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Extended Day Program and Camp Coordinator Position

Feb 17 2017 | Detroit Waldorf School | Detroit

Extended Day Program and Camp Coordinator Position

Job Description Summary:
The Extended Care and Camps Coordinator leads, organizes, and manages the morning and afternoon Extended Care Programs, Break and Summer Camps at the Detroit Waldorf School for children in preschool through eighth grades. The Coordinator must bring experience, warmth, joy and enthusiasm to working with children and have a loving and playful, yet authoritative presence with the children and be able to carry awareness for the whole group. He or she will be fluid and flexible in an ever-changing environment, yet be able to maintain the rhythms and routines that are in place. They will have excellent communication and problem solving skills, knowledge of early childhood care, a motivation and willingness to work collaboratively with other faculty and administration, and a proven track record of success in working with children. The ideal Extended Care Coordinator has at least some Waldorf training and experience as well as a desire to grow as a Waldorf educator. In addition, the Extended Care Coordinator has completed at least the minimum requirements to qualify as a lead caregiver in early childhood and continues to engage in professional development.

The Coordinator is responsible for managing the daily organizational and staffing needs of the program and training and supervising Extended Care and Break Camp Staff. He or she is able to manage a wide range of children’s needs and indoor and outdoor activities. Areas of responsibility include tracking student arrivals and departures, supervision and support of student activities and social interactions, communication with parents, and a variety of daily housekeeping duties including organization and management of record keeping and program materials, classrooms, playgrounds and food shopping and preparation, weekly attendance reports and monthly billing.

The Extended Care Coordinator is responsible for providing ongoing and clear communication about children who participate in the Extended Care and Camp Programs to Faculty and Administration as needed.

Summer work will include planning and organizing all aspects of summer camp, break camps and extended care program as well as on-site supervision of summer camp.

The Extended Care Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, purchasing and maintaining an appropriate budget for snack supplies as well as necessary educational materials.
The Extended Care Coordinator must be responsible for monitoring current systems and recommending modifications for smoother operations. Candidates must maintain a professional manner at all times.

This is a full-time, hourly position during the school year, and a part-time hourly position with opportunity for expansion during the summer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage the daily operations of the program including direct care of children.
• Provide a caring, nurturing and inviting environment responsive to the physical, emotional and social needs of the children.
• Communicate effectively with parents and teachers about student behavior and needs, schedule changes, and program rules.
• Responsible for working and organizing staff schedule for parent conferences and any school and summer holiday periods when vacation camps are offered.
• Collaborate with staff to develop appropriate activities for Extended Care and Camps that uphold the pedagogy of the Waldorf curriculum.
• Maintain appropriate records and reports in accordance with licensing requirements and school policies and procedures.
• Organize, order, and purchase necessary supplies.
• Purchase and provide healthy snacks.
• Responsible for maintaining costs within program budget.
• Work with extended care staff and designated faculty concerning assessment of classroom and playground needs, rules, and improvements.
• Observe necessary precautions to ensure safety of students and maintain a clean environment in all classrooms and shared spaces used for Extended Care and Break Camps.
• Prepare incidents reports and notify parents, teachers, and administration when notable incidents occur.
• Compile weekly attendance reports and prepare monthly invoices for parents.
• Hold meetings with staff at appropriate intervals.
• Work collaboratively with the Early Childhood Program Director and the Extended Care Liaison on program development and daily operations.
• Perform other duties as assigned with approval of the College of Teachers or Administration.
• Participate in before and after school faculty meetings and professional development required to maintain qualifications.
• Ability to work year round, including school holidays and some evenings.

Required Skills:
• Knowledge of child development and early childhood education.
• Knowledge of Waldorf school philosophy, including educational principles, techniques, and methods.
• Meet all licensing standards as fully qualified caregiver with a minimum of 6-12 credits in early childhood education or child development, depending upon experience, or willingness to undertake further qualified professional development.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Computer proficiency including word, excel and Quickbooks
• Ability to understand and manage the complexities of an Extended Care program.
• Ability to positively respond to or proactively handle changes in environment.
• Able to solve problems and handle emergencies with discernment while maintaining confidentiality of student, familial and organizational information.
• Ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships with parents, children, faculty and staff.
• Ability to promote and educate families on the philosophies and practices of the Detroit Waldorf School.
• Ability to follow and communicate safety rules and regulations.

The Detroit Waldorf School is a multi-racial and multi-cultural school, celebrating its 50th year in the heart of the Detroit renaissance. We have the honor of being one of the ten oldest Waldorf schools in the United States. We offer a full curriculum and we are accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North American and the Independent Schools Association of Central States. Our school has a strong early childhood program, including a Kindergarten specific class that serves as a bridge to the grades. Our elementary program includes two languages, eurythmy, handwork, arts, remedial resource program, music/orchestra, physical education and an after school sports program. Our school resides in a beautiful 1920’s historical building situated on a 4-acre campus with an organic garden.

The application process includes, but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee and College of Teachers. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to [email protected] or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org.

The Detroit Waldorf School does not discriminate in admissions, hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age or other statuses protected by law. Furthermore, parents, students, faculty, staff members and board members are all expected to conduct themselves and discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the school's non-discrimination policy.

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