Lead Instructor

Girls Rock Music Camp
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
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Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
From $4,200 To $4,900
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Sleep-Away Camp
No Travel

Job Description

First and foremost, the lead instructor is responsible for supporting the instructional staff as they navigate their day. The lead instructor also maintains the flow of the daily schedule as it pertains to some kind of camper instruction. The lead instructor oversees all instructors and the tasks they perform with a lens of support and accountability. The lead instructor knows what the expectations are and supports staff in meeting them, informing the director and/or assistant director when expectations are not met. The lead instructor is not directly responsible for any class or band, but rather indirectly as they attend/observe/help facilitate classes, help the gear technician with lunchtime performances, prompt transitions throughout the schedule, and step up in moments when instructors need support (e.g., no one is taking initiative, a staffer or camper issue arises).


The lead instructor is directly supervised by the camp director and assistant camp directors. The lead instructor supervises the instructors.

Employment Logistics

  • The pay range is $4,200–4,900, depending on experience, for 7 weeks of full-time summer employment (includes one week prior to Session 1 for move-in and staff orientation)

  • Room and board is 100% covered

  • Travel cost to and from camp is not covered by Girls Rock; this is each individual staffer’s responsibility


Job Requirements
Work Schedule & Physical Requirements
The lead instructor works 6 days/week and has one 24-hour period (excluding weekends) free from camp responsibilities, while still upholding expectations. The time commitment is flexible and fluid: the lead instructor runs daily morning meetings with the instructors and also must be available whenever campers are with the instructional staff. When campers are with residential counselors and therefore not being taught by instructors, the lead instructor has time to catch up on administrative tasks and, more importantly, to practice self-care (understanding that camp needs take priority). While the average amount of hours worked is 40–45 hours/week, this is a salaried position with hours worked varying from day to day. The lead instructor is also on-call at night (based on a rotating duty schedule with other leadership team members) to tend to any camp needs while campers and most of the staff are getting their rest.

The lead instructor should be able to navigate a school campus in potentially intense temperatures and may occasionally need to move/lift heavy objects; however, one can always advocate for assistance. As job duties occur at all hours of the day, the lead instructor may not hold a secondary job or participate in course instruction without the camp director’s permission.
Additional Responsibilities
Additional responsibilities include but are by no means limited to:

Before students arrive:

Arrive to camp early to help with camp move-in/setup

Help plan and facilitate staff orientation

Complete all required training, including reading all materials related to camp operations

Once camp has begun:

Help schedule and run Opening/Closing Day procedures and staff duties

Lead or facilitate camper orientation, staff meetings, assemblies, and workshops

Run morning assembly in the daily theme and set the tone for the day (positive, confident, curious, compassionate)

In conjunction with assistant directors and lead counselor, organize, inventory, and run camp store

Complete paperwork in a timely and diligent fashion such that it is consistent with camp standards

Be on call at night as dictated by the rotating duty schedule with other members of the leadership team

Provide emotional support for campers and staff, practice appropriate disclosure, and escalate issues to assistant directors when necessary

Provide consistent, positive, and constructive feedback to instructors

Follow protocols related to health care as covered in orientation and handbook; assist with health office logistics and urgent medical situations when they arise, which may require accompanying a camper to an off-campus resource

Be first point of contact for instructors, supporting and helping when possible and asking for assistance when desired

In conjunction with lead residential counselor, assistant directors, and camp director, plan and lead camper orientation

Assist gear technician with setup and breakdown of lunch time performance equipment

Attend and supervise campers on off-campus trips

Be a present, active voice during daily transitions

Remain prepared to step in for other staffers (namely instructors) when they cannot fulfill their duties
Girls Rock Music Camp
Jen Baron
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara CA 93103
United States
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