Camp Director
Pali Adventures Summer Camp

Seeking a dynamic, creative, out of the box thinking director to lead us into the future.

California mountain views, parks, trails, lakes, and within hours of many beautiful destinations.

  • year round
Running Springs, California
$80,000.00 - $105,000.00 / year
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Feb 28, 2023)

Camp Director

Pali Adventures,, a best-in-class one-of-a-kind specialty summer camp, located in Southern California, is seeking a dynamic, creative, out-of-the-box thinking director to lead us into the future.

This position is perfect for the person who feels a bit stagnant in their current position. For example, are you an Assistant Director looking for a growth opportunity? Maybe you are a current Summer Camp Director who is looking for the challenge and experience of a larger budget, more freedom and excitement.

This is not your average summer camp director position for five reasons!

#1 Budget and creativity: You are given a substantial budget to manage and create the best summer camp experience imaginable. We are an expensive program whose goal is to consistently under promise and over deliver. We have 29 themed specialty programs ranging from trapeze and aerial arts to aviation and Hollywood Stunts. Our campers, fly in helicopters, jump from 40’ towers, learn skills to become chefs, magicians, makeup artists, rock stars, secret agents, street artists and more, all before lunch!

#2 Specialization of duties: Pali Mountain has 70 year-round fulltime employees. We operate a robust Outdoor Education and Conference business from the start of September through the end of May. Because of the sites constant use and our company philosophy, we have year-round strong and competent, facilities, housekeeping, food and beverage, accounting, sales, marketing, and IT teams. This allows you to focus on producing the highest quality summer camp experience imaginable.

#3 Control: You will not be reporting to a board or micromanaged by an executive director. Once you have demonstrated you can manage your responsibilities, your program will be yours to run, as you see fit, only limited by your creativity, imagination, and spirit.

#4 Camp team and training: You also have the support of a qualified and experienced year-round assistant director to help you reinvent and improve the Pali program year after year. Pali provides an exhaustive, but most importantly fun in-depth training for our incoming summer staff. Meet some of the Pali Adventures team on our website! Depending on their level, training ranges from 2 weeks to just over a month.

#5 Housing: As part of your compensation package, you will be provided a quality 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath home in the town of Running Springs, close enough to camp so you can be there in a few minutes time as needed, but far enough away that you can really be at home when you are away.

Why is Pali special?

The Pali concept is different than most other summer camps. We run one-week high-octane, action-packed, sessions, where kids have the time of their lives and leave exhausted! There is not much downtime, our summer camp motto is, “Who needs sleep when you are having so much fun!”

To show the appeal to and demand for our program, we traditionally have campers attend from over 30 states and 30 countries each summer who come to explore many of our exciting specialty offerings. Our session size currently maxes out at 400 kids per week.

In short, the Summer Camp Director position is responsible for the development, oversight, and success of all of aspects of the Pali Adventures program from the minute campers arrive until the second they depart as well as all the planning, training and development that needs to happen to make this a success!


  • Strong Hunger to produce Excellence.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Significant program development experience.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Licensure to drive large vehicles, buses, i.e., commercial license, class B.
  • Strong computer literacy/ familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 5 years of senior staff level management in a large residential camp setting is required, 7-8 years preferred.

Essential Job Functions

  • Creating memories that our campers will cherish for a lifetime.
  • To run a program where campers leave feeling they had an experience of a lifetime. Helping to ensure they return each summer.
  • To constantly strive to improve the camp experience, every year in all areas of program.
  • Must be organized in all aspects of work and punctual with deadlines.
  • Adhere to all Pali Mountain rules and regulations, including the dress code.
  • Develop and stay within budget.
  • The position will require weekend and evening hours, mostly during the summer months.
  • Answer phones, speak to parents of current and prospective campers, take enrollments.
  • Recruit new employees including reference checks, telephone, video and in-person interviews, place advertisements, collect paperwork for prospective employees, and more.
  • Provide information to staff members in order to prepare them for the upcoming summer.
  • Purchase all necessary materials and make all required bookings for the upcoming summer.
  • Representing Pali at open house events, camp fairs, schools, home visits and conferences.
  • Assist Pali’s Conference and OE programs when necessary.
  • The Summer Camp Director is expected to be on- duty during the entire 9-week camp season.
  • Regularly observe each activity area and complete observation forms which must be discussed with each observed staff member.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The Summer Camp Director position is a salaried, position, plus bonus, $80-$105k. DOE.
  • The position is year-round, full-time onsite.  
  • Private offsite 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath house will be provided.
  • Health Insurance and education stipends are provided.
  • Meals will be provided during program operation.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities, and qualifications for this job. Incumbent may be required to follow any related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform any other related work as required by the owner, CFO or his/her designees.

The successful applicant agrees to follow all camp rules, regulations and policies stated in this job description, in the staff contract and in the staff manual.

How to Apply

Please, apply online via the provided link. Any questions can be directed to 

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