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Liz Marsh

Summer Program Director, innovation education art and science day camp

Galileo is looking for program leaders to direct current or new Camp Galileo sites for the 2022 season. Summer Program Directors (internally referred to as “Camp Directors”) are outstanding leaders who assume overall leadership of a summer day camp location, including staff hiring and management, day-to-day operations, and creating a joy-filled summer camp culture.

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.

What’s the job, really?

Camp Directors will receive paid management and professional development training 8-12 hours each week pre-camp (January-May/June). As summer rolls around, Directors work 45-60 hours each week during camp (most camps run 6-8 weeks). Essential responsibilities include:

You’ll brilliantly build, lead, and maintain your camp community. From mastering operations to nurturing and retaining staff to creating camp culture and traditions, you’ll work to identify and execute on your program vision, ensuring our campers have their most magical summers ever. In collaboration with others, you’ll hire, train, collaborate with, and develop a team of anywhere from 5-50+ summer staff. You’ll be a supportive manager with high expectations, provide feedback on classroom instruction and support, and thoughtfully push your team to greatness in ways that have a ripple effect. You’ll create and build partnerships like a boss. As the face of Galileo in the community you serve, you’ll work closely with your manager on navigating grassroots marketing efforts, local staff recruiting, your host school relationship, and consistently delivering exceptional service to our camper families. You’ll leverage existing (and carefully crafted) training and resources to masterfully manage your time and responsibilities, efficiently tracking your workflow details and calendar in the pre-season.

What are we looking for?

* College graduate or equivalent work experience

* Experience working in schools, after school programs or with K-8th grade children in another capacity

* Demonstrated leadership experience (staff hiring and management experience a plus)

* Ability to work part-time end of January through May/June (~8-12 hours per week), and full-time in summer

* Camp experience is a bonus, though not required

* Readiness to stick around; we find that our team and team members benefit from a 3 year minimum commitment

Camp Directors start from a wide variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to: school teaching, camp counseling & leadership, after school programming, coaching, museum education and leadership in retail or customer service. In addition, research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and other underrepresented people tend to only apply when they match all criteria. Even if you don't necessarily meet every checkbox in the job description, but you think you have what it takes, we encourage you to still apply.

Position Description

Benefits & Compensation

Financial reward: Galileo is unusual in that Camp Directors participate in—and benefit from—the financial success of their camps through our bonus program. A first-year Camp Director typically earns $12,000-$15,000 over the course of the season.

This includes:

Pre-season paid professional development (Jan-May): ~10 hours/per week at $20/hour

During camp: $1200/week for your program's weeks of camp (6-8 weeks, depending on location)

Post-Camp Bonus: Up to $500, based on performance

Enrollment Bonus: Starting at $1 per camper per enrollment week, with an increasing rate depending on CD tenure and camp size

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. Successful Camp Directors are likely candidates for such opportunities. We also have an extensive list of recruiting partners, which connect our staff with outstanding opportunities outside of Galileo.

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 innovators.

Community: You’ll become part of a current and former Galileo staff network of over 10,000 inspiring changemakers. Former Galileans stay connected, and have even gone on to create successful non-profit organizations together!

Free camp: You will have free camp sessions for every camp week you work or you can gift two weeks of free camp to others. or significant camp discounts to all Galileo staff.

Early application bonus: If you apply by 12/19/21 and are hired, you will receive $500 with your first paycheck.

Work Location

January-May/June: With the exception of weekend retreats and occasional marketing/recruiting events, most pre-camp season work is done remotely.

Summer: When it comes to camp assignments, we take your location preferences into consideration, and have ongoing, open dialogue about location options throughout the process.

COVID-19: As COVID-19 guidelines evolve, some dates may be shifted and in-person work duties may be performed virtually. As always, we'll aim to be transparent and communicative throughout our process if 2022 plans are impacted.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Galileo prioritizes the health and well-being of our staff and vaccines are the best tool currently available to protect our staff. Therefore, for everyone's safety as a condition of employment, all employees will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if their role requires them to be in-person (per OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Temporary Standard). Whether you require a reasonable accommodation or exemption will not impact consideration of your candidacy.

Who is Galileo Learning?

Galileo Learning brings best-in-class educational programs to tens of thousands of kids each year online and through in-person summer day camps across the country. We believe the world needs innovators and that innovation can be taught. We think kids who learn to explore and who are willing to tackle challenges despite their fears 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.

Here, values aren’t just lip service — we aim to be visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective each day, and back that effort up with structure to ensure our success. People who joyfully work hard together, feel accountable for their work, are mission driven, and play well with others tend to thrive in our culture. We’re a certified B Corp, were recently ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area (and have been on the list for twelve plus years running), have been named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies in America, and over 97% of our summer staff say they would recommend working for us. Joining Galileo means joining an organization that is a model of innovative learning, with a company-wide commitment to Inclusion and Diversity, broadening our impact and a stellar staff experience.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Arlington Heights, Barrington/Lake Zurich, Libertyville, North Chicago and South Chicago