Integrated Education Program Director

Sherman Lake YMCA is looking for a cause driven, energetic leader ready for a new opportunity!
Job Description

This position supports the work of Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Integrated Education Program Director (IEPD), at Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center (SLYOC), oversees the development, operations and management of our existing school relationships. This includes collaborating with our school partners for overnight camps, day camps, programs within school buildings and designing practices, processes, and procedures for strong program and project management.

Note: This position is required to live onsite at Sherman Lake YMCA, be easily and readily accessible for problem solving and able to respond, as necessary, when groups are onsite for our Integrated Education programs. This may occur for both day and overnight groups.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development, Education, Outdoor Recreation or related field and/or a combination of education and relevant experience. 
  • Two or more years of program management experience, preferably in a non-profit youth development agency.
  • Ability to direct programs through supervision of staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and program development.
  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations.
  • Proven track record of developing authentic and deepened relationships with others.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of our community. 
Essential Functions

Modeling for Staff and Campers: The Integrated Education Program Director (IEPD) is responsible for consistently demonstrating Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility (HCRR), in words, actions, and interactions with all staff, campers, and the community by:

  • Building healthy relationships that model empathy, personal development, emotional regulation, responsibility and other Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills.
  • Engagement that values diversity, inclusion, equity, and global consciousness.

Primary IE Staffing Responsibilities: The IEPD is responsible for inspiring and maintaining an Integrated Education (IE) staff that builds healthy relationships that model empathy, personal development, responsibility and emotional regulation; and engagement that values diversity, inclusion, equity, and global consciousness by: 

IE Logistical Responsibilities: 

  • Recruiting, hiring, preparing, coaching, and evaluating seasonal staff.
  • Serving as the first level of support for staff concerns, ideas, and suggestions.
  • Managing staff schedules and IE program coverage.
  • Problem solving, supporting staff, and responding to other IE program needs that arise for day and/or overnight camp by being easily and readily accessible and responsive.

IE Leadership Responsibilities: 

  • Role modeling and coaching staff to deliver engaging camp programming with a HCRR and SEL focus.
  • Designing and implementing, in collaboration with the IE leadership team, an engaging and effective staff preparation program to include professional development throughout the season.
  • Encouraging, acknowledging, and recognizing staff suggestions for new and relevant ideas and approaches for consideration, focusing on the process of collaboration.
  • Program Preparation and Delivery Specific:
    • Assisting with program delivery, as needed when group numbers fluctuate.
    • Ensuing high quality programming through innovative program development.
    • Demonstrating informed and collaborative programmatic growth with awareness of societal, economic, and political issues and aligned with the strategic direction of the organization.
    • Planning, innovating, and facilitating teacher professional development.
    • Facilitating teacher meetings in collaboration with the assigned program director and/or coordinator.
    • Serving as the onsite liaison for teachers/districts.
    • Incident lead for first aid and emergencies occurring with IE program participation.
  • Summer Camp, Retreats and our greater Sherman Lake YMCA community specific:
    • Promoting Summer Camp with school groups.
    • Providing program support for organizational events, Retreats, the Recreation Center, and Summer Camp programs. This may involve weekend and evening programs.

Primary IE Programming Responsibilities: The IEPD is responsible for all aspects of IE programming; ensuring all aspects of program needs are communicated, understood, and coordinated with all stakeholders - staff, school personnel, campers, and their caretakers - through:

  • Developing, implementing, and managing operational plans for the Integrated Education program.
  • Managing the scheduling of program certification training for full time and seasonal IE staff. Includes but is not limited to: Archery, CPR/First Aid, Lifeguarding, High Ropes and Belaying.
  • Inspecting and monitoring of: ACA and MI State Licensing program area compliance, supply and equipment inventory and monitoring for safety, use, and amount, and supply and equipment ordering and repair requests when needed.
  • Manage the inventory of the health office, within the guidance of our Physician Standing Orders for all school groups.
  • Scheduling and facilitating teacher and family information meetings.
  • Serving as the point of contact for caretaker inquiries and concerns.
  • Communicating with the kitchen staff all requested dietary accommodations.
  • Managing program schedules.
  • Coordinating student, teacher, and caretaker surveys.
  • Providing leadership and direction in recruiting, hiring, preparation, coaching, and evaluating of seasonal staff.

Primary IE Operational Responsibilities: The IEPD is responsible for aspects of operational management and coordination through:

  • Assisting in annual review and development of the IE budget.
  • Staffing leadership that includes modeling, preparation, coaching, and evaluation of staff to support their delivery of engaging camp programming embedded with HCRR and SEL.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center puts Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: We are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: We value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: We believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: We support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger, beginning with you.

Sherman Lake YMCA strives to be a place where acceptance and participation are the same for everyone regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, immigration status, ability or national origin. We believe that everyone deserves to work in a safe and welcoming environment, and will make every reasonable effort to meet the individual needs of all our staff. We are a continuing work in progress and look to review our practices and policies regularly to ensure we remain a place for all to belong.

Required Certifications
  • YMCA Team or Multi-Team Leader certification preferred.
  • Obtain and maintain a current CPR/First Aid certification. Must complete within 30 days of hire.
  • Obtain and maintain a Responding to Emergencies or Wilderness First Responder certification. Must complete within 1 year of hire.
  • Valid Driver’s License.