Merrowvista Jobs

Activities and Community Coordinator

Mission
The American Youth Foundation inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social, and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

General Overview
The Activities and Community Coordinator manages all aspects of Merrowvista’s in-camp activities program, including Interest Groups, Nights Doings, special event days, and the Four-Fold Tournament. They supervise a small team of specialists, schedule daily activities for campers and staff members, ensuring a high level of quality in programming. Summer 2022 will include two to three weeks of paid staff training, followed by two three-week sessions ending on August 14.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the in-camp activities program and schedule, working with Waterfront Team and Activity Specialists to plan and initiate new programs and organize special events.
  • Coordinate youth signups for activities, including collecting campers’ activity interests and signing up each participant for a variety of activities.
  • Assign staff to lead activities based on their skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Conduct staff training sessions, ensuring all Specialists are thoroughly informed in Interest Group curriculum and can support campers through the learning cycle. Provide support and constructive feedback for all staff instructing those activities.
  • Working with the Activities Specialists, assign staff to lead activities based on their skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Document all staff observations, check ins, trainings, skills developments, and any risk management incidents or near misses.
  • Conduct and participate in pre-camp activity setup and maintenance, as well as post-camp take down, maintenance, and storage.
  • Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work toward those goals as well as participate in total camp program while at Merrowvista.
  • Complete all job functions and other duties as assigned

General Functions

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, Best Self practices and balanced Four-Fold growth according to the philosophy of AYF by instruction and example.
  • Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
  • Fully participate in and be present at all community activities as a Central Staff Team member

Required Skills

  • Strong emotional and mental health. Must be adaptable and exhibit good judgement to determine what is in best interest of the campers in their care.
  • Ability to respond to and direct campers and staff in an emergency
  • Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships.
  • Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
  • Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency

Vision for All AYF Employees:

  • Show commitment to the AYF Core Values of safety, respect, responsibility, stewardship, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors:
    • Integrity, openness, and honesty, listening and understanding, giving, and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability, and accountability.
  • Adhere to all policies and guidelines as described in the AYF employee handbook.

Work Environment

  • Position is located at Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. The Merrowvista site necessitates the ability to move through rugged terrain.
  • Coordinators will live onsite during staff training and during the two camp sessions.

Education, Experience, or Certifications

  • At least 21 years old and high school degree required.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability, previous supervisory experience, and commitment to balanced personal development and excellence
  • Previous experience working with children, adolescents and/or young adults required
  • Strong teaching/facilitating and leadership skills preferred
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted applicants

Benefits

  • Seasonal pay: $6,750
  • Referral bonus: $200 referral bonus paid at the end of summer for each hired employee the applicant refers
  • Coordinators receive one day off for every six days worked.

Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals based on merit and / or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familiar status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for this position.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.