Casti Camp Summer Program Director

About Castilleja
Castilleja is a non-sectarian, independent school for girls in grades 6-12. Our mission is to educate motivated young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world.

About Casti Camp
For more than 55 years, Castilleja School has been home to Casti Camp, offering all-day, all-girl fun! Girls who come to camp experience the true meaning of summer with dedicated time and space for play, creativity, exploration, and discovery. For many new campers, this is their first camp experience, and we immediately see them develop confidence as they settle into making decisions for themselves and building new friendships. For returning campers, we notice they stand a little taller and smile a little wider the moment they arrive.  Casti Camp is a wonderful combination of cherished tradition and exciting activities, creating a world that is both relevant and inspiring for girls today. Our camp is available to rising 2nd-6th graders, and we offer a vibrant Counselor-in-Leadership-Training (CiLT) program to rising 7th-9th graders. These older mentors offer valuable and lasting lessons in leadership to our younger campers.

Casti Camp is located at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, and our facilities include gymnasiums, art rooms, a swimming pool, classrooms, stage, field and more! A delicious lunch and snack are provided every day. Extended Day Care is also available.

About the Position:
We are seeking a dynamic leader and camp enthusiast to lead our day camp for girls. We are looking for a leader who will build relationships with campers and parents, lead and inspire our camp counselors and oversee all aspects of Casti Camp making sure that the operation runs smoothly and safely. As the Camp Director, you will have complete oversight and responsibility for counselor hiring, program development, and management of day-to-to-day operations. You will build strong relationships with counselors, campers and parents. You will help campers discover their passions and interests. The Director is supported by an Assistant Director and a Summer Operations team at Castilleja.The Camp Director will serve as a role model to campers and staff through their actions, manners, language, and general conduct.

While the camp program runs from June 15 through August 07, 2020, the Director will begin program planning and work in the Fall of 2019, will start hiring camp counselors and leaders beginning in January, and will work approximately 5-10 hours per week through April 2020. As the start of camp draws closer, the Director’s work schedule will ramp up from 15 hours in early May to 30 hours per week through the end of  May. This is a seasonal full-time position which begins June 1, 2020 and will end approximately August 15, 2020. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

During the winter and spring, 2020, the Director will:

  • Participate in operations and planning meetings 
  • Hire approximately 25 new and returning camp counselors 
  • Work with our Summer Coordinator to facilitate registration, reporting, and communications using Camp Brain.
  • Develop the full camp program and schedule, including off-site field trips 
  • Communicate camp offerings and respond to parent questions
  • Coordinate with Castilleja's HR director to onboard camp counselors 
  • Develop and prepare all logistics to launch the opening of camp
  • Develop and implement comprehensive staff training and orientation


During camp, approximately mid-June through August 7, 2020 the Director will:

  • Manage the staff, their schedules, and their responsibilities
  • Handle camper issues or conflicts as needed
  • Coordinate camp-wide activities and traditions
  • Provide a superior experience to campers, families, and counselors by providing feedback, returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner, and communicating as appropriate.
  • Provide on-going training and mentorship to all staff throughout the summer 
  • Act as the primary point of contact with parents and Summer Operations team
  • Coordinate daily drop-off and pick-up logistics
  • Coordinate employee meetings and staff development
  • Ensure that all campers are well cared for and safe
  • Recognize and respond effectively to emergencies


After August 7, 2020 and through August 21, 2020, the Director will:

  •  Prepare and distribute satisfaction survey to camper families
  • Coordinate camp break down 
  • Prepare end-of-season report and budget review



Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or camp administration
  • 3 to 5 years prior camp experience either as a camp lead counselor or in a leadership position.
  • Prior experience working with 2nd-8th graders (preferably girls)
  • Previous experience mentoring or teaching young adults (19-25)
  • First Aid / CPR / AED certified 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a DMV check
  • Ability to pass an FBI and DOJ Background Check
  • Ability to provide a negative TB Risk Assessment within 60 days of hire


Other Qualifications:

  • Appreciation and love of working with children and families=

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced camp setting

  • Highly collaborative 

  • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to creating an inclusive environment


Physical Demands:
The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as boxes. Must be able to assist and lead campers in cases of emergency (fire, earthquake, illness or injury).

Work Environment:
This position will work indoors and outside throughout the duration of camp.  

For Consideration:
Please send a resume, cover letter and application to hr@castilleja.org. You must use CAMPDIR as the subject of your email. Compensation commensurate with experience.