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Director of Programs (posted 12.23.22 – open until filled)
Title: Director of Programs
Incumbent: New Position
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary Range: $65-$70k commensurate with experience. Generous benefits and vacation package. (Housing included on site: summer only.)

Job Location

Off-season (September-May): Hybrid/some remote – Bay Area, CA
Summer season (June-August): On-site full-time – Laytonville, CA

Position Purpose

To further the mission of Camp Winnarainbow through the strategic planning, hiring and execution of Camp programs and events. Provide oversight over Camp’s performing arts programming activities, ensuring that they are safe, fun, and developmentally appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. Co-manage the overall organization operation in conjunction with the Managing Director.

Director of Programs, Job Summary

Camp Winnarainbow (CWR) is a transformative children’s performing arts and circus program located in central Mendocino County, California. CWR was founded in 1975 by Woodstock veteran Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara with the mission to provide children from diverse racial and economic backgrounds the means to learn circus skills in the embrace of community. Their philosophy, that children playing together will break barriers and build compassion, has produced generations of children who are now leading the planet in creating a mindful, just, and collaborative society. CWR serves the children of over 400 families each summer, of which more than 25% receive financial assistance.

The role of the Director of Programs is a position with substantial responsibility and growth potential. In addition to hiring and training over 100 seasonal employees, this person is responsible for the development and management of all interpersonal aspects of the Camp Program. The Director of Programs will demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to an inclusive, accessible, and welcoming experience for all campers, families, and staff. The Director of Programs will work closely with the Managing Director in strategic planning, community engagement, standards compliance, and new programming initiatives, and with the Camp Life Dean, in facilitating the Camp Program during the summer.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership experience in a camp or similar educational setting, superb communication skills, and the commitment to work successfully with constituents and colleagues with diverse identities and lived experiences. The Director of Programs will have a passion for youth development through mindful, artistic, holistic educational experiences.

While working at Camp, the Director of Programs is responsible for directing the day-to-day supervision, programming, and administration of the program. In ‘off-season’, the Director of Programs will perform planning, marketing, recruitment and hiring, development of policies and procedures. The Director of Programs will lead efforts to make CWR more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, blending valued camp traditions with strategies for welcoming new campers, staff and traditions.

Primary Responsibilities

Staff recruitment, hiring, training, mentorship, supervision, and retention
Staff development and performance appraisals
Prepare and conduct staff trainings for adults and teens
Outreach and build partnership with local schools and public service agencies
Policy development, documentation, and enforcement
Allocate resources for effective program management
Ensure compliance with ACA standards and reviews
Prepare budgets and reports in collaboration with Managing Director and CFO

Primary Job Requirements

  1. Deliver a fun, mission & values-driven summer outdoor performing arts program for campers, teen staff and adult staff.
    • Select, interview, hire, and manage Camp Program counselors, teaching, and support staff, consistent with standard HR, federal and CA state labor law practices.
    • Oversee and assist with the development and implementation of teaching staff lesson plans aligned with desired camp outcomes and camper abilities.
    • Oversee the creation of Camp programming, and camper & staff activity schedules.
    • Evaluate program deliverables, as well as the development of campers’ abilities and skills across Camp’s offered art forms. Collect, document, and evaluate Camp program and activity areas.
  2. Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow health and safety protocols.
    • Manage the development and implementation of staff trainings.
    • Provide guidelines and documentation for programs utilizing Camp equipment.
    • Ensure campers and staff follow health and safety procedures in all program areas.
    • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas, including scheduled and documented checks of Camp’s facilities for hazards and debris, and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
  3. Supervise, develop, mentor, and evaluate Camp Winnarainbow programming, counseling, and teen staff.
    • Regularly monitor and provide feedback and ongoing guidance to the summer staff.
    • Oversee employee relations issues.
    • Oversee an annual review of programming and counseling adult staff.
    • Create a positive working environment and reporting infrastructure, with an emphasis on clarity and healthy communication.
  4. In collaboration with the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, develop annual and overarching organizational strategy that reflects the Camp mission and is reflective of the needs of its community.
    • Identify program priorities and assist in the development of the annual budget.
    • Assist in developing the annual fundraising strategy.
    • Develop and build professional relationships with community partners, schools and other public service agencies.
  5. In collaboration with the executive team, ensure that Camp Winnarainbow is meeting American Camping Association (ACA), federal, state and local compliance across all facets of the organization. Oversee the ACA accreditation process with a particular focus on the Camp programming standards.

Secondary Job Requirements

  • Attend and/or lead administrative staff meetings.
  • Maintain clear and positive written and verbal communication with all camp staff.
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, providing support and guidance to all staff.
  • Represent and be the voice of Camp Winnarainbow at designated events and gatherings.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Skills Required

  • Adept with Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), Google Suite and other administrative management software
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Current certification in first aid and CPR, or ability to obtain before June 2023.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present both internally and externally.
  • Ability to thrive as a self-starter and in a collaborative environment.
  • Proven success in managing direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive an organization’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks & situations, and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability in building diverse professional relationships while adeptly managing sensitive, interpersonal employee situations.
  • Experience with ACA (or comparable) accreditation standards and processes.
  • Familiarity with HR & finance procedures and compliance requirements.
  • Proven developmentally aware educator of school aged children, teens, and young adults with experience assessing and applying appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Successful experience navigating equity concerns, implementing restorative justice practices, and addressing the needs and dynamics of a diverse staff and community.

Essential Physical Functions

  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to appropriate camper activities, environmental and other hazards.
  • Ability to traverse uneven, outdoor terrain.
  • Willingness to camp/sleep in a remote, rustic, outdoor setting for at least 8 weeks of the summer.
  • Ability to operate with daily exposure to sun / heat and other variable weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Equipment Used

Equipment or machines that must be operated to perform the position acceptably: computer, printer, copier, telephone, and other general office equipment and machines.

Experience Required

5+ year-round camp management or educational leadership experience.
Bachelor’s Degree from accredited university or relevant experience (preferably in education, social work, performing arts or other relevant fields.) Knowledge of circus arts a plus. Experience building inclusive community spaces and working with diverse populations.

Camp Winnarainbow is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Camp Winnarainbow believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities and is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of having a diverse and inclusive workplace. Camp Winnarainbow does not discriminate in its hiring based on gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. BIPOC candidates encouraged to apply. COVID-19 vaccinations & boosters are mandatory.

To Apply

Submit resume/CV and cover letter as an attachment via email to (No calls please)

Hiring Process/Timeline

Job posting date: December 23, 2022
Initial interviews begin (via Zoom): January 2023
Open until filled.

Summer Seasonal Jobs

Applications for summer seasonal jobs are now open! Please email for the link!

Camp is always looking for experienced and certified adult staff in the specialties listed:

  • Medical (Camp Nurse – Licensed RN, MD, PA)
  • Lifeguard (will also usually be a tipi counselor)
  • Kitchen (Cook, Prep, Dishwashers with current ServSafe certification)
  • Maintenance (Contractor/Skilled Trades)