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The Bridge Center relies on paid and volunteer staff to support all of its programs and operations.

In addition to our year-round professional staff, we hire a strong team of counselors and instructors both year-round and during the Summer.

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Current Job Openings:


Camp Lifeguard
Classification: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: 33.75 hours per week, 8:30AM-3:15PM
Start Date: June 29-August 28, 2015


DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:
The Lifeguard will assist the Head Lifeguard in supervising and leading aquatic activities, implementing activity lesson plans, conducting pre and post aquatic equipment checks as well as constant pool and waterfront equipment checks to ensure the safety of all camp participants. The primary duties include but are not limited to: follow TBC policies and procedures, assist with crisis interventions for participants, assist with participants ADL’s when necessary, implement and instruct water based programming to meet the need of each summer camp participant and reporting structural, safety or concerns to the Head Lifeguard and/or Program Coordinator.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Must have Lifeguard Certification as well as CPR and First Aid Certifications
• Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where “campers come first”
• Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others
• Consistently communicate with counselors, instructors, and parents regarding camper’s daily experiences at the pool and pond
• Ability and desire to plan and lead aquatic activities for campers of varying ages and ability levels
• Comfortable assuming responsibility for camper safety, pool cleanliness, and aquatic facility management
• Responsible for utilizing visual schedules, communication boards, positive behavior plans and other child specific throughout the day
• Enforce Camp rules, regulations, and policies to assure safety of all children in attendance
• Build relationship with campers to foster friendly, supportive and nurturing group dynamics
• Ability to complete accurate documentation forms on participants as required on a regular basis
• Weekly hours are subject to change depending on extended day campers


Supervision
This individual will work under and report directly to the Head Lifeguard and Program Coordinator.

Job Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environments may include a business office, outdoor and indoor recreation venues.

Physical Requirements
Moderate physical effort generally required in performing duties under typical office conditions. Some physical effort required when performing duties in the field. This person must demonstrate the ability to, maintain a high level of energy, be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities and the ability to lift and carry (short distances; up to 15’) up to 80 pound occasionally. Requires the ability to physically maneuver over and/or upon terrain, surfaces or physical structures.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
• Must have Lifeguard Certification
• Must have prior lifeguard experience
Special Requirements
• Mandatory attendance, Monday thru Friday, June 29-August 28, 8:30am-3:15pm
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Must be 18+ years of age
• Must complete and pass CORI/SORI/NSOPW
• CPR and first aid certified (recertification available during staff training)

Interested candidates should submit the following:
o Job application (https://bridgecenter.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App)
o Resume

Please mail/email/fax to:
Leigh Carloni, M.S. Ed, CTRS
The Bridge Center
470 Pine Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
LCarloni@thebridgectr.org
Fax: (508) 697-1529
Position open until filled




Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Classification: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: Part time 35 hours per week to be scheduled 8:30 AM - 4:00PM Tuesday - Saturdays
Off Sunday & Mondays
Report to: Volunteer Coordination -Therapeutic Riding Program Director Community Outreach - Executive Director
Work Site: The Bridge Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts


Essential Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Under the supervision of the Therapeutic Riding Program Director and the Executive Director, the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator will oversee all volunteers to ensure a highly motivated group of individuals are committed to supporting The Bridge Center weekly. This individual will recruit all volunteers, is responsible for the volunteer intake process, coordinating orientations and training sessions, networking, evaluating volunteers, and will act as the liaison for The Bridge Center in providing volunteer recognition. Additionally, the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships through community outreach initiatives. This position will develop relationships with businesses, individuals, schools and other organizations interested in attending and learning more about The Bridge Center’s programs. This individual will regularly attend resource fairs, provide site tours, visit schools and meet with Parent Advisory Councils to share information about The Bridge Center.

