Resident Camp Director

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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.

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We are seeking a new member to join our Camp team who is committed to providing an exciting, memorable experience for campers and their families. The Resident Camp Director is responsible for providing program coordination and management for all aspects of summer resident camp programs at Camp Namanu. 

Our Resident Camp Director will hire, train and work with a team of over 75 dedicated Youth Development professionals to ensure campers have a magical experience at Camp Namanu. This position will also work with the Camp team to plan and deliver various events throughout the year such as Family Camp, Autumn Fest and Spring Fling, giving Families the opportunity to experience the magic of Namanu throughout the year.

Camp Namanu was founded in 1924 and we are about to embark on our 96th Summer.  At Namanu we are committed to making the wonders of Camp an option for all children.

Our Summer program accommodates over 1500 Campers, from 1st – 12th Grade, over 7-8 weeks of programming at our 552 acres site in Sandy, Oregon. Campers enjoy ranges activities from the High Ropes Challenges Course and Horse Riding at our Ranch property, to Swimming, Archery and Hiking throughout our many trails. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Directs camp programs in accordance with Camp Fire and ACA standards (including risk management standards) and local/state/federal ordinances.

2. Develops and leads pre-camp hiring and training for all resident camp program staff in accordance with Camp Fire, ACA, and local/state/federal health codes, policies, and standards.

3. Takes leadership role in honoring Camp Namanu’s history, and implements innovative programming to ensure the program is one of the finest in the country.

4. Onsite residency at Camp Namanu required from early June through August.

Salary and Benefits: 

Compensation: $36,000-40,000

Benefits:  Camp Fire Columbia offers a full range of benefits, including medical, vision, dental, short term disability and life insurance as well as vacation, sick and volunteer paid time off, paid holidays and 401K with match!

Job Duties


Ensures the health and safety of camp staff and campers.

Annually, refines and deepens the program curriculum for summer camp through aligning with camper feedback, best practices, and partnership.

Shares on-site night and weekend support responsibilities at camp to include support of camp, rental clients, and Camp Fire events.

Help implement programming for rental clients and contract courses to include, but not limited to ropes course, development of program curriculum, and waterfront activities.


Leads the recruitment and hiring of summer staff.

Provides clear direction and priorities to direct reports and support them in their professional development.

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.

In accordance with HR policies, provides on-going feedback, conducts frequent informal and formal performance assessment.

Ensures availability to key staff for both structured and more informal, as-needed support.

Evaluation and Program Improvement

Coordinates program quality assessment and supports improvement planning.

Coordinates evaluation process for resident camps and family camps.


Leads successful ACA accreditation.

Hires food service staff and oversees and coordinates food service program with emphasis on nutrition and quality.

Prepares and monitors camp budgets in collaboration with the Assistant Director.

Transports youth on public highways and roads in Portland, Sandy, and surrounding areas.


Communicates with Friends of Namanu for support of programs and volunteer opportunities.

Ensures the highest level of customer service for constituents (families and campers).

Works with registration team to launch online registration annually.

Works with finance department to monitor and implement finance systems for camp.

Assists with the coordination of Namanu staff for rental events and Camp Fire events, when applicable.

Work with other Camp Fire programs for development and alignment of programming.


Travels primarily to Sandy, OR (Camp Namanu) and also infrequently travels out-of-the-area which may include overnight stays.

Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.

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.

Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises all seasonal camp staff. 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.

Soft Skills:

  • Culturally responsive with a passion for developing youth to achieve their full potential.
  • Desire and ability to empower students of varying cultural, religious, socio-economic, and other diverse identities and backgrounds who may feel disengaged.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.

Education and/or Experience: 

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in Recreation, Administration, or a related field; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Three consecutive years as a year-round Camp Director and three or more years supervising a diverse staff are required.                                                                          

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

Must be 25 years of age due to requirements of the American Camping Association (ACA).

This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and a valid insurable Driver’s License. Strong knowledge of ACA Standards is required.

High Ropes, Challenge Course facilitation, and Lifeguard certification is preferred.

If this sounds like you, let us know and apply now!  We will begin reviewing applications on January 10th, 2019.



Location: Portland, OR
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