Camp Phoenix is summer school, reimagined. We empower low-income youth to overcome the summer opportunity gap by blending the essence of sleep-away camp, with the rigors of discovery-based learning. Through joyful academics, enrichment, and community building, our unique, overnight summer immersion program propels middle-school students to reach their fullest potentials as leaders, achievers, and community change agents. Founded in 2012, Camp Phoenix brings low-income youth to its campsite in San Gregorio each summer, where mornings are spent in common core-aligned, exploratory math and literacy groups. Throughout the day campers engage in outdoor and social-emotional learning: sleeping under the stars, cooking breakfast as a team, picking berries from local farms, and peering into tide pools at the nearby beaches. Through the powerful combination of academics and overnight camp, we uniquely position our campers to make growth in academics, while also growing their identities as individuals and young leaders.

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Position: Mental Health Professional

Reports to: Director of Programs & Operations

Employment dates: Staff Training (July 15-18, 2021); Camp Dates (July 19-August 7, 2021); and one weekend of additional Instructor Training and Planning (July TBD)

Website: www.campphoenix.org 

CAMP PHOENIX OVERVIEW

Camp Phoenix is summer school, reimagined. We empower low-income youth to overcome the summer opportunity gap by blending the essence of sleep-away camp, with the rigors of discovery-based learning. Through joyful academics, enrichment, and community building, our unique, overnight summer immersion program propels middle-school students to reach their fullest potentials as leaders, achievers, and community change agents. Founded in 2012, Camp Phoenix brings low-income youth to its campsite in San Gregorio each summer, where mornings are spent in common core-aligned, exploratory math and literacy groups. Throughout the day campers engage in outdoor and social-emotional learning: sleeping under the stars, cooking breakfast as a team, picking berries from local farms, and peering into tide pools at the nearby beaches. Through the powerful combination of academics and overnight camp, we uniquely position our campers to make growth in academics, while also growing their identities as individuals and young leaders.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) should be passionate about ensuring children and staff members’ well-being and general safety. The MHP provides multiple layers of support as needed to campers, their families, counselors, and other staff at camp, most of which are focused on emotional and behavioral needs that emerge. The MHP works as part of the Health & Wellness Team and reports to the Director of Programs & Operations and Executive Director.

The MHP is an integral part of the camp staff. They should be included in camp activities. This is a great way for the MHP to get involved with camp programs and to be interacting with campers, counselors, and staff.

The MHP, as a professional and responsible, respected adult, can be used as a resource for a variety of issues. Counselors and staff should feel comfortable consulting with them regularly on matters of camper behavior, counselor issues, etc. The MHP should help the counselor or camp leader manage the situation. The MHP should provide support to counselors working through difficult situations, and may be asked to directly step in to help resolve behavioral or personnel issues.

Mental Health Professional Requirements:

  • MHPs must hold, at minimum, a Master’s in psychology, social work, or a related field.
  • Must complete required training
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must remain at camp the entire session

Mental Health Professional Responsibilities:

  • Is a “mandated reporter” in charge of helping report situations to law enforcement or social services as required by state law.
  • Support for camp staff, to help ensure the well-being and preparedness of camp staff when dealing with emerging camp situations.
  • Is present for staff training and all parts of camp in which campers will be present.

Additional Mental Health Professional Information:

  • The MHP is NOT a therapy provider or caregiver: We do not provide therapy to campers, their families, counselors, or any other staff members.
  • The MHP should always be available if needed by a counselor or staff member. The MHP will do its best to meet with counselors individually throughout the week for “check-ins” to help ensure staff well-being.

Compensation

The position is based on a stipend for the duration of camp and includes staff training. Benefits include a day off per week, food and lodging, and the opportunity to spend three transformational weeks making a significant impact on children growing up in low-income communities. Our program is located about 9 miles south of Half Moon Bay, just off the coast of the Pacific Ocean and Highway 1. Stipend starts at $3500.

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Please apply: https://campphoenix.org/about/jobs/

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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