Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) Lead Counselor
The ACE Lead Counselor is responsible for the oversight of one unit of ACE, which ranges from 2 to 5 Counselors and from 10 to 50 children. Primary Responsibilities of this position include the development and execution of aerospace themed programming emphasizing aviation, space, robotics, engineering and other STEM subjects; assisting with ACE marketing efforts; and the shift supervision of ACE Counselors. This is a hands-on position; meaning that during the summer the Lead Counselor will be working with the campers. The Lead Counselor is responsible for creating a safe, fun, and educational camp environment and providing excellent customer service to ACE clientele. Additional duties include: coordinating weekly schedules, and assisting with extended care programs as needed. Certain weeks may also require this position to work sleepovers.
Education: Minimum of 2 years college experience with a Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Experience: Two years’ experience in camp or youth leadership, one year experience in camp leadership. Prior experience in classroom, experiential, or informal education preferred.
License & Certification: CPR /Standard First Aid Certification; Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
Knowledge & Skills:
• Competent in planning and organizational skills—able to demonstrate ability to effectively prioritize and plan work activities using time efficiently and develop realistic action plans
• Excellent interpersonal skills and written communication skills
• Ability to work with a variety of people, including staff, campers of all ages, parents, and volunteers
• Able to make solid decisions quickly under pressure and comfortable leading and directing staff respectfully and professionally
• Knowledge of aviation, astronomy, robotics, and/or aerospace preferred
Museum Specific Qualifications:
• At time of job offer candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check
• Must be 21 years of age or older
• Willing and able to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and/or overnight
Essential Job Functions
1. Research, develop and carry out educational activities for space camp themes.
2. Write weekly schedules for camper activities.
3. Assist the ACE Coordinator in the recruitment, hiring, and training of ACE Counselors. Oversee the daily activities assigned to the ACE Counselors. Responsible for initiating the creation and input of both the mid- and end- of season performance reviews for the ACE Counselors working in conjunction with the ACE Coordinator on the final documents that will be presented to the ACE Counselor staff.
4. Purchase program activity supplies, while monitoring the established budget.
5. Ensure the smooth execution of day to day camp activities and programs.
6. Provide a safe, fun and educational environment for campers. Bring all personnel issues to the ACE Coordinator for oversight and disciplinary actions.
7. Assist with Extended Care as needed, one to two times per week.
8. Establish a means of camper evaluation of ACE programs.
9. Organize all equipment and program supplies and submit an inventory at the end of summer.
10. Train on established Museum Education programs.
11. Provide excellent customer service to ACE clientele.
12. Assist with ACE marketing efforts.
13. Support the ACE Coordinator in the organization and implementation of American Camp Association accreditation.
14. Follow ACE and Museum policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, and emergency procedures.
15. Participate in and help prepare for pre-camp staff training, as assigned by the ACE Coordinator.
16. Complete Museum of Flight vehicle training and drive assigned vehicles accordingly.
17. Be an energetic, positive, and professional role model for staff and campers. Set a good example for campers and others in such areas as ethics, cleanliness, punctuality, sportsmanship, and sensitivity.
18. Perform other duties as assigned by the ACE Coordinator.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This hourly non-exempt seasonal position’s primary work week is between Monday and Friday. This position is eligible to receive over-time pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours in a workweek at a pay-rate of 1 ½ times its regular hourly rate. Training for this position will occur at The Museum of Flight or off-site. Summer hours will be finalized at regular staff meetings, based on need for camper supervision. For sleepovers worked between midnight and 9:00 a.m., staff receives a “Sleepover differential pay”, in addition to their hourly pay rate.
• ACE staff must be able to work in an active camp environment within the public space of a busy museum located next to an active airstrip
• This position may include occasional off-site excursions and overnight experiences for the campers requiring ACE Counselor and/or Lead supervision
• Staff must be able to lift up to 55 pounds and stay on their feet for several hours per day
• The ability to bend, carry, reach, overhead and to the side, push, pull, focus, walk, stand, twist and squat are occasional requirements in a normal camp environment
5 open positions. These positions will remain open until filled. To apply for these positions please send a cover letter and your resume electronically to, firstname.lastname@example.org with Attn: ACE Lead Counselor and your full name in the subject line.