’s assistant supervisor staff, attend regular meetings, be involved in the implementation of camp policies as they affect campers and staff members and assist in the enforcement of these policies
  • Be a positive role model for counselors, specialists and campers in his/her department and unit and in the general camp community
  • Act in the capacity as a mentor for the staff, one to whom a staff member can bring their activity area/cabin problems, successes, challenges and questions
  • Act as a mediator and/or guide during disputes
  • During staff training, help teach staff their responsibilities and skills they need in order to successfully impliment a safe, engaging, enjoyable activity program in their specific department.
  • Record and keep a binder of programming and logistical materials to be turned into supervisor at the end of the camp season
  • Support the Dept. Supervisor in coordinating the day to day programming in each department as well as the scheduling of staff.
  • Support the department head in managing the behavior of all department staff on a day to day basis.
  • Model the positive behavior that we expect from our staff and correct the behavior of others when appropriate.
  • Develop new and innovative ways of implementing the program in your specific activity area
  • Praise and recognize staff for work well done and going above and beyond expectations
  • Ensure the health and safety of all campers while using your activity area and throughout the general camp day. If this means correcting staff behavior when practical, an assistant department supervisor must do so appropriately.
  • Assist in monitoring the up-keep of equipment, supplies and facilities. Take regular inventory and recommend ordering supplies when appropriate

Primary Supervisor: Department Supervisor
Please note: Assistant Department Supervisors may live in camper cabins or staff housing

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • Strong background and experience in camping and/or related fields
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults in Camp setting
  • Ability to creatively plan & schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills & talents of staff members
  • Ability to give & take constructive criticism
  • A college graduate (preferred) or undergraduate
  • Must be self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with supervising Assistant Director and other members of Professional Staff about notable events/incidents/developments in Gesher program
  • Work with Gesher Assistant Directors to create and implement leadership-training programs for CITs
  • Spend ample time in the Bayit, observing CITs and helping to establish and enforce Bayit rules to ensure general upkeep of the Bayit
  • Help to plan and coordinate CIT outings
  • Supervise Assistant Gesher Directors:
    provide feedback, both through weekly check-ins and formal written evaluations at the end of each session
  • Assist Assistant Directors in different areas of responsibility to supervise, giving support and guidance
  • Help to establish and enforce general CIT rules and procedures
  • Work with assigned Gesher faculty member to help plan and lead Gesher Jewish programming
  • Handle scheduling responsibilities for Gesher program and Gesher assistant directors
  • Communicate effectively with other supervisors about responsibilities of CITs in units and departments
  • Introduce CITs to general staff population during Staff Training

Designated Supervisor: Assistant Camp Director
Please Note: Unit Heads live in staff housing which may be attached to camper housing

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of leadership skill and capacity
  • Strong background and experience in camping
  • Strong background and experience in your specific area of supervision
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults in Camp setting
  • Ability to creatively plan & schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills & talents of staff members
  • Ability to give & take constructive criticism
  • A college graduate (preferred)
  • Must be self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Gesher Director to create and implement leadership-training programs for CITs
  • Supervise CITs throughout the summer, both within Gesher programming and CITs work in unit/department
  • Provide feedback for CITs through check-ins and formal written evaluations
  • Live in Bayit and establish close but appropriate relationships with all members of Gesher program, establish and enforce Bayit rules and ensure cleanliness and upkeep of living spaces
  • Work with assigned Gesher faculty member to help plan and lead Gesher Jewish programming
  • Lead and facilitate one of several Gesher “committees” -- Banquet, Variety Show, CIT programming, gear and ruach
  • Be present and engaged in all CIT programming, whether leading or participating
  • Communicate openly and consistently with Gesher Director about any CIT issues -- have an “ear to the street” in terms of what’s happening in the Bayit and among the CITs
  • Aid in planning of Gesher Family Shabbat
  • Feel comfortable receiving feedback from Gesher supervisor and passing feedback up

Designated Supervisor: Gesher Supervisor
Please note: Assistant Gesher Supervisors live in the Bayit with Gesher participants

Driver
Qualifications:

  • Possess a valid Drivers Licence (International Drivers Licence if from outside the United States)
  • Ability to communicate with others and abide by all rules and policies
  • Training and experience in driving for long periods of time in unknown areas.
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned area
  • Ability to work hard, maintain a high level of motivation and be dedicated to work in driving

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain clean and safe camp vehicles
  • Be the primary camp driver both in camp and out of camp for all of our driving needs.
  • Manage a daily schedule that allows Camp Harlam to know where the driver is at all times.
  • Drive in a safe manner at all times.

Designated Supervisor: Operations Manager
Please note: If the driver is in residence at camp, they will live in staff housing.


Food Service Staff
Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate with others and abide by all rules and policies
  • Training and experience commensurate with needs of Support position
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned area
  • When required, hold relevant certifications in Support area
  • Ability to work hard, maintain a high level of motivation and be dedicated to work in specific Support area

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare meals
  • Maintain cleanliness in the kitchen and dining hall
  • Designated Supervisor: Food Service Supervisor and Operations Manager

Please note: If food service staff is in residence at camp, they will live in staff housing.


Security Staff
Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate with others and abide by all rules and policies
  • Training and experience commensurate with needs of Support position
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned area
  • When required, hold relevant certifications in Support area
  • Ability to work hard, maintain a high level of motivation and be dedicated to work in specific Support area

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor arriving guests to camp
  • Patrol all areas of camp property
  • Be aware of any threats to camp
  • Communicate with appropriate people to provide a high level of safety
  • Assist with other needs of camp, as assigned by supervisor

Designated Supervisor: Director and Operations Manager
Please note: If security staff is in residence at camp, they will live in staff housing.

Office Staff
Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate with others and abide by all rules and policies
  • Training and experience commensurate with needs of Support position
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned area
  • When required, hold relevant certifications in Support area
  • Ability to work hard, maintain a high level of motivation and be dedicated to work in specific Support area

Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones and communicate messages in a timely manner
  • Sort and distribute mail and packages to campers and staff
  • Manage sign in and out of campers
  • Provide a high level of customer service to all visitors
  • Assist with other needs of camp, as assigned by supervisor

Designated Supervisor: Operations Manager
Please note: If office staff is in residence at camp, they will live in staff housing.


Housekeeper
Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate with others and abide by all rules and policies
  • Training and experience commensurate with needs of Support position
  • Strong enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of assigned area
  • When required, hold relevant certifications in Support area
  • Ability to work hard, maintain a high level of motivation and be dedicated to work in specific Support area

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure cleanliness of public spaces
  • Respond to issues of cleanliness and sanitation throughout the camp community
  • Sanitize bathrooms in camper cabins
  • Provide a high level of customer service to all visitors
  • Assist with other needs of camp, as assigned by supervisor

Designated Supervisor: Operations Manager
Please note: If housekeeping staff is in residence at camp, they will live in staff housing.