Program Director

Job Description

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This position serves as the Program Director of a summer camp for children and youth who are blind or who have low vision. The main goal of the camp is to provide a fun, safe and educational setting which promotes independence and quality of life for children and adults who are blind or have low vision. As Program Director, this position is responsible, under the direction of the Camp Director, for pre- and post-camp evaluations and communication with parents on individual skill needs of campers, development and implementation of programming which will help campers and staff learn lifeskills, social skills, and other skills of independence in a fun encouraging environment. The Program Director is responsible for developing, scheduling and leading activities, record keeping, assisting with staff development, and adhering to the program budget. This position reports to the Camp Director.

Specific Responsibilities

Develop a program with specific activities which addresses campers’ needs, and which fit into the specific theme of each camping session and which incorporate the following from the Expanded Core Curriculum:

Independence and motivation, Orientation and mobility, Social interaction skills, Independent living skills, Recreation and leisure skills, Career education, Assistive Technology (“low tech” or “high tech”), Visual efficiency skills (when appropriate), Strengthen academic skills, especially math

Assist the Camp Director in planning and implementing staff training that will enable the program to succeed

Teach activities to staff at staff training and staff meetings

Teach staff methods of teaching campers specific skills as pertains to program activities

Participate in all of staff training

Prepare and implement pre- and post-camp evaluations for each camper.

Set up equipment for various activities

Keep records on all participants; help them progress from beginner to advanced levels

Provide for awards and awards ceremonies for camper successes in all areas

Evaluate each camp session and make suggestions for improvement

Conduct inventory of supplies, store equipment neatly and efficiently

Order supplies in a timely fashion

Report damaged equipment, buildings or safety hazards promptly to Camp Director

At the end of each camp session, make sure facilities are cleaned and prepared for the next session

At the end of the season, submit an end-of-camp evaluation with recommendations for improvement.

At the end of camp season, make sure the facilities are clean, equipment is inventoried and stored, and other duties as assigned to close camp

Learn and follow through with safety regulations and emergency procedures

Submit all required paperwork on time.

NO SMOKING, USE OF ALCOHOL, or ILLEGAL DRUGS is permitted during summer employment with Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind


This position requires a highly motivated person who is passionate about improving the quality of life for persons who are blind or have low vision.  Comfort with culture change and social change is a must for the person in this position.  Advocacy skills, excellent inter-personal skills, excellent communication skills, creativity, initiative and the ability to motivate others are important.  Experience supervising and mentoring staff is preferred.  Experience developing programs is preferred.  This position requires the following:

Must be at least 21 years of age

At least 1 year’s progress toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Education or Special Education or other human services area, or Bachelor’s degree in another area and experience working with special needs populations.  Special consideration will be given to persons with Certification in Teaching, Orientation and Mobility, or Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired or progress toward those degrees

1 season experience in an organized camp setting

In a physical condition that permits active participation in camp activities side-by-side with campers and staff, and able to physically respond in an emergency situation

Mature, capable person who willingly accepts guidance and supervision from supervisor

Work well with others

Willingness to live and work in an outdoor/camp setting

Ability to work independently

Current CPR and first aid training preferred

Life Saving certificate preferred (cost to be reimbursed by OUB)

Ability to carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations

Time Commitment

This is a 24-7 on-call position while camp is in session from June 5 – July 26.  See camp schedule. Additional time may be required before camp begins.

This job description may not list all the duties and responsibilities of the position. The employee will answer to the OUB Camp Director, and may be asked to perform other duties. OUB reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. The employee will be evaluated, in part, based upon the performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

This job description is not a contract for employment.