At Thinkery, our mission is to equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen. We are looking to grow seasonally with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for fostering a creative, safe and challenging environment for campers to expand their problem-solving potential—and have a whole lot of fun!
SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS:
All Thinkery camp staff know what it means to be a vital part of a team and approach challenges with positivity. All staff are expected to:
- Serve as an ambassador of Thinkery, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model
- Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
- Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
- Treat others with courtesy and respect
- Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
- Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality
- Provide excellent customer service
As a Camp Educator, you will share your enthusiasm and passion for STEAM activating Thinkery's curriculum by setting up and facilitating inquiry-based activities and design challenges. All with the goal of supporting campers as they expand their problem-solving potential, learn new technologies, and unleash their creativity. Educators are also the manager of a group of campers and leader of a team of counselors and teen counselors-in-training (CITs). You will facilitate alongside your team to help campers ask big questions and think outside the box. This position was formally know as Camp Lead Educator.
- Implement and deliver Thinkery’s STEAM curriculum, adapting it as needed to improve the camper experience or accommodate individual campers.
- Represent Thinkery and its values at 5 camp locations in Austin.
- Read, review, and be prepared to deliver camp content.
- Model hands-on, inquiry-based facilitation techniques for entire staff.
- Lead a joyful camp experience for 20-25 children ages 4-11.
- Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers.
- Interact with and ensure safety of kids on-site and on field trips. Communicating with supervisor as challenges arise.
- Utilize and empower your camp team of counselors and volunteers through effective delegation and useful feedback.
- Communicate camp goals and needs to counselors, CITs and volunteers.
- Support camper check-in and check-out processes. Providing excellent customer service to parents by communicating with them about their camper’s experience
- Assist with daily set-up and clean-up of camp.
- Problem solve on the fly and handle day to day issues.
- Represent Thinkery’s key values of inclusion, excellence, respect, innovation, playfulness, cooperation and creativity.
- Support a culture of cross organization communication, collaboration and information sharing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Availability to work Monday-Friday at least 7 weeks of the summer, between June 1 – August 14.
- Adaptability to problem solve and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience with inquiry and making activities.
- Understanding of and familiarity with basic tools (power drills, hammers, screwdrivers, etc.) desired.
- Computer programming and technology skills strongly desired.
Experience and Education:
- Teaching professional with a college degree strongly preferred
- 2+ years’ experience class room management experience leading groups of 20+
- 2+ years’ experience leading engaging and innovative learning experiences for youth 4-12.
- 1+ years’ experience communicating clearly and compassionately with caregivers.
- Experience supporting child centered care with a diversity of learners.
- Must be CPR certified or become certified within 1 week of hire (Thinkery will provide training).
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.
This position is active, approximately 80% mobile. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
- Observe and react to the needs of campers, care-givers, guests, staff, volunteers, and community partners.
- Move throughout the museum
- Manipulate and move supplies and exhibit components weighing up to 30 pounds, including those that may be low to the ground or above eye level
- Communicate and exchange accurate information with campers, parents, guests, staff, volunteers, and community partners in a variety of formats including in-person, electronically, and over the phone.
- Detect and respond to safety hazards
- Occasionally work in outdoor environments
- Utilize electronic devices efficiently and accurately
- Conduct trainings and deliver content to groups of staff, guests and community partners.
This job description should not be construed to imply these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform other related work as required. This job description may be updated as needed.
The Thinkery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items. All candidates offered a position will be required to submit to a background and reference checks.