Cabin Life Coordinator

JOB TITLE: Cabin Life Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Recreation Therapy
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Medical Camping

Description of Position

The Cabin Life Coordinators will work with the Assistant Director of Medical Camping in the day to day operations of camp cabin life and will serve as an integral part of the Camp Leadership Team (L-Team). Cabin Life Coordinators will be responsible for supervising and supporting cabin heads and assistant cabin heads, leading cabin head meetings, communicating with camper families through the “Cabin Life Hotline”, creating weekly cabin assignments for all camp sessions, collecting and organizing all cabin life paperwork, training staff and volunteers, and all other duties as assigned. It will also be expected of Cabin Life Coordinators to spend one hour each morning and evening supporting cabins and running one choice activity per week. Cabin Life Coordinators will have turns being on call for all camp. This is a very multi-faceted position which works closely with the RT Assistant Director to ensure all areas of cabin life run smoothly.

All staff must be 18 years of age by the first day of camp.

Essential Functions

  • 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 dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others.
  • Ability and desire to embrace the "Parents as Partners" philosophy.
  • Ability and desire to perform, and teach, all aspects of personal care. This includes, but is not limited to, transferring, showering, dressing, feeding, and other activities of daily living.
  • Ability and desire to assume leadership and provide direct guidance and supervision to seasonal employees.
  • Ability to promptly return parents’ phone calls within 12 hours.
  • Ability to motivate staff and tactfully deal with staff "issues".
  • Willingness to learn, understand, and model the mission, vision, and values of Bradford Woods.
  • 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 serve as a positive role model to staff and program participants.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, which can be both physically and emotionally demanding.
  • Ability to learn and grow in the position by receiving and accepting constructive feedback from supervisors and parents.
  • Ability to complete accurate documentation forms on participants as required on a regular basis.
  • Ability to assume responsibility for the order, cleanliness, and safety of cabins, program areas, and Bradford Woods grounds.
  • Ability to perform additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Some college experience, preferably in the Human Service and/or Recreation field.
  • Must be willing to obtain proper licensure to drive University vehicles.
  • Ideal candidates will be 21 years of age [as is the age requirement for obtaining a Public Passengers Chauffeurs License (PPCL) if needed].
  • Must be willing to provide Bradford Woods with current license(s) and driving record when applicable.
  • CPR and First Aid.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Flexibility.
  • Patience.

Physical Requirements

  • This is a physically active position requiring mobility.
  • Lifting and pushing as needed (i.e. transfers, equipment).
  • Stamina to endure long hours in a position that is both physically and emotionally demanding. Again, nights will be part of the duties and responsibilities due to our residential capacity.
  • Ability to make judgment decisions in a setting where variables can change quickly, and often without notice (such as weather conditions).
  • Ability to easily, effectively, and proficiently communicate needs, feedback, and questions throughout the program.
  • Because all positions involve assisting with personal care, fluency and proficiency of the English language is essential – both written as well as oral.
  • Ability to provide a safe, fun environment for all.

Cognitive Requirements

  • Ability to assess needs of participants and staff.
  • Ability to solve problems in a fast paced, dynamic setting.
  • Ability to easily, effectively, and proficiently communicate needs, feedback, and questions.
  • Ability to understand and remember considerable amounts of information relative to teaching and facilitating in the fields of environmental and challenge education.
  • Ability to demonstrate responsibility, maturity, and self accountability (i.e. professionalism).
  • Ability to follow directions.


  • Attend mandatory L-Team, CHIPS, and All Staff training sessions prior to, and/or during camp.
  • Acquire CPR and First Aid certification before arrival at Bradford Woods.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy, which includes contact information.