Director of Overnight Camping

The Director of Overnight Camping serves on the leadership team ensuring our vision and the needs of the community are met and exceeded.
Job Description

 The Director of Overnight Camping is responsible for the support of campers, staff, and programs while teaching and modeling the YMCA core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. This year-round position acts as a resource for staff members in areas of leadership, conflict-resolution, and problem-solving while living with fellow staff members, campers and volunteers.

  • Bachelor's degree in human services, social services, business or equivalent.

  • Proven ability to have initiative, sound judgment and ability to make decisions independently.

  • Minimum age 21.

  • Experience managing multiple program sites.

  • Able to quickly gain an in-depth understanding of the Y organization, departments and its functions.

  • Organized with great attention to detail.

  • Good analytical and presentation skills.

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.

  • Effective relationship-building capability in order to maintain good relations with funders, partners, Y staff, etc.

  • Proficient in identifying grant opportunities through research and writing grants when necessary.

  • Good understanding of program deliverables implementation, measurement, and evaluation.

  • Skilled at writing, planning, and strategizing.

  • Proficient with computer skills.

  • Prefer someone with knowledge of ACA camp accreditation.

Essential Functions

Day-to-Day Responsibilities: 

  • Identify and meet camper, staff, volunteer, and program needs, providing opportunities for discussion of individual and/or group problems or concerns.

  • Plan, delegate, and implement all-camp programming and camp activities and games alongside director reports: Program Directors (camp directors), Resource Staff, Waterfront Director(s), cabin leaders and volunteers

  • Lifeguarding at times. If needed

  • Assist in capturing photos and videos of camp operations to assist the Arts and Media Leader.

  • Recognize and effectively resolve conflicts based on camp values and procedures.

  • Communicate with the whole staff team to promote the same vision of success for every participant.

  • Prepare Cabin & Program staff to properly lead activities such as archery, arts and crafts, nature hikes, boating, swimming, etc.

  • Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp.

  • Create a safe, secure and enjoyable environment that promotes diversity by including all campers.

  • Seek out and use camp resources to create meaningful experiences.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • LEAD – organize ideas, projects, people, time, and resources necessary to keep all companies moving forward.

  • Working with leadership to deliver, monitor, and communicate progress towards goals.

  • Know, understand, and execute all camp policies and emergency protocols.

  • Identifying and providing recommendations on improvements across the organization.

  • Providing support and oversight for special projects and initiatives.

  • Assessing risk when business decisions are made.

  • Identify, minimize, and eliminate (where possible) any risks that could cause accidents.

  • Providing tactical support to implement ideas.

  • Collaborating with Executive Management Team members to determine and prioritize business strategies.

  • Build and lead the daily operations of the overnight experiences.

  • Operate at a tactical, strategic, and operational level, handling the oversight of projects that do not neatly fit within the organizational chart or that fall between camp and overnight experiences.

  • Manage key relationships and build a process to track and nurture key stakeholders, investors, and clients.

  • Plan and implement an in depth staff training program. 

  • COMMUNICATE – Communicate the vision, ideas, projects, or the process to the necessary people. This includes creating content, providing context, and helping connect the dots across all organizations to create opportunities and growth.

  • Provides leadership and direction to the staff by coaching and by providing overall direction to the staff and volunteers.

  • Responding to inquiries on behalf of the camp.

  • Providing the CEO and other Executive Management Team (EMT) with insight and analysis on camping operations.

  • Proactively follow up with the EMT team if and when goals are not being achieved to determine why objectives are not being met. Provide actionable recommendations for improvement.

  • Provide analysis, recommendations, and options to the leadership regarding high impact decisions.

  • Act as a key thought partner, brainstorming & identifying solutions to challenges. 

  • DELEGATE – projects and tasks to the appropriate people, support them, and hold them accountable to the results.

  • Overseeing strategic business initiatives from ideation to implementation.

  • Grant reports are completed and submitted in a timely manner.

  • Assisting and overseeing grant applications.

  • Planning, coordinating and leading meetings, events, and workshops.

  • Providing department leaders with recommendations and consultation to improve teamwork.

  • Lead cross-functional strategic initiatives, facilitate special projects, and ensure action items are executed.

  • Provide communications support: drafting emails, reports, memos, presentations, internal and external communications, and/or social media posts.

  • Work with outside entities to help them plan leadership team retreats, developing objectives and agenda, and coordinating with their leaders on logistics.

  • Help leaders identify priorities, strategically align his/her time with those, and revisit them regularly to assess progress.