Temporary Camp Operations Supervisor

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #769
Monday, January 31, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requires that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination or if not fully vaccinated, must provide proof of negative COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis. 

The TEMPORARY CAMP OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR will work with Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) staff to plan, develop, and implement activities that adhere to the museum’s student-centered, inquiry-based philosophy and utilize the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Design activities that are appropriate for inter-age groups children. Assure safety and security of all campers during lunch/recess and post-camp, especially during sign-in and sign-out, movement through museum facility, and snack time. Create schedules for post-camp staff, supervise post-camp staff ensuring that they implement age-appropriate activities, participate, engage, and interact with post-campers, and follow all safety procedures. Maintain physical space and supplies. Communicate with staff from CMOA/CMNH during weekly debrief meetings. Interact successfully with families of summer post-camp students. 

This is a temporary position. Summer Camps take place June 13 through August 26, candidates must have availability for a minimum of five of those weeks. Candidates must have availability Monday-Friday, 11:00AM-5:30PM. Two mandatory, paid training days will be scheduled prior to the start of the camp season on Saturdays in May.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success as a counselor/teacher in a classroom, afterschool, or camp environment for children, including some supervisory experience.
  • Strong verbal communication skills as well as ability to follow instructions independently.
  • Timeliness and cooperative and congenial demeanor.
  • Must thrive in a team-oriented environment and work well with the public.
  • Understanding of classroom management, strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to perform well in a fast-paced setting.


Education and Experience:

  • BA, BS or BFA or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum 2+years experience working with children including some supervisory experience;
  • Museum familiarity preferred but not required.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Design and lead creative, afterschool-like activities that are fun and engaging for inter-age groups of children ages 6-13.
  • Monitor all students at lunch and recess to ensure the implementation of camp procedures, the appropriateness of conversation and play, and smooth transitions between activities.
  • Supervise camp operations staff in carrying out age-appropriate activities, ensuring that staff are actively participating, engaging, and interacting with post-campers and are adhering to all established safety procedures.
  • Assure safety and security of all post-campers at all times, especially during sign-in/sign-out, movement through facility, and snack time.
  • Prepare for and clean up post-camp including daily organization of materials, maintaining attendance and other records, coordinating camper information binder, making nametags, preparing and cleaning spaces, inventory and storage of materials.
  • Create and maintain program assistants’ schedules and staff performance evaluations.
  • Attend weekly consultation and debrief meetings with one or more direct supervisors.
  • Order supplies according to pre-approved budget; maintain supplies ensuring tha tall equipment, games, toys, and supplies are available, used properly, and are in good working order.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job  with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional  guidance on essential functions  follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function  is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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