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The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) is a national leader in youth leadership and character development programs, human rights education, and advocacy initiatives that inspire and empower individuals, organizations and communities to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world.  We are dedicated to breathing new life into the precedents set and the legacies left behind by the First Lady of the World, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Based in Hyde Park, New York, ERVK is home to the internationally esteemed Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW) program and annually awards the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor upon extraordinary local, national and internationally-recognized individuals and organizations emulating Mrs. Roosevelt’s high ideals and courageous leadership and action in their communities and around the world.

 

Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW): Summer 2020 Staff

 

Join a caring and passionate team for an exhilarating summer experience!

 

Inspiring a new generation of young women, Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW) is modeled around the same principles of exemplary leadership, confidence, compassion, empowerment, and dedicated commitment to human rights that Eleanor Roosevelt not only exemplified but also championed for women and girls everywhere.

Each summer, GLW offers two transformative nine-day leadership programs for 15 to 17 year old girls who have a demonstrated an interest in and commitment to making a difference in their communities and world. With Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and legacy as an exemplar, girls from all over the globe bring their passion and leadership potential to life through a series of interactive workshops, outdoor activities, and experiential field trips to places such as the United Nations and educational/historical sites of significance while building supportive relationships with inspiring female mentors and peers. The program is based at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center on the grounds of Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s former home and retreat in Hyde Park, NY.

 
Position Summary – GROUP LEADER

Group Leaders play a critical role in the success of the GLW program by creating a supportive, healthy learning community. The ideal candidate is a mature leader that possesses good judgment; she is creative, flexible, and well-organized — and pays keen attention to the small details that make a big impact. Above all, she is authentic, empathetic and passionate about lifting up girls and helping them to be the very best version of themselves.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervises program participants on and off campus — maintaining participant safety as the number one priority
  • Works with program staff to help implement all aspects of daily announcements, workshops, activities, and field trips, ensuring a smooth flow of information and activities
  • Develops and implements program activities as required
  • Works closely with other Group Leaders to support one another. Attends all GLW team meetings
  • Mentors and guides participants throughout the program; strives to exemplify the values and principals of the program 
  • Develops strong facilitation, effective communication, and other skills by participating in Group Leader orientation & training, and GLW workshops
  • Participates in daily workshops and activities as required
  • Facilitates small group dialogues as needed during the day’s workshops and as part of the evening’s reflection activities
  • Prepares participants for the next day’s activities

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • College graduate required, age 21 or older; previous experience as a college Residence Assistant, Camp Counselor or in related role desired; GLW alumna preferred/prioritized
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or facilitation experience required
  • NYS-approved First Aid and CPR certifications preferred
  • Must be available July 6 – August 2 (See Program Dates section below for details.)

Other: Room, board, activity fees and materials are all covered by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center.

 

Position Summary – COUNSELOR

Counselors play a supporting role in the success of the GLW program by helping to create a supportive, healthy learning community. The ideal candidate is a mature young adult leader who possesses good judgment; she is creative, flexible, and well-organized — and pays keen attention to the small details that make a big impact. Above all, she is authentic, empathetic and passionate about lifting up girls and helping them to be the very best version of themselves.

Responsibilities:

  • Support group leaders in supervising program participants on and off campus — maintaining participant safety as the number one priority
  • Works as directed by group leaders and program staff to help implement all aspects of daily announcements, workshops, activities, and field trips, ensuring a smooth flow of information and activities
  • Works closely with group leaders to support program objectives and help implement program activities as requested
  • Seeks to establish and maintain collegial relationships with other counselors and group leaders; attends all GLW team meetings
  • Mentors and guides participants throughout the program; strives to exemplify the values and principals of the program 
  • Develops facilitation, communication, and other skills by participating in staff orientation and training and GLW workshops
  • Participates in daily workshops and activities as required
  • Co-facilitates small group dialogues as needed during the day’s workshops and as part of the evening’s reflection activities
  • Time keeping, transitions between program and travel
  • Prepares participants for next day’s activities

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Rising college sophomore, junior or senior, age 19 or older; previous experience as a boarding school residence assistant and/or camp counselor/CIT preferred; GLW alumna preferred and prioritized
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or facilitation support experience preferred
  • Must be available July 6 – August 2 (See Program Dates section below for details.)

Other: Room, board, activity fees and materials are all covered by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center.

 

Position Summary – HEALTH DIRECTOR

The Health Director is responsible for and prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of all program participants by providing supportive access to health care at all times. The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with excellent judgement and superior organizational skills who possesses the required CPR and first aid certifications for this role. (See Qualifications section that follows.) This individual should also be able to demonstrate a calm, empathetic demeanor, keen attention to detail, and a strong interest in girls’ leadership.

While the GLW program is in session, the Health Director will be based on site with staff and program participants at both the program’s Hyde Park location and its Poughkeepsie dormitory location. The health director will also accompany the program on select off-site excursions. The health director is on site and on duty from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM and on site and on call (immediately accessible) from 7:30 PM to 7:30 AM.

Responsibilities:

  • Participates in pre-program preparatory activities and training, as directed by the program director
  • Supervises health and sanitation at Girls’ Leadership Worldwide
  • Maintains participant’s confidential medical history
  • Oversees initial health screening of participants and daily health surveillance of program occupants during sessions
  • Dispenses daily medications and other medications as needed
  • Handles health emergencies and injuries, including emergency preparedness and provisions for professional health care.
  • Maintains and oversees the appropriate and accurate recording of the program’s medical log
  • Reports required incidents to local health department within 24 hours.
  • Remains on site or on call for the hours indicated above throughout both GLW camp sessions
  • Providing other health services and medical support as needed

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Are a NY State licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, emergency medical technician or other person acceptable to the permit-issuing office (See “Children’s Camp Staff Requirements” at Requirements for Children’s Camps in New York State.)
  • Can verify current certification in New York State approved CPR and first aid training required by camp health directors as laid out in Subpart 7-2.8 of New York State’s Sanitary Code prior to and throughout the duration of the GLW 2020 program
  • Must be available July 6 – August 2 (See Program Dates section below for details.)
  • Previous experience as a school or camp health director or medical personnel highly preferred

Other: In additional to stipend, room, board, activity fees and materials are all covered by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center.

 

Program Dates

Staff Training: July 6-9 

Program Sessions:

  • July 10 (early arrivals, Session I)
  • July 11-19 (Session I Program)
  • July 20-23 (Break)
  • July 24 (early arrivals, Session II)
  • July 25 – August 2: Session II Program

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references below.

 

For more information, please email glw@ervk.org

ERVK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


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