Camp Executive Director

Lead and manage the operations at one of the longest-running summer camps in Colorado! Located next to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Job Description

Located on a 5,100 acre property next to Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies seeks an experienced Camp Executive Director to manage and lead the operations at YMCA of the Rockies' residential camp, Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado. Located on the property of Snow Mountain Ranch, Camp Chief Ouray serves thousands of campers between May through August every year. The Camp Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and efficient operation of Camp Chief Ouray. This includes budget creation and management, meeting philanthropic goals, strategic planning for future growth goals of camp, alumni development, and leading a team of year-round and seasonal staff who are entrusted with the care of campers. This position requires a leader who is committed to operationalizing DEI principles and helping break down barriers for all Dimensions of Diversity including hiring practices, forms, training, and all aspects of programs. 

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in recreation, social science, education, or related field. Minimum of ten (10) years of residential camp experience along with a minimum of five (5) years of camp administration experience.
  • Minimum of 25 years of age (per American Camp Association standards).
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills with parents/guardians, potential donors, alumni, staff, and peers.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and coach staff.
  • Experience in budgeting; creating and maintaining.
  • Assist in the marketing of camp and improvement in the retention of campers over multiple years.
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards of the American Camp Association and their applicability to programs.
  • Be aware of and work to meet Colorado Child Care Licensing regulations and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment regulations as it pertains to camp programs.
  • Minimum of First Aid/CPR/AED certified for Adults and Children.
  • Possess or the ability to earn YMCA Multi-Team Leader certification within five (5) years.
  • Ability to act, problem solve, and communicate during times of crisis with the support of the YMCA of the Rockies incident command team. 
  • Ability to strategically plan five to ten (5-10) years into the future. 
  • Ability to identify, cultivate, and liaise with vendors and outside agencies of like-minded missions.
  • Actively participate and support the Snow Mountain Ranch Department Head team.
  • Assist other departments within YMCA of the Rockies if available.
  • Training in Mental Health First Aid and Restorative Justice a plus.
  • Spanish bilingual a plus.
Essential Functions
  • Assist in creating and assigning tasks in the CCO Strategic Initiatives Plan (SIP) or equivalent strategic plan, ensuring the work assists in the overall execution of the SMR and YMCA of the Rockies Strategic Action Plan or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in effective promotion, fund raising and public relations which result in high enrollments, repeat business and positive attitudes toward the YMCA and its camping programs.
  • Assist in creating a safe space for all by helping break down barriers for all Dimensions of Diversity including; hiring practices, forms, training, and all aspects of programs. 
  • Assist in moving forward the YMCA of the Rockies Diversity Initiative in camp programs. 
  • Ability to successfully plan and implement residential camping programs from inception, development, facilitation, and participant satisfaction.


Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • Uphold and reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith in all functions
  • Uphold the YMCA of the Rockies Mission, policies, and programs.
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional.
  • Support the YMCA of the Rockies safety program. Promote safe work practices and a safe environment for guests, members, and staff.
  • Promote a cooperative, positive, and flexible atmosphere while working with others in a diverse community.
  • Attend required abuse risk management training and report suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism is required.
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.