Director, Camp Half-Blood West

    • Newark, NJ

Program Overview:
Camp Half-Blood West is an outdoor adventure summer day camp for kids ages 7-12, in Maplewood, NJ (other locations include Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan). Through mythological storytelling, live action role play and physically and mentally engaging activities, Demigod campers work with their friends each week to develop new skills, solve problems, and ultimately become Heroes. Each week at Camp Half-Blood, Demigod campers go on a “Quest” adventure, on which they travel in groups throughout the park, encountering heroes and monsters from mythological stories along the way, and completing a larger mission.

Camp Half-Blood West is offered by Plato Learning, a literary, play-based children’s education company that brings classic stories to life through dynamic curricula that incorporate physical engagement, arts & crafts and story-making to develop kids’ reading skill and interest.

Director Position Description: We are looking for a Camp Director to run the daily operations of Camp Half-Blood West and create a safe, exciting, and engaging environment for the Demigod campers that come to CHB for intense hero-training, epic adventures, and unforgettable other-worldly experiences.

Candidates must be able to work part-time from March-June 2019 and full-time for the 9 week summer season from mid June to late August 2019.. Position start date in early March is flexible.

Responsibilities and Duties



Training on company databases and systems, NYC camp permit and operations requirements, and NYC public park protocol, particularly for Prospect Park
Participate in Camp Director’s orientation through NYC DOHMH
Participate in Plato Learning leadership training
Assist Program Directors in structuring and coordinating pre-summer and ongoing training for all staff
Assist in pre-summer camp planning and organization, including conceptualizing and implementing camp activities and curricula

Communicate with parents, community partners, and other outside liaisons prior to and throughout the summer
Ongoing communication and reporting to Program Directors throughout the summer
Monitor the health and safety of all campers and staff, including summer camp Health Director responsibilities
Manage consistency and growth in overall program content and structure
Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule and direct personnel and volunteers as needed
Review and evaluate staff performance
Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals
Coordinate with main office on management of online registration database, as well as staff and parent communication resources
Coordinate with Field Operations Manager on camp supplies and materials

The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp’s success.

The 2019 season will run for 9 weeks from June 17th to August 24th
Part-time commitment from March - June 2019
Full-time commitment from June 17 - August 24, 2019
Minimum expected camp hours for Director: Monday-Friday, 7 am - 5 pm
Hours beyond minimum expected require approval from supervisor
Qualifications and Skills

The Ideal CHB Director is:

A polished professional with a college degree and significant experience working with kids and managing teams in a camp environment
Fun, creative, and committed to a positive camp experience for campers and staff
Extremely organized with an eye for detail; able to create and maintain effective systems
Calm and decisive under pressure; able to quickly take action to overcome obstacles
An effective delegator, an assertive and inspiring leader that can get their team excited
Skilled and experienced at finding creative solutions to problems
An honest, clear, and effective communicator and team-builder

Minimum three summer-seasons of experience in a supervisory camp role, or equivalent combination of other education experience with at least one summer-season’s experience in a supervisory camp role
Completed bachelor’s degree in education or related field
Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands
Ability to work in a fast-paced outdoor environment for 9 summer weeks in often hot and humid conditions
Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning team
Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally
Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately
Strong organization skills and attention to detail
Ability to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately, both internally with staff and externally with campers and families
Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the entire 9-week camp season
Current CPR for Professional Rescuer and Advanced First Aid certification required (recertification will be provided if current certification expires before Summer 2019)
Current Driver’s License preferred but not required
Position requires NYS SCR background check, as well as a NYS DCJS Sex Offender Registry check

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Fast-paced work outdoors all day during the summer season
Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
Typing, writing, and reading
Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
Use hands and fingers to help with camp supplies and operate equipment
Frequent sitting, standing, walking, running and kneeling


The hourly rate for this position is $25/hour. This is a temporary, seasonal position and does not include benefits or paid leave. Time commitment expectations are detailed above; we are committed to competitively compensating staff.

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