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2019 Camp Program Director


Thursday, July 5, 2018


Galileo Learning

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San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, or Chicagoland


Galileo is looking for program visionaries to direct current or new Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest sites for the 2019 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. Hear directly from past and current Camp Directors at

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. We 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.

We’ve been ranked one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for nine 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.

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.

‌• You're inspired by innovation education, youth empowerment, and creating safe, welcoming spaces
‌• You're an experienced, creative, fun-loving educator.
‌• You're a communicative, trustworthy leader.
‌• You’re an organized, problem-solving manager.
‌• You’re ready to grow.

‌• 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 in spring, and full-time in summer

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. 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 ( for more details, and hear directly from past and current Camp Directors at

‌• You’ll train to brilliantly build, lead, and maintain your camp community. From mastering operations to nurturing and retaining staff to creating camp flavor and traditions, you’ll work to identify and execute on your program vision, ensuring our campers have their most magical summers ever.

‌• You’ll hire, train, collaborate with and develop a team of 15-40 summer staff.

‌• You’ll be a supportive manager with high expectations. You’ll engage with and actively evaluate potential — both strengths and areas of growth — and will thoughtfully push your team to greatness in ways that have an astounding 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.

Compensation Information:

$12,000-$14,000 per season, with 20%-40% increases per year

‌• 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, 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.

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