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Director of Space Explorers Summer Camp

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Director of Space Explorers Summer Camp
Position Number 3276
Posting Number S1143
State Role Title Education Support Specialist II
Position Type Wage
Position Status Part Time
FLSA Status Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime
College/Division University Programs
Department 100092 - Non-Credit Events
Pay Band 3
Pay Rate Stipend
Specify Range or Amount $3,500
Is this a JMU Only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

General Information

James Madison University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Space Explorers Camp for the summer of 2018. The Space Explorers Camp runs for three weeks in July each year with four separate sessions: 2 week long, half-day camps for elementary age students, 1 week long full-day camp for middle school students and one week-long residential camp for high school age students.

Duties and Responsibilities

The director of the camp will be responsible for reviewing, revising and implementing the scientific program and activities based upon the curricula used in prior years, interacting with the science faculty at JMU particularly those in the John C. Well Planetarium and working with the staff of the Office of Outreach & Engagement on issues related to planning and management of the camp.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in teaching astronomy or physical sciences, a demonstrated interest in educating children and young adults and must be available for each of the day camps and to stay in the dorms overnight during the residential camp. Professional connections that would assist with scheduling field trips or external experts (for example at NASA, the Smithsonian, NRAO, etc.) will strengthen a candidate’s application for this position.

Condition(s) of Employment

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

This is a part-time wage position and is not eligible for benefits.

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 11/09/2017
Beginning Review Date 12/11/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 01/15/2018
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We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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