YMCA of Metropolitan L.A.
  • 22-Feb-2019 to 22-Mar-2019 (PST)
  • Child Care
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 13.25
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is not only the premiere non-profit in LA, it's also a great place to work, make a difference in your community and meet like-minded individuals. The LA area is home to the second largest YMCA Association in the US, with 26 branches, 2 camps and over 50 child care sites. The LA Y is a highly-collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where you will discover your passions, grow your career and make an impact!

We believe in the four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and understand that our staff are our biggest asset! We strive to create high-performing, strong teams in each of our branches and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff who will help us to strengthen our impact, empower our community and deliver incredible programming!

Position Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Day Camp Counselor, within a license-exempt day camp program, develops positive, nurturing relationships with campers while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. Promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall program experience. Provides direction for the campers in the program. Provides a quality experience to campers and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.


  • Eighteen years or older
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working with school-age campers in a camp setting (preferred).
  • Strong character values, communication skills, emotional maturity
  • Current First Aid, Adult, Infant and Child CPR Certifications (preferred).
  • Must be able to work Monday to Friday 8:30am to 1:30pm; beginning June 10th to August 9th.
  • Must be able to attend training dates in May and June. Trainings may take place in the evenings or weekends.


  1. Warmly greet children and parents; creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for all participants and guests.
  2. Prepare and implement age appropriate, creative, and well-rounded activities designed for a day camp setting.
  3. Provide assistance to the Camp Director in planning activities for the group and offer suggestions and information about the children's interests and needs.  
  4. Help children manage behavior using a positive approach, including redirection and using constructive discipline with natural and logical consequences.
  5. Maintain an exceptionally clean and safe environment in the child care facility.
  6. Work with the site director in providing continuous program feedback to parents regarding their child/children's participation and behavior in the program, including conferences with parents when necessary.


  1. Interact, initiate and encourage the children in the activities during the day.
  2. Initiate, establish and maintain strong positive communications with parents and school personnel, including delivering complete information regarding program, schedules and special events.
  3. Participate in Family Events as directed by Camp Director.
  4. Respond to questions/concerns from members, parents and school personnel; effectively problemsolve, taking full responsibility to remedy the situation and follow through to completion.
  5. Understand and be able to discuss and promote all YMCA programs. Inform members of YMCA programs that will meet their changing needs and interests.


  1. Keep accurate attendance records which include: taking roll, verify absences, maintain a daily attendance log and Primary Care Group (PCG) reports.
  2. Maintain close supervision of children at all times. At no time will a child be left unsupervised.
  3. During outside activities stand in a location where the entire area can be seen at all times. If more than one staff member is outside, each staff member will watch a different section of the outside area. Staff members are not to stand together and periodically must patrol the entire outside area.
  4. Monitor program areas for safety hazards and conduct daily safety inspections; report unsafe conditions to Site Director or Program Director.
  5. Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  6. Uphold YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting and risk management.
  7. Demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Fairness) as well as the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility in all dealings with members, guests, volunteers and fellow staff.
  8. Demonstrate competencies in and willingness to develop in the Cause Driven Leadership areas of mission advancement, collaboration, operational effectiveness and personal growth.
  9. All other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
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