Teen Skills Camp Director
Job Details
Staenberg Family Complex - St. Louis, MO

We have openings at the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis for two Teen Skills Camp Directors in our 2021 Summer Day Camp program. This seasonal position is available at our Creve Coeur location. Camp runs Monday-Friday June 7th to August 13th which includes mandatory staff orientation.


In Teen Skills Camp, campers with developmental disabilities work on acquiring essential social and daily independent living skills as they enjoy traditional camp activities, such recreational swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, Israeli culture, drama, archery, rock climbing, music, and nature. One director supports Teen Skills Jr for campers ages 11-15 and one director supports Teens Skills Sr for campers ages 16-21.

Duties include:

  • Attend mandatory staff orientation and Parents’ meet and greet 
  • Plan, implement and supervise summer program for youth, teens, and young adults with disabilities.
  • Create camp schedule and assist with special events.
  • Work with Day Camp Director and Inclusion Coordinator to plan weekly field trips
  • Assist Inclusion Counselors in appropriately managing crisis situations related to behavior or health as needed
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate Inclusion Counselors through out the summer
  • Define camp goals and plan programming to reflect those goals
  • Serve as lead staff person in administering the program
  • Support children and youth with disabilities as they participate in group or individual activities
  • Make accommodations to activities as needed to allow the child or youth to fully participate
  • Assist Day Camp Directors in brain storming creative innovative ways to include campers with developmental and physical disabilities into traditional camp activities.
  • Develop procedures for camp operations including ordering of supplies, record keeping, carpool, swimming, lunch, camper assessments, equipment set up and safety check, and performance night.
  • Maintain regular parent communications
  • Provide quality customer service at all times
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving
  • Help each participant meet camp goals established for camper development
  • Guide group/individual campers to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities
  • Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures
  • Attend all staff meetings throughout the summer
  • Collect progress notes from counselors each Friday
  • Maintain good attendance
  • Follow all camp rules and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Be available for the entire duration of camp


  • BA in related field (Psychology, Sociology, Special Education, Social Work) required
  • Experience working in crisis situations with children or youth with developmental disabilities
  • Understanding of unique needs of children and youth with developmental disabilities
  • Previous camp or childcare experience essential
  • Must have auditory, visual, ambulatory, cognitive, communications and physical ability to complete major tasks in the program
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with one’s peer group, parents, as well as to child’s age and skill levels
  • Ability to provide guidance, supervision, and engage with children and staff in an enthusiastic manner is required.
  • Ability to assist children and youth in emergency situations; including fire, evacuation, illness, or injury
  • Should possess good character, integrity, and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control in a dynamic environment
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification is required and must be maintained. Training will be provided if necessary.
  • Must be able to be or currently be registered in good standing on the MO Family Care and Safety Registry to hold this position.

For more information about the JCC and Day Camp, please see our website: www.jccstl.org

The JCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in the Department of Homeland eVerify program