Summer Program Director (Bay Area)

Galileo Learning - Oakland, CA - Full time

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Whether you’re working towards a career as a principal, starting your own business, founding a school, or working with an international NGO, becoming a Galileo Camp Director can be an invaluable component of your professional development.

As a Camp Director, you’re at the center of your own buzzing hive of innovation, hiring your staff, managing their professional development, overseeing camp operations, building relationships with parents and members of the community, and inspiring campers from preschool to middle school to explore and fail without fear. Plus, you’ll develop your camp’s own personal flavor, creating the traditions and culture that make your slice of Galileo one of a kind.

Galileo Summer Programs Combine Five Important Things:

  • Credibility & expertise: Galileo has been in operation for over 10 years, and has partnerships with world-class organizations: The Tech Museum of Innovation, Chabot Space and Science Center, and Klutz, to name a few. Working at Galileo means working with success and experience.
  • Integrity and purpose: Galileo’s mission—and how that mission is carried out through the Galileo Innovation Approach—is the backbone of the summer experience. Join a movement of current and aspiring educators, united in a common purpose: developing innovators who envision and create a better world.
  • The best people: An experienced, professional, hard-working and fun staff teach unique curriculum and deliver exceptional service to Galileo clients – both families and campers.
  • Wide appeal: Effective, multi-faceted marketing attracts families throughout the Bay Area to Galileo programs.
  • Commitment to inclusion: An aggressive campership program which widens our impact through reserving registrations for scholarship recipients.

Rewards of Becoming a Galileo Camp Director

  • Lasting Positive Impact on Kids, Staff, Families, and Communities: Camp Directors develop meaningful, multi-year relationships with staff members, campers and families, and inspire the spark of camp: get kids excited about innovation, and teach them to make new friends, have fun, and build confidence. And, each Camp Director leads a staff of exceptionally talented, fun, friendly people with whom they create something immense and lasting. In one short summer, you can become the example of leadership to which your staff will hold all future supervisors.
  • Leadership Training & Professional Development: All Camp Directors 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. Also encouraged to be creative and innovative as they make camp their own, Camp Directors develop entrepreneurial skills and confidence in vision-building and program implementation. Learn about: grassroots marketing; staff selection, training and management; leadership; time and project management; and so much more. Camp Directors are evaluated in June and August, ensuring the opportunity to learn from the positive and constructive feedback they receive.
  • Opportunity: As Galileo grows, we are always 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.


  • College graduate
  • Experience working with K-8th grade children
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Staff selection and management experience a plus
  • Summers available, with the ability to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Flexible, trustworthy, creative and positive; a leader who works well in teams, is performance-oriented, inspiring, energetic, organized, detail-oriented, communicative, fun-loving, and a good problem-solver

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.

Pre-Camp (January-June)

  • Attend overnight season kick-off weekend retreat in January
  • Weekly phone check-ins with your manager (Area Director) starting in January
  • Help build enrollment at your camp through various marketing activities. Activities and hours vary by site (typically no less than 10 hours/season), but may include attending events, sending emails, calling families, or other community marketing efforts.
  • Attend a Saturday Staff Selection & Hiring Training day in February (first-year Camp Directors only)
  • Participate in 1-3 Camp Director/Region get-togethers
  • With the people operations team, hire top-notch staff and drive staff retention from the previous summer (you will receive training on all recruiting responsibilities):
    • Reach out to previous year’s staff by phone or in-person
    • Participate in a 2 hour online training on Galileo’s applicant tracking system in early February
    • Beginning in February, participate in staff phone & group interviews (1 weekday evening group interview every other week, totaling 8-10 per season)
    • Make summer employment offers to each candidate you hire
  • Attend overnight Staff Management & Operations training retreat in early April
  • Help develop and lead all staff training: May 28-29, 2016 for Bay Area camps, June 4-5, 2016 for Southern California camps

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 site
  • Work full time for 5-8 weeks, depending on the duration of your camp; likely weekly hours during camp: 55-65
  • 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)
  • Meet with other Camp Directors 2-3 times over the summer
  • Attend Camp Director debrief and celebration dinner in early August

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Experience Level

less than 1 year

Galileo Learning

Galileo is a summer education program on a mission. But our mission isn't just to help our campers on their paths to becoming innovators. We also give our summer staff--from experienced educators and artists to high schools students--the opportunity to learn and practice a comprehensive approach to thinking and acting like an innovator both in and out of the classroom. We believe in the astounding power of this ripple effect. Our staff take 21st century tools back to their school-year pursuits, inspiring their peers, students and colleagues. We were recently named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for the sixth year running, and over 97% of our summer staff said they would recommend working for us.

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