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Camp Director

City of Atlanta Atlanta, GA Full-Time
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Camp Director

Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe. Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life. Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained.   Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Pay Rate: $14.25 Hourly

Purpose of Classification: 

The purpose of this classification is to plan, organize and administer the City Recreational Summer Camp under direction of facility manager; managing camp program operations, administration, facilities, and recreational programs for campers; performing related work as required. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a City Recreational Summer Camp at the campsite, including directing the food service, maintenance, recreation, administration, and medical services. For nine weeks, the Camp Director works at the campsite during operations.  During camp, the Camp Director has oversight of all camp operations and uses broad discretion to makes judgments and decisions in collaboration with facility manager within the overall policy guidelines established by the department.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

Work Delegation:

  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for a City Recreational Summer Camp;
  • Plans, organizes and directs, through subordinate supervisors, the operation of the camp administrative, recreation programs, food service, maintenance and medical care functions;
  • Ensures compliance of camp facilities and activities to pertinent codes, regulations and guidelines; monitors developments related to camp construction and maintenance, evaluates their impact and implements policy and procedure improvements;
  • Establishes and maintains good public relations with citizens, civic groups, and other departments of governmental agencies.
  • Prepares or reviews and maintains a wide variety of written reports and records, including reports on camp registration, personnel records, periodic progress reports on camp activities, accident reports; prepares maintenance requests and requisitions;
  • Assists in the development of policy and implements procedures to ensure the health and safety of campers and camp staff, sanitary and safe facilities, and camp security; and performs related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of camp recreation program planning, development and implementation; including American Camping Association standards;
  • Principles and methods of camp planning and design, recreational programs, maintenance and camp operations, and environmental conservation and ecology;
  • Techniques of supervision including planning, assigning and monitoring work and of evaluation of assigned staff;
  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development and implementation;
  • Theories, principles, techniques and equipment used in camp facilities and maintenance and operations;
  • Applicable laws and regulations; codes, ordinances, and guidelines pertaining to the work;
  • Computer applications and software used to track camp usage with standard desktop applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, camp-tracking databases, and related software programs and systems;
  • Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff;
  • Select, motivate, and evaluate staff and provide for their training and professional development;
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
  • Communicate courteously and effectively with other camp staff members and relate well with campers in all age groups and the public;
  • Identify camp recreational and operational needs and recommend alternatives or enhancements;
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general established guidelines;
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete reports and other written correspondence; and Represent the City effectively in meetings with community groups, businesses, and the public


Minimum Qualifications 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation, physical education, business or public administration or a closely related field; 
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in recreation or camp programs,which includes at least two (2) years at a supervisory level.
  • Additional recreation or camp experience may be substituted on a year- for-year basis for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.     


  • One-year experience (or equivalent summer sessions) in a residence recreational summer camp at a level equivalent to the City’s Camp Staff Supervisor.

Licensures and Certifications

  • Must be able to travel to various locations within the City of Atlanta and to the camps to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid Georgia driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.
  • CPR and first aid certification required at start of the summer season.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment 

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must pass background check for criminal and child protective findings
  • Must pass a drug screening 

Additional Information: 

•    City of Atlanta Training: May 26th – May 29th, 2020. 
•    Camp Best Friends Traditional & Specialty Camp location dates are: June 1st – July 31st, 2020; hours are 7:30 am – 6:00 pm


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