Summer Camp Counselor, Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Teacher (Pre K-8)

The Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver is an exemplary program designed for gifted children. We provide nationally recognized gifted education to approximately 250 students ranging from ages three years old through eighth grade, who demonstrate exceptional, differentiated abilities and learning needs. Our mission is to provide a dynamic and challenging educational environment that anticipates and responds to gifted children's individual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and cognitive needs.

Position Summary

We seek qualified individuals to lead and assist with our summer programming Ricks Center for Gifted Children. We are looking for energetic people willing to work full-time and part-time shifts.

Essential Functions

  • Help develop and implement a weekly project-based curriculum and schedule for your group based on the assigned theme.
  • Organize and lead various small and large group learning activities that balance academics, music, sports, art, and technology-centered on the theme.
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues following the Ricks Center discipline policy.
  • Communicate with parents about participants' experiences and behaviors, and report concerns to extended day leadership.
  • Assist in maintaining accurate program records, including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance.
  • Ensure that the site is kept clean and organized, prepare all areas for learning, and order supplies as needed within an allotted budget.
  • Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program and uphold all teacher and parent handbooks policies.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers' safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all licensing requirements associated with the camp and all program areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Upon hire, completion of provided First Aid and CPR certification or provide a copy of the current certification.
  • Must be able to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.
  • Must be able to work as a team member and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to: hiking, swimming, team building initiatives, physical games, lifting, and sports / physical activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Education classes or experience leading camp, youth programs, recreation, or working with children in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in education or related field.
  • Valid teaching degree and/or license, or working toward teaching degree/license.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 23, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Maggie Wright at

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 3.

Hourly Range
The hourly range for the position is $16.00 - $24.00.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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