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  • Major Camp Teaching Assistant

    Job Location US-MD-Baltimore
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    ESF Camps at Gilman School
    Targeted Job Start Date
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    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    The Teaching Assistant will work in a classroom with the Lead Teacher to immerse campers in "content" based on the topic of their Major and guides campers in the creative/design thinking process. Campers then work in collaborative learning groups/teams to synthesize the information, determine the direction of their final project, and work towards its completion and presentation to a panel of experts on the final day of camp. Teaching Assistant’s will help bring a unique curriculum to life and to inspire campers to think creatively from a board range of interesting topics.

    Position Objective/Purpose

    We are seeking motivated team members who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who display a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth, have expertise in content-specific majors and minors, building positive relationships and ensuring the safety and well-being of people of all ages.

    Position Scope Factors

    Below are the MAJOR CAMP offerings:


    MAJOR #1:  Technology


    The Ultimate Goal: Campers will learn and experience a variety of technologies and devices as they work individually and in teams with our Subject Matter Experts.


    Technology camps are offered at various ages/experience levels and include: Robotics, Minecraft, Digital Animation, Digital Video Production, Digital Photography and more.


    MAJOR #2:  Fashion Design and Merchandising 


    The Ultimate Goal: Campers will develop a fashion line and create a merchandising plan that will be presented to fashion industry representatives.


    Campers will discover their inner “fashion-ista” as they explore the world of Fashion Design and Merchandising! They will unleash their creative talents and unique style sense, as they create designs for high-tech sports apparel, glamorous formal wear, versatile handbags and accessories, or an adorable children’s line! With experienced designers as their inspiration, campers will develop prototypes of their design ideas while learning many aspects of the fashion design including color theory, drawing techniques, pattern creation, textile and fabric design, and more. Campers will also explore other areas of the Fashion Industry such as current and past fashion trends, developing an effective brand, and creating a marketing strategy to expose their extraordinary one-of-a kind creations to the real-world!


    MAJOR #3:  Invention By Design


    The Ultimate Goal: Campers will take their team’s design solution from idea to prototype and present it to a panel of industry representatives.


    Campers will embark on a design adventure and explore real-life problems that can be solved through creative design and innovative thinking. Have you ever thought of an awesome invention that would make life easier? Campers will become a creative force on their team and devise a design solution for their “client’s” specific need. Campers will explore a broad range of ideas as they develop and refine their prototypes in order to meet the needs of their end-user and the capabilities of their manufacturer. Whether they are creating an ergonomic piece of furniture, a new type of kitchen appliance, or a sleek new automobile design, campers will experience the design process first-hand and learn what it takes to design, build, produce and package products that we use every day.


    MAJOR #4:  Sports Business and Entrepreneurship


    The Ultimate Goal: Campers will create their own sports franchise or business, or pitch a new idea to an existing pro team or organization, and present their project to a panel of experts.


    There’s a whole team of people working behind the scenes of every pro sports game, and endless possibilities to get involved in the sports world, even if you’re not a professional athlete. When you join this team, you will discover opportunities in sports marketing, franchise management and other sports-related businesses through interaction with special guests and exciting field trips to major sports organizations like the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Union pro soccer team.


    MAJOR #5:  CSI Forensics


    The Ultimate Goal: Armed with their crime scene kit, campers will analyze a sophisticated crime scene and present their evidence in a simulated courtroom where professional Crime Scene Investigators will judge their conclusions.


    Campers will immerse themselves in hands-on forensic science, as they are challenged with the task of unraveling complicated clues at a mock crime scene investigation. As part of an investigatory team, campers will learn about the process for the collection and preservation of evidence, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprinting techniques, forensic photography, splatter analysis and more! Campers will also learn how write and maintain detailed reports, interview witnesses, and prepare evidence for a mock trial. With their team, campers will also explore forensic technology and criminal justice practices as they go behind the scenes of an actual crime lab with real professional forensic scientists and crime scene investigators.


    MAJOR #6:  Animal Advocates: Great Gorillas


    The Ultimate Goal: Campers will develop a positive advocacy campaign or conservation action plan designed to protect and preserve Gorillas.


    Campers will learn how to protect and preserve threatened and endangered animals that share our world as they become a positive wildlife animal advocate for change! With their team, they will become part of a conservation initiative to save the Gorillas. Among the largest of all living primates, these magnificent animals are amidst the most endangered! Campers will learn about the growing threats and most pressing issues facing them today. The experience will be highlighted by an overnight trip to the Philadelphia Zoo where campers will work with Zoo educators, be exposed to their expert resources, and be inspired by their resident primates and other animal species!


    Additional Exciting Majors Also Include: Super Cool Science, Space & Rocketry, ESF Productions: Theater & Performing Arts, Just Dance, Art Studio, etc.


    Major Camp is featured at 9 different locations. As a Teaching Assistant, you will be working at one site exclusively.

    • Haverford, PA at The Haverford School
    • Chestnut Hill, PA at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy
    • Chester Springs, PA at Montgomery School
    • Greewich, CT at Greenwich Academy
    • Newtown Square, PA at Episcopal Academy
    • Lawrenceville, NJ  at The Lawrenceville School
    • Moorestown, NJ at Moorestown Friends School
    • Baltimore, MD at Gilman School
    • North Bethesda, MD at The Georgetown Prep School
    • Bronx, NY at The Riverdale Country School


    Essential Job Responsibilities

    1. Inspire campers to think creatively, critically, and innovatively
    2. Work with Lead Teacher in the classroom to immerse campers in a MAJOR of their choice through hands‐on, authentic learning experiences with exposure to “real world" experts, special guests, and field trips
    3. Empower campers to explore the world around them and solve real‐life, practical issues that engage their hearts and minds
    4. Impart your knowledge and expertise as an educator, resource and guide while campers navigate the scope of the 5 week MAJOR curricula
    6. Guide campers as they prepare for their ultimate group project
    7. Assist the Lead Teacher in organizing and preparing daily lessons plans
    8. Participate in exciting field trips
    9. Create an environment where every camper views him/herself as a vital and critical part of a team
    10. Promote and actively participate in all camper activities including morning and afternoon carline
    11. Other responsibilities as assigned
    12. Work effectively with fellow team members and collaborate on daily responsibilities
    13. Complete assigned paperwork
    14. Serve as a positive role model to campers
    15. Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
    16. Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
    17. Have fun

    Position Competencies for Success

    1. Understand and support the mission of the organization
    2. The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
    3. Positive attitude
    4. Commitment to the growth and development of youth
    5. Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
    6. Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and works quickly to find solutions
    7. Patient, caring and creative
    8. Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
    9. Desire to make a difference in the life of a child

    Experience Requirements

    1. Minimum of two years of post-graduate classroom teaching experience or comparable experience
    2. Knowledge of the subject area in which you will be teaching
    3. Previous experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher

    Certification Requirements

    1. Teaching certification (preferred)

    Education Requirements

    1. Bachelor’s degree (preferred)

    Other Skill Requirements

    1. Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community

    Reporting Relationships

    1. Reports directly to and takes direction from Lead Teacher/Subject Matter Expert and Major Camp Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    1. Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
    2. Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
    3. Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
    4. Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position

    ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!


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