Before and After School Program Aide
Portland, OR Before and After School Department

Classification: Part-time, Year Round (30 hours/week)

Reports to: Site Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Wage: $16.00 per hour

Our Commitment to Equity

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

About Us

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 schoolyear, 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:

Our Investment in You

Through a commitment to equity, continuous learning and by leading with our values, we believe in maintaining a supportive work culture while providing the highest quality child care for families. Camp Fire is putting the call out to passionate youth development professionals who are ready to join our team.

  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including health & dental care for all employees working 30 hours or more, all employees receive 3% salary match invested into a retirement account, Employee Assistance Program (9 free visits), volunteer paid time-off, and sick pay
  • We offer 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, and vacation for employees working 30 hours+
  • You get weekends off and work with an all-star team voted Top Places to Work by The Oregonian 2020.

About the Role

The BAS Program Aide will increase their experience and expertise providing programming support to Program Specialists and Site Supervisors. This position will support growth and training in areas of youth development and culturally-responsive programming, including best practices in racial equity, social justice, mentoring, academic enrichment, behavior management, youth adult partnerships, life-skills, and leadership development.

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. Supports activities of participants in before and after school setting while following program expectations modeled by Program Specialists and Site Supervisors.
  3. Helps set-up, support and clean-up project-based learning activities that flexibly follow pre-designed lesson plans and student-led play.
  4. Engages with kids during club activities, free choice, academic time, snack, large motor games/recess, and special activities.
  5. With guidance from site leadership, follow state of Oregon, Office of Child Care health and safety guidelines and learn about Camp Fire best practice around health and safety during all program activities including, but not limited to, health screens, sanitation, daily schedule, allergies, medications, and associated forms.

Job Duties

  • Assists in working with students as part of a team.
  • Provides important assistance around project set-up, clean-up and motor skill development.
  • Organizes program supplies and materials as needed.
  • Helps gather supplies for lessons, activity stations, outdoor activities, and special projects. Helps clean up and organize supplies afterwards.
  • Participates in games and other recreational activities to promote mental, physical and social development and well-being.
  • Works within school policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral management systems.
  • Is a role model for positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events either in person or remotely as required.
  • Assists Site Supervisor and program leadership with programming functions.
  • Learns policies and practices that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Learns about current and changing OCC licensing rule changes and safety guidelines.
  • Is a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire.
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Maintain regular and reliable on-site attendance for all scheduled shifts.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from site supervisor and program leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have any staff supervisory responsibilities. Site staff members will work together as a team under the leadership of their Site Supervisor, cluster Multi-site Coordinator, and/or Department Director.

Relational Skills

  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Self-starter, proactive and takes initiative.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the organization.
  • Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.


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

Any combination of education and life experience that provides the required set of skills and experience necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

This position will offer paid trainings to receive a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and OCC Basic Safety Set Trainings.

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 move up to 25 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 detact objects such as paperwork and sounds or scents. The employee is frequently required to be stationary, traverse, get low to the ground. The employee is occasionally required to ascend or balance. The employee will supervise K-5th grade children and will be required to interact through frequent traverse, be stationary at small desks, traverse quickly 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 the 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-competent, 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.