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Camp Coach

Description: SANCA’s Camp Program provides a fun, engaging, and safe experience for children between ages 6 and 15, with camps grouped by age. Coaches will instruct campers in trampoline, tumbling, aerial rope and fabric, static trapeze, partner acrobatics, German wheel, unicycle, juggling, and other circus skills. Coaches will help to create an exciting and fun experience that incorporates teamwork, a positive atmosphere, and the joy of circus, helping campers through the challenge of learning new things by breaking difficult or complex skills down into steps, and helping their students feel successful at their own pace.

Camp coaches are part-time, ranging from 5.75 to 36 hours per week. Camp coach shifts are 5.75-8 hours long and between 8:30 am and 5 pm on camp days. Camps coincide with Seattle Public School’s school breaks and in-service days, including Winter Holiday breaks, Mid-Winter break, Spring break, state in-service days, and Summer break. Winter Holiday break, Mid-Winter break, and Spring break are typically one week, Monday-Friday.  Summer Break Camps run for 10 weeks, Monday-Friday, starting June 24th and ending August 30th. In-service day camps tend to be single day camps.


Compensation and Benefits 

The starting rate for a Camp Coach is $21/hr. As an employee you will be eligible for all benefits listed within the Employee Handbook. Included in these benefits are: 

  • Free tuition for regular session classes when space is available 
  • Reduced tuition for most workshops 
  • Limited free tuition for an immediate family member taking session classes 
  • Free private training at SANCA during open hours and with specific requirements on closed days 


Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Adhere to SANCA’s policies, objectives, and rules
– Support SANCA’s Mission and Vision
– Participate in SANCA Camp staff paid training
– Present a warm and welcoming demeanor towards campers and parents, and engage with campers in a fun and constructive manner
– Maintain a safe environment for the student, physically and emotionally
– Supervise campers in a variety of circus skills and apparatuses as assigned by SANCA’s camp management team
– Coach circus classes emphasizing safety, positivity, and small steps to success.
– Follow the curriculum and weekly rotation schedule
– Present a high level of professionalism as a teacher/representative of SANCA
– Communicate with other coaches teaching concurrently with you to maintain good flow throughout the gym and rotation of use of equipment
– Communicate with the camp management team about needs, challenges, and student progress
– Be present and ready to greet campers 30 minutes before camp starts and work with other coaches to clean up camp areas 30 minutes after camp ends (this is paid time)
– Manage social interactions in downtime, including transition moments, snack breaks, and lunches
– Provide motivational support and guidance to campers
– Communicate and enforce SANCA’s Health and Safety protocols

The ideal candidate would:
– Have experience working with and/or instructing culturally diverse youth
– Have good class management skills
– Have a working knowledge of children’s physical and cognitive development
– Working knowledge in movement-based activities, especially circus or gymnastics, and willingness to learn additional movements and skills required
– Have the willingness to learn on the job
– Be able to lift equipment and spot students where appropriate
– Exercise mature judgment and sound decision-making
– Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude and positive demeanor


Position Description

General Overview
The Camp Head Coach is a seasonal position that leads the coaching staff for SANCA’s  camp programs during Camps that run in conjunction with Seattle Public School’s breaks. The Camps head coach adapts SANCA’s general circus curriculum for camp needs, trains the coaches for School Break Camps when needed, and creates the rotation schedule for each camp cohort. Each day during camps the Camps Head Coach is present to support the program and the staff. 

Hours: The standard work hours for this position are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday for specific dates. Holiday Break Camp Dates are 12/18/23-12/22/23 and 12/26/23-12/29/23.

Mid-Winter Break Camp (2/19/24-2/23/24), Spring Break Camp (4/8/24-4/12/24), School’s Out Day Camps (dates TBD ), Turkey Camp (11/18/24-11/20/24). 

Seasonal Variation: Please note that due to the seasonal nature of our camps, there may be

periods during the year in 2024 where work demands fluctuate. During certain weeks in 2024,

the work hours for this position may be adjusted to 10-15 hours per week. These adjustments

will be communicated well in advance, and the employee is expected to plan accordingly

Please email your cover letter and resume to
The position is open until filled. Questions may be asked by email only to


Compensation is $26.00 – $28.00 hourly, with full time hours expected during school break camps. Part-time hours expected (5-15 hours) in the two weeks leading up to school break camps. Benefits:  Benefits include free circus classes for staff, free use of SANCA’s gym for training and fitness, and free and/or discounted circus classes for direct family of staff. 


