This Lead Site Instructor is responsible for planning and teaching sequenced lessons in classroom and other school settings for up to 15 youth, assisting the Site Supervisor in program management, and supporting site staff in developing engaging curriculum. The Lead Site Instructor will strive to achieve youth development outcomes by engaging program participants in academic enrichment and support, creative arts, active recreation, community building, service learning, and leadership activities.

  • Job Title: Lead Site Instructor
  • Classification: Full Time Seasonal
  • Reports to: Site Supervisor
  • Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-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 schoolyear, 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. For more information, please visit:



Lead Site Instructors collaborate with their site teams on program planning, communication, behavior management, and general site operations; as well as across site teams to support the overall success of the Camp Fire’s Before & After School program. The Lead Instructor works closely with the Site Supervisor and the BAS Leadership team to ensure quality programming, OCC licensing compliance, and to promote Camp Fire values.  The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building positive working relationships with participants, families, community partners, and school staff.

Salary and Benefits:

Compensation: $14-15.50/hour

Benefits: Camp Fire Columbia offers a full range of benefits, including paid training and planning hours, as well as medical, dental and life insurance, 401K, sick leave, and paid holidays for qualified full-time staff.

 Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Lead Site Instructor” to:
  • Positions will remain open until filled
  • Interviews will start July 3rd, 2017
  • Training will begin August 14th, 2017

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Directs instruction of participants in a before and after school program setting while maintaining program expectations and behavior management with small groups up to 15 program participants and large groups as a team for up to 60 program participants.
  2. Assist Site Supervisor with program facilitation and administrative functions.
  3. Creates project-based learning activities from various resources and active engagement of participants in learning, and provides on-going support for site instructors in executing the same.
  4. Gives feedback and support to staff and reviews their curriculum in order to guide and develop the staff.

Job Duties:

  • Understands and follows Office of Child Care licensing policies and support Site Supervisor in maintaining site/program to comply with state licensing standards.
  • Actively Collaborates with the team on program planning, communication, behavior management, and overall site success as well as across site teams to support the success of the program.
  • Submits written lesson plans, service learning plans and supply needs.
  • Works within school policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral referral system.
  • Develops positive working relationships with participants, families and school staff.
  • Acts as a role model positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of program participants.
  • Participates in outreach to families and coordinate family engagement activities.
  • Organizes and attends field trips in Portland and surrounding areas.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events.
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire; projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Commits to outside planning hours each week.
  • Participates in occasional evening events.
  • Ensures policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Acts as a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire… we are in it for the kids!
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.
  • 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.

Soft Skills:

  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Self-starter, proactive.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the organization.
  • Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.



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:

Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from four-year college or university; or two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Previous experience instructing in an afterschool program environment that involves solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for students. Working knowledge of youth development and programming, including best practices in mentoring, academic enrichment, youth adult partnerships, life-skills, and leadership development 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:
  • 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 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:

A valid insurable Driver’s License is required. This position also requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification and OCC Basic Safety Set Trainings, plus >15 hours of approved professional development per license year. Oregon Central Background Registry; Step 8 or above on the Oregon Step Registry preferred.

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 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee will have interaction with k-5 grade children and will be required to interact through frequent walking, standing, sitting at small desks, running in fields and inside a gym, navigating a playground, while observing multiple children.

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 frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud depending on the activity/day.


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.