Camp Executive Director

Lead the Campers of the Future!
Camp Description
Family Camp Nawakwa is one of a handful of quality YMCA Family Camps in the country.  Nestled between Big Crooked and little Sugarbush lakes near Lac du Flambeau, WI, our 180 acres of pristine forest, wetlands, and lakes is teeming with wildlife and picturesque views.  Open year-round, there's endless opportunity for families to explore, learn new skills and make lasting memories together.
Job Description

Prepare, implement, manage and meet annual operating budget: coordinate, prepare and submit the budget according to the budget timeline. Responsible to manage and meet all budget goals. Assure compliance to expense budget. Approval for all purchases; maximize fiscal management to maintain budget goals and to assure camp meets annual budget.  Monitor monthly financials, provide business manager with explanation of any financial variances for monthly forecast.

Market & booking a robust family camp and group service program: coordinate, prepare and implement marketing plan for family camp and group service department to ensure the highest possible level of retention and new registrations. Maintain and coordinate the camp’s scheduling calendar. Secure family camp registrations, book groups and send contracts and group information to group leader.  Also, supervise marketing programs for Camp Nawakwa.

Hire, train, supervise and evaluate program staff and year round staff: adhere to YMCA, ACA, FLSA, State and County standards in hiring practices.  Hire and supervise 7-10 seasonal program staff, 2 PT staff, and 3 FT year round which includes the Program Director, Camp Maintenance Manager, and Camp Registrar. Develop and implement training schedules for staff.  Implement staff evaluations, both seasonal, PT and FT.

Develop and implement new and improved programming: direct the day-to-day structure and operation of the camp programs.  Build upon rapidly growing fall, winter, and spring programming, coordinate and develop new and improved school group events, and continue cultivating and developing Native American cultural programs. 

Relationship building: Maintain and cultivate a committed and dedicated advisory board, returning and new family campers, and build upon relationships with the Native American community by networking with Native American tribal leaders.  Cultivate existing and new donors to maintain and improve upon a well-established annual campaign. Recognize the differences between tribal and town government and maintain those relationships, which supports Camp Nawakwa planning, and development.

Facility and property management and planning: Family Camp Nawakwa has over 40 buildings in addition to its 180 acres (two lodges, 2 bathhouses, laundry facilities, craft corner, maintenance building, 2 staff buildings and 35 rental units).  Cleanliness, facility maintenance, and campgrounds planning is necessary to maintaining a sustainable operation.  Become knowledgeable with the local and state building codes, licensures, and zoning regulations and establish a network of reputable contractors and vendors.   

Customer service: maintain positive relationships with all customer bases from the point of contact including promoting camp, conducting tours, closing all sales, organization & scheduling, and program delivery. Return all customer emails and phone calls within same day or less.  Maintain open communication with all customers to provide proactive quality customer service. 

Positive team player: Lead and assist the staff team with care of camp facilities including, picking up litter, care of camp equipment, supervise opening/closing program areas each season or maintenance areas when needed.  Assist with other duties as assigned by the Chief Learning Officer.

Safety and risk management: articulate safety concerns, emergency procedures, risk management issues and general camp policies to other professional staff, and summer staff.  Ensure the safety of staff and campers and enforce on-site policies.

Participate in association and center events including: annual campaign, united way campaign, department head meetings, and various trainings. Board meetings, annual campaign, donor gifts, capital projects, weekly meetings and Metro reports for Family Camp Nawakwa. Current lifeguard, and first aid and CPR certifications required. Can acquire required certifications in first 12 months of job.


Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree (degree in Education, Recreation, Environmental Studies, Science, or a related field preferred but not required). Must have at least five years’ experience working in a youth or family setting, along with prior administrative camp experience. This job requires strong skills and previous experience in program design, adventure-based programming and staff supervision.

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years experience in management and supervision with highly developed organizational skills and proven success in program development and staff development of full time, professional staff.
  • At least 5 years of resident camp experience preferred.
  • Budgetary responsibility of $1 million or greater.
  • A proven track record of budgetary responsibility and sound fiscal management skills.
  • Proven ability to have initiative, good judgment and ability to make decisions independently.
  • Strong public relations skills with excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop and/or strengthen community relationships and partnerships.
  • Successful experience interacting with Board and financial development/fundraising activities.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed structure requiring a spirit of collaboration and flexibility.
  • YMCA Multi-Team Leader Leadership Certification, or ability to work towards achieving certification within 12 months of hire.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to learn organization-specific applications.
  • Recognition and understanding of rural northern climate changes and small town living.