Job Title: Unit Director – Camp Namanu
Classification: Seasonal
Reports to: Assistant 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 providing unit coordination and management for all aspects of resident camp units at Camp Namanu.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Assists with coordinating unit staff’s time off for each session.
  2. Coordinates unit activities.
  3. Makes an end of summer report and job evaluations as required prior to camp season closing.

Job Duties:

  • Attends pre-camp training and leads sections or groups of pre-camp training.
  • Ensures and maintains the cleanliness of camp facilities, equipment, and grounds.
  • Participates in all camp meetings and activities such as flag raising, banquet, and campfire.
  • Attends all meals and acts as a table host in the dining room.
  • Keeps records as needed and required.
  • Helps prepare camp for closing at the end of the camp season.
  • Always treat youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Attends Unit Director and all staff meetings.
  • Provides support and supervision for all counselors in the assigned unit.
  • Works with counselors and CD’s to ensure the success of campers each week.
  • Participates in and/or facilitates unit and/or all camp activities.
  • Provides verbal and written feedback to reporting counselors.
  • Ensures that all food and equipment requisitions are submitted and returned in a timely manner.
  • Organizes a work schedule with oversight from supervisor.
  • Substitutes for cabin counselors or other staff as needed.
  • Assists with individual, cabin, unit and all camp activities, as assigned.
  • Lives in a cabin with campers and assists with evening programming.
  • 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 Counselors. 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:

  • Works well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines
  • Demonstrates cooperative behavior with co-workers and supervisors
  • Culturally competent and responsive with a strong understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • A personal philosophy of camping compatible with that of Camp Fire Columbia; recognizing the values the camper can gain through group living, as well as through participation in varied activities


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 two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Working knowledge of safety and programming principles is strongly preferred.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

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:

Has advanced basic computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

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.