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities
• Organizes and conducts the orientation and training of volunteers, instructors and therapists making sure all aspects of the training are in accordance with The Bridge Center’s mission and philosophy.
• Updates training materials as needed and trains volunteers to use specialized equipment.
• Develops and implements strategies to recruit volunteers.
• Responds to inquiries regarding the volunteer program and conducts interviews.
• Maintains volunteer personnel records (including CORI/SORI/NSOPW reporting) noting special skills and interests.
• Matches volunteers to appropriate jobs seeking to fulfill the needs of the organization as well as the individual.
• Prepares and distributes calendar of volunteer job assignments and monitors compliance by volunteers.
• Regularly surveys staff to reassess needs for volunteer assistance and updates job assignments as needed.
• Conducts recognition programs to honor volunteers.
• Assists in resolving disputes and terminates volunteers not fulfilling the required duties.
• Recruits volunteers for campus wide events and prepares work assignments as needed.
• Liaisons with community organizations and businesses to promote the organization’s mission and expand the potential volunteer base.
• Regularly updates volunteer handbook, job descriptions and volunteer forms as needed.
• Manages volunteer office and is responsible for remaining current in general office technology.
• Attends staff and project meetings as requested by the Riding Center Program Director and Executive Director.

Outreach Coordinator
• Liaisons with community organizations and businesses to promote the organization’s mission and expand program awareness and involvement.
• Attends banquets, conferences, meetings, and resource fairs to promote The Bridge Center’s programs.
• Set up and perform campus wide tours to families, facilities and other organizations as needed.
• Markets the program to other facilities in the area as well as websites, and online services.

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
  • 2 years of college coursework or Bachelor’s degree in recreation, disability, or animal sciences preferred
  • 2-5 years of marketing experience

Special Requirements
  • Possession of a motor vehicle operator's license
  • Successfully complete pre-employment background checks (CORI/SORI, NSOPW)
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid

Knowledge, Ability and Skill
  • Knowledge. Experience and comfortable with public speaking, community outreach, and public relations preferred. Good working knowledge of developmental and physical disabilities in youth and adults preferred. Knowledge of successful interviewing techniques a plus.

  • Ability. Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with other employees and the general public. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with people of all ages and abilities. Ability to develop and adapt innovative cost effective marketing strategies and volunteer outreach techniques. Ability to instruct others. Ability to use a computer including spreadsheet and word processing applications. Exceptional ability and aptitude to collaborate to achieve The Bridge Center mission, enact and uphold The Bridge Center’s values and an ability to adhere to The Bridge Center’s Employee Policies & Procedures. Ability to maintain a positive attitude and mature personality conducive to working effectively as a team player with diverse staff, volunteers, parents/guardians and other stakeholders.

  • Skill. Excellent planning and organizational skills. Excellent customer service skills. Excellent communication skills.

Job Environment
This position requires the ability to perform work in a highly interactive environment residing in a barn based office. Must be comfortable working with and around barn animals (horses, dogs, cats, etc.).

Physical Requirements
Moderate physical effort generally required in performing duties under typical office conditions. Some physical effort required when performing duties in the field. This person must demonstrate the ability to, maintain a high level of energy, be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities and the ability to lift and carry (short distances; up to 15’) up to 80 pound occasionally. Requires the ability to physically maneuver over and/or upon terrain, surfaces or physical structures.

Please mail/email/fax to:
Kevin Eardley, Riding Director
The Bridge Center
470 Pine Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
KEardley@thebridgectr.org
Fax: (508) 697-1529


Posted on 6/17/2015



SUMMER CAMP -OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPECIALIST
Position Purpose:
The Outdoor Adventure Specialist role at The Bridge Center is a multi-faceted, fast paced position. All candidates must love and embrace not only the camp environment but also the camp philosophy, which is that our campers come first, we work as a team, and campers are here to have fun! The Outdoor Adventure Specialist will develop and implement all activity plans in the areas of Outdoor Education, Science, and Nature and assure that all activities are skill and age appropriate for camp groups. The Outdoor Adventure Specialist will work with the recreation therapists to facilitate ground-based initiatives and teambuilding activities that include low ropes/challenge course elements for persons with disabilities. This role at The Bridge Center is a very multi-faceted, fast paced position. The Specialists must love and embrace not only the camp environment but also the camp philosophy, which is that our campers come first, we work as a team, and campers are here to have fun! The Specialists will develop and implement all activity plans in the respective area and assure that activities are skill and age appropriate for all camp groups.

