The American Counselor will serve as one of four (two American, two Northern Irish) full-time leaders providing guidance and supervision to a team of 12 American and 12 Northern Irish teens (age 14-16) participating in a faith-based program designed to promote leadership skills and reconciliation of community divisions.
Ulster Project Cincinnati requires full-time commitment over the period of late June through late July. If you are unable to attend an event, you must notify the President. In addition, there will possibly be two or three events between March and arrival of Northern Irish teens in June. This is a paid position with an opportunity for a bonus as determined by the Board.
Excellent interpersonal skills are a must with the ability to work with both adults and teens from various backgrounds. Flexibility throughout the month will be an asset with emphasis on assimilating work direction from several leaders into a logical course of action. The ability to listen to, relate with and respond to a teenager are a large portion of the job. Friendly, outgoing personalities with an emphasis on fun and laughter are a plus.
- Applicants should be involved in an active Christian lifestyle. Applicants must a have a sense of personal responsibility and be willing to exhibit moral leadership with an interest for helping young people develop these qualities. Catholic or Protestant faith is accepted. One Catholic and one Protestant will be selected.
- Applicants should preferably be at least age 21, be in possession of an unrestricted valid driver’s license, and have reliable personal transportation.
- Applicants must have demonstrated experience in leading/counseling youth, preferably in a faith-based or school-based setting.
- Applicants must be punctual and available to attend all scheduled Ulster Project events, including sessions prior to the summer schedule.
- Applicants must not hold or express partisan opinions or affiliation with political, paramilitary, or religious entities in/or associated with Northern Ireland.
- Applicants must be willing to work as part of a team with Northern Irish and other American youth leader. The Northern Irish leaders are the legal guardians of the NI teens while in the US, which unlike the American youth leaders, positions them as primary decision makers in matters regarding the Northern Irish teens.
- Applicants must be willing to work as directed by outside activity leaders, including Discovery Leaders, Service Project Leaders, and Ulster Project adult volunteers. This includes leading small group discussions, interacting with teens and helping to keep the teens focused on the activities at hand.
- Applicants must use reasonable judgment in protecting the safety of all participants, the public at large, and the reputation of Ulster Project Cincinnati.
- Applicants must be able to communicate proactively with and through the President and Northern Irish Counselors.
- Applicants must understand the zero tolerance rules for gossiping amongst one another, teens, host families, etc.
- Applicants must understand that any conflicts (no matter how small) are not discussed with other members of the Ulster Project and are taken to the President if unable to be resolved by the counselors.
- Special attention is drawn to importance of avoiding not only the situation of, but also the appearance of a “dating” or personal relationship with any teen participant during or after the Project for a period of one year from the time the Counselor assignment concludes. Counselors are prohibited from consuming alcohol within a reasonable time period prior to scheduled Project activities. Illegal drug use is prohibited.
- Applicants are requested not to discuss their free time with the project teens, especially if they engaged in an evening of “partying.” In such, applicants are asked to plan their free time accordingly during the Project so they arrive at Ulster Project functions alert and responsible.
- Applicants must be willing to sign a release authorizing public relations use of photo/name on behalf of Ulster Project in any public media, including the website.
- Applicants must complete the Counselor Application below.
- Applicants must be willing to complete an evaluation at the end of the Project Session, no later than August 15, 2017.
An interview will be scheduled after receipt of completed and reviewed application.