NOW HIRING: Arts Camp Director

NOW HIRING: Arts Camp Director

DHF Arts Camp Director Job Announcement

Position Title:            Arts Camp Director                          

FLSA Status:             Exempt

Location:                    Kern County

Reports to:                 Executive Director

Salary Range:            $65,000 – $75,000

The Organization:  The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF is based in Bakersfield, California. We organize in the counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and the high desert area of Los Angeles County. We are seeking Student Success Mentors who are passionate about supporting this work.


DHF will host a two-week performing arts camp for middle school and High School students (ages 13-17  years old) piloting July 23- August 5, 2023. The camp will include theater, spoken word, dance, creative media and visual art sessions. This free, residential camp will offer youth an opportunity to learn a variety of art forms directly from established artists engaged in movement building. Youth will be participating in 2 sessions each weekday (one pathway class and one elective), attend excursions and community service projects on the weekends, and perform in a culminating performance for the public.

Job Summary

The DHF Arts Camp Director will be responsible for overseeing planning, programming, and development of a two week art intensive summer camp for youth. This includes training, supervision and evaluation of program staff, coaches, and volunteers. This job is full time and requires year-round planning and preparation for the 2 week camp. DHF offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following job responsibilities:

  • Articulates and represents DHFʻs history, philosophy and strategy in the arts, internally and externally, in their communications with staff, partners, and families.
  • Develop recruitment materials: application, award letter, welcome packet, orientation packet, etc.
  • Plan external and internal events for the camp participants (such as field trips and activities)
  • Oversee daily camp activities and create activity schedules.
  • Support the modification of activities for campers with diverse abilities.
  • Communicate with youth families as needed.
  • Ensure the wellbeing of campers; develop and implement safe practices and a healthy camp environment.
  • Oversee the management of participant data (online registration and electronic health records)
  • Coordinate camp programming with staff
  • Collaborate with HR Department to ensure timely implementation of onboarding, orientation, and resolving HR issues
  • Train, supervise and evaluate program staff, coaches, and volunteers.
  • Design professional development plans to cross train Coaches, Counselors, Peer Leads, Assistant Coaches, Wellness staff, and Support Counselors.
  • Budget and financial oversight and reporting
  • Create transportation plan for all regions
  • Create communication plan
  • Create an evaluation plan for program
  • Plan for camp scaling and expansion in future years


  • Demonstrable experience as a camp director managing similarly structured camps or programs.
  • Extensive experience in planning and developing camp curriculum, as well as support the modification of activities when required.
  • Advanced ability to hire, train, and oversee camp employees, as well as ensuring the campers’ wellbeing.
  • Extensive experience in working with youth, as well as arranging camp accommodations, meals, supplies, and equipment.
  • Child Development background/knowledge
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Experience managing budgets and monitoring expenses.
  • Proficiency in office software and Google suites, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook Express, and Powerpoint
  • In-depth knowledge of activity-related safety regulations, as well as health and sanitation requirements.
  • Ability to document processes and perform recordkeeping.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Expectation to be onsite at a minimum of 50% of the time (12 hours per day) and on call 24/7 from July 23- August 5, 2023.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Arts, or a related field.
    • Combination of education and work experience with a minimum of 5 years experience in youth programming, arts education, programming and/or production.
  • K-12 Teaching experience preferred

Job Specific Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking: Possesses a broad understanding of organizational strategic planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Leadership: Demonstrates understanding of a variety of leadership and management principles and practices.
  • Mission Focus: Possesses advanced knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
  • Technical Skill:  Knowledge of graphic design and digital media; knowledge of arts community and education institutions; Extensive experience planning and organizing events and public programs.
  • Communication: Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing.  Is an effective public speaker. Communicates effectively and professionally among all levels of the organization and the public.
  • Ethical Practice: Models the highest level of ethics, integrity, DHF values and social responsibility.
  • Relationship Management: Demonstrated experience working with staff at all levels in a collaborative environment; commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive workplace values and relationships
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work well under-pressure, remain calm and controlled when faced with difficult situations.  Strives for immediate address.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Employee will be subject to DHFs policies and procedures. PDHF offers a competitive benefits package

Organizational Competencies

  • Alignment with DHF values:  Understanding and appreciation of Dolores Huerta’s legacy and the farmworker’s movement is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our diverse youth, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of social justice history, and community organizing culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
    • Social Justice – We strive to achieve equity of distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges in our society by dismantling systems of oppression, protecting Mother Earth, and building a true democracy that values human rights including a person’s right to love whomever they wish to love.
    • Self Determination – We believe in the right of people to choose and be empowered to create their own destiny. 
    • Democracy – We believe in political representation, freedom, and equity, everyone has an equal voice in organizations and governance.
    • Collective Action – We believe there is a mighty power in people organizing together towards a common goal.
    • Volunteerism – We believe that giving of your own time, without compensation, towards the benefit of others and your community serves as its own reward. 
    • Non-violence – We believe in the use of peaceful action, without violence, to bring about political or social change.

Group Benefits

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

  • 75% of Medical premiums paid
  • Paid Life Insurance

401(k), Retirement Plan with Employer Match

Up to 4 weeks of paid vacation

Internal learning and development programs


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Type “Arts Camp Director” in the subject line

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law.

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