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Summer Camp Program Director (2020)
Galileo Learning

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Summer Camp Program Director (2020)
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Galileo Learning
Chicago, IL + 4 more

Job Summary

Job Type
Full-time, Management, Summer, Temporary
Job Last Posted
Job posted 17 days ago
Job Role
Camp Director, Camp Counselor
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit, Education
Job Schedule
Afternoons, Mornings, Weekdays

Job Description

Love working with kids and passionate about youth empowerment? Looking for an incredible career experience managing your own hub of innovation education?

Galileo is looking for program visionaries to direct current or new Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest sites for the 2019 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 hiring and management and day-to-day operations. Hear directly from past and current Camp Directors.

Core Requirements

  • Innovation education, youth empowerment, and creating safe, inclusive spaces all speak to the heart of who you are.
  • You're an experienced, creative, fun-loving educator.
  • As a relationship-builder and mentor, you measure your own success in large part by the success of those around you
  • You’re an organized, problem-solving manager.
  • You’re ready to grow.

Experience & Education

  • College graduate or equivalent work experience
  • Experience working with K-8th grade children
  • Demonstrated leadership experience (staff hiring and management experience a plus)
  • Ability to work part-time in spring, and full-time in summer
  • Camp experience is a bonus, though not required

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. As summer rolls around, Directors work 55-65 hours each week during camp (and most camps run 5-8 weeks). For more details on this unique schedule, review the Camp Director yearly timeline.

  • Master operations, nurture staff, and craft your camp culture to ensure campers have their most magical summers ever.
  • Hire, train, supportively manage, and collaborate with a team of anywhere from 5-50+ summer staff.
  • Actively evaluate staff potential—both strengths and areas of growth—and thoughtfully push your team to greatness.
  • Leverage existing training and resources to masterfully manage your time and responsibilities.
  • Work closely with your manager to create and build partnerships: local marketing and recruiting efforts, plus host school and camper family relationships.


  • 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 in California 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.
  • Free camp. For team members with kids, we offer significant discounts on camp programs. 

Business Overview

Our Story

Galileo’s mission is to create a world of fearless innovators. 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.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Commuter Benefits
Health Benefits
Parental Leave
Paid Time Off
Retirement Benefits
Casual Dress
Parking Provided
Pet Friendly
Team Events
Mission Driven
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