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Summer Math Camp Counselor

Summer Math Camp Counselor, Cambridge Math Circle

Full-time (Temporary): June 24th – August 9th

Location: On-site throughout Cambridge, MA

 

The Cambridge Math Circle (CMC) is seeking a Summer Math Camp Counselor to support our 2024 summer camp to start immediately. This position supports CMC’s student-centered, alternative math enrichment summer program by promoting resourcefulness, strengthening students’ logic skills, and providing opportunities for creative problem solving inside the classroom and out. 

 

The Summer Math Camp Counselor creates a positive, nurturing environment for children while building cooperative relationships with their parents and/or caregivers. Under the supervision of CMC’s Executive Director (Nataliya Yufa), the Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of program activities. Camp will be held on-campus at Harvard University and MIT, depending on the week. The Counselor is expected to attend camp at both locations for the full summer (June 24th – August 9th). 

 

This is a full-time, temporary position. Working hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Although this temporary position terminates on August 9th, CMC may provide the Counselor an opportunity for reemployment as a Math Teacher during the 2024 fall semester, depending on performance and availability.

 

Please email your résumé and cover letter to our Executive Director at info@cambridgemathcircle.org.

 

Compensation: $20-30 hourly, commensurate with experience.

 

Job Summary: The Summer Math Camp Counselor is directly responsible for implementing the CMC curriculum by teaching original CMC material to all camp children. They will create and maintain positive relationships with students, staff, and parents and other caregivers. The Counselor will ensure that students achieve appropriate understanding of the material by offering a student-first approach that includes identifying students who are struggling or require additional, more challenging work. They will work closely with the Executive Director and other CMC counselors. 

 

Additionally, the Summer Math Camp Counselor is responsible for connecting with children during camp and communicating with their parents and caregivers as needed. Furthermore, our summer camp integrates traditional outdoor activities alongside our other programming, including outdoor play time, field trips, crafts, and game time. The Counselor is expected to support these activities alongside fulfilling their teaching responsibilities.

 

The Summer Math Camp Counselor should be passionate and knowledgeable about mathematics and other STEM-related subjects. They should be excited and energized by math and problem-solving and eager to encourage campers to develop the same love for math. They should be well-equipped to create a positive learning environment that serves all campers, particularly those from CMC’s target demographics: students from marginalized communities who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics or a similar STEM-related field; if your degree is not in mathematics, you must demonstrate competence in math as part of or in addition to your degree; students currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in mathematics or another STEM-related field may also apply

  • Knowledge of and passion for general mathematics, emphasizing logic and creative problem-solving, which is foundational to CMC’s approach to math education

  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring students 7-14 years old, preferably in STEM-related subjects

  • Experience working with and forming positive relationships with individuals from diverse populations and backgrounds, particularly children from marginalized communities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience presenting complex concepts in a variety of formats for diverse audiences

  • Ability to implement developmentally appropriate program activities

  • Ability to maintain positive, consistent communications with students, parents, and CMC staff

  • Highly organized with strong multitasking skills; must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong skills in stress management and self-regulation with a consistent positive attitude and professional demeanor, including the ability to reserve judgment and respond with curiosity and compassion

  • Can stand and walk for extended time periods and climb several flights of stairs multiple times a day

  • Wholeheartedly supports CMC’s mission to provide math enrichment to all children–especially those traditionally underrepresented in STEM, such as children of color and those from low-income families–by emphasizing critical thinking and logic skills

  • CORI background check required

 

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in mathematics or another STEM-related field post-graduation 

  • Proven ability to work with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional difficulties, and/or other behavioral differences

  • Previous experience providing STEM outreach to marginalized populations

  • Familiarity working in an urban school setting or at a similar enrichment program

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent math instruction for grade levels 1-8 in a summer camp environment

  • Supervise children during activities including (but not limited to) music, coding, games, crafts, outdoor activities, field trips, and camper lunch

  • Facilitate a positive, inclusive, and productive learning and camp environment at all times by encouraging students to participate, ask questions, and offer answers

  • Arriving to camp familiar with the material and prepared to support the week’s activities and themes for the duration of camp; themes and related activities change weekly

  • Provide an enjoyable experience for each camper

  • Be a good role model by setting examples in promptness, manners, respect, language, appearance, health, and kindness

  • Create and maintain group unity by practicing inclusivity in all aspects of your job

  • Travel to the Harvard University and MIT campuses as required for camp and arrive on time

  • When needed, contact campers’ parents during camp to maintain a positive relationship between CMC and the parents; this includes calling and texting parents if their children are unexpectedly absent

  • Take and report group attendance every morning; alert someone if a child is unexpectedly absent

  • Prioritize campers’ safety at all times; campers should never be left unattended.

  • Attend all required CMC counselor trainings

 

Work Environment:

This role requires the ability to spend a significant amount of time indoors and outdoors, walk and stand for long periods, climb several flights of stairs repeatedly throughout the day, and to teach and supervise in areas with lots of loud talking. The Counselor must be able to perform their essential functions in this environment, as they will encounter it daily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform their essential job functions.

 

About The Cambridge Math Circle (CMC)

CMC is a fast-growing alternative math enrichment program serving children in grades K-8 in the Greater Boston area whose families need math support outside the classroom and cannot afford private, traditional STEM programs. We offer a successful series of in-person and online classes emphasizing logical reasoning and creative problem solving, including in-school and after-school programs at Cambridge Public Schools, community-based weekend classes, and more. Four years ago, we served 25 students per week. Now we serve more than 450 every week! For more information about CMC, visit us at www.cambridgemathcircle.org

 

About CMC’s Summer Camp

CMC’s Summer Program is designed to provide fun, recreational math enrichment activities that stimulate all campers’ growth and development–in math and everywhere else. As with all CMC programs, our staff and Executive Director have made special effort to develop academically appropriate and challenging activities that engage and excite all of our campers. Our program additionally supports campers’ long-term social and emotional well-being by providing them a safe, inclusive space to interact with other like-minded children.

 

To apply, email your résumé and cover letter to our Executive Director at info@cambridgemathcircle.org.

The Cambridge Math Circle is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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