Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Believe the world needs innovators, now more than ever? Do you thrive in new environments and love supporting the needs of a team? Ready to get outdoors, and have a career-defining summer learning the high-demand skill of hands-on program development? Consider a role at our newly redesigned, COVID-safe camp—same joyful Galileo vibe, with thoughtful new safety precautions for all.
Galileo’s mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it’s bold. We also know that we can’t achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator’s mindset—visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. It’s not always easy. Camp staffers work hard, and bring camp magic to life—for campers, and for themselves.
This isn’t your average summer teaching gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don’t. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, not ourselves, seriously.
Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team. Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work. Galileans love sharing in—and helping to create—joyful experiences. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.
We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Due to COVID-19, our traditional Camp Galileo model has been reimagined for Summer 2021, and replaced with a new structure focused on camper safety and joy, featuring stable groups of 12 campers (that remain physically distanced from other groups), and consistent staff for each week-long session. Each group will rotate between three assigned spaces (primarily outdoors) and a home base where campers can spread out and partake in the day’s activities. Campers will play fun games, and engage in hands-on activities that encourage them to learn via our unique pedagogy—the Galileo Innovation Approach (or the GIA).
Substitutes fill in for absences lasting a day, a week, and sometimes longer, and are scheduled to work only when regular staff members are absent. The Substitute Group Instructor role is the perfect opportunity for those inspired by the idea of a Galileo summer, and who are open to or require a shorter summer commitment.
Group Instructors are the most consistent presence in the experience of each Camp Galileo camper. They spend the entire camp day caring for their campers and providing instruction for fun, engaging projects and activities. They’re responsible for bringing the GIA to life, and have the greatest potential impact on each camper’s summer. This responsibility requires partnering with Summer Interns and the Camp Director to bring careful attention to the physical and emotional safety of each and every camper within a team, and to the overall development and formation of the group as a whole. As a substitute superhero to our teams, your consistent embodiment of these values is even more crucial each day you are at camp.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
Purposeful work on an innovative team, along with the opportunity to expand upon or develop hands-on program iteration skills. Plus, you’ll be a part of a supportive community that stands for innovation, credibility, and expertise. We’re a certified B Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area list, were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies and a Top 100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to inclusion and equity company-wide—which includes joyfully upholding a robust financial assistance program.
SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS
- Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model of the Galileo Innovator’s Mindset
- Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
- Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
- Treat others with courtesy and respect
- Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
- Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality
- Commitment to educational programming for children
- Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands
- Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning team
- Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally
- Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Ability to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately with families
- Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the duration of the summer
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
- College degree preferred but not required
- Preferred experience with the grade levels you will be teaching
- Experience working with kids or in a Galileo camp setting a plus
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Travel to multiple sites within a geographic region, providing support in whatever way most benefits the specific camp team with whom you work on any assigned day
- Read and learn the modified curriculum prior to the start of camp. Teach three rotations of activities per day to groups of up to 12 campers (age groups range from PreK to rising 8th grade)
- Implement the curriculum and adapting it as needed to improve the camper experience or accommodate individual campers
- Consistent dedication to specialized COVID-19 safety guidelines and policies (such as wearing a mask, daily health checks, frequent hand-washing, etc.)
- Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing engagement and group dynamics, as well as the needs of individual campers
- Provide excellent customer service and support to families by communicating with them as needed about their camper’s experience
WORK HOURS AND DATES
The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication and work ethic from each staff member. The needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary but your hours will be roughly 8 hours a day. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and personally.
General Camp Staff Hours Information:
- Camps will operate weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm, during which staff may work anytime between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day.
- Staff meetings during regular work hours.
- Before setup days begin, complete between 6-10 hours of online training.
- Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts.
- Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 1-2 hours in your last day of camp if necessary. On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete.
- Employees must take a minimum 30-minute unpaid break if they work 6 or more hours. They must be offered (but may decline) a 30-minute unpaid break if they work 5-5.75 hours.
Position-Specific Hours Information:
For Substitute staff, the work environment (including the physical location and the staff team) changes from day to day and week to week. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. Substitute Group Instructors typically work 8am to 3:45pm.
COMPENSATION AND PERKS
We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation:
- Regular pay rate is listed in the offer letter, and is determined based on experience and assignment.
- Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for training and set-up days to be completed before leading your first day.
- Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time.
- Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements.
- Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the following Friday.
General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by a Galileo Camp Director