Associate Director - Overnight Camp

Located in Watha, NC, Camp Kirkwood has been helping children discover who they are and what they can achieve for over 60 years. 
Camp Description
Located in Watha, North Carolina, Camp Kirkwood has been helping children discover who they are and what they can achieve for over 60 years. YMCA Camp Kirkwood is located just outside of Wilmington, NC on 195 acres of pristine woodlands and features a 10-acre lake. In December of 2009, the YMCA of Southeastern NC (formerly known as the Wilmington Family YMCA) formed a partnership with the Friends of Camp Kirkwood to take over the camp's operation in an effort to revitalize its mission of serving youth. The result of this partnership is that the YMCA and Friends of Camp Kirkwood have been successful in raising funds to expand camp offerings by adding elements including: low ropes course, high ropes course & zip line, a prayer labyrinth, power pole and paddle boards, and much more. If you are a dynamic and passionate camp professional with significant experience in planning, serving, and leading transformative experiences that help build empathy, confidence, independence, resilience, and social skills you will want to consider this position!
Job Description

Associate Director will oversee daily operations of the overnight camp during summer months and weekend retreats during the non-summer months.  This person will also assist the leadership team in program planning, development, and implementation.  Associate Director must be ready to assist in all aspects of camp.


1. Experience in YMCA resident camping.

2. Ability to obtain lifeguard certification/high ropes certification.

3. Experience in training/supervising summer camp staff.

4. Desire and ability to work with children.

5. Track record of building relationships with staff, volunteers, and parents.

Essential Functions

1. Hire, train, supervise summer camp staff.  Promote/plan for overnight camp.

2. Promote weekend retreats, book, and oversee operations.

3. Assist camp staff in all cleaning, maintenance, and program implementation throughout the year.

4. Promote camp all year round by displaying the core values of the YMCA.

5. Develops friendly and positive relationships among staff, volunteers, parents, and children.

6. Communicates regularly with other staff members and supervisor.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness 

to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and 

skills in technology.

Required Certifications

1. This position must be able to live onsite and work long hours outside.

2. Ability to respond to emergency situations.

3. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards 

related to the activity.