Schoolhouse of Wonder

Durham, North Carolina

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $35,750

Schoolhouse of Wonder is looking for experienced and dedicated staff who are passionate about their work, who are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values, and who value diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A Site Manager is an important leader and member of our field team. They help create and manage magical and impactful day camps for children ages 5-12 and teens 13-17. A Site Manager works to plan and prepare camp programs, hire and train staff, and lead camp through the spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of our camp locations including managing seasonal and year-round staff members and multiple camper groups. Our Orange County Site Manager also partners with the Program Director to lead and manage Family and Community programs.

As a Site Manager, you’ll be spending your time:

  • Supporting staff to deliver programming, including games, hikes, river and creek explorations, and skill-based activities, to small groups of children or teens;
  • Keeping the logistics of camp running smoothly by managing staff, camp supplies, activity schedules, budget, and program areas;
  • Providing excellent child-centered, empathy-based behavior management;
  • Ensuring consistent program quality and extraordinary customer service;
  • Safeguarding the physical and emotional safety of participants;
  • Establishing trusted lines of communication with participants, their families, other Schoolhouse staff, and our park partners;
  • Partnering with the Program Director to hire, train, and mentor camp staff;

This is a year-round position beginning February 1st, 2022.

A Site Manager is a mentor worth remembering and emulating for children, teens, and staff

A Site Manager takes pride and joy in mentoring children, teens, and staff. These individuals can partner energy with patience and responsibility with fun.

General Responsibilities 

Site Managers are expected to:

  • Set the standard by modeling Schoolhouse’s values, methodologies, policies, and procedures, including creating a safe environment by following our COVID procedures. 
  • Be a leader. Support staff to organize the games, tell the stories, and manage their groups. Use and model appropriate child-centered behavior management techniques. Stay on schedule and manage your time. Create a culture of safety, growth, and fun.
  • Safeguard the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of participants. Model Schoolhouse values like kindness, curiosity, and empathy. Patiently process conflict and disagreements.
  • Manage staff through trainings, mentorship, giving and receiving feedback, modeling behavior, and creating a culture of individual and organizational growth. 
  • Set an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude.
  • Prepare quality programs. Create activity and staff schedules, manage your budget, order supplies, set up and break down program areas,  and clean and maintain program spaces.
  • Communicate with participants, their families, other Schoolhouse staff, and park partners. Create established lines of communication built on trust and empathy.
  • Create and deliver activities. Partner with your staff to create and run high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities and camp schedules.
  • Participate in all aspects of programs. Actively engage participants and deliver consistent and exceptional supervision. Be a good example and role model at all times. Play the games, sing the songs, wade in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and enthusiastically join in on all aspects of our programs.

You can find a description of the physical activities common in our field staff positions here.

Please Apply If You…

  • Are at least 18 years of age by your first day of work
  • Have a completed COVID-19 Vaccination or exception with verification
  • Are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values
  • Are committed to providing safe programming including following our COVID procedures
  • Have a college degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience, a minimum of four years
  • Have a passion for and experience in outdoor program development and delivery and are comfortable working outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Have experience working with children and teens and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
  • Have experience managing staff and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
  • Are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
  • Have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, positive attitude, and patience
  • Have great verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
  • Desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere as well as the ability to work independently and follow through on tasks with minimal supervision, take initiative, and solve problems
  • Are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
  • Take your work seriously but yourself, not so much

We require current pediatric and adult CPR and First Aid certification by the first day of work. We accept certifications from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).

Bonus points (or at least a high-five) if you have…

  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Degree in a relevant field of study (Environmental Studies, Child Development, Outdoor Education)
  • Teaching experience including experiential or inquiry-based learning techniques
  • Knowledge and interest in environmental education, the cultural history of the Southeast, storytelling, behavior management, and/or child development
  • Experience or training in socio-emotional learning, trauma-informed care, or play-based learning
  • Skill-based training or certifications (Lifeguarding, EMT, WFR, etc.)
  • English/Spanish bilingual fluency

Evaluation

Site Managers report to the Program Director and will receive feedback throughout the year with a formal evaluation annually.

Office Location, Hours, Travel

Our programming occurs on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary land of the Eno, Lumbee, Sappony, Shakori, Occaneechi, and Tuscarora peoples. https://native-land.ca/

The work of the Site Manager is typically performed both remotely and at our program sites. The Durham County Site Manager performs the majority of their programming work at West Point on the Eno. The Orange County Site Manager performs the majority of their programming work at Brumley Forest.  

  • West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro, Durham, NC 
  • Umstead State Park, 2100 N. Harrison, Cary, NC 
  • Brumley Forest, 3223 New Hope Church Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 
  • Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr, New Hill, NC

Hours are dependent on organizational needs, vary by season, typically total between 32 hours and 60 hours per week, depending on the season, and range from 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday, with the occasional weekend, evening, and/or overnight work requirements. 

This is a full-time, exempt, “at will” position that reports to the Program Director. 

Compensation

The wages for this position are $35,750 annually with 100% paid health insurance, paid time off, and paid holidays.

Additional benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories.

Relocation assistance is negotiable.

Current certification in CPR and First Aid and a successful background check are required before work can begin. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references.

This is a full-time, exempt, “at will” position that reports to the Program Director. 

Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. We are fully invested in creating a supportive environment for all marginalized groups including women, people of color, and LGBT+ people by promoting community collaboration within our organization.

Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

About Schoolhouse of Wonder

Founded in 1989, Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission is to create kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures. We seek to achieve this mission through year-round, outdoor day camps, curriculum-aligned field trips, and leadership training for teenagers.

These core values guide our behavior and help us make decisions:

  • We model and teach self-awareness and empathy
  • We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
  • Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard and respected
  • In nature, we’re all students
  • Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
  • We send every kid home dirty, tired and happy
HOW TO APPLY

Application Instructions

The Durham and Orange Site Manager positions are open until filled, with preference given to applications received by December 13, 2021. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Step 1

Complete the Applicant Info Form: 

Applicant Information Form

Step 2

Email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at jointheteam@schoolhouseofwonder.org: 

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a Site Manager at Schoolhouse of Wonder (maximum one page)
  • Your resume (maximum one page). Do not include photos of yourself on your resume.
  • Please include your cover letter and resume as one document
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