Galileo is looking for program visionaries to direct current or new Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest sites for the 2018 season. Summer Program Directors (internally referred to as “Camp Directors”) are outstanding educational leaders who assume overall leadership of a summer day camp location, including staff selection and management and day-to-day operations. Camp Directors provide instructional supervision for staff, interact daily with families and community members, and are truly the face of Galileo in the communities they serve. Hear directly from past and current Camp Directors.
Founded in 2002, Galileo operates summer day camp programs at 50+ locations throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicago. Our mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We 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.
We’ve been ranked one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for eight years running, and over 97% of our summer staff say they would recommend working for us. Being a Galileo Camp Director means joining an organization that is a model of innovative learning, with a company-wide commitment to camper inclusion and broadening our impact.
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. Core Requirements
- You're inspired by innovation education, youth empowerment, and creating safe, welcoming spaces
- You're an experienced, creative, fun-loving educator.
- You're a communicative, trustworthy leader.
- You’re an organized, problem-solving manager.
- You’re ready to grow.
Experience & Education
- College graduate
- Experience working with K-8th grade children
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Staff selection and management experience a plus
- Ability to work part-time in spring, and full-time in summer
- Readiness to stick around: we find that our team and team members benefit from a 3 year minimum commitment
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 hours are a combination of remote/independent work and on-site duties (local to your assigned camp location).
- Attend week-long training in January, overnight Staff Management & Operations training in April, and get-togethers
- Weekly phone check-ins with your manager (Area Director) starting in January
- Help generate enrollment and staffing at your camp through various marketing and/or staff recruiting activities
- With the People Operations team, hire top-notch staff by driving staff retention, interviewing candidates, and extending offers
- Help develop and lead all staff training
During Camp (Mid-June-Mid-August)
Camps run for 5-8 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 location
- Work on-site full-time, Monday-Friday for 5-8 weeks (depending on the duration of your camp; likely 55-65 hours/week)
- Run daily operations of camp, creating a high energy, fun and creative experience for campers
- Lead and manage staff, ensuring quality instruction, high energy, and overall performance
- Communicate daily with parents and manager (Area Director)
- Manage costs, including supplies and staffing
- Develop relationships with facilities partners and ensure facility is well maintained and left in excellent condition
- Lasting positive impact. 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 changemakers.
- Leadership training & professional development. You’ll receive unique and exceptional training including weekend management training retreats, weekly individual coaching throughout the camp season, 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 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 $12,000-$14,000, with up to 20-40% annual increases in subsequent years. Galileo is unusual in that Camp Directors participate in—and benefit from—the financial success of their camps.