Temporary Design Camp Instructors

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Position overviewDesign Camp is an annual series of pre-college summer programs offered at NC State University College of Design to high school and middle school students. Design Camp informs students about college study in design and raises awareness of the impact of design in all aspects of our everyday lives.
Having operated for over a quarter of a century, the Design Camp at NC State College of Design has provided the spark and fuel of inspiration for thousands of aspiring designers, including some who have gone on to national and international success in their field. Design Camp changes the lives of not only its campers but has proved to be a wonderful, life changing experience for hundreds of College of Design faculty, staff and students who have worked for the program over the years.
Design Camp students work with camp instructors and teaching assistants on projects involving disciplines offered at the college: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, Art & Design, and Graphic Design.
Instructors develop studio projects in response to a different theme each year, challenging students to explore their creativity and critical- thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques and media. In addition to studio projects, students will attend special presentations and participate in creative group challenges, hosted by Design Lab staff.
Primary Purpose of PositionInstructors are responsible for teaching campers in one studio for one or more weeks of camp. Candidates may be hired to teach Middle School Day Camp (Rising 6th-8th grades), High School Day Camp (Rising 9th – 12th grades), or High School Residential Camps (Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grades). Instructors for Middle School Day Camp will primarily work in Co-Teaching Pairs or be assigned a TA. High School Camp Instructors will primarily be assigned one TA per studio, but may be assigned to a co-teaching pair.
Instructors will follow the Design Camp curriculum guidelines and develop age appropriate projects that align with the year’s Design Camp theme.

  • Instructors for Design Day and Residential Camps will develop a one-day camp project that will be taught to a different group of campers each day.
  • Instructors for Middle School Day Camp will develop a one and a half day project (middle school camp has a shorter camp day) to be taught to three groups over the course of the week, Monday- Friday.

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Raleigh, NC


Design Lab for K-12 Education - College of Design

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Temporary-Professional NonFaculty

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Temporary Design Camp Instructors

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Work ScheduleVaries according to camp selected. Approximately 8:30am-5:00pm during the camp week(s) worked. Instructors will be required to complete training throughout the Spring Semester. Training dates will be determined once instructors are hired. Additionally, instructors must be available to meet with hired Counselors and TAs during their training on Friday, June 3rd.
Camp Prep Day is the day before each camp session begins. Instructors are required to work Prep Day and ensure all studio prep is complete before the start of camp. Dates listed below include Camp Prep Days.

Design Camp Session Dates
Design Connections Experience – Residential Camp for Reach Out Students June 25–July 2
Middle School Day Camp – Session 1 June 26–July 2
High School Residential Camp July 9–16
High School Residential Camp – Design Immersions July 23–30
Middle School Day Camp – Session 2 August 7–12
High School Day Camp August 7–12

Minimum Experience/Education:

Minimum Experience/ Education

  • College of Design faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students and design professionals are eligible to apply.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 10-30 lbs. (when setting up and breaking down your studio) Some standing, crouching, walking, stair climbing abilities and general physical mobility may be required in this position.
  • All candidates chosen for staff positions at Design Camp are required to pass a criminal background check.

Department Required Skills:

Department Required Skills

  • Experience and demonstrated success planning and implementing design projects, experience and or interest in working with high school and middle school students
  • Demonstrated design skills, understanding of design thinking and process and teaching/leadership experience required
  • Enthusiasm for education and teaching are a must
  • Participation in training is mandatory
  • Must have excellent organizational, writing and communication skills
  • Must be able to maintain positive professional relationships among Design Camp colleagues and working with students
  • Must be willing and able to support fellow staff and collaborate as a team player
  • Mini practicum in school visit required for all new hires (late Spring)

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NC State University College of Design faculty, graduate student, teaching staff or alumni

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Valid NC Driver's License required?:


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Anticipated Hiring Range:

$1250-1500, contingent on experience and depending on camp session(s) worked

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