Job Title: Assistant Camp Director – Senior Units
Classification: Seasonal
Reports to: Resident Camp Director
Exempt/Non-Exempt:  Exempt

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for planning, facilitating, and supporting camp from pre-camp training through the cessation of the camping session in coordination with the leadership team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Plans schedule that includes observing and working with team each week.
  2. Maintains ongoing communication with Resident Camp Director and all camp staff.
  3. Receives requisitions for supplies from program areas.

Job Duties:

  • Abides and applies the personnel and program policies of the camp.
  • Ensures and maintains the cleanliness of camp facilities, equipment, and grounds.
  • Observes good health habits, including sufficient sleep, good hygiene, reasonable eating habits and cooperation with the Health Care Manager and Camp Director in case of illness.
  • Participates in camp meetings and activities.
  • Keeps records as needed and required.
  • Helps prepare camp for closing at the end of the camp season.
  • Assists with planning and facilitation of pre-camp training.
  • Assists with the facilitation of interviews prior to the summer session as availability allows.
  • Participates in Leadership Meetings as required by the Resident Camp Director (RCD).
  • Conducts units meetings as necessary.
  • Provides support and evaluation for team.
  • Checks all requisitions with RCD and orders approved supplies when appropriate.
  • Coordinates with Leadership Team to oversee check-in/check-out.
  • Travels to Sandy, Gresham, and Portland for business and medical trips, as necessary.
  • Maintains required program statistics.
  • Generates reports as required.
  • Substitutes for a cabin counselor, program specialist, or other staff if necessary.
  • Writes and submits staff and program recommendations at the close of the season.
  • Assists with individual, cabin, unit, and all camp activities.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises Unit Directors and Specialists. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Soft Skills:

  • Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Maintain integrity by following through on responsibility and by accepting and abiding by decisions regarding program and camp policy in a positive manner.
  • Culturally competent and responsive with a strong understanding of diverse cultures and communities.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Computer Skills:

Job requires specialized computer skills.  Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to: Please combine all documents in 1 file. References will not be contacted until candidate has progressed to finalist stage.

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.