|Title:||Fellowship and Summer Camps Co-Manager|
|Number of positions available:||1|
|Reports to:||Education Director|
|Direct reports:||12 Environmental Education Fellows & Mentors (August to August), 6 Counselors and Outdoor Educators (June-August)|
|Start date:||Week of August 7, 2023, preferred|
|Compensation:||· Starting Annual Salary: $38,000-$41,000|
· Benefits package found here
Join us as the Summer Camps & Fellowship Co-Manager and take on a pivotal role in overseeing our dynamic Fellowship and Summer Camp programs in close collaboration with your co-manager. As a key leader, you will be responsible for directing programming and managing emerging professionals. You will also tackle various behind-the-scenes tasks to support your programs, utilizing problem-solving skills and attention to detail both independently and as part of a team. By exhibiting positivity, empathy, and a growth mindset, you’ll have the chance to mentor and inspire the next generation of Environmental Educators while also creating positive experiences for our summer campers.
The Fellowship Managers actively support the Environmental Education Fellowship Program, a one year training programming beginning each August. As a Fellowship Manager, you will play a pivotal role in training and guiding these aspiring educators by creating training schedules, planning and executing seminars throughout the year with the help of the rest of the education team, and regularly meet with individual staff. As a direct supervisor, you will provide invaluable guidance and support to foster their growth and development as effective teachers and communicators.
During the summer Eagle Bluff offers both overnight and day use summer camps for youth and families. Environmental Education Fellows and Mentors lead summer camps with the help of Counselor and Outdoor Educators. The Fellowship and Summer Camp Co-Managers are responsible for overseeing the planning, organization, and execution of summer camp programs including the management of camp staff, coordinating activities, communicating with parents, and handling other administrative tasks. Behind the scenes summer camp responsibilities are a year round responsibility; once summer camps are over for the season, planning for next year’s camps begins almost immediately.
As one of our 23 Education Department staff members, you will contribute to the facilitation of our diverse education programming. Your teaching frequency will vary by season, with fall and spring being particularly busy due to the higher occupancy of the Outdoor School. Teaching will account for approximately 25% of your time in a 12-month period, primarily engaging 4th to 8th-grade students.
Fellowship and Summer Staff Co-Manager | 25%
- Co-lead and co-supervise a team of annual and seasonal employees, providing guidance and support to ensure high productivity and morale.
- Coordinate and lead monthly employee meetings, focusing on goal setting and providing constructive feedback to enhance the employee’s skills to foster continuous improvement.
- Help build a positive and inclusive work environment, promoting teamwork, collaboration, and professional development among team members.
- Establish and maintain effective communication channels within the team and with other departments to facilitate information flow and coordinate activities.
- Conduct thorough interviews, assessing qualifications, and onboard new staff members to ensure a skilled and cohesive team.
- Skillfully estimate and plan costs for staff and programs. Purchase, manage, and inventory supplies within the allocated budget.
Staff Development |20%
- Coordinate, schedule and organize weekly graduate seminars in aspects of environmental education pedagogy, natural history, and programming; grade homework.
- Lead graduate-level seminars for Fellowship staff in aspects of environmental education pedagogy, natural history, and/or programming.
- Conduct detailed evaluations of seasonal staff through class observations, providing constructive feedback and supporting their professional growth.
Summer Camp Co-Manager | 25%
- Generate comprehensive camp schedules, accounting for staff availability and program requirements, creating an optimal and engaging experience for campers and staff members.
- Share pertinent information and needs for incoming campers with internal departments, including education, dining hall, housekeeping, and gift shop.
- Serve as one of two primary contacts for camper parents, addressing inquiries and providing digital materials tailored for campers and their families.
- Actively participate in cooperative decision-making processes regarding schedule changes, emergency situations, camper supervision, safety, and behavior management, as needed.
Teaching | 25%
- Deliver engaging and interactive inquiry-based science, adventure, and cultural history classes on and off trail to diverse groups in outdoor weather conditions.
- Present interpretation style, on-stage Naturalist Programs to audiences up to 200, often while utilizing live animals.
- Co-lead songs, skits, and stories during evening campfires.
- Occasionally give off-site programs to outreach groups.
- Periodically act as the staff on-radio to respond in case of emergencies.
- Work up to one weekend and two evenings per month (weekend time worked is typically balanced to ~40 hours per week)
Education Department Duties | 5%
- Conduct Lead Teacher Interviews to assess client satisfaction.
- Actively collaborate, lead, and notate during Team Meetings.
- Seek out and participate in professional development workshops, training, or conferences which will benefit self and Eagle Bluff broadly.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience.
- 3 years teaching K-12 youth.
- 2 years of experience in managing and developing teams.
- 1 year experience with the development and delivery of camp programs.
- Knowledge and understanding of environmental education pedagogy and best practices.
Minimum Qualifications & Skills:
- Strong emotional intelligence, demonstrating positivity, flexibility, compassion, and the ability to build trusting and successful working relationships.
- Ability to work with and present to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including large groups
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey information, provide feedback, and facilitate collaboration among team members and stakeholders.
- Ability to operate adventure activities: high ropes courses, canoeing, rock wall, long hikes, etc.
- US driver’s license, First Aid/CPR certification, and ability to pass a background check
Preferred Qualifications & Skills:
- Masters degree
- 2+ years of experience in managing and developing teams, including hiring, training, mentoring, and performance management.
- 4+ years teaching experience; some overnight environmental education.
- 1 year experience with the development and delivery of camp programs and activities in a leadership role.
- Knowledge of B.E.E.T.L.E.S., NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, and/or cultural interpretation pedagogies
- Experience digitally creating content for stakeholders.
- Proficiency in estimating and planning costs for staff, purchasing and managing supplies, and maintaining inventory within allocated budgets.
- Prior experience facilitating high/low challenge courses, rock climbing, and/or river canoeing.
- MN DNR Firearms Safety Instructor or Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer or willingness to get.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. See specific Workplace Conditions here.
Please note that meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview, as there may be a competitive selection process based on the number of qualified applicants. The preferred qualifications indicate additional skills and experience that would be beneficial for the position.
- Starting Annual Salary: $38,000-$41,000
- Benefits package found here or on the employment page of the website
Email PDF of your resume and cover letter to Cheryl Krage, Business Manager: email@example.com. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the email subject line.
Review of applications will happen on a rolling basis until the position is filled.