Youth Community Service engages young people from diverse mid-peninsula communities in meaningful service-based learning. YCS students build leadership and life skills, empathy for the needs of others, and a sense of connectedness, purpose and efficacy, while making a positive difference in the lives of those around them. YCS was founded in 1990 to bring together the communities of East Palo Alto and Palo Alto through youth service and development. YCS is a collaborative organization with a rich curriculum of service-learning and community service projects and programs, solid partnerships with local service agencies and schools, and broad community visibility and support.

The YCS Summer of Service (SOS) Director is responsible for all aspects of an innovative and diverse summer day camp program for middle school students and incoming high school freshmen.

Join our dynamic staff to plan and direct the summer program and work with young people to promote leadership, diversity, service and social justice. We use service-learning strategies to examine and address social issues and to build student awareness about their community and their own self-efficacy.

This position reports to the YCS Executive Director.

I. Serve as the Camp Director for the YCS Summer of Service and Palo Alto-based Freshmen Leadership Corps Camp. Recruit, hire, train and supervise a diverse summer staff of six young adults. Coordinate camper registration, classroom-to-classroom student recruitment, program planning, documentation and evaluation. Summer of Service and Freshmen Leadership Corps camp offers four two-week sessions for 35 students each, from June 11th through August 3th.

II. Help develop and enhance relationships with local non-profit organizations, and public service institutions to benefit program and participants.

III. Prepare and lead one week of Summer of Service staff training the week of June 4th-June 8th to equip the five Team Leaders to lead diverse middle school and high school freshmen campers in service-learning experiences with community agencies in the areas of Hunger and Homelessness, Environment, Healthcare and Child Development, as well as the Freshmen Leadership Corps. Staff training will include proactive methods of positive behavior, 41 Developmental Assets, Service Learning, CPR/First Aid, conflict resolution, diversity appreciation, Parent Informational Night, and ongoing dialogue about the definitions and responsibilities of community. YCS works in partnership with the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department Summer Camps, some training will be provided by the City of Palo Alto.

IV. Finalized the eight-week calendar of daily field trips, service projects and Fun Fridays for the five teams.

V. Incorporate service-learning strategies into the camp curriculum.

– Bachelor’s Degree required.
– At least two years experience working in an educational or service-oriented setting with middle and/or high school students.
– Prefer summer camp staff experience.
– Passionate commitment to community service, service learning strategies and youth development.
– Excellent communication, written and organizational skills.
-Experience coaching and supporting program staff or volunteers.
-Enjoy working with diverse groups of students in a multicultural environment.
-Ability to work independently and as a team member.
-Ability to be flexible and positive in an intense, dynamic and sometimes-challenging work environment with pre-teens.
-Ability to exercise excellent judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to all constituents.
-Knowledge of Midpeninsula area preferred.
-Working knowledge of Macintosh computers and operating systems.
-Bilingual (Spanish) skills a plus.

-Candidate must utilize own transportation for fieldwork (with mileage reimbursement).
-All YCS staff members are required to submit a copy of their automobile insurance, CA driver’s license and a clean DMV record.
-All YCS staff members are also required to submit results fro a TB test and place fingerprints on record at the City of Palo Alto. YCS can arrange tests at no cost.

– Hours are 40 hours per week.
-Employer of Record: Youth Community Service, in collaboration with City of Palo Alto summer camp programs.
-Duration of Position: May 1 through August 15, 2018. Some flexibility in work schedule in May for staff hiring, development of staff training, service site follow up, preparation of all written materials for camp, camp preparation. On-site, full-time June 1st through August 3rd. Final week of employment focused on camp wrap-up and final report.

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