At BAX, we foster creativity, encourage exploration, and provide a positive and nurturing environment. Our School Breaks Arts Program provides enriching and fun opportunities in dance, tumbling, theater and visual arts with an emphasis on cultivating creative expression. Working with professional performing arts and visual arts specialists, students get to experience the exhilaration of being an artist whether at age 4.5 or 11.
SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Monday July 10, 2016 – Friday August 18, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (6 weeks)
Early drop-off starting at 8:30am, Extended Day program from 3:00 – 5:45pm
Approx. 85 children entering Kindergarten – 6th grades (age range: 4.5 -11) separated into three total groups:
GigaBAXers – entering 4th grade – 6th grade (max group per week is 30)
MegaBAXers – entering 2nd grade – 3rd grade (max group size per week is 30)
NanoBAXers – entering Kindergarten – 1st grade (max group size per week is 25)
No special talent or experience is required of students – students come in with all levels of skill and interest in any given discipline.
The Mega and GigaBAXers explore a different arts specialty each week, working with two specialists to build their skills and foster their creativity throughout the week. Each week culminates in an informal performance in the BAX Theater for friends and families. Mega and GigaBAXer Art Specialties Include: Visual Arts, Tumbling, Musical Theater, Circus Arts, Theater and Dance.
The NanoBAXers engage each week in a different exploratory theme through a variety of art specialties each day. Nanos work with a new guest specialist every day to create work that is collected and presented in a gallery-style sharing at the end of the week. Nano Themes Include: Beach Blanket Bingo / Magical Maps / Got Robot? / Colossal Creatures / World Shakers & History Makers / Lions, Tigers, and Polar Bears.
Outdoor and Extended Day programming takes place during a mid-day lunch w/ structured play in a local park and following regular program hours from 3-5:45pm. During these times, all students engage in structured, flexible, activities. The outdoor play includes recreational activities, improv games, and more. The Extended Day programming includes individual arts and crafts and games, set-building, small and large group activities, etc.
The Summer Arts Program is overseen by the School Breaks Director and Education Department staff.
The Mega, Giga and Nano Groups are each staffed with a Group Leader, approximately two Senior Counselors and approximately two Junior Counselors. These staff members remain with students throughout the day and throughout the summer, and provide support to the specialists as well as organizing supplementary activities and projects. Similarly, there is an Outdoor and Extended Day staff that work with the children during their mid-day outdoor time. This staff is also made up of one Group Leader and approximately two Senior Counselors and one Junior Counselor(s). This staff also remains with us throughout the summer.
For the 2017 Summer Arts Program, BAX seeks four Group Leaders:
1 Giga Group Leader (children entering 4th-6th grade)
1 Mega Group Leader (children entering 2nd-3rd grade)
1 Nano Group Leader (children entering K-1st)
1 Outdoor & Extended Day Group Leader (all program ages, children entering K-6th)
GROUP LEADER POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Group Leader position is a supervisory position within the BAX summer program. This person reports directly to the School Breaks Director and the Education Director. Their immediate supervisory responsibility is to mentor high school/early college age counselors in the logistics of running an arts program for children ages 4.5-11 years old. They possess an understanding of the educational needs of children in the program as well as the maturity to mentor the young adults in their charge. This is a pivotal role in our arts programming that carries the responsibility of making sure the daily activities, routines, procedures, artistic endeavors, and mentoring runs smoothly. Ideal applicants are comfortable working with children with specific developmental needs and managing behavior with guidance from their supervisors. Additionally, the strongest candidates will have experience planning and facilitating creative/performing arts workshops.
GROUP LEADER RESPONSIBILTIES: (subject to slight changes depending assigned group)
Participate in two weeks of training, which will occur in the evenings during the two weeks prior to the start of the program (Weeks of June 17-26 and July 6; specific schedule TBD);
Assist in the initial training of staff and leading ongoing training throughout the program;
Establish the daily schedule, including arrival and departure procedures, workshop transitions, travel to and from the park for lunch for outdoor play, snacks and clean-up;
Plan and implement engaging Group Leader-led activities (GLA) and help support staff develop counselor-led activities (CLA) throughout the day;
Provide direction and support for teaching specialists and counseling staff, which includes: building a team ethic; conveying a calm dependability and competence under stress, promoting a safe and supportive learning environment;
Address concerns of parents, staff and children and resolve problems while maintaining confidentiality;
Meet with the program director regularly to discuss program logistics, staff development, group management, and other concerns;
Assist in leading weekly staff meetings & provide staff development as needed.
Nano, Mega and Giga Group Leader hours are typically 7:30am – 4/5:00pm (depending post-program meetings), Monday-Friday (Hours for Giga counselors on Fridays will be 8:00-6:00pm). Outdoor and Extended Day Group Leader hours are typically: 10:30am-6:30pm. Program Duration: July 10-August 18, 2017; candidates must be able to commit to full program duration. Compensation is an all-inclusive fee (which includes training during the period of June 17-26 and July 6th; specific schedule TBD; daily planning, and pre-program preparations) at $4800, commensurate with experience.
At least two years of college with experience and/or expertise in a specific arts or recreational discipline, proven leadership ability, experience supervising a diverse staff and population of children and possess a collaborative, flexible spirit. Prior experience within a summer camp setting in a leadership position is preferred. Experience working with children with special needs a plus.
Please send the following materials via e-mail only, and address to Lucia Scheckner: email@example.com. Please write “Group Leader SAP 2017” in the subject line. Due to high volume of applicants we will only contact candidates we are inviting to interview.
A cover letter including the specific Group Leader position you are interested in and why you believe you are qualified for this position;
A current resume highlighting your related experience and education;
Two Employment/Character references with titles, addresses, contact numbers and/or emails.
The most successful applicants will become familiar with BAX, our education philosophy, and our summer program. More information is available on our website: http://youth.bax.org/general-information/school-breaks// The Education Department actively engages in discussions about how race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of identity affect access to, representation in, and experience within all of our programs and curriculum. BAX is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive staff team. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to returning staff. Special attention will be given to applications received by May 3, 2017 with the intent to interview and fill the position by May. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.