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the director position at curious jane camp

Directors lead the camp at each site. They are responsible managing the staff, working with the parents, communicating with the host venue, and ensuring that all campers are having a safe, learning, growing and superfun experience!

Directors must have experience leading a class, educational program, camp group or other similar program. They have both teaching and administrative experience, and a college or master’s level degree. 

Camp size ranges from 40 to 100 girls per week, with 8-12 girls per class group. And length of program ranges from 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the location. Our smaller pop-up locations may run for only 2 weeks.

Please note: most of our Directors are returning members of the Curious Jane Community – they are staff who have been with us in previous summers as Instructors or other parts of our program. Occasionally, we have positions become available for new applicants, but spots are limited.

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about us

Curious Jane runs project-based summer day camps for girls ages 5 to 11, with weekly themes  revolving around science +  engineering + design. CAMP is how Curious Jane started and it remains at the heart of what we do.  

Our niche is in designing an easy and engaging on-ramp to *making  things* – experimenting, exploring, creating and thinking with your hands. We combine colorful supplies and simple materials into DIY projects with a sophisticated learning twist or technique. We make fun things and make things fun! 

The culture of Curious Jane is rooted in collaboration, creative problem solving, confidence building and accountability. The heart of Curious Jane is our projects – they reflect all of these things, rolled up with our personality and a good dose of fun!

Curious Jane was founded in 2009 by Samantha Razook to give her daughters, and all girls, a place to be creative and inventive in a fun, high-energy environment.

how camp works

  • Curious Jane Camp is for girls ages 5 to 11. They are grouped by age according to the grade they are entering in fall – K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th. 
  • Camp is organized around class themes, and multiple themes may be offered each week.
  • Girls attend for one or more weeks, and sign-up for their favorite theme each week.
  • At camp, we also have CITs (rising 7th-9th grade girls) and High School Volunteers (10th-12th)
  • Our class size is limited to 12 campers, with a Lead Instructor, Counselor and Volunteer.
  • The camp day runs 8:45am – 3:30pm, and the staff commitment is 8:15am – 4:15pm.
  • Each day is full and active! You can see a sample daily schedule on our website for more details.

staff structure

We build staff teams to work at each camp location. Our small group here at CJ HQ conducts the interviews and hires the staff team for each location. Once summer starts, the On-Site Director becomes the leader for each team, and we support our teams through the Director.

• On-Site Director leads the staff and oversees all aspects of their location-specific camp.
• Instructors teach a specific class (or classes) and are in the lead role in the classroom.
• Counselors assist the Instructor. The Instructor-Counselor pair is key.
• Volunteers and CITs are placed at some, but not all, locations, and help in a variety of ways.

training & time commitment at camp

  • Directors are expected to commit a full week of preparation, prior to the opening of camp, and inclusive of leading the on-site staff training. We will provide more details upon application and hiring.

director responsibilities & expectations

  • Running a Curious Jane Summer Program Top to Bottom!
  • Managerial and Organizational Skill Set
  • Strong People Skills 
  • High Energy and the ability to be adaptable and quick in a number of situations.
  • Be fully familiar with all CJ curriculum, CJ core values, and the systems previously set up by CJHQ to help camp run smoothly.
  • Working with a group of 40-120 girls and keeping an open line of communication with their parents and guardians.
  • Leading a staff of 10-30 instructors and counselors 
  • Overseeing and supporting with the CIT program
  • Leading and supporting staff in creating and building a supportive and fun environment for the girls.
  • Key Skills – punctuality, preparedness, classroom management, creativity, energy, and fun!.

Curious Jane provides all curriculum a month prior to camp, and we provide all the supplies for these project plans *however* the invitation and expectation is that instructors bring their own ideas, interests and experiences to the class. Curious Jane is great because of the staff! Young girls have a chance to be around smart, engaged women who share their interests, encourage them, and show them new things.

qualifications & compensation

  • College degree or higher (Master’s degree for greater consideration)
  • Experience teaching and working with children; in a school, camp or other educational setting
  • Experience at Curious Jane or running programs that are similar in nature to Curious Jane
  • Strong communication skills and openness to collaboration at all levels
  • Compensation based on past teaching experience, number of years with Curious Jane, and number of years as a director at a Curious Jane program

more of the story

We’re a small group, based in Brooklyn, full of color, and passionate about what we do!

ready to apply?

We attract talented, exceptional young women to lead our programs. Think you might be a good fit?