Post Date: 07/23/2020
Close Date: 08/14/2020
Job Title: Middle School Program Specialist
Reports to: Site Supervisor
Classification: Full Time Seasonal
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Are you a highly relational person who loves working with energetic 6 th -8 th graders? Are you excited to work
with middle school students to support their goals and dreams? Do you believe young people are capable of
powerful activism? Consider joining Camp Fire’s Middle School Team!
Who Are We?
In Camp Fire Columbia’s Middle School Program, we work with 270 students in 5 middle schools across the
Portland Public and Reynolds school districts. We’re based in schools during the day doing mentoring, making
family connections, connecting with school staff, and advocating for and with our students to mitigate inequality
of outcomes. After school, we facilitate curriculum and field trips for students using themes such as: identity
development, community-building, community-based learning, and social justice. 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 social justice.
What We Do:
This position is responsible for using a deeply relational approach to implement culturally responsive
programming for 30 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 and group mentoring, consistently
collaborating with parents to foster student growth, and being a positive representation of the
organization while coordinating with teachers, administration, and school partners.
● Use relationships to create change and growth with students via: after-school programming, academic
progress, advocacy, community activism, field trips, and more.
● Recruit and retain a group of 30 diverse 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.
● Balance multiple priorities such as in-the-moment student needs, data tracking, individual and group
mentoring, lesson planning, scheduling and conducting home visits, planning field trips, 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 progress.
● Independently manage time and scheduling needs of program management, bimonthly professional
development meetings, monthly supervision check-ins, observations, personal reflection, and
● Facilitate pre-designed after-school curriculum focusing on: Leadership, Community-Building, Social
Justice, and Community-Based Learning.
● 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
● Transport students on field trips rooted in experiential learning (all candidates are required to be
considered as insurable drivers for Camp Fire Columbia).
● Lift and carry 30 pounds.
● Sit and/or stand for long periods of time and maintain engaging energy levels for duration of
● Maintain a high level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and
● Quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
● Follow through on responsibilities and direction of your supervisors in a positive manner.
● Appreciate middle school culture.
● Show dedication to social justice.
● Benefits: 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.
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
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.
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