Summer Program Director

A great place to work, learn, make friends, help others and make the world a better place within a friendly, inclusive community atmosphere.
Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, the Program Director is responsible for the achievement of camp goals and objectives by:

  • Planning and implementing a high quality, safe, fun camp program, including scheduling staffing assignments, assigning camper groups, managing staff time off requests and scheduling, planning large all-camp activities, and adjusting the schedule as needed due to weather.
  • Supervising the Program Team (Assistant Program Director, Waterfront Director, Sailing Coordinator, and Ropes Course Coordinator) and Counselors, as appropriate.
  • Maintaining and controlling the inventory of supplies necessary for program implementation
  • Participation in the planning and implementation of a 10 day staff training.

Pay Rate: $825/weekly, paid biweekly.

Room and board provided.



  • Preferred candidate over the age of 21, possesses a valid current driver’s license and a clean driving record.


    Must possess leadership experience with groups of various ages and sizes.
  • Must have prior experience in a resident camp setting and possess knowledge of basic camp activities.
  • Must possess superior organizational skills and supervisory skills, and be familiar with Microsoft office productivity tools or alternatives
  • Must be in sympathy with and committed to carrying out the basic purposes of camp.
  • Good health, vitality, maturity and moral character.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Have prior experience in a supervisory role.
  • Must have skill and ability in leading one or more program area.
  • Must enjoy working with children and have the ability to understand the needs of campers while placing these needs (and the needs of camp) ahead of personal desires.
  • Must be able to stand for extended lengths of time (up to 10 hours) and be able to walk around camp continuously for at least 2 hours.
  • Must be First Aid and CPR certified, or have the ability to obtain.
Essential Functions
  • Work cooperatively as a team member with all Camp Abnaki staff, modeling behavior supporting the YMCA mission and character values.
  • Carry appropriate equipment and be in appropriate location.
  • Know and review proper emergency procedures with both campers and staff.
  • Keep program areas clean and equipment in good working order, including performing routine checks on equipment for use by staff, campers, and guests.
  • Report to work on time as scheduled, attend all staff meetings and trainings, and carry out all responsibilities as assigned by supervisors.
  • Help train, supervise, and evaluate the Program Team and all other staff working during free time assignments and skill class assignments.
  • Help ensure program aquatics and program design guidelines and operations are maintained to American Camp Association standards at all times.
  • Ability to communicate, supervise, and work with assigned ages and skill levels and provide necessary instruction.
  • Abilities to observe camper and staff behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to aquatic and land based emergencies and situations requiring first aid.
  • Make decisions related to weather conditions and the safe operation of campwide programming.
  • Perform Evening Watch and Leader on Duty, as assigned.
  • At the end of the summer, complete a detailed end of season report including an inventory of supplies and ordering needs, an evaluation of personnel, and an overview of department operations.
  • Ability to live on-site for the duration of the season.
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.