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Camp Fire Columbia

Are you a highly relational person who loves working with energetic 9th-12th graders? Are you excited to work with high school students to support their goals and dreams?  Do you believe young people are capable of powerful activism? Consider joining Camp Fire’s Teen Programs Department!

Who Are We?

At Camp Fire Columbia we are re-launching our High School programming. We’ll be opening 1 new school site every year, for the next 3 years. What does this mean for you? You’ll be a part of designing our High School programming and building key program components around mentoring, college & career readiness, social justice, and community-based learning. You’ll also be a part of our Teen Programs Department which currently serves 270 students across 5 middle school sites. As a Teen Programs Department we believe in our students and their families, and spend our time building meaningful relationships, mixing in fun wherever possible, and figuring out ways to engage in mitigating inequality.

What We Do:

This position is responsible for using a deeply relational approach to implement culturally responsive programming & classroom teaching for 40-50 students from historically marginalized backgrounds or who have been identified as Academic Priority. This position works with  students to express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities, all through an equity lens, within the classroom and beyond.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities


Build resilient connections with students via one-on-one & group mentoring and classroom teaching, consistently collaborating with others to foster student growth, and being a positive representative of Camp Fire Columbia while coordinating with teachers, administration, and school partners.
Use relationships to create change and growth with students via:  in-classroom teaching, school-day programming, after-school programming, managing academic progress, advocacy, community activism, field trips, community referrals, and more.
Recruit and retain a group of 50 students and use conflict as a portal to help youth understand the options they have for relating to each other and the world.
Spend several hours a day mentoring & building trust with students.
Build community partnerships with colleges, trades programs, internship programs, speakers, entrepreneurs, and others.


Balance multiple priorities such as in-the-moment student needs, data tracking, individual and group mentoring, classroom lesson planning, planning field trips, organizing a guest speaker, and monitoring an annual budget.
Model initiative-taking and follow-through by helping connect students with tools, resources, and questions to help them navigate challenges and achieve progress towards their goals.
Independently manage time and scheduling needs of the program, professional development workshops, meetings with community partners, monthly supervision check-ins, personal reflection, and self-guided learning.


Develop and facilitate classroom curriculum, in-school programming, and after-school programming focusing on: College & Career Readiness, Social Justice, Community-Based Learning, and Leadership.
Design and facilitate climate & impact surveys, focus groups, and interviews to evaluate effectiveness of program.
Build brave spaces and help students push past conflict and perceptions in order to create a culture of inclusion and community.
Ability to facilitate student voice by involving students in co-leading activities, curriculum, and decision-making.
Transport students on field trips rooted in experiential learning (all candidates are required to be considered as insurable drivers for Camp Fire Columbia).

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or a related field; or two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Three years of experience teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented youth is strongly preferred.
Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Lift and carry 30 pounds.
Sit and/or stand for long periods of time and maintain engaging energy levels for duration of programming.


Maintain a high level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
Quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
Follow through on responsibilities and direction of your supervisors in a positive manner.
Appreciate high school culture.
Show dedication to social justice.

Salary and Benefits

Benefits Per Year: Highly competitive healthcare package, 96 hours paid sick leave, 10 vacation days, 2 floating holidays, 24 paid volunteer hours, 401k with employer 3% match, extensive professional development, and a highly supportive work culture.

Competitive Compensation: $17-$18/hr, 40 hours/week.

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