Responsibilities:
• Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where “campers come first”
• Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others
• Responsible for creating, analyzing and implementing skill and age appropriate art activities for nine camp groups daily
• Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills
• Ability to interact with and work as a team player with other staff, participants, volunteers, and participant’s families/care-givers
• Ability to complete accurate documentation forms on participants as required on a regular basis

To apply, please email your resume to Leigh Carloni at LCarloni@thebridgectr.org
Posted on 3/18/2015



SUMMER CAMP - Counselors
Classification: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: 32.50 hours per week, 8:45AM-3:15PM
Start Date: June 29-August 28, 2015
Report to: Program Coordinator
Work Site: The Bridge Center, 470 Pine Street Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Camp Counselors provide daily direct support for campers with disabilities and are responsible for ensuring that our children have a safe, fun and rewarding time. Counselors lead children through their daily activity schedule while encouraging and empowering them to participate in activities such as swimming, sports, cooking, archery, music, field games and horseback riding. We are looking for individuals who will provide support for our students while providing enriching programming and activities during our Saturday Programs. The right candidates should possess patience, consistency and flexibility. The Bridge Center will provide staff training and instruction.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
  • Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where “campers come first”
  • Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others
  • Provide daily support to one or multiple campers with disabilities including activities of daily living, facilitating friendships, and navigating the day (emotionally, physically, and socially)
  • Consistently communicate with counselors, instructors, and parents regarding camper’s daily experiences
  • Act as a social role model for all children and staff at camp
  • Responsible for utilizing visual schedules, communication boards, positive behavior plans and other child specific throughout the day
  • Enforce Camp rules, regulations, and policies to assure safety of all children in attendance
  • Build relationship with campers to foster friendly, supportive and nurturing group dynamics
  • Lead campers through their daily schedule in a safe and orderly manner
  • Encourage and empower campers to enjoy a summer of fun by participating in all camp activities
  • Prepare daily write-ups for each camper in your care for review by group leaders
  • Help children learn and practice positive social skills and assist in developing individual camper goals
  • Attend all trainings and staff meetings

Supervision:
This individual will work under and report directly to their camp Director and the Program Coordinator.

Job Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environments may include a business office, outdoor and indoor recreation venues.

Physical Requirements:
Moderate physical effort generally required in performing duties under typical office conditions. Some physical effort required when performing duties in the field. This person must demonstrate the ability to, maintain a high level of energy, be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities and the ability to lift and carry (short distances; up to 15’) up to 80 pound occasionally. Requires the ability to physically maneuver over and/or upon terrain, surfaces or physical structures.

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
1. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
2. Associate/Bachelor Degree is preferred in the study fields of Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology and Recreation.
3. Experience working directly with people with disabilities preferred
4. Prior experience working at a summer camp is preferred
5. Mandatory attendance, Monday thru Friday, June 29-August 28, 8:30am-3:15pm

Special Requirements
1. Comfortable working with people with disabilities in a camp setting
2. Must be able to work 9 weeks, June 29-August 28, 2015
3. Must have a valid driver’s license
4. Must be 16+ years of age
4. Must complete and pass CORI/SORI/NSOPW
5. CPR and first aid certified (recertification available during staff training)
6. CPI or equivalent certification in de-escalation and crisis prevention techniques

Interested candidates should submit the following:
o Job application (https://bridgecenter.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App)
o Resume

Please mail/email/fax to:
Leigh Carloni, M.S. Ed, CTRS
The Bridge Center
470 Pine Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
LCarloni@thebridgectr.org
Fax: (508) 697-1529
Positions open until filled

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Posted on 1/15/2014



SUMMER CAMP - CAMP DIRECTOR
Summer Camp Director

Position Purpose:
The Bridge Center is looking for an experienced, patient, outgoing, and professional individual to serve as Director of four summer camps. This Multi-Camp Director position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. He/she will be in charge of Camp Sunshine, a camp for children without disabilities, Camp Stepping Stone, a camp for adults with disabilities, and Camp Strong, a camp for children with neuromuscular disorders. Each camp will have a maximum of 20 campers and will consist of 4-7 campers and 2-3 staff per group. The staff to camper ratio is 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. The Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of these four Camps including ongoing camper assessments, group placement, staff pairings, program development, activity analysis, and direct communication with families. The Multi-Camp Director will report directly to the Program Director and will be responsible for supervising all camp staff (12) as well as offering support to other summer camp staff and/or participants as needed. Through the camp season the Director will be expected to develop rapport with each camper and staff, offering support to campers in need on a daily basis.

