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Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride.  It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Ronald Reagan Institute, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the award-winning Air Force One Discovery Center.  Located in Simi Valley, California, the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and his First Lady.

Position Overview

Are you looking to inspire the next generation of citizen-leaders? Join the RRPFI Education team for an opportunity to facilitate a week-long immersive leadership experience for outstanding students from across the country. The Student Leadership Program (SLP) works with students onsite at The Reagan Library to support their growth as leaders. Students identify an issue on their campus or in their community, and then are given leadership lessons, research skills, and the opportunity to work with community mentors to develop a plan of action. Students challenge themselves, grow as leaders, and effect positive change upon graduation. This role will be an essential part of the management and successful execution of the program over the course of the summer of 2020. For the summer of 2020, there will be four weeks of day camp, and two weeks of residential camp.

The Student Leadership Program Specialist works directly with the Associate Director of Learning, the SLP Coordinator, college Interns, and several other staff and volunteers to manage all aspects of camp programming at the RRPFI. The position will assist with administrative tasks and support communication with RRPFI staff, student campers, and families. The position will work with the team on the design and implementation of programmatic elements, training and supporting seasonal interns and volunteers, and ensuring all procedures and policies are followed. The position is responsible for the safety, care, and well-being of each camper, both on and off the RRPFI property.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Program development: contributing to the development, testing, and implementation of new program elements connected to the residential aspects of the camp.  
  • Project management: this position must be adept at project management, including setting and meeting deadlines, communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders, and delivering a quality product. 
  • Must be able to cultivate a positive experience for all students, as we are committed to ensuring that the program serves a diverse group of students from a variety of backgrounds.  
  • As part of the residential portion of the program, this position will be charged with overnight supervision which requires stay overnight at the University dorms throughout the two weeks of residential sessions. 
  • Conduct research and develop policy for all aspects of residential camp - including, but not limited to, emergency, medical, behavior expectations, etc...
  • Must motivate and encourage youth - help youth envision themselves as leaders.
  • Process camp attendee forms, create camp documents, and track camper attendance.
  • Assist with the implementation of hands-on, project-based curriculum and activities for the RRPFI’s six-weeks of summer camp. This could include, but is not limited to, assisting in preparations for lessons and activities, assisting in teaching of lessons, and providing logistical and/or administrative support of the program. 
  • Collaborate with SLP team on topics, materials, behavior expectations, and parent and partner communication as necessary.
  • Set and enforce clear behavior expectations for campers, then identify and respond to camper behavior issues appropriately as they arise. 
  • Create a fun, inclusive, supportive camp environment and build personal connections with campers.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation, museum studies, or related field is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience working with high school and college students in a camp and/or museum like setting. 
  • Program development, management and implementation experience.
  • Ability to communicate and lead in a positive way. 
  • Flexibility of mind, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances and ensure positive outcomes is important.
  • Experience modifying lessons and activities to meet different learning styles and abilities.
  • Interest in leadership development and/or history is preferred. 
  • Ability to perform effectively and professionally under pressure.
  • Effective time management and communication skills.
  • Comfortable working both individual and group setting.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, as well as ability to meet deadlines, multitask and prioritize.
  • A proactive approach and “no task is too big or too small” mentality.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and balance competing priorities with accuracy and ease.
  • Ability to work evening, holiday, and weekend hours to support Learning Center programming and Foundation events.

Salary, Benefits and Job Location

  • This is a non-exempt seasonal position requiring varied hours from approximately 20-40 per week with hours increasing as summer approaches and the program is underway; the position will conclude no later than August 30, 2020.
  • This position is located at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, CA.
  • This position will be compensated on a per hour basis commensurate with experience and will be eligible for overtime.

Work Environment/ Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that is reflective of the students and teachers that we serve. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Associate Director of Learning and Engagement at Please specify job title in the subject line.


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.