Summer Program Director, Chicagoland (2017)

Overview

Galileo is looking for outstanding leaders to direct new Camp Galileo sites for the 2017 season. The Summer Program Director (internally referred to as "Camp Director") assumes overall leadership of a camp location, including marketing, staff selection and management, and day-to-day operations.  Camp Directors provide leadership and instructional supervision for staff, interact daily with families and community members, and are truly the face of Galileo in the communities they serve.  Camp Directors also work closely with their teams, developing the creative, fun, and wacky traditions that make each camp unique.

 

Camp Director Responsibilities

Most Camp Directors have full time jobs during the school year and commit 10-15 hours each week to their Camp Director role pre-camp with 3-4 additional weekends of training.

 

Pre-Camp (January-June)

  • Attend overnight season kick-off weekend retreat in January
  • Weekly phone check-ins with your manager (Area Director) starting in January
  • Help build enrollment at your camp through various marketing activities. Activities and hours vary by site (typically no less than 10 hours/season), but may include attending events, sending emails, calling families, or other community marketing efforts.
  • Attend a Saturday Staff Selection & Hiring Training day in February (first-year Camp Directors only)
  • Participate in 1-3 Camp Director/Region get-togethers
  • With the people operations team, hire top-notch staff and drive staff retention from the previous summer (you will receive training on all recruiting responsibilities):
    • Reach out to previous year’s staff by phone or in-person
    • Participate in a 2 hour online training on Galileo’s applicant tracking system in early February 
    • Beginning in February, participate in staff phone & group interviews (1 weekday evening group interview every other week, totaling 8-10 per season)
    • Make summer employment offers to each candidate you hire
  • Attend overnight Staff Management & Operations training retreat in early April
  • Overnight weekend retreats will potentially be in San Francisco Bay Area 

During Camp (Mid-June-Mid-August)

Camps run for 6-8 weeks, starting as early as early June and ending as late as mid-August, depending on location

  • Work full-time preparing for camp the week before camp begins, often at your camp site
  • Work full time for 6-8 weeks, depending on the duration of your camp; likely weekly hours during camp: 55-65
  • 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 relationships with facilities partners and ensure facility is well maintained and left in excellent condition
  • Communicate daily with manager (Area Director)
  • Meet with other Camp Directors 2-3 times over the summer
  • Attend Camp Director debrief and celebration dinner in early August

Camp Director Selection Process

Galileo ensures a mutual fit through a careful selection process:

  • Online application
  • Phone interview
  • Group Interview
  • In-person interview
  • Background check and reference check
  • Offer

Qualifications/Requirements

  • College graduate
  • Experience working with K-5th grade children
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Staff selection and management experience a plus
  • Summers available, with the ability to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Flexible, trustworthy, creative and positive; a leader who works well in teams, is performance-oriented, inspiring, energetic, organized, detail-oriented, communicative, fun-loving, and a good problem-solver

About Galileo
Galileo, now in its 15th year, is an educational organization that runs three summer programs at 40+ locations throughout the Bay Area and Southern California:  Camp Galileo (Pre-K- 5th graders); Galileo Summer Quest (5th-8th graders); and Summer Camps @ The Tech (4th-8th graders).  2017 will mark our second year in Chicagoland!  Our mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world, and we reach this mission through employment of our unique pedagogy, the Galileo Innovation Approach. At Galileo, we nurture creativity, curiosity and expression in campers, and believe in giving staff the opportunity to contribute their strengths toward the success of a program and company invested in their personal and professional growth.

 

Galileo has been ranked one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for six years running, and over 97% of our summer staff say they would recommend working for us. Being a Galileo Camp Director means joining an educational movement by becoming part of an organization that is a model of innovative learning in the communities we serve.  Our mission is achieved not only through working with campers each summer, but in nurturing the careers of current and aspiring educators. Our Camp Directors bring this vision to life.

 

Galileo Summer Programs Combine Five Important Things:

  • Credibility & expertise:  Galileo has been in operation for over 14 years, and has partnerships with world-class organizations:  The Tech Museum of Innovation, Youth Digital, and Klutz, to name a few.  Working at Galileo means working with success and experience.
  • Integrity and purpose:  Galileo’s mission—and how that mission is carried out through the Galileo Innovation Approach—is the backbone of the summer experience.  Join a movement of current and aspiring educators, united in a common purpose: developing innovators who envision and create a better world.
  • The best people:  An experienced, professional, hard-working and fun staff teach unique curriculum and deliver exceptional service to Galileo clients – both families and campers.
  • Wide appeal:  Effective, multi-faceted marketing attracts families throughout the Bay Area, Southern California and Chicago to Galileo programs.
  • Commitment to inclusion:  An aggressive campership program which widens our impact through reserving registrations for scholarship recipients.

Rewards of Becoming a Galileo Camp Director

  • Lasting Positive Impact on Kids, Staff, Families, and Communities:  Camp Directors develop meaningful, multi-year relationships with staff members, campers and families, and inspire the spark of camp:  get kids excited about innovation, and teach them to make new friends, have fun, and build confidence.  And, each Camp Director leads a staff of exceptionally talented, fun, friendly people with whom they create something immense and lasting. In one short summer, you can become the example of leadership to which your staff will hold all future supervisors.
  • Leadership Training & Professional Development: All Camp Directors receive unique and exceptional training including: weekend management training retreats, weekly individual coaching throughout the camp season, mentorship, and access to Galileo’s network of prominent educational leaders. Camp Directors are given the tools, framework, community, and support to take ownership of and implement a fully-developed program. Also encouraged to be creative and innovative as they make camp their own, Camp Directors develop entrepreneurial skills and confidence in vision-building and program implementation.  Learn about:  grassroots marketing; staff selection, training and management; leadership; time and project management; and so much more.  Camp Directors are evaluated in June and August, ensuring the opportunity to learn from the positive and constructive feedback they receive.
  • Opportunity:  As Galileo grows, we are always looking for Area Directors, curriculum creators, and other full-time staff. Successful Camp Directors are likely candidates for such opportunities. Galileo also has an alumni network which connects people with outstanding opportunities outside of Galileo.
  • Financial Reward:  A first year Camp Director typically earns $10,000-$12,000, with up to 20-30% annual increases in subsequent years. Galileo is unusual in that Camp Directors participate in—and benefit from—the financial success of their camps.


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