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  The list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Trains school breaks camp coaches on an ongoing basis as needed in collaboration with Camp Manager
  • Manage camp coaching staff of 10-14 camp coaches during daily operations of Camp
  • Adapts SANCA’s general circus curriculum for camp needs
  • Creates a rotating schedule of activities for campers in collaboration with Camp Manager
  • Assigns coaches to appropriate teaching positions in collaboration with Camp Manager
  • Is present each camp day to problem solve, provide support, and fill in as needed
  • Works with and communicates effectively with other SANCA staff to support a positive environment. 
  • Obtain some basic Coaching Theory training provided by our Head Coach
  • Handles other camp related duties as assigned by the Camps Manager 



The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in coaching youth circus and/or camp program leadership. Excellent communication skills with coaches, parents, and campers are a must, as well as a positive attitude and willingness to be a part of a team. Required certifications: CPR/First Aid, Heads Up Concussion Training, SafeSport Sexual Misconduct Prevention, and able to pass a background check.



This position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, and bending in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping and repetitive hand movement using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading correspondence, using a computer, and in the safe supervision of staff and students. The ability to communicate is required when providing phone and personal service. 

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations. 


SASS – SANCA’s Annual Showcase Spectacular 2023


SANCA’s Annual Showcase Spectacular

One weekend a year SANCA presents a showcase of four unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and friends. Each show features a different line up of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers. Our students and staff spend months developing skills and acts in preparation for the showcase. Audiences will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, juggling, and much, much more!

All ages are welcome!

Hurry! Tickets sell very fast for SASS!


Friday, November 17th at 7pm, Doors at 6pm
Saturday, November 18th at 3pm & 7pm, Doors at 2:30pm & 6pm
Sunday, November 19th at 3pm, Doors at 2:30pm

Emerald City Trapeze Arts
2702 6th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134


General Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Youth Admission: (17 and under) $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Buy Tickets & Learn More! 

WE’RE HIRING: Contract: Up! With a Twist Event Coordinator

Position: Contract: Up! With a Twist Event Coordinator

Contract Duration: Oct – 1st week of Feb ; Approx 12-15 hours per week

Compensation for this project: $5000

About SANCA:

SANCA, the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts, is a vibrant non-profit organization located in Seattle, Washington. We are dedicated to empowering individuals of all ages to discover the joy of circus arts through high-quality training and performance opportunities. Our mission is to inspire and engage our community through the circus arts, fostering growth and building confidence in a safe, welcoming environment.

Event Overview:

We are seeking a Contract Event Coordinator for our upcoming gala event, “Up! with a Twist,” scheduled for January 22nd, 2024. This event promises to be a spectacular evening, and we need a skilled coordinator to help ensure its success.

Roles and Responsibilities:

As the Contract Event Coordinator, you will work closely with our Development Director and play a pivotal role in the planning and execution of our annual gala. Your responsibilities will include:

Assisting the Development Director: Collaborate with our Development Director in all aspects of event planning and execution to ensure a seamless experience for our guests.

Coordinating with Catering Company: Liaise with our catering partner to ensure that the culinary aspects of the event align with our vision and meet the needs of our attendees.

Procurement and Silent Auction: Assist in the procurement of items for our silent auction, and help organize the auction to maximize fundraising opportunities.

Ticketing/FOH Support: Provide support with ticketing and Front of House (FOH) operations to ensure efficient check-in and guest services.

Volunteer Management: Play a key role in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to assist in various event-related tasks.

Marketing Support: Collaborate with the marketing team to contribute to the creation of advertising and marketing materials, ensuring that they effectively promote the event and engage our audience.

Donor Software/Bid Cards: Assist in managing donor software and bid cards to facilitate donations and the silent auction process.


Previous experience in event coordination or management.

Strong organizational and communication skills.

Ability to work collaboratively within a team.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and event management software.

A passion for the arts and a commitment to SANCA’s mission.

How to Apply:

To apply for this Contract Event Coordinator position, please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in joining SANCA’s team for this exciting event. Send your application to with the subject line “Event Coordinator Application – Up! with a Twist.”

SANCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We appreciate your interest in joining our team and look forward to reviewing your application.

For more information about SANCA and our mission, please visit our website at

Note: This job listing is for a specific event and is not a full-time or permanent position at SANCA.