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Art Adventures Camp Counselor

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 04/01/2020

Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.

The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Position Title: Art Adventures Camp Counselor
Department: Art Adventures/Catlin Summer Camps
Responsible to: Art Adventures Camp Director

Art Adventures looks to ignite hearts and minds, and to foster global responsibility through storytelling, imagination, and hands-on creative exploration, and discovery. Designed for youth going into grades 1-7, camp consists of mixed-age studios and staff and campers alike contribute to the overall sense of connection, purpose, and consideration for each other’s experiences. Camp is inclusive, process-oriented, and choice-based, encouraging shared creativity, curiosity, and compassion for our common humanity.

The complexity of this role is in leading campers, supporting teaching artists, and contributing to creating a cohesive camp experience. Additionally, counselors lead and engage campers with games, stories, and songs, are comfortable guiding children through studio projects and activities designed to support and develop creative skills, and help foster a sense of inquiry and reflection. Counselors have knowledge and skills in one or more of the visual and/or performing art disciplines offered at Art Adventures.


Responsible for daily camper drop-off/pick-up process and helping build rapport with families.
Create one-on-one relationships with campers in mixed-age groups and relay pertinent information to parents when necessary.
Provide care and leadership for mixed-age groups of up to 20 children at a time.
Lead children of various ages, abilities, and skills, in hands-on experiential activities.
Ensure the safety of campers and know their whereabouts.
Studio responsibilities include assisting assigned studio teaching artists as needed - material prep, being familiar with studio routines, practices, techniques, and tools, and maintaining general organization and clean-up.
Responsible for leading, monitoring, and cleaning-up of camper lunch, recess, and midday camper assemblies - requires energy, enthusiasm, positive engagement, and initiative.
Arrive with campers on time to community gatherings and studios
Be a positive role model for campers and staff.
Assist the camper groups in working together: help campers solve problems, ease conflicts, and learn to appreciate each other.
Promote a passion and cultivation of attitudes that promote racial equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural responsibility.
Provide a welcoming and joyful studio space for staff, volunteers, and campers alike.
Actively participate in all aspects of camp community - gatherings, festivities, daily staff meetings.
Help with setup and breakdown of camp/studio spaces as needed.
Animate core values of integrity, respect, curiosity, and community.
Maintain calm demeanor, and a supportive and enthusiastic approach in a way that contributes to the overall cohesiveness of camp.
Handle questions, problems and concerns of parents/families/guardians as well as camper behavioral issues on a case by case basis and with staff support.
Handle emergency situations in conjunction with Catlin Gabel and Arts Camp core staff.
Additional duties as assigned.


Attend mandatory Staff Orientation: Friday, June 19, 9am - 12:30pm
Can work all 4 weeks of camp, preferably
Junior Counselors must be 16 years of age by May 1, 2020; Senior Counselors are generally 18 years of age or have completed highschool
Minimum 2 years experience working with children ages 6-12, in large and small group settings
Ability to work with children of various ages, abilities, and learning styles with positivity and kindness
Passion and experience in one or more creative areas of interest via school or other activities
Ability to work collaboratively towards a shared goal
Punctual, organized, and possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment
Able to attend required trainings/orientation and set up/tear down days
Able to successfully pass a background check

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