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Manager, Camp Programs

Requisition Number: 
Youth Education Dept., Learning & Engagement Division
Job Status: 
Plans and supervises income-generating, full- and half-day programs for children ages 2-15 at the Garden, including day camps in summer, school day-off camps, and during winter break. Some weekend and evening hours required.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate year-round camp programs, including but not limited to: summer camp (Camp CBG) June through August, My First Camp for ages 2-3 in summer, winter and spring break camps, and school day-off camps on school holidays.
  • Ensure that the curriculum for all programs is fun for the participants, clear and complete for the instructors to follow, and based on current best practices for informal learning.
  • Respond to popular trends for 2- to 15-year-olds, incorporating new ideas and practices into programs (as appropriate) to maintain the favorable appeal of camp programs.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise qualified instructors, staff, and facilitators for camp programs.
  • Maintain standards set by the American Camp Association.
  • Manage scholarship program and other efforts to increase diversity of participants in camp programs.
  • Respond to feedback from program participants in a professional manner that establishes and maintains good relationships with our customers.
  • Complete administrative responsibilities related to this position: prepare annual budgets, operating plans, and management reports; maintain and track financial and program records.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications team on print and advertising materials (including social media) related to camp, in order to maintain high enrollment and expand when capacity allows.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, as well as local, regional, and national affinity groups/organizations to stay current on trends in education and camp.
  • Assist with other projects and duties as assigned, including family festivals and other garden-wide initiatives that serve youth and families.

 Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, recreation, museum studies or related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • Five years of teaching experience, preferably in an informal, outdoor, or museum setting.
  • Experience hiring and supervising staff.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Experience in curriculum and program development, implementation and evaluation of programs.
  • Familiarity with current practices in education and teaching methodologies, especially in the areas of environmental sciences and informal learning.
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift 30 pounds, enjoy working outdoors in all weather, capable of standing/moving for long periods of time while supervising programs, comfortable using a two-way radio, familiar with standard desk equipment, able to flex schedule when programming requires (e.g., early start time during summer camp, some weekends, occasional evenings).
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.