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Camp Lead Counselor

Organization: Arts for Learning Northwest, formerly Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Position Status: Hourly; temporary

Term: Monday–Friday, June 26–August 11

Schedule: 40 hours/week (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Rate:  $20/hr

Location:  Da Vinci Middle School

Reports to: Camp Site Manager


Organization Overview

Arts for Learning Northwest  is an arts education nonprofit organization that works to connect learners with professionals in the arts community. We work with a roster of independent contractors teaching artists to provide a variety of quality hands-on artist residencies, workshops and performances to schools all throughout the region.

Program Overview

Young Audiences will be offering multiple weeks of arts based summer camps for elementary aged students. These camps will focus on introducing students to a variety of art mediums and materials while giving them the ability to process their emotions and trauma from the pandemic. Our camps will provide students with a meaningful way to make their learning visible, develop strong social emotional skills and experience joy.   

The Camp Lead Counselor spends the camp weeks creating a sense of community with a small cohort of elementary aged students and supporting these students as they move throughout their day.

The Camp Lead Counselor will act as a mentor to, and be supported in the classroom by two high school aged Camp Assistant Counselors, at least two professional teaching artists who will manage the bulk of the arts instruction, and a Camp Site Manager who will support the classrooms with any student specific needs including but not limited to first aid, COVID symptoms, parent phone calls etc.

This onsite camp staff team will support three classrooms of 20 children of a specific age group, working together to maintain a safe, creative and inspiring environment and ensure that students are engaged. They will lead the children through their day of outdoor time, art material exploration, as well as focused project time to play out the camp curriculum.

A Camp Lead Counselor:

  • Is comfortable and confident with classroom management during group discussion and transition times for elementary aged students.         
  • Can act as a responsible and kind mentor to our high school aged Camp Assistant Counselors.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the developmental stages and needs of elementary aged students.
  • Participates as a member of the camp teaching team to create an inviting and engaging community environment for students.
  • Maintains a safe environment for children by implementing all safety procedures.
  • All other responsibilities as assigned by the Camp Administrator.


  • Group student management experience leading children ages 6–11
  • Experience with visual art mediums
  • Must be willing to commit for the full time listed
  • Oregon Criminal History Record check required
  • Epi-pen/CPR/First-Aid certified a plus
  • Fully COVID vaccinated

How to Apply

Please send your resume, along with a one page letter of interest that addresses how your work and personal history prepares you to address the needs of this role and why you believe this role is a good fit for you, to [email protected].

Three professional references will be requested upon the schedule of interview. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

No phone calls please, but questions about the position are welcome via email.

ALNW is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate in employment based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, color, military service, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

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