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.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Direct 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
  • Creation of project-based learning activities from various resources and active engagement of participants in learning
  • Understand and follow Child Care Division licensing policies and support Site Supervisor in maintaining site/program to comply with state licensing standards
  • Timely submission of written lesson plans, service learning plans and supply needs
  • Work within school policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral referral system
  • Role model positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring
  • Participate in recruitment and retention of program participants
  • Outreach to families and coordinate family engagement activities
  • Ability to organize and attend field trips in West Linn and surrounding areas
  • Attend Camp Fire meetings and events
  • Assist Site Supervisor with program and administrative functions
  • Support the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire; project a positive image of Camp Fire
  • Other duties as assigned


Other Job Duties:

  • Ability to commit to at least one full school year
  • Typical school day schedule of Monday-Friday 6:30-8:30am and/or 1:30pm-6pm (schedule varies by capacity and staffing needs)
  • Full-day programs for school closure days including: district in-service and break days
  • Outside paid planning hours each week
  • Additional training hours that will regularly occur monthly on Fridays
  • Occasional evening events



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 Before & After School program. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building positive working relationships with participants, families, community partners, and school staff.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience instructing in an after-school program environment that involves solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for participants
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred and/or training/experience equal to the required knowledge, skills and abilities of this position
  • Working knowledge of youth development and programming, including best practices in academic enrichment, life and leadership skill development, youth adult partnerships, and mentoring
  • Culturally competent and responsive with a strong understanding of and/or willingness to learn about diverse cultures and communities
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems
  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments
  • Ability to work in teams and independently
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and maintain satisfactory energy levels for duration of programming
  • Bi-lingual and/or multi-lingual encouraged to apply


Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation: $12-$14/hr
  • 401K, and paid sick time benefits available to part-time staff who qualify
  • Paid training and planning hours


Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “WLWV SITE INSTRUCTOR” to:
  • Interviews will begin on July 5th, 2016
  • 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.