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Janice Poe

Summer Camp Program Director (2020)

Galileo is looking for program visionaries to direct current or new Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest sites for the 2020 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.

About Galileo
Founded in 2002, Galileo operates summer day camp programs at 70+ 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’re ranked #1 for Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times (and been on the list for ten consecutive years!), and were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies. Being a Galileo Camp Director means joining an organization that is a model of innovative learning, with a company-wide commitment to inclusion and broadening our impact. Learn more about our financial assistance program and other community efforts.

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

  • 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 January through May/June (~15 hours per week), 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 ~15 hours each week to their Camp Director role pre-camp (January-May/June), 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). Review the Camp Director yearly timeline here.

  • 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, 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. We also have an extensive list of recruiting partners, which connect our staff with outstanding opportunities outside of Galileo.

Free camp. We offer either free camp sessions and/or significant camp discounts to all Galileo staff, depending on role.

Contact Info:
Janice Poe
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL