Summer Day Camp Director

The Summer Day Camp Director (SDCD) will work in collaboration with the Community Program team to deliver a fun and exciting Day Camp program at multiple locations in the King County area. This position will lead our staff and volunteer training, help to finalize plans and material orders for activities, organize and distribute equipment, and communicate with parents and campers about their week of camp. The SDCD will support each week of camp and our volunteer Site Directors with administrative support, problem-solving, and program delivery, and maintain a fun and safe camp for our campers, following American Camp Association standards. The SDCD will also serve as a Site Director for one or two weeks of camp, depending on the need of the summer.  

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Michael McGrath at michaelm@campfireseattle.org. Apply by Monday, April 18th for priority consideration, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Start Date

The start date for this role is flexible! Begin full time as early as May, or start out on a part-time basis as school or other responsibilities allow. Ideally, this position will be full-time as soon as possible but no later than June 15.

Position Details 

Job Title  Summer Day Camp Director 
Department  Community Programs 
Location  Seattle 
Reports To  Director of Community Programs 
FLSA Status  Non-exempt 
Full/Part Time  Full Time 
Regular/Temporary  Temporary 
Salary Range  $20-22 / Hour, Overtime Eligible 

 

Organization Overview 

Camp Fire Central Puget Sound offers a variety of co-ed enrichment opportunities that empower youth, staff, and volunteers to discover their sparks, gain confidence, build essential life skills, value the natural word, and be active contributors in their communities. We strive to create an environment where each youth and staff member has a sense of belonging, opportunities to share passions, and a place to thrive. 

Essential Job Responsibilities 

  • Plan and facilitate staff and volunteer training 
  • Inventory day camp supplies and finalize material orders 
  • Organize equipment in partnership with Site Directors to prepare for each week of camp 
  • Review program plans for each week of camp and offer program ideas to maximize fun! 
  • Facilitate equipment and site rentals, such as porta-potties and Seattle Park coordination 
  • Provide excellent customer service to our parents throughout the summer 
  • Ensure that procedures and documentation are in compliance with laws, Camp Fire policies, and American Camp Association (ACA) Standards 
  • Manage health forms, permission slips, background checks, and other administrative paperwork

Skills and Qualifications 

Camp Fire recognizes the value of skills and knowledge gained outside of formal higher education and paid employment. We believe that a diversity of professional and life experiences can lead to a well-rounded team.  

Applicants who do not meet all of the qualifications listed below but present other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered.   

We strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work, has a strong desire to grow their skills, and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply. Applicants of non-dominant cultures are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

Qualifications 

  • Proficiency in the English language; strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Collaborative team player who can lead and follow, jump in when needed, and work equally well independently and in a group setting  
  • Two years of experience in youth program management, summer camps preferred
  • Two years of experience with staff supervision, volunteer management and training 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • Computer skills including word processing and excel in a Windows environment 
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers and youth from diverse backgrounds 
  • Strong working knowledge of outdoor education philosophies, including experiential education methods 
  • Valid Washington driver’s license and insured vehicle 
  • Minimum age of 25, per the American Camp Association standard for camp directors 

 Skills 

  • Professional certifications such as lifeguarding, archery facilitation, etc. are useful but not required 

 Physical Requirements  

  • Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds 
  • Repetitive motions of hands/wrists 
  • Ability to participate in and lead camp activities, depending on skill set and camp need 
  • Strenuous walking and hiking over uneven terrain, including up and down hills 
  • Visual/auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards of the site and facilities 
  • Ability to communicate in English, both orally and written 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Camp Fire strives to continuously provide diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments throughout our organizations and programs. We recognize that both access to and success in our programs requires intentional work, to cultivate respect, eliminate systemic barriers, and address injustice head-on.  We at Camp Fire believe that words must be followed by progress, action, and accountability. We recognize thatour efforts will be ongoing and evolving as we continue to grow, learn, collaborate, and press for an equitable future. 

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Michael McGrath at michaelm@campfireseattle.org. Apply by Monday, April 18th for priority consideration, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Date Updated: March 2022