Program Director, Summer Camps @ The Tech

Overview

Galileo is looking for an experienced, passionate educator and program director to manage our unique Summer Camps @ The Tech program. This role is a rare, year-round opportunity to blend curriculum development with people management, while working closely with our museum partner, the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation.

 

We value divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups and people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

 

Who are you?

 

  • You’re deeply inspired by Galileo’s mission and purpose. Innovation education, project-based learning, youth empowerment, and creating safe, welcoming spaces all speak to the very heart of who you are.
  • You’re an experienced, creative, fun-loving educator. You’ve taught classes like science, technology, engineering, digital arts, or industrial design. You’re as comfortable managing a 4th-8th grade classroom as you are developing ideas for inspired, project-based curriculum.

 

  • You’re a communicative, trustworthy leader. As a relationship-builder and mentor, you measure your own success in large part by the success of those around you, and care deeply about helping them meet professional development goals.

 

  • You’re an organized, problem-solving manager. You love fine-tuning operational logistics, ensuring program efficiency, and learning new strategies for driving overall performance.

 

  • You’re ready to  grow. You know that true mastery requires commitment, effort, thoughtful feedback, personal reflection, and implementation of lessons learned.

 

Who are we?

We think the world needs innovators. We also think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. And we think kids with these skills are more likely to change our world and be the masters of their own.

It takes a village to bring best-in-class, ever-evolving camp programs to over 30,000 campers each summer. At HQ, we believe that we are Galileo; through the work of each contributor and team, we bring our values to life, and constantly make our company and culture better. Because here, values aren’t just lip service — we aim to be more visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective each day, and back that effort up with structure to ensure our success. People who work hard, seek feedback to improve their work and themselves, feel deeply accountable for excellent work product, and play very, very well with others tend to thrive in our culture. Complainers don’t.

We like each other, we joyfully work hard together, and united by a shared dedication to our mission to create a world of fearless innovators, we encourage innovation in everything we do. We’re also a certified B Corp, and uphold a company-wide commitment to camper inclusion and broadening our impact. Learn more about our purpose from our CEO & Founder, Glen Tripp.

 

What’s the job, really?

During non-Camp months (September-May), you’ll work closely with your manager and The Tech Museum to develop the program for the upcoming summer and oversee curriculum development and/or updates. In January, you’ll join our team of Camp Directors to begin planning camp operations and to hire and train your staff.

 

Program development

 

  • Based on historical data, create and finalize key program parameters annually
  • Act as key liaison between Galileo and The Tech Museum of Innovation, developing relationships with museum staff, and participating in regular meetings to maintain stellar communication and logistics coordination
  • Manage new and existing class curriculum development and supply purchasing system
  • Work with The Tech’s and Galileo’s marketing teams to create and execute on a marketing plan

 

Camp operations and team management

 

  • Hire and support a small team of contracted curriculum developers
  • Attend weekend-long Camp Director training in January
  • Review and execute on Camp Director workplan tasks, including self-study training modules and reading
  • Help generate enrollment and staffing at your camp through various marketing and/or staff recruiting activities. Activities may include attending events, sending emails, calling families, or other community efforts.
  • Attend a Saturday Staff Selection & Hiring Training day in February (first year only)
  • Participate in 1-3 regional get-togethers
  • With the People Operations team, hire top-notch staff through:
    • Driving retention of previous staffers
    • Interviewing candidates both in-person and via Skype
    • Extending employment offers
  • Attend overnight Staff Management & Operations training retreat in early April

 

During Camp (June-August), Summer Camps @ The Tech run for 10 weeks, plus a  prep week before camp, and wrap-up week after camp.

 

  • Work 55-60 hours per week, on-site and full-time, Monday-Friday for 10 weeks
  • Run daily operations of camp, creating a high energy, fun and creative experience for campers (includes leading skits, cheers/songs, opening & closing ceremonies, all camp games, and other fun camp traditions)
  • Lead and manage staff, ensuring quality instruction, high energy, and overall performance
  • Communicate daily with parents
  • Manage costs, including supplies and staffing
  • Develop and maintain relationships with museum partners and ensure facility is well maintained and left in excellent condition
  • Communicate daily with manager (Area Director)
  • Participate in 2-3 regional get-togethers over the summer
  • Attend Camp Director debrief and celebration dinner in early August

 

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Education, Science or Tech related field
  • 5+ years working with K-8th grade children
  • 5+ years developing, leading and managing educational programs
  • Experience teaching and deep interest in science, technology, engineering, digital arts, culinary arts, and/or industrial design
  • Experience developing curriculum
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated leadership and staff hiring experience
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing a team
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in teams
  • Readiness to stick around: we find that our team and team members benefit from a 3 year minimum commitment.

 

Benefits & Compensation

  • September—May: Regular office hours plus evening hours once per week and occasional weekends of work (including off site overnight retreats)
  • June—August: 60+ hours per week during ten weeks of camp operations
  • Base and bonus potential to be discussed during interview.
  • Employee medical and dental benefits provided by Galileo; employee-paid dependent care and multiple ancillary benefits available.
  • Generous parental leave and extensive support with leave planning.
  • 401(k) provided after one year of employment; current Galileo contribution is 3%, with an employee contribution option.
  • We believe that a balance between work and life is essential to happiness and success, so work hard and take the time you need; 20 personal days per year.
  • For team members with kids, we offer significant discounts on camp programs.


Meet Some of Galileo's Employees

Nelda K.

Camp Director & Interview Specialist

Nelda is at the center of Galileo's innovation—hiring staff, managing their professional development, overseeing camp operations, and building relationships with parents and members of the community.

Brandon T.

Area Director

Brandon manages a region of innovation camps in Los Angeles by planning programs and building the teams needed to carry them out, delivering an exceptional summer experience for kids.


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