Company Name:

Chicago Voyagers

Location:

Chicago and Surrounding Area, Illinois

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Other

Position Type:

Full Time and Part Time

Required Experience:

Less than 2 years

Required Education:

Some College Coursework

Date Posted:

October 31, 2017

Program Leader



PROGRAM LEADER JOB DESCRIPTION

 

The mission of Chicago Voyagers is to empower at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior.

 

As a Program Leader, you will be responsible for leading a group of 3-10 teens, a youth agency leader, and 1-2 volunteers on single and multi-day adventure programs.  Dates are variable, with peak activity between May to September. Most of the programs occur when students are not in school - during the summer and on weekends during other parts of the year. Some programs occur during school hours

 

Position 1 and 2: 2-year round part time                                 Position 3: full time summer only (housing negotiable)

Work-days: most non-school days (weekends, summers, 1 weekday)                 

Program Location: Chicago, IL and surrounding area                Pay range is $115-$190/day

 

PROGRAM LEADER QUALIFICATIONS

 

         Documented youth development, experiential education, mentoring, and/or teaching experience with adolescents

         For summer position, documented youth wilderness leadership experience of two summers.

         Experience in the following outdoor program areas:

·       Group and risk management

·       Hard skills: Bicycling, canoeing and camping

·       Backcountry, backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and xc skiing skills a plus

         Wilderness First Aid (WFA) (WAFA/WFR required for certain programs, training be taken at start of work)

         At least 20 years old and be able to pass a criminal and driving background check

         Physically fit: be able to carry a 70 lb. canoe by yourself, hike 8/paddle 15 or more miles a day and also deal with rain and mosquitoes in a positive manner.

         Need to transport yourself for local programs, most of which occur at Busse Woods. Access to vehicle with hitch for towing canoes a plus.

         Background in counseling, social work or psychology a plus.

         Minority and bilingual (Spanish speaking) candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

PROGRAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The CV Program Leader is accountable for all field decisions. In order to provide for the physical and emotional well-being of participants, leaders need to be prepared to make decisions affecting all aspects of their programs including behavior management. Other responsibilities include:

 

Program Content and Quality

         Facilitation and instruction using CV program guidelines

         Ensuring program effectiveness by:

·       Planning strategies to achieve program outcomes of growth in empowerment, responsibility and inter-personal skills.

·       Identifying youth needs and planning interventions

·       Identifying and clarifying group goals

·       Assigning and managing team member roles and responsibilities

Risk Management

         Following Chicago Voyagers policies, procedures, and guidelines

         Managing risk and attending to participant health by following accepted industry standards and practice

Program Logistics

         Coordinating pre-program communications with agency staff and volunteers.

         Collection and review of paperwork.

         Issuing, care for, cleaning and transporting equipment for programs.

         Planning and purchasing food for multi-day programs.

          The summer only position will spent 15-25% of their time on program support

To apply for a Program Leader position, please contact Bess McGeorge at bess@chicagovoyagers.org


Company Name:

Chicago Voyagers

Location:

Chicago and Surrounding Area, Illinois

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Other

Position Type:

Full Time and Part Time

Required Experience:

Less than 2 years

Required Education:

Some College Coursework

Date Posted:

October 31, 2017

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