Job Title: Unit Director – Camp Namanu

Reports to: ACD-Jnr Units/ACD-Snr Units

Classification: Full time, Seasonal

Dates: June 13-August 21


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. For more information, please visit:


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, co-workers, 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.
  • Provides clear direction and priorities to direct reports and support them in the development of work-plans achieving success.
  • In accordance with HR policies, conducts frequent informal performance assessment with direct reports, and formal performance assessment annually.
  • Ensures availability to key staff for both structured and more informal, as-needed support.
  • Ensures that high expectations and accountability are balanced by fun, compassion, and support.
  • Leads team-building activities to develop and sustain high staff satisfaction and morale.
  • 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 co-workers, 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.


Knowledge, Skills and 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.
  • Enjoyment of outdoor living.
  • Ability to educate youth.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to lift, carry and move 50 pounds for fifty yards over hilly terrain.
  • Ability to communicate with, work with, and instruct groups and individuals.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the program.
  • Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Working knowledge of safety and programming principles is strongly preferred.
  • 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 sit and/or stand for long periods of time.


Compensation: $40 daily


Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with the subject line, “Unit Director” to:
  • 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.