Music Camp Director

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Cazadero Performing Arts Camp

Published 10 days ago

June 14, 2021
March 22, 2021
Cazadero Music Camp offers a competitive salary range commensurate with experience.

About Cazadero Music Camp:

Cazadero Music Camp is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the love of music and learning to youth. We provide a nurturing, inspirational environment for young musicians ages 10-18. For more than 60 years, Cazadero has offered a dynamic program that strikes a thoughtful balance between in-depth music education and carefree camp fun. Our campsite lease with the City of Berkeley has been renewed for 25 years plus a chance to renew for 10 more years, providing a firm sense of stability and longevity.

Cazadero serves over 1,400 youth during a typical year through two complementary music programs: Our sleep-away Summer Music Camp welcomes musicians of various abilities, providing challenges and opportunities for artistic growth at many levels. While the focus is music, Cazadero is an all-around camp experience with sporting and other activities to balance the artistic commitment. Participants enjoy rehearsing, sleeping, and playing outdoors. JumpStart in Music is a low-cost, high-impact, condensed version of our Summer Music Camp, bringing Bay Area public school students, along with their music teachers, to Cazadero for a 3-day music immersion program during the school year. 

Camp Location: 5000 Austin Creek Road, Cazadero, CA 95421. Our rustic campsite is situated in the redwood forests of Western Sonoma County, 20 minutes East of the coast and West of Guerneville. 

Overview of the Role:

As a member of a small year-round staff, the Music Camp Director will report to the Board of Directors and be a thoughtful, creative, and charismatic leader. This position is responsible for developing and implementing music programs, overseeing the safe management of facilities, camp staff and guest conductor development and management, implementing other events onsite (ie. rental groups and volunteer work weekends), and related administrative duties.

Responsibilities Include:

Summer Camp Responsibilities

  • Camp Programs
  • Develop curriculum, content, manpower requirements, and schedules for music programs including Summer Camp and JumpStart.
  • Lead the scholarship process including criteria development and selection process, in collaboration with the Scholarship Committee.
  • Implement all areas of camp programs including descriptions of criteria needed for a camper’s participation in each program, and the expected results.
  • Create a safe, nurturing, inspiring, age-appropriate camp environment for ages 10-18.
  • Create a safe, welcoming environment for parents and guests, such as concert days. 
  • Camp Staff
  • Oversee hiring and training of all summer camp staff and guest conductors. Oversee supervision and evaluation of all summer camp staff, providing support and disciplinary measures when necessary. Oversee maintenance of complete and up to date staff records.
  • Foster a dynamic culture for faculty and staff, including mentorship, emotional support and the nurturing of good teaching.
  • Implement staff orientation weekend.
  • Administrative
  • Ensure that there are necessary supplies for smooth kitchen, facility, medical, music, and concessions operations.
  • Practice and enforce all camp safety regulations and emergency procedures, including following COVID-19 guidelines; Ensure camp policies, procedures, and operations (including record keeping) are in compliance with state and local regulations.
  • Work closely with administrative staff to maintain accurate camper records, design/improve program evaluation tools, and implement scholarship program.
  • Note: Due to COVID-19, all in-person programs were cancelled in 2020. We aim to reopen at some capacity in 2021, depending on health guidelines. This position would create and adjust camp curriculum in changing context of COVID-19 safety and public health regulations. 

Year-Round Responsibilities

  • Camp Programs
  • Oversee of Spring and Fall programs, including Family Camp, Brazil Camp, JumpStarts, and other rentals/events, ensuring all groups abide by camp policies and procedures, and, where feasible, applicable state laws and regulations. 
  • Summer camp recruitment and prep: Present parent/camper orientation meetings, represent Caz at events such as camper and staff recruitment fairs and music education conferences.
  • Camp Staff
  • Recruit, train, and manage the year-round facilities manager.
  • Recruit, train, and manage all camp staff involved in Spring and Fall programs, including Head Chef, kitchen, office, and facility staff. 
  • Facility Management
  • Identify, plan, and implement Capital Projects and other facilities projects. Regularly communicate with the ED and Facility Manager on long-term facility planning, and current and upcoming projects.
  • Administrative
  • Develop and manage budgets for programs, facility, and scholarships, working closely with ED.
  • Assure accurate recordkeeping for governmental and regulatory reporting and permitting.
  • Provide regular reports to the Board and/or ED in areas of responsibility.
  • Collaborate with Board and ED in developing long-range and strategic plans, new initiatives, and new policies.

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Prior leadership in a camp setting;
  • Music education and/or music performance background and an undergraduate degree;
  • Experience successfully leading teams, hiring, training, and supervising staff;
  • Experience and passion for working with youth ages 10-18;
  • Excellent public speaking and advocacy; 
  • The ability to communicate clearly and engage both youth and parents;
  • Experience working within a budget and basic understanding of finance management;
  • Superior writing and communications skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills;
  • Initiative and flexibility in the face of multiple priorities and diverse needs;
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and strong work ethic;
  • Ability to work long “camp hours” while camp is in session.

Schedule Requirements:

Candidates must have the ability to live at camp full time for at least 8 weeks during summer camp program delivery, approximately mid-June through early-August, and oversee other programs and subleases which occur April through June and August through October. Off-season hours vary and can be performed remotely. Candidate should be able to travel regularly as a representative of the camp, including music education conferences and various events and meetings at our administrative offices in Berkeley.


In order to ensure a smooth transition, outgoing Camp Director and Artistic Director, Jim Mazzaferro is available to assist with Capital Projects planned before 2022, scholarship program, and guest conductor management.

Cazadero Music Camp offers a competitive salary range commensurate with experience.

Cazadero Music Camp is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Cazadero Music Camp is a drug and alcohol-free camp.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter by March 22, 2021

About Cazadero Music Camp:

Cazadero Music Camp is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the love of music and learning to youth. We provide a nurturing, inspirational environment for young musicians ages 10-18. For more…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
5000 Austin Creek Road, Cazadero, CA 95421

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