CAMP SUNSHINE
We want everyone to come and enjoy our beautiful 22 acre campus! Camp Sunshine is for campers ages 4-16 without disabilities who are looking for an active and eventful summer camp! Campers will fish and boat on the pond, explore our nature trails, play on our soccer and baseball fields, swim in the pool, and more! During each session, staff will assure campers have fun in the sun while developing tolerance, positive peer relationships and more.

CAMP STEPPING STONE
Camp Stepping Stone is a one week summer camp designed to meet the developmental, social, and behavioral needs of campers ages 22+, with
Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, or other related disorders. Camp Stepping Stone offers traditional recreational camp activities such as swimming, archery and horseback riding as well as therapeutic activities such as team-building exercises and social skills groups. All activities are designed to promote communication and social skill development while meeting the individual goals of our participants. Adults who apply and are accepted into this camp are placed in small groups and are supported by our staff in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio.

CAMP ENDEAVOR
Camp Endeavor is open to campers ages 4-22 diagnosed with Neuromuscular Diseases and other related disorders. Endeavor campers enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as archery, sports, swimming, music, and outdoor education while enjoying the sunshine! Throughout the session, staff will help campers facilitate friendships while exploring ways that they can successfully and comfortably recreate and engage in leisure activities with peers. Campers are provided 1:1 support from staff to assure that they are able to comfortably and successfully navigate the day.

CAMP SUMMIT
Camp Summit creates opportunities for success among campers ages 4-16 with emotional and psychiatric disorders who exhibit aggressive behaviours, impulse control, the ability to irritate others, and an inability to self-regulate. Camp Summit staff provide 1:1 mentorship to assure that all aspects of the day are structured, safe, and engaging. Staff work closely with campers to build and reinforce positive responses while facilitating friendships and
encouraging self-regulation. Campers engage in two coping skill lessons per week and are coached in learning the skills needed to build self-confidence and enjoy a safe summer camp experience.
The Bridge Center is looking for an experienced, patient, outgoing, and professional individual to serve as the Camp Connect Director. Camp Connect is a 9 week summer camp program designed for children and young adults diagnosed with high functioning Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and related social challenges requiring a ratio of 1:4 staff to camper support. The Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Camp Connect including ongoing camper assessments, group placement, staff pairings, program development, activity analysis, and direct communication with families. In addition, the Director will create and implement social skills lesson plans on a biweekly basis, with assistance from the Program Coordinator. The Camp Connect Director will report directly to the Program Coordinator and will be responsible for supervising all Camp Connect staff, as well as offering support to other summer camp staff as needed. Through the camp season the Director will be expected to develop rapport with each camper and staff, offering support to campers in need on a daily basis.

Responsibilities:
• Oversee day-to-day operations of Camp Connect
• Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where “campers come first”
• Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others
• Plan curriculum and daily schedules for Camp Connect in collaboration with the Program Coordinator
• Conduct training specific to Camp Connect during staff training week and throughout the summer
• Oversee new camper assessments and proper camper placements (in collaboration with the other camp directors and the Program Director)
• Create weekly staff schedules ensuring adequate coverage for the highest level of safety
• Provide daily leadership for staff (i.e. positive attitude, high energy, enthusiastic, effective problem solving skills, etc)
• Oversee crisis intervention to ensure the highest level of safety for campers and staff
• Develop rapport and effective consistent communication with parents and families
• Conduct mid-summer and end of summer staff evaluations
• Willing to ride the Boston Bus during high enrollment weeks, if necessary
• Supervise extended day from 3-5pm one-two times per week, if needed
• Plan morning meetings with staff and campers
• Conduct camp specific morning songs and end of the day camper rewards
• Collaborate with Program Coordinator to ensure group schedules
• Create Camp Connect Pick up/Drop off signs for parents and documentation sheet

To apply, please email your resume to Leigh Carloni at LCarloni@thebridgectr.org
Posted on 3/18/2015
Counselors know my son and are very attentive to his needs. They are friendly and helpful.
- School Vacation Camper parent