Food Services and Retreats Director

Come help us change lives at coastal YMCA Camp Kirkwood in Watha, North Carolina!
Camp Description
YMCA Camp Kirkwood is a year-round camp facility located in beautiful Southeast NC, just 25 min from the beach. Our camp is based on the concept of providing an impactful experience to all our guests. We run Day and Overnight camps during the summer and host a variety of conferences, retreats and outdoor education opportunities in Fall-Spring. We hope you will consider joining our mission at camp.
Job Description

YMCA Camp Kirkwood is seeking a individual who is excited and passionate about food service and quality customer service for all. Understands the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment within the foodservice areas and provide exceptional customer service and connection with retreats and conferences. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual that can manage schedules, lead others and loves to provide home-cooked nutritious meals with a smile for our summer campers, staff, retreat groups and schools. 


• Must be 21 years or older

• High School Diploma

• Experience in a camp environment, preferred

• Supervisory experience in food service operation

• Skill and experience in working and operating a commercial kitchen, preferred

• Knowledgeable about food preparation and storage rules and responsibilities to include American Camp Association, State, and County guidelines

• Serve Safe Certification or willingness to obtain once hired

Supervisory responsibilities include supervision of kitchen staff and Retreat/Conference staff

Essential Functions

• Help support the mission of the camp by preparing meals that meet disclosed dietary needs and are served according to kitchen menus and program schedules

• Provide excellent customer service by maintaining a clean and safe Dining Hall environment

• Supervise the kitchen staff & support weekend staff for Retreats and Conferences

• Ensure high quality and timely food service delivery and utmost cleanliness of dining hall facilities in accordance with Department of Health of North Carolina and American Camp Association policies

• Communicate well with campers, staff, vendors and clients

• Calculate food usage to provide sufficient servings for each participant and staff

• Assist with all camp events and activities when needed

• Communicate daily with the Executive Director about kitchen and food-related topics

• Timely ordering of food through U.S. Foods

• Budget awareness of kitchen supplies and food purchases

• Establish weekly menus

• Ensure Dining Hall and Food Services operate within budgeted financial parameters

• Professional and timely communication with partners, clients.

• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment  

• Ability to recruit, hire and train as needed for Camp Kirkwood team. 

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

Serve Safe Certification or willingness to obtain once hired

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds

Ability to work long non-traditional hours including weekends and holidays.

Ability to stand, squat, and see.

Ability to work in a variety of environments, specifically those subject to extreme heat and humidity.

Ability to observe and promote safety and security procedures.

Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies.