Site Leader, Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps: 2017-1691


The Position:

The Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps Site Leader must live Headfirst Professional Sports Camps’ core values at all times, acting as a role model for all Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps staff and a pillar of dedication, integrity, and professionalism within the Headfirst Professional Sports Camps community. The Site Leader must always prioritize operating a safe and secure camp, taking personal responsibility for the physical and emotional well-being of every program participant. The Site Leader’s role is to supervise, coach, and provide constructive feedback to the Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps leadership team and coaching staff, while working closely with Headfirst Headquarters to ensure that each ballplayer has a safe, enjoyable, and enriching experience at camp.  In addition, the Site Leader must be a proactive resource, problem solver, and sounding board for all parent concerns and staff issues. Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with everyone involved with Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps – from facility partners, to ballplayer families, to on-site and HQ staff – is a crucial component of this role, and the Site Leader must remain mindful at all times of their role as an ambassador for Headfirst Professional Sports Camps.

Camp Dates and Locations (Chicago)

June 18th – Welles Park, Chicago, IL

June 25th – IC Catholic Prep, Elmhurst, IL

July 9th – Northeastern Illinois U., Chicago, IL

July 16th – Harper College, Palatine, IL

July 23rd – Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL

July 30th – Benet Academy, Naperville, IL

August 6th – Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

August 13th – Richard E. Staples Park, Lake Zurich, IL


The Work:

Pre-Camp Season

  • Tap into your professional and personal network to help recruit and retain Chicago Cubs Baseball Camps staff.
  • Attend and help facilitate leadership and coach trainings in the late spring/early summer.
  • Provide curriculum feedback and input, including schedules, activities, policies, and procedures.
  • Participate in all required webinars and online trainings.
  • Assist with the mobilization of site (including, but not limited to, set up, equipment organization, and operational & logistics planning).

Camp Season

  • Manage all camp processes, procedures, and programs with high energy, integrity, and passion.
  • Audit program curriculum and execution to ensure that instructional and business objectives are being met in all programs.
  • Keep adequate documentation and records of attendance, absences, and emergency information on each ballplayer.
  • Master all facility-specific emergency procedures to ensure the safety of all ballplayers and staff.
  • Ensure all facility rules are followed, and all ballplayers and staff are respectful of facility property.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with facility representatives, including administrators and custodial staff.
  • Serve as a role model for staff and ballplayers in demonstrating positive attitudes, respectful communication, appropriate attire and grooming, and a diligent work ethic.
  • Evaluate leadership staff performance and regularly provide constructive feedback both formally and informally, in written and verbal form.
  • Coach Headfirst Professional Sports Camps Division Leaders on all matters related to their staff management responsibilities, including how to evaluate and give feedback to their coaches, how to address staff conflicts and concerns, how to resolve individual and group behavioral management issues, and how to handle matters related to ballplayer health, safety, and security; proper execution of this responsibility will require organizing and running morning trainings throughout the summer.
  • Encourage and cultivate a culture of communication between leadership and staff regarding issues related to ballplayers, ballplayer families, or team members, and address issues professionally and in a manner consistent with Headfirst Professional Sports Camps policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that the staff have the supplies they need to conduct their activities.
  • Act as a proactive resource, problem solver, and sounding board for all parent concerns, communicating with parents respectfully, clearly, and frequently.
  • Handle high level Service Recovery issues, communicating with HQ to fully resolve all matters.
  • Maintain and enforce the Headfirst Professional Sports Camps dress code and appearance requirements.
  • Implement Headfirst Professional Sports Camps’ traditions, games, policies, procedures, and safety protocols.
  • Facilitate all required team and morning ballplayer meetings and attend all required leadership meetings.
  • Manage and supervise carpool safely and efficiently.
  • Ensure Before Care and After Care programs are fun, instructional, and safe.  This may require the working of Before Care and After Care if staffing needs arise.
  • Ensure that all private lessons after camp are adequately staffed and the Coach running the lesson is following the curriculum and all pieces of lessons. This may require the teaching of private lessons if staffing needs arise.
  • Supervise and attend all Headfirst Professional Sports Camps special events, interact with families, and coordinate set up/clean up.
  • Attend and contribute to summer wrap-up meeting.
  • Participate on all daily and weekly conference calls.
  • Resolve any issue, question, or concern regarding the campers promptly; notify appropriate HQ leadership immediately of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions, individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances around campers, or any other potentially dangerous conditions or situations.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in working with ballplayers, ballplayer families, fellow team members, leadership, and facility partners while upholding the Headfirst Professional Sports Camps core values at all times.
  • Adhere to state law, Headfirst Professional Sports Camps policies and procedures, and contractual obligations.
  • Take on additional responsibilities as assigned by HQ and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.


The Requirements:

  • Experience managing a team of direct reports with demonstrated expertise in providing performance evaluation and feedback loops.
  • Career or equivalent experience in education.
  • Minimum 3 years of camp experience or experience in coaching and working with children.
  • Comfort with public speaking (to parents, staff, and groups of ballplayers).
  • CPR/First Aid Certification, or ability to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification before May 31, 2018.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully at all times and in all situations.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of age, interest, skill, and developmental levels.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, follow instructions, and properly implement Headfirst processes and policies in order to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of campers and team members.
  • Ability to approach each day and its unique challenges with enthusiasm, patience, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law.
  • Ability to successfully perform all essential job functions (please note: this description reflects the current assessment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please contact the Headfirst Summer Camps Talent Department for more information.


The Character:

  • An impassioned enterpriser who shares The Headfirst Companies’ core mission and values, and believes in our ability to work together to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults.
  • A highly motivated self-starter who is autonomous and dependable.
  • A team player who approaches professional hurdles with a strong sense of individual responsibility and a sincere emphasis on team over self.
  • A consummate professional who has the ability to prioritize and multi-task, managing several projects concurrently, sometimes under pressure, and often with tight deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • A vocal, energetic, and enthusiastic leader who possesses the charisma, passion, and polish to serve as an ambassador of The Headfirst Companies.
  • A doer who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on finishing the job every day.
  • A problem-solver who assumes responsibility beyond what is asked, and takes initiative
  • A flexible, coachable, and down-to-earth teammate who has the desire and capacity to grow through self-reflection, and by both providing and receiving thoughtful, constructive performance feedback
  • A patient individual with a stellar sense of humor.

The Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.

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