The Art Effect is seeking a dynamic and creative camp director for our award winning Dutchess Arts Camp, now entering its 37th year of operation. With campuses in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook, and Red Hook, Dutchess Arts Camp provides weekly themed summer program sessions for ages 4 – 12, where children can explore their artistic abilities and express themselves through creative group and individual activities.

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Directors of each DAC campus will: manage a staff of educators, artists, teaching assistants, and counselors in training; organize, implement, and Emcee a culminating final performance and art exhibit with an overarching weekly theme; assist in promoting and planning of camp operations; maintain clear and consistent communication with The Art Effect staff, camp staff, and parents/guardians; assist in set up, clean up, move-in and moving out of camp spaces, inventory, lesson plan overview, and planning; and research and recruit performing and teaching artists when needed, all under the supervision of the Director of Artistic Excellence & The Art Institute, Todd Poteet.

The successful candidate will:

have a background in visual arts, performing arts, music, and/or media; or arts administration
have good communication skills and record keeping/organizational skills
be energetic, animated, and stimulating to keep the campers interest level up and motivate the camp staff
feel comfortable coaching teachers, teaching assistants, and CIT’s towards our organizational standards
Be able to ensure that teaching artists’ lessons meet organizational standards, weekly goals, and are developmentally appropriate for each age group
Be able to make decisions quickly and efficiently
Be able to delegate and effectively manage auxiliary staff
Be able to ensure safety of campers and staff, can make decisions quickly and efficiently, can delegate.
Experience in management of staff and working with children ages 4-12 are must-haves.

Degree in Education preferred.

CPR/AED/First Aid certification preferred but willing to certify.

This position begins with planning and preparation in March, covers program dates of 7/8/19 – 8/2/19, and concludes after wrap-up/reporting in mid-to-late August. Specific start and end date will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Pay will be negotiated on an hourly basis and will be commensurate with experience.