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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Health Specialist in Oakland, California

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Camp Mendocino is a residential summer camp located in Northern California. All Camp Employees are expected to live, sleep and work at Camp. Camp Mendocino provides meals and lodging for the duration of the employment period.

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) is dedicated to providing children and teens with safe, fun places to learn and grow, with professional staff to offer support and guidance, serving as caring mentors and role models. One aspect of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco's programs is Camp Mendocino (our residential summer camp). Camp Mendocino is a nationally recognized program where staff members work with youth ages 8 to 17 of all backgrounds to help them gain the qualities and skills needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Camp is located four hours north of San Francisco and spread over 2,000 acres. We provide transportation between San Francisco and Camp at the start and end of the summer.

We offer a wide range of activities at Camp including: swimming, a four part challenge course, mountain biking, archery, dance and drama, arts and crafts, environmental education, sports, overnight camping, and much more!

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. View other exciting career opportunities with Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco by viewing our webpage at

The Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Health Specialist supports the ongoing efforts of Camp staff to ensure the well-being of all campers and staff. This position primarily supports Camp staff: coaching and providing guidance on the mental, emotional and social health needs of campers. Occasionally, this position will support campers in crisis situations, offering interventions and behavioral support as needed. The Behavioral, Emotional and Social Health Specialist is NOT a therapy provider or caregiver; we do not provide therapy sessions to campers, their families, counselors, or any other staff members. The person serving in this position should, however, have formal training in youth and adult mental health and should be passionate about ensuring the well-being and safety of children and adults.


  • Consult with Counselors, Lead Counselors, Teen Directors and other staff on behavioral, mental, emotional and social health of campers and staff

  • Coach/train staff on best practices working with the behavioral, mental, emotional and social health needs of campers

  • Coach/train staff in youth development skills including positive discipline and restorative justice approaches to youth behavior management

  • Serve as a resource for staff on camper behavior management issues

  • Model appropriate interventions for staff

  • Model Push-in Supports (opposed to pull-out interventions) for campers and other staff

  • Assist staff in seeking solutions to camper behavioral, mental, emotional and social health concerns

  • Provide support and crisis intervention to campers as needed

  • Provide consultation and support mandated CPS reporting

  • Serve as liaison between camper parents/guardians, social workers, Boys & Girls Club staff, CPS, etc.

  • Ensure that staff and campers’ medical needs are met through consultation with infirmary staff

  • Advise Camp leadership staff on camper and staff concerns

  • Attend all required meetings and trainings

  • Maintain accurate documentation and paperwork

  • Foster character development consistent with BGCSF philosophy

  • Other duties as specified by direct supervisor

Required Experience:


  • Minimum 4 years experience in youth development

  • Experience with legal & ethical decision making pursuant to CA law

  • Experience with trauma informed practices & experience in understanding the impact of trauma on youth behavior

  • Good professional boundaries

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field and/or experience at Residential Treatment Facility; MSW or currently enrolled in MSW program preferred

  • Understanding of the diverse needs of youth from marginalized communities

  • Ability to develop and implement a plan for campers with special needs

  • Demonstrated ability to work with youth experiencing mental health and/or behavioral crisis

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and communicate with coworkers, parents, and young people

  • Ability to handle difficult or stressful situations in a professional manner

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


  • Experience supervising staff in a youth development setting

  • Experience working with youth from disadvantaged circumstances

  • Experience working with youth in an overnight camp setting


  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.

  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain for at least 3 miles

  • Must be able to be stand for 8 hours (with breaks)

  • Must be able to work in temperatures ranging from 35° to 100°

SCHEDULE: Temporary/Seasonal position. Applicants should be available June 6 - August 2, 2020.

Keyword: Summer Camp, Camp Counselor, California, Social Work

From: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco