Before and After-School Program Lead

Job Title: BAS Program Lead

Classification: Full Time, Year-Round

Reports to: Site Supervisor

Not exempt from Overtime rules: (Hourly)

Compensation: $20.48/hour, $21.48 if bilingual in Spanish

Hours per week: 35

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit:

Position Overview:

This Program Lead is responsible for supporting the Site Supervisor in overseeing and facilitating Camp Fire after-school activities for diverse student populations at K-5 elementary schools during the school year. This position takes a leadership role by supporting site staff in developing engaging curriculum, and in the planning and teaching of sequenced lessons in school settings for up to 15 youth. This position includes assisting the Site Supervisor in program planning and management. The Program Lead will strive to achieve youth development outcomes by engaging program participants in academic enrichment and support creative arts, active recreation, community building, community-based learning, and leadership activities. This position includes regularly maintaining and updating the materials in the program space to create a welcoming and stimulating environment, supporting staff development, systems and resources to achieve program outcomes.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. This role will come in contact with students, campers, visitors, vendors and employees. Each of these persons may have visible and invisible qualities that makes that person unique. This includes race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. This role requires sustaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environments by having respectful and considerate behavior, thoughtful and constructive speech to all.
  2. Direct instruction of participants in a before and after school program setting while maintaining program expectations and behavior management with small groups of up to 15 youth and large groups up to 90, as a team.
  3. Supports Site Supervisor in planning academic support time that includes diverse and developmentally appropriate options for all students.
  4. Maintains regular and reliable on-site attendance for scheduled morning and afternoon shifts while also completing tasks and attending scheduled meetings off site.
  5. Provides clear and direct feedback to staff on written curriculum and connect staff with existing curriculum and/or resources as needed.
  6. Plans and implements community-based learning projects each quarter.
  7. Manages supplies by maintaining current inventory, ensuring games, art supplies, and equipment are in good working repair and that there are developmentally appropriate games and supplies for all ages in program.
  8. Assists Site Supervisor with program facilitation including group meetings, transitions, PBIS systems and family communication.
  9. Gives feedback and support to staff and supports their professional development through recommending trainings.
  10. Supports Supervisor in administrative and logistical duties to include: monthly budget and program tracking, program updates to the Development and Communication department, supply and snack shopping.
  11. Participates as a Full Day Program Development team member and acts as an on-site, Full Day Program lead.


Job Duties:

  • Understands and follows Office of Child Care licensing policies and supports Site Supervisor in maintaining site/program to comply with state licensing standards.
  • Actively collaborates with the site team and other BAS sites on program planning, communication with families, behavior management, and overall programming to support the success of the program.
  • Submits written lesson plans, community-based learning plans and supply needs.
  • Works within school policies and confidentiality requirements and understands behavior management systems.
  • Develops positive working relationships with participants, families and school staff.
  • Acts as a role model for positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of program participants.
  • Participates in outreach to families and coordinates family engagement activities.
  • Organizes and attends field trips in Portland and surrounding areas.
  • Reliably attends Camp Fire meetings, trainings and events.
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire; projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Commits to outside planning hours each week.
  • Ensures policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Acts as a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required to work with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

As a support to the Site Supervisor, the Program Lead will be the designated program’s supervisor in the Supervisors absence. The Program Lead is responsible to help give feedback and guide site staff in program delivery. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance in partnership with the Site Supervisor; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Relational Skills:

  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage time and stress levels, and proactively work to solve problems.
  • Culturally responsive with a passion for developing youth to achieve their full potential.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.
  • Maintains integrity by following through on responsibilities and by accepting and abiding by decisions regarding program and policy in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's degree or Master’s degree from four-year college or university; Or two years related experience and/or training; Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience instructing in an after-school program environment that involved solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for students. Working knowledge of youth development and programming, including best practices in mentoring, academic enrichment, youth-adult partnerships, life skills, and leadership development is strongly preferred.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Computer Skills:

This job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

A valid insurable Driver’s License is preferred. This position also requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification and OCC Basic Safety Set Trainings, plus >15 hours of approved professional development trainings per license year. Oregon Central Background Registry enrollment is required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee will supervise K-5th grade children and will be required to interact through frequent walking, standing, sitting at small desks, running in a field or inside a gym, and navigating a playground, while observing multiple program participants.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud depending on the activity/day.

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

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