Saint Louis Science Center

  • Manager, Student Camps (Regular Full-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/8/2019 10:57 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Student and Teacher Programs - Day Camps
  • Overview


    Lead the experience for the next generation of scientists, engineers and superheroes!

    At the Saint Louis Science Center our mission is to ‘ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning’. We seek to make science fun through informal, interactive learning experiences. We are a team of educators, entertainers and science enthusiasts! Our expert staff, passionate volunteers, educational and corporate partners all work together to make the Saint Louis Science Center one of the top 10 Science Centers in the country.

    As part of the Education department in the Science, Education and Experience (SEE) division, our Student and Teacher Programs team supports the Science Center’s mission by acting as the primary connector for Pre-K-12 students, teachers, and school outreach.  Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Student and Teacher Programs, the Student Camp Manager directs, supports, coordinates, and monitors the Science Center’s on and off-site camp programming. This individual ensures that program staff have the resources and operational know-how needed to lead fun, safe, and educational experiences through leadership modeling the Science Center’s core values.


    Camp Program Development

    Support and manage the design of camp programs that meet strategic goals to advance the Science Center’s student program portfolio.

    • Utilize best-practices to develop camp program content and curriculum, while thinking about the needed procedures, equipment, and materials required to complete programming. Assist educators in planning daily camp schedules and activities.
    • Direct classroom activities that engage and encourage camper participation.
    • Design and lead staff meetings and training sessions with the support of the Associate Director of Student and Teacher Programs.

    Camp Program Operations

    Manage and coordinate the Science Center’s core camp programs.

    • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of Summer Science Blast Camp workshops and activities.
    • Act as hiring manager and direct report for a team of 10 camp educators, volunteers and interns.
    • Responsible for ensuring camp procedures and policies are followed and adhered to by camp staff to provide an exemplary experience for campers and camp staff.
    • Serve as a role model, demonstrating a friendly, positive, and professional image to campers, parents, visitors and other staff.
    • Manage parent expectations and any issues that may arise including, but not limited to, camper or camp staff behavior issues, parent complaints, etc.
    • Manage annual camp program operating budget.

    Inter-Departmental Connections and Communication

    Communicate operational needs to other Science Center departments to ensure program and project success.

    • Manage inter-departmental planning meetings as needed to successfully implement new and existing Science Center student programs and projects.
    • Provide information and assets as requested to support the Institutional Advancement and Marketing team’s efforts.

    Program Facilitation

    Support and facilitate on and off-site workshops to K-12 students during the school year.


    Creative Mindset

    Act as an active, engaged Science Center employee as a creative, confident problem solver who demonstrates a willingness to take initiative to achieve program learning objectives, form connections and network with resources in the community and beyond.


    Flexible Schedule

    Ability to work weekends and evenings to meet the needs of different programming.


    Physical Demands

    Good physical stamina is required and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds and consistent walking.


    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    Current driver’s license and driving record that allows for use of the Science Center vehicles.

    Certification in First Aid/CPR preferred.


    • BS or BA in a relevant Science or Education field. Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3-5 years of workplace experience teaching and working with children ages 4-16 in either a formal or informal setting.  Experience working with children of various physical and behavioral issues a plus.
    • Experience in writing and implementing lesson plans.
    • Previous camp instructional experience such as camp director or camp supervisor is preferred.
    • Familiarity with American Camp Accreditation processes and requirements is preferred.


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