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Summer Program Director, Chicago Locations (2018) job in Chicago

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Galileo Learning jobs
Chicago, Illinois
Company Name:
Galileo Learning
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Certified B Corporation
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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.


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.


Who are you?

  • You're inspired by Galileo’s mission and purpose. Innovation education, project-based learning, youth empowerment, and creating safe, welcoming spaces all speak to the very heart of who you are.

  • You're an experienced, creative, fun-loving educator.  You’re as comfortable resolving conflict between two campers as you are mentoring your staff or adding your own unique flavor to a classic game.

  • You're a communicative, trustworthy leader. 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?

We think the world needs innovators. We also 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.

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, and we reach this mission through employment of our unique pedagogy, the Galileo Innovation Approach.

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. Learn more about our financial assistance program and other community efforts.


What’s the job, really?

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. For more details on this unique schedule, review the Camp Director yearly timeline.


Pre-Camp (January-June)

Pre-camp hours are a combination of remote/independent work and on-site duties (local to your assigned camp location).

  • Attend weekend-long training in January

  • Weekly phone check-ins with your manager (Area Director) starting in January

  • Review and execute on workplan tasks, including self-study training modules and reading

  • Help generate enrollment and staffing at your camp through various marketing and/or staff recruiting activities. Activities and hours vary by site (typically ranging between 10-15 hours per season), and may include attending events, sending emails, calling families, or other community efforts.

  • Attend a Saturday Staff Selection & Hiring Training day in February (first-year Camp Directors only)

  • Participate in 1-3 regional get-togethers

  • With the People Operations team, hire top-notch staff through:

    • Driving retention of previous staffers

    • Interviewing candidates both in-person and via Skype

    • Extending employment offers

  • Attend overnight Staff Management & Operations training retreat in early April


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 and full-time, Monday-Friday for 5-8 weeks (depending on the duration of your camp; likely 55-65 weekly hours during camp)

  • 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)

  • Participate in 2-3 regional get-togethers over the summer

  • Attend Camp Director debrief and celebration dinner in early August


 What are we looking for?

  • 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


 Benefits & Compensation

  • 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 changemakers.


  • 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 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-$13,000, 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.

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