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Program Director

Camp Ten Trees
1500 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
$28.84 an hour - Full-time
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1500 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

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  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Mission: Camp Ten Trees strives to create a socially-just, youth-empowered, camp community for youth of LGBTQ and nontraditional families, LGBTQ youth, and their allies.

Values: Courage - Health - Inclusion- Play - Stewardship - Family -

Acceptance - Integrity - Leadership

Commitment to Social Justice:

Camp Ten Trees is committed to ending homophobia and gender variant phobia by addressing, through a Social Justice lens, the interconnected issues of oppression and privilege that foster inequality and thrive on keeping people divided. Social Justice includes full and equal participation of all groups in our community, where individuals are safe, self- determining, and interdependent. We hold each other accountable with regard to all issues of equality, accomplished through education, engagement, and empowerment. Social Justice is not an outcome, but an ongoing and evaluative process. We enact our social justice values through:

Education: We seek to educate our youth, volunteers, and staff by providing trainings, workshops, & community forums.

Engagement: We seek to engage in building connection between people by interrupting the dominant systems of oppression that benefit from dividing people. These systems uphold racism, heterosexism, queerphobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, and ableism. By holding each other accountable, acknowledging the ever-shifting culture, and addressing injustice through an intersectional framework, we engage in nurturing an accountable and diverse culture.

Empowerment: We seek to empower those who have been disempowered by systemic injustices by creating an equitable and diverse community where all are welcomed and engaged.

Program Director Job Description:

The Program Director’s role is to uphold and implement the Camp Ten Trees Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice through the successful planning, stewardship, and evaluation of both a residential summer camp program as well as the year-round outreach, training, programming, youth leadership development, and community-building activities that compliment and support it. The Program Director is ultimately accountable for the safety, support, and well-being of the Camp Ten Trees summer camp community. The successful candidate will have leadership experience at an organized camp or in a comparable setting; a demonstrated understanding of the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth and children/youth from LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families; experience in outreach, coalition-building, and social justice work; the ability to cultivate youth leadership, support a diverse volunteer community, work both independently and collaboratively; and have superior organizing and management skills.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Annual Salary:

Full-time, hourly

$28.84/hour annualized to $60,000

Eligible for overtime pay during camp sessions and staff training

Additional Benefits:

$400 monthly health and wellness stipend. (Annualized to $4,800 per year.)

Semi-flexible schedule and location. (See qualifications.)

Four weeks (160 hours) paid time off each year.

10 paid floating holidays. (To be taken at employee’s discretion on dates which do not interfere with camp business.)

Training and skills development opportunities


Volunteer Management:

  • Lead the selection and placement of all summer camp volunteers, with support from the Executive Director and other volunteers.
  • Plan and coordinate all summer camp volunteer trainings, including the mandatory volunteer training, on-site trainings, and other year-round and pre-camp trainings, as needed.
  • Ensure the supervision and support of all summer camp volunteers in preparation for and during camp sessions, including the development of a team of Coordinator and Lead volunteers.
  • Directly supervise 5-10 lead volunteers (Coordinators) during summer camp program sessions.

Program Development, Management, and Outreach

  • Ensure the development of programming for the annual camp sessions and year-round complementary activities in accordance with the organization’s Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice.
  • Work with the Executive Director to build networks and reach potential campers, volunteers, and collaborators through presence at outreach events and in the community.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to support and mentor year-round volunteers and youth leaders in programming, outreach, community-building efforts, and other organizational support throughout the year.
  • Communicate and collaborate with parents and guardians to address concerns, health and safety issues, behavioral challenges, accommodation needs, and questions about Camp Ten Trees (including frequent emailing and phone calls).
  • Collaborate with the Camp Director to ensure maximum accessibility for campers (and their parents/guardians) who contact the organization.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop, implement, and evaluate Camp Ten Trees 365 and other year-round programming, including the re-implementation of a year-round youth leadership program.
  • Attend and report at meetings of the Board of Directors as a non-voting member, as requested; as well as attend the annual Board and staff retreat.
  • Work to align Camp Ten Trees policies, procedures, and programming with best practices in organized camping, youth engagement, social justice, and risk management by utilizing standards such as the American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards as guideposts.
  • Coach volunteers and campers in emergency safety procedures, including a minimum of one emergency drill each camp session. Create, monitor, update, and facilitate crisis management plan, including emergency procedures.
  • Establish and implement a Covid-response plan for staff training and camp sessions, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Serenity Team (medical and first aid) Coordinator; including but not limited to: testing, masking, and quarantining policies, supplies management, risk assessment, and communication practices.
  • Provide overall supervision, evaluation, and support during trainings and the camp sessions; make disciplinary decisions regarding summer camp volunteers and campers as needed.
  • Maintain high standards of health, safety, and security of campers and summer camp volunteers in accordance with Camp Ten Trees policies and procedures, regulations of the rental site and the camp insurance provider, and ACA guidelines and policies.
  • Manage camp budget, prepared by the Executive Director, in accordance with the organization’s policies.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director to plan transport of all campers, supplies, and equipment to/from site.
  • Work cooperatively with the Site Manager to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the site and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned that contribute to the overall success of the camp program.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary summer camp program administrator, with support from the Executive Director, including registration management, refund distribution, scholarship approvals, etc.
  • Maintain, review, and file complete records of all summer camp program facilities, operations, volunteers, and campers.
  • Facilitate an annual incident review within the three months following the camp sessions.
  • Provide a post camp sessions report to the Executive Director no later than one month after the end of the residential summer camp sessions. Work with the Executive Director to plan a summary presentation (highlights, etc.) of this report at the organization’s Annual Meeting, held in mid-October.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director ensure that the office is staffed when needed for volunteer engagement, camp prep, or other meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and commitment to the Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice of Camp Ten Trees
  • Residing (or willing and able to relocate at own expense to) somewhere where it is practical to get to Seattle for errands on a weekly basis and for meetings and events as-needed.
  • Two or more years experience in organized camping and/or youth programs
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following social media platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and/or Instagram
  • Proficiency with computer software, including the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Must clear a federal background and sex offender registry check, to be repeated annually and provide at least two professional references.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Current Adult and Child First Aid and CPR certification and Food Handler’s Certification (or ability to attain before August staff training.)
  • Flexible working schedule, including availability for some evening and weekend hours. Full-time residency is required for the mandatory summer camp volunteer training and summer camp sessions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent certification, training, and/or experience.
  • Well-developed supervisory and support skills in organized camping
  • Strong administrative skills, including attention to detail, task prioritization, scheduling, and budget management
  • Strength in human relations (interpersonal relationships), communication (both written and verbal), problem solving, public speaking, and conflict management.
  • Ability to remain calm in high-stress environments and support others in developing this skill
  • Strong skills and on-going development as an advocate for and ally to youth of LGBTQ+ and/or Non-Traditional families, LGBTQ2S+ youth, and BIPOC, neurodivergent, and disabled LGBTQIA+ communities.

A note regarding experience: no candidate will ever have 100% of what one is looking for. If you meet the mission commitment and location requirements and approximately 50% or more of the other qualifications, please feel welcomed to apply. Relevant education in lieu of experience will be considered and vice versa. Experience need not be paid.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $28.84 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off

Ability to Relocate:

  • Seattle, WA 98109: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Seattle, WA 98109