Director of Teen Programs
Reports to: President and CEO
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt (40 hours per week)
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.
With Camp Fire, students learn how to explore their identities, uncover leadership skills, and work towards goals. Students develop service learning projects to deepen classroom learning and directly impact and improve their communities through their voice and advocacy. With over 400 middle and high school students across nine schools this year, Camp Fire mentors worked alongside youth both in school and after school in culturally responsive programming that elevates youth voice.
This position is responsible for providing program vision, direction and management for all aspects of school-based programs serving middle and high school students and the Youth Advisory Committee.
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.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Play a key leadership role in the direction of Camp Fire’s programs for middle & high schoolers based on best practices in youth development and the Thrive Foundation’s Theory of Change.
2. Assess community needs and develop programs in coordination with students, families, community partners, and Camp Fire staff.
3. Develop and manage budget and annual program plans to ensure organizational success, stewardship of resources, and mission impact.
4. Ensure that policies and practices are implemented and followed for safe and successful program experiences for youth and staff.
• Lead the on-going development of school-based middle and high school programs towards a pipeline of opportunities responsive to community.
• Lead, as co-chair, the Youth Advisory Committee including vision, direction and on-going management.
• Act as a role model for positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
• Through leading and supporting external relations and community outreach, create opportunities, develop, and sustain partnerships to further Camp Fire’s mission, strategic plans, and/or program objectives.
• Ensure program is of the highest quality, and built on local & national research and best practices.
• Through careful quality assessment (Youth Program Quality Assessment) and evaluation, assess programs impact and outcomes; ensure a culture of continuous improvement within program team.
• Work with staff to create an organizational culture that embodies the organization’s values of diversity and inclusion and provides culturally responsive programming.
• Recruit, train, develop, supervise and retain staff members.
• Create program budgets then carefully monitor and oversee program financial activities to ensure mission-alignment, appropriate usage, efficiency, and sustainability.
• Work closely with the Development & Communications team to create and execute plans for fundraising, grants management, communications and marketing.
• Display excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, families, and partners.
• Work closely with school district, partners, and Camp Fire staff to connect youth and families to opportunities during and after the school day.
• Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
• Participate in, at least one, organization-wide committee. Organization-wide committees include: professional development, equity, safety and greenshine (combination of sustainability and staff gatherings.)
• Other duties as assigned.
Directly supervise the Middle School Coordinator and site staff. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; and ensuring professional development opportunities for continual learning and development.
• Culturally responsive with a passion for supporting youth to achieve their full potential.
• Committed to diversity and inclusion; promotion of the power of diversity and understanding of the dynamics of power and privilege.
• High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
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:
Experience utilizing an equity lens and trauma-informed approach to developing and managing youth-centered programs.
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or a related field; OR three to five years related experience and/or training; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of two years of supervisory experience is required. Three years of experience classroom teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented youth is strongly preferred.
Bilingual (reading, writing, and speaking) strongly preferred.
Salary and Benefits:
- Compensation: depending on experience.
- Health, medical and dental benefits, 401K, life insurance, holiday and paid sick time benefits available for full-time staff (30+ hours per week).
- 401K, and paid sick time benefits available to part-time staff who qualify.
Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Director of Teen Programs” to: HUMANRESOURCES@CAMPFIRECOLUMBIA.ORG.
Interviews will begin as candidates are identified.
Position will remain open until filled.
Camp Fire Columbia believes that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark. It is Camp Fire’s intention to contribute to the achievement of all youth while narrowing the gaps between white students and students of color. Our goal is to address the racial predictability of youth achievement academically, socially, and economically. To achieve this goal, Camp Fire will examine how privilege, oppression, and history affect the practices of our organization, and apply that learning to our work to effect meaningful change.
We know that working toward racial equity will require reflection and persistence. Camp Fire Columbia is reviewing our programs and values, deepening relationships with partners who share our goals, and developing policies that will shape our growth and work as an organization.
As we continue to learn, we strive to:
– Prioritize racial equity in our curriculum, hiring, training, and partnerships.
– Engage staff and volunteers that are representative of our service community’s demographics.
– Collect and review information regarding outcomes for youth and employment practices to evaluate our work and adapt our programs and policies.
– Provide opportunities and support for every youth we serve to achieve their individual goals.
– Actively seek out expertise and input from families, youth, and the broader community about our programs and progress.
Camp Fire Columbia is not undertaking this work first, or alone. Achieving racial equity will require collective engagement and commitment. With the help of the many great organizations in our community striving for social change, Camp Fire is dedicated to helping all students light their fire within.
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.