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CONNECT FACILITATOR 

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title:  Connect Facilitator

Supervisor:  Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $124/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast

8:40  Facilitate Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30  Lunch

1:20  Staff Meeting

2:00  Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Teach Classes

6:30  Dinner

7:45  Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45  Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position overview: The Connect Facilitator develops and implements curriculum in which campers can explore making deeper connections with their peers, learn life skills, and process their life and camp experience with others. Connect class offers an excellent opportunity for youth to engage in meaningful discussions about pertinent, youth-driven topics such as peer pressure, cliques, and conflict. The Connect Facilitator incorporates program goals into facilitation and encourages campers to set goals, take positive risks, and challenge personal boundaries while at Camp Caldera. Ideal candidates for this position will be dynamic facilitators who stimulate conversation that makes lessons learned in Connect class relevant to campers’ home and camp lives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Submit initial lesson plans, adjust based on feedback, and complete detailed, final plans at least one month prior to staff training
  • Provide supply lists and other requested information by designated deadlines
  • Facilitate community building activities suited to the dynamics of each Connect group, adapting submitted lesson plans as needed with guidance from supervisor
  • Plan and facilitate daily, all-camp Community Circle activities that are relevant to the needs of the camp community 
  • Collaborate with Youth Advocates assigned to the Connect class around student needs and issues to ensure smooth delivery of instruction
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Encourage a culture of appreciation, create appreciation board including an envelope for each camper and staff member
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Two years of lesson planning and facilitation experience with middle and/or high school youth from underserved communities
  • Ability to discreetly and effectively handle information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Familiarity with social-emotional learning and strong classroom management skills
  • Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
  • Ability to design sequential lesson plans around environmental concepts that build creativity and youth voice
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 45% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

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