Hiring Now! Summer Camp Director - Early Signing Bonus
Company: Galileo Learning
Posted on: October 10, 2021
Galileo is looking for program leaders to direct current or new
Camp Galileo sites for the 2022 season. Summer Program Directors
(internally referred to as “Camp Directors”) are outstanding
leaders who assume overall leadership of a summer day camp
location, including staff hiring and management, day-to-day
operations, and creating a joy-filled summer camp
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
Who are you?
- You’re inspired by Galileo’s mission and purpose.
Innovation education, project-based learning, youth empowerment,
and creating safe, inclusive spaces all speak to the very heart of
who you are.
- You’re an experienced, creative, fun-loving leader.
You’re as comfortable resolving conflict between two campers as you
are mentoring your staff or putting your own unique spin on a
- You’re communicative and trustworthy. 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?
At Galileo, we believe the world needs innovators and that
innovation can be taught. We also think kids who learn to explore
and who are willing to tackle challenges despite their fears 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 educational programs
to tens of thousands of kids each year online and in-person. Each
of our staff brings our values to life and makes our company and
culture better. Here, values aren’t just lip service — we aim to be
visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective
each day, and back that effort up with structure to ensure our
success. People who joyfully work hard together, seek feedback,
feel accountable for their work, are mission-driven, and play well
with others tend to thrive in our culture.
We’re a certified B Corp, were recently ranked #1 on the Best
Places to Work in the Bay Area (and have been on the list for
twelve plus years running), have been named one of Forbes’ Best
Small Companies in America, and over 97% of our summer staff say
they would recommend working for us. Joining Galileo means joining
an organization that is a model of innovative learning, with a
company-wide commitment to Inclusion and Diversity, broadening our
impact and a stellar staff experience.
What’s the job, really?
Camp Directors commit 10-15 hours each week to
their Camp Director role pre-camp (January-May/June), with 2
additional weekends of training. As summer rolls around, Directors
work 55-65 hours each week during camp (most camps run 6-8 weeks).
Hear directly from past and current Camp Directors. Essential
- You’ll brilliantly build, lead, and maintain your camp
community. From mastering operations to nurturing and
retaining staff to creating camp culture and traditions, you’ll
work to identify and execute on your program vision, ensuring our
campers have their most magical summers ever.
- In collaboration with others, you’ll hire, train,
collaborate with, and develop a team of anywhere from 5-50+ summer
staff. You’ll be a supportive manager with high expectations,
provide feedback on classroom instruction and support,, and
thoughtfully push your team to greatness in ways that have a ripple
- You’ll create and build partnerships like a boss. As
the face of Galileo in the community you serve, you’ll work closely
with your manager on navigating grassroots marketing efforts, local
staff recruiting, your host school relationship, and consistently
delivering exceptional service to our camper families.
- You’ll leverage existing (and carefully crafted) training
and resources to masterfully manage your time and
responsibilities, efficiently tracking your workflow details and
calendar in the pre-season.
What are we looking for?
- College graduate or equivalent work experience
- Experience working in schools, afterschool programs or with
K-8th grade children in another capacity
- Demonstrated leadership experience (staff hiring and management
experience a plus)
- Ability to work part-time end of January through May/June (~15
hours per week), and full-time in summer
- Camp experience is a bonus, though not required
- Readiness to stick around; we find that our team and team
members benefit from a 3 year minimum commitment
Camp Directors start from a wide variety of backgrounds,
including but not limited to: school teaching, camp counseling &
leadership, after school programming, coaching, museum education
and leadership in retail or customer service. In addition, research
shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60%
of the requirements, women and other underrepresented people tend
to only apply when they match all criteria. Even if you don't
necessarily meet every checkbox in the job description, but you
think you have what it takes, we encourage you to still
We welcome your application, even if you don't feel like you
meet all of the requirements listed above.
Benefits & Compensation
- Financial reward. Galileo is unusual in that
Camp Directors participate in—and benefit from—the financial
success of their camps through our bonus program. A first year Camp
Director typically earns $10,000-$15,000.
- Lasting positive impact on kids, staff, families, and
communities. As a Galileo Camp Director, you’ll develop
meaningful, multi-year relationships with staff members, campers
and families. You’ll inspire the spark of camp, helping kids see
themselves as true innovators.
- Leadership training & professional development. You’ll
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.
- Opportunity. As Galileo grows, we’re often looking for
Regional Directors, curriculum creators, and other full-time staff.
Successful Camp Directors are likely candidates for such
opportunities. We also have an extensive list of recruiting
partners, which connect our staff with outstanding opportunities
outside of Galileo.
- Community. You’ll become part of a current and former
Galileo staff network of over 10,000 inspiring changemakers. Former
Galileans stay connected, and have even gone on to create
successful non-profit organizations together! Learn more about our
- Free camp. We offer either free camp sessions or
significant camp discounts to all Galileo staff.
- Early application bonus. If you apply by one of the
dates listed below and are hired, you will receive the
corresponding early application bonus with your first
- App submitted by 9/26/21: $1000.00
- App submitted by 11/21/21: $750.00
- App submitted by 12/12/21: $500.00
January-May/June: With the exception of weekend
retreats and occasional marketing/recruiting events, most pre-camp
season work is done remotely.
Summer: When it comes to camp assignments, we take your
location preferences into consideration, and have ongoing, open
dialogue about location options throughout the process.
COVID-19: As COVID-19 guidelines evolve, some dates may
be shifted and in-person work duties may be performed virtually. As
always, we'll aim to be transparent and communicative throughout
our process if 2021 plans are impacted.
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