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Camp Supervisor - Trailblazers 2020

POSITION DESCRIPTION – The Camp Supervisor is an administrative position, tasked with managing the Trailblazers Summer Camp, handling both the day-to-day needs of camp, as well as the overall program experience.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – Thanks to grants from Allstate and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), 30 Chicago youth ages 9-16 can take part in a free, 7-week summer camp with Adventure Stage. Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers ensemble is a unique mentoring program that places young people (9-16) with mentors who are professional theater artists. Student participants guide the program’s content with thoughtful assistance from their mentors. In addition to creating original performances, Trailblazers go on field trips, stretch their creative muscles with exposure to different forms of theater, and learn to work collaboratively in a supportive environment.

Position Responsibilities:

§ Create, disseminate and capture all camper and staff paperwork, (forms, medical, permission slips, food program info, etc.)

o Create staff procedures and templates for camp administration

o Process payroll for everyone at camp

o Schedule and handle all payment for field trips (schedule/transportation/food, etc.)

o Creating and updating assessments (both self-assessments & teacher assessments)

· Communications

o Send out weekly parent updates (in English & Spanish) in a timely fashion.

· Staff Recruitment (in collaboration with the Education Manager and Producing Artistic Director)

o Retain and train 3 Jr. AmeriCorps members

o Retain and train 2 Co-Lead Teaching Artists

· Camper Recruitment and Support

o Retain 30 campers

o Identify and train Senior Trailblazer candidates; ensure all paperwork is promptly retained

o Be the final point of contact for all parents.

· Artist Recruitment

o Recruit visiting artists and designers for workshops and production

· Day-to-Day

o Attend morning check in meeting with staff, as necessary

o Weekly check in with Co-Lead Teaching Artists

o Weekly check in with Jr. AmeriCorps, including TA professional development

o Organize all workshops, including food & space

· Attend final performance

Knowledge, Skills & Activities:

· Knowledge of organizational structures, hiring, training, workflow and operating procedures.

· Skill in and/or excitement to explore the integration of artistic practice with social services.

· Skill in communicating effectively and empathically in both verbal and written form with a diverse array of audiences.

· Skill in handling complex and confidential matters, which can call for discrete, independent judgment.

· Skill in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite, Dropbox, Google Suite. Willingness to acquire skill in the use of Basecamp and Total Info.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s Degree in theatre, drama/arts education or related field.

· Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

· At least three years of experience in an arts administrator position or as a teaching artist

· Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations and take positive actions to ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.

· A good work ethic.

· A sense of humor!

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

· Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

· Travel (foot/car/bike) is required to different sites in the neighborhood where camp is taking place.

· The Camp Director is sometimes required to participate in evening and weekend programming.

· Limited physical effort required.

· Limited exposure to physical risk.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Northwestern University Settlement Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Instructions to Apply:

Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to

Contact Info:
Jamie Macpherson
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Adventure Stage Chicago