Job Title: Day Camp Director

Classification:  Exempt/Full-Time/Seasonal (May-September)

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.

Ready to join us and make magic happen?

Position Overview:

The Day Camp Director position is responsible for Supervising Day Camp activity leaders, counselors, and all Day Camp campers and facilities as well as design and implement creative and innovative youth programs.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Oversight of summer day camp program including pre-season program planning, themes, yearly summer schedule, program design, marketing and web updates.

2. Maintains a balanced budget for program supplies, trips & activities, food, bus rentals and other curriculums.

3. Recruit, hire and supervise seasonal day camp staff.

4. Plan and execute staff training for all day camp staff.

5. Plans a program/staffing schedule that includes observing and mentoring Day Camp staff each week.

Other Job Duties:

Directly supervises Day Camp staff. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Travel is primarily throughout Portland, OR and to Sandy, OR (Camp Namanu).


The Day Camp Director will interact directly with Camp Fire families, both electronically, and directly. They will communicate daily with the Site Directors of each Day Camp in the City site, as well as Camp Fire Office staff. As the primary advocate for Camp Namanu Day camp they will also interact with the public at promotional events.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous camping or related program and youth development experience is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum one year of supervisory experience is required.
  • This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to initiate work, complete tasks and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Accurate, well organized, detail-oriented
  • Team player who shares information, eagerly engages in big picture thinking, works well with others, and will contribute to a “roll up your sleeves” culture
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and produce high-quality work in a timely manner
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time

Compensation: $3,300-3,750/month depending on experience

Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Seasonal Day Camp Director” to:
  • Interviews will begin on as candidates are identified.
  • Positions will remain open until filled

 Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, 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.