POSITION SUMMARY: Team Leaders are assigned to a Team of Cadets, whom they work with the majority of their shifts. The Team Leader is the direct supervisor of the Cadets and is primarily responsible for Cadet accountability, discipline and safety; enforcement of Academy rules and policies; instruction of drill and ceremony; physical-fitness training; movement of Cadets according to the training schedule; completing administrative reports; and, providing assistance in tutoring of academics.
Acting as a positive role model Team Leaders also play an important role in ensuring cadet completion of the 8-core objectives, (Academic Excellence, Physical Fitness, Job Skills, Leadership/Followership, Responsible Citizenship, and Service to Community, Health & Hygiene, and Life Coping Skills). Teaching the Cadets life-skills through: positive mentoring; leading by example; providing counseling; teaching basic social skills; enforcing standards; helping to build self-confidence and problem solving abilities; developing leadership and teamwork skills; and, providing instruction/facilitation of Challenge tasks.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Ensure Cadets are under constant adult supervision at all times; Ensure accountability and maximum participation of Cadets in activities and classes designated on the training schedule are accomplished; Participate in and monitor class activities; Monitor and supervise Cadets during scheduled visitations by parents, guardians, and mentors;
- Evaluate and record efforts of Cadets to determine if they accomplish the goals and objectives of the program and successfully pass the program’s eight core components i.e. citizenship, academic excellence, life-coping skills, service to community, health and hygiene, skills training, leadership/followership, physical training, and provide performance-based coaching.
- Monitor and conduct performance based counseling on assigned Cadets for appropriate and inappropriate behavior by observing, correcting, and reporting; Investigate serious infractions of policy and procedures by Cadets, determine proper consequence, and administer disciplinary actions for unacceptable and inappropriate behavior; Reward Cadets for positive and appropriate performance and behavior;
- Observe and evaluate attitude and physical and mental well-being of Cadets; recommend further evaluation when appropriate. Provide limited first line counseling to reduce friction, improve morale and maintain continuity:
- Prepare and teach classes to Cadets on rules and procedures of the program; Prepare and teach outdoor skills/experience education classes utilizing classroom presentations, instructor demonstrations, and student participation; Classes may include knot tying, map reading, land navigation, water safety, rappelling, campsite selection, backpacking, personal and group sanitation, etc.: Prepare and teach American Red Cross Basic First Aid and CPR;
- Teach, demonstrate, supervise, and evaluate Cadets’ performance during daily physical fitness training, drill and ceremonies, and during community involvement activities and community service projects; Select and assign Cadets to leadership positions, evaluate and counsel on leadership performance and potential;
- Keep the Supervisory Youth Support Specialist, and the HYCA Chain of Command informed of all important matters;
- Transport Cadets between locations, i.e. formations, physical training areas, classrooms and to community service programs, cooperative work experience sites, and other authorized off-site locations making certain Cadets are accounted for and remain at their assigned site, reporting all issues pertaining to Cadets at job sites; Provide Cadets opportunity to attend religious service on Sundays; Transport Cadets for medical treatment, as needed:
- Maintain safe operation of assigned vehicles and all equipment to prescribed standards. Report deficiencies, losses, damage, misuse or abuse from any assigned staff and Cadets;
- Ensure that Cadet barracks, common areas and living conditions are properly maintained in accordance with established standards: Secure and control of the use of assigned Cadet residential quarters, report facility deficiencies, hold residents accountable for misuse and abuse of the facility;
- Engage with Cadets one-on-one to assess how the Cadet is responding to training and living situation; Analyze and evaluate their progress and development and complete written and/or verbal reports as required;
- Conduct risk management of classes and extracurricular activities to insure they are conducted within established safety parameters;
- Attend and participate in required professional development training to maintain program proficiency and certifications including Cadre Training (physical fitness training, drill and ceremony, procedures and protocol, and professionalism), American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Basic and Instructor courses, crisis intervention and prevention, medical training, drug and alcohol use and abuse, ethics, workplace harassment and other training as deemed appropriate;