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25 Jan 2019

Temporary Summer Camp Assistant – Art Camp Multiple Positions

Sitar Arts Center  Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

Sitar’s Mission

Our mission is to offer possibilities that transform the lives of children and teens born into a world of unequal access to opportunity. We engage children and teens in the highest quality visual, performing and digital arts. We teach the arts so that our students learn about themselves and gain critical life skills. We create community for students and their families. And we are an untiring voice on their behalf.

Organization Summary

Sitar Arts Center is a creative youth development organization providing transformational arts experiences and high quality arts education while offering a nurturing community to families with low income from all parts of the city. Sitar offers families a continuum of arts educational programming from birth to young adulthood. Sitar helps vulnerable, financially disadvantaged children and teens develop critical life skills to thrive in the 21st century through three program pillars: a student engagement model, high quality arts experiences and civic engagement.

Sitar Arts Center is building an inclusive Sitar Community with 80 percent of Sitar students coming from low-income families and 20 percent from higher income families. Sitar’s approach ensures life-changing relationships are built across economic, racial and cultural spectrum, leading inevitably to stronger communities and a strong, inclusive city.

Sitar Arts Center is committed to helping the families we serve to thrive in their rapidly gentrifying DC neighborhoods, focusing especially but not exclusively on Wards 1, 4 and 5 which are geographically closest to the Center. As part of the movement for social justice, Sitar seeks to narrow the opportunity gap to help financially disadvantaged children have the best possible chance for success in life. Sitar is lifting up our advocacy voice to make sure this city offers equitable access to youth development and arts education opportunities as essential to strong communities and strong families.


Sitar’s Values

Sitar’s staff and volunteers are guided by the following values.

Student Centered – We place the children, youth and their families at the center of our decision-making and actions; we strive for a holistic approach to creative youth development and believe in the potential of every child.

Excellence – We strive for excellence and impact in our work, and in providing arts education opportunities. We create a team environment that supports the best work possible, individually and collectively. We hold our students to high expectations and tenaciously support them in achieving their potential.

Community and Belonging – We intentionally create a culturally competent community in which every member has a sense of deep belonging and shares the essence of Sitar’s mission. We rely on and are grateful for every member’s contribution and believe that our sum is greater than our parts.

Partnership – We deeply value and highly prioritize our relationships with our faculty, artistic, philanthropic and community partners, and recognize these partnerships as the root of Sitar’s mission and programs.

Sitar Spirit – Sitar’s essence is upheld through intentional gratitude, reflection and celebration. We care for one another so we can care for our community. We are a learning organization, ready to evolve as needed by our students and families while maintaining the integrity of our essence.

Sitar’s Students

Sitar Arts Center annually evaluates our students, their progress and Sitar’s impact, below are some results of our impact report:

  • Sitar students are DC residents and a majority of our student body is from wards 1, 4 and 5
  • Sitar regularly maintains a student ratio of 80% coming from households below 50% of the median area income and 20% above:

Out of 80% of our students from low income households, 78% come from households that are below 30% of the median household income for Washington, DC

  • Sitar is advancing in Early Childhood:

92% of students began using new words learned in their early childhood arts class

  • Camp Sitar helps stop the summer slide, which equals up to 2.5 years of learning loss:

Over 80% of Camp Sitar students showed improvement in 21st Century Learning Skills

  • Sitar students succeed at a higher rate than their peers:

93%of Sitar graduating alumni are in 2 and 4 year colleges and universities


Summer 2019 Camp Sitar Camp Assistant (Multiple Positions available) 

Camp Sitar provides visual, performing art, and new this summer, sports and rec classes over six weeks to Kindergarten – 8th graders in our full day program. Students also participate in weekly camp activities and field trips to put them in the summer spirit, have daily opportunities to engage outdoors and earn awards through their participation and positive attitude. In preparation for Camp Sitar, Camp Assistants will begin assisting with camp before the program begins and will support Sitar staff in the planning and set up process. Additionally Camp Assistants will be an integral part of the inner workings of Camp Sitar and the day to day functions throughout the entire six weeks, including the set-up and breakdown of camp. Once camp begins, Camp Assistants will work directly with students, greeting and checking students into the Center, supervising students, assisting with meals, activities and field trips and rewarding students for excellent Camp spirit. All Camp Assistants will participate in weekly activities such as S’more’s Day and session field trips like our trip to the Water Park. Camp Assistants play an important role in making the summer an amazing experience for each Sitar Camper!



Camp Students are in one of two groups: Kid Crafters (K– 3rd grades) or Young Expressionists (4th– 8th grades)

Camp Programs are broken into three, two week sessions.

Camp Assistants will have flexible job duties from checking in students and assisting with daily camp structure and individual classes to maintaining the atmosphere at meals and supervising outside play.


  • Assist staff in pre-camp preparations – setting up the Center, administrative duties
  • Planning with teachers and staff for camp activities and classes, research for activities
  • Assist teachers and staff in preparing for classes and other student programming, as required, for students ranging from K– 3rd grades and 4th – 8th grades
  • Work as a team with teachers and staff to coordinate and participate in all camp activities and field trips
  • Supervise camp students during camp time, in and outside of classes, meal times, activities and transitions
  • Supervise students during outside play
  • Attend all meetings, including pre-camp planning and orientations, and scheduled camp dates
  • Coordinate with teachers and staff for end of session student performances and exhibitions
  • Track student progress and communicate student needs to staff
  • Serve as a classroom substitute for absent teachers
  • Lead camp activity sessions, student round tables
  • Ensure student safety and appropriate student and staff conduct
  • Assist with post camp planning, storage, cleaning and preparation for fall programming


  • High School Diploma/Pursuing College Degree
  • Interest/Experience in Arts, assisting arts classes
  • Interest/Experience working with children & youth
  • Basic administrative skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong leadership, communication and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team oriented environment
  • Patience and a great attitude
  • Adapts to changes
  • Strong communications skills
  • Background check and TB test are mandatory


  • Bilingual – Spanish and English speaking strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a camp environment preferred
  • Community and event planning a plus
  • Experience working with at risk youth and/or diverse populations
  • Experience working with students with different learning needs


Camp Assistants are required for the following dates: (All required dates are paid)

  • 10 week and 8 week positions available June 3, 2019 – August 16, 2019, 25 – 30 hrs/wk
  • Camp Assistant positions are full day, schedules will vary. Typical schedules will be 8:00 am – 4:30 pm or 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, with an unpaid 30 minute lunch break.
  • Summer Planning: May 2019 – June 2019 – Dates TBA, Camp Assistants must attend a minimum of 3 planning sessions
  • Summer Staff Orientation: Thursday May 23, 6:00 pm
  • Summer Camp Staff Training: June 17 and 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Summer Staff Meetings: Three Lunch Meetings, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, June 26, July 10 and 24, 2019
  • Student Showcase and Exhibitions: July 3, 19 and August 1, 2019 until 5:30 pm


Pay is hourly, $14 – $16 per hour, based on experience.


Visit to apply, submit a résumé, cover letter, two references and complete application questions.

All applicants considered for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Posting closes February 28, 2019.

For more information about Sitar Arts Center and Camp Sitar, please visit

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: artist, arts, assistant, internship, and teacher. States: DC.

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