Job Opening: Tomodachi Camp Director, Ayusa

job opening - 5Tomodachi Camp Director
Institution: Ayusa
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posted on: April 12, 2013
Deadline: not listed
Education: 4-year degree required, MA preferred

The program design incorporates community service projects, cultural enrichment activities, global skills training, and other types of experiential individual and group learning to develop civic responsibility and commitment to communities as well as inspiring future leaders to be agents of positive change. Additionally, Ayusa aims to equip participants to take action locally on issues of international importance and to empower, inspire and prepare them to work towards creating a peaceful international community.

Students will engage in a participatory learning process based on the Y-PLAN methodology (developed by UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities & Schools), which guides students through a process to engage real-world stakeholders and participants in global sustainability projects.

Job Description

The Camp Director plays a dynamic role in the Tomodachi Initiative:

  • Responsible for on-site supervision of students and staff.
  • Work closely with the Ayusa Director of Grants on all programming.
  • Maintain open communication lines among students, professors, resident assistants, high school mentors, and AYUSA HQ staff.
  • Assist with scheduling of activities, meals, staff time-off and overall program operations.
  •  Provide overall support (academic, social, emotional, etc) for students attending the program
  • Manage, and accompany, students on field trips around the Bay Area (Stanford University, Berkeley City Hall, CA State Legislature, etc)
  • Manage evening and weekend social/fun events
  • Create positive environment to ensure student satisfaction
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Administrative duties as necessary
  • This position reports to the Ayusa Director of Grants or designee.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with youth from Japan, and to engage alongside them in a challenging and dynamic learning process. The ideal Camp Director enjoys working with youth and is interested in youth leadership and community development.


  • Undergraduate degree required, masters preferred
  • Minimum three to five years of summer programming
  • Minimum three to five years of management experience, including staff supervision
  • Commitment to entire term of contract.
  • Full-time availability during on-site dates (July 20-August 12, 2013). Camp Director will reside in the dorms and provide general supervision at all times
  • Camp Director must pass background check
  • Experience working with youth preferred (ideally with experience in Y-PLAN or a similar youth engagement process)
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills
  • Knowledge of youth leadership highly desirable
  • International experience preferred
  • Experience navigating cross-cultural differences
  • Cell phone necessary
  • Japanese fluency highly desirable

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