Vice President of Camping Services

YMCA Camp Carter, a cornerstone of community and adventure in the heart of Fort Worth.
Camp Description
Join the Legacy, Forge the Future at YMCA Camp Carter Located in the vibrant heart of Fort Worth and just a stone's throw from the bustling downtown area, YMCA Camp Carter encompasses roughly 300 acres of expansive natural beauty. This prestigious branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth offers more than just a workplace—it provides a chance to shape lives and mold futures. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we are on the brink of a transformative era, poised to elevate our camping services to unprecedented heights. At Camp Carter, you will find an environment rich with potential, equipped with cozy cabins, a welcoming dining hall, a serene lake, a bustling equestrian center, and a modern training center. These facilities are just the beginning of what makes Camp Carter a beacon of opportunity in the community. We are currently seeking a visionary Vice President of Camping Services who is not just filling a role but expanding a legacy. This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of strategic operations, facility management, and community engagement. You will lead significant projects such as a vigorous capital campaign, comprehensive operational overhauls, and innovative community outreach, setting new standards for what camping can mean for our local community and campers from across the globe. Your role will be pivotal in crafting Camp Carter's future narrative, backed by robust support from the leadership team and a firm commitment to realizing our shared vision. As Vice President, your leadership will directly influence the growth and transformation of our facilities, ensuring that Camp Carter remains a cherished landmark of adventure, learning, and community spirit for generations to come. Are you ready to lead, inspire, and make a lasting impact? Explore this unique opportunity to become a cornerstone of YMCA Camp Carter’s bright future.
Job Description

Position Summary: Vice President of YMCA Camping Services 

Join the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth as the Vice President of YMCA Camping Services and take the helm at the illustrious 300-acre YMCA Camp Carter, conveniently located just 30 minutes from DFW Airport and nestled in the vibrant City of Fort Worth. In this pivotal role, you will collaborate closely with the Chief Resource & Risk Officer, the President & CEO, and various Executive Directors across the association to sharpen our strategy and vision, driving key goals in fundraising and program development. 

Your leadership will be instrumental in guiding the camping team, fostering team development, and ensuring the highest levels of camper satisfaction. As a key partner of the YMCA Leadership Team, the Board of Directors, and the local community, you will enhance our brand's presence and establish Camp Carter as a leader in the camping industry. You will work alongside the marketing team to amplify our brand's impact and align our initiatives with the broader organizational goals.

Your responsibilities will include spearheading innovative camping and Equity in the Outdoors initiatives, managing compliance with American Camping Association Accreditation, and overseeing regular facility audits. You will ensure that our camp facilities not only meet but exceed safety standards and will strategically plan and execute necessary capital projects.

If you are a seasoned executive with a passion for camping and community engagement, ready to lead with vision and drive transformative outcomes, this role offers a unique opportunity to impact both our local community and the larger outdoor camping scene.


Qualifications for Vice President of YMCA Camping Services:

  1. Education and Certification:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Recreation Management, or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Certifications in Camping Management, Project Management, or related fields are advantageous.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 10 years of senior leadership experience in camping, outdoor education, or recreational management.
    • Proven track record in operational management, program development, and master planning within a large-scale recreational or educational setting.
    • Experience leading successful capital campaigns and managing large budgets.
  • Skills and Abilities:
    • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively lead teams and engage with the community.
    • Proficient in financial management, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.
    • Demonstrated ability to innovate and enhance program offerings to meet diverse community needs.
  • Leadership and Team Management:
    • Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team.
    • Experience in fostering a culture of collaboration, professional development, and excellence among team members.
  • Community Engagement:
    • Strong capability in building and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders including community leaders, donors, and partner organizations.
    • Experience in enhancing the visibility and impact of a camp or organization within the community.
  • Knowledge:
    • In-depth knowledge of American Camping Association standards and the ability to ensure compliance with safety and quality standards.
    • Familiarity with the latest trends and best practices in the camping industry and outdoor education.
  • Personal Traits:
    • Passionate about camping and the outdoors.
    • Committed to the YMCA’s mission and values.
    • Adaptable, with a proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment.
    Essential Functions

    Key Responsibilities:

    1. Strategic Leadership:
    • Craft and implement a visionary strategy for YMCA Camp Carter, encompassing a variety of programs such as day camps, family camps, outdoor education, membership services, travel camps, retreats, and more.
  • Operational Management:
    • Manage daily operations to maintain and enhance camp facilities and services, ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality are consistently achieved.
  • Program Development:
    • Develop and diversify camp offerings to address the evolving needs of our community, emphasizing innovation and the potential for growth and development.
  • Master Planning and Development:
    • Collaborate with senior leadership on strategic planning and execute major capital campaigns, while leading community outreach and regional development initiatives.
  • Financial Management:
    • Direct all financial aspects of the camp, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, ensuring optimal resource utilization and financial sustainability.
  • Team Leadership:
    • Lead and mentor the camp’s Executive and Operations teams, promoting a culture of collaboration, professional growth, and operational excellence.
  • Community Engagement:
    • Strengthen and expand relationships with local community stakeholders and partners to enhance support for the camp and its various programs.
    Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

    The YMCA has defined a set of cause-driven leadership competencies that are essential for leaders within the organization. These competencies help ensure that leaders are equipped to foster the YMCA's mission, strengthen community engagement, and lead effectively. For the position of Vice President of YMCA Camping Services, the following YMCA cause-driven leadership competencies are particularly relevant: 

    1. Mission Advancement:
    • Champions the YMCA’s mission and values.
    • Demonstrates a deep commitment to the social responsibility initiatives of the YMCA.
    • Communicates the importance of the Y’s efforts in community wellness and development.
  • Collaboration:
    • Fosters a culture of teamwork and collaboration.
    • Builds and maintains productive relationships with community organizations and leaders.
    • Works effectively with diverse populations and incorporates diverse perspectives into organizational decision-making.
  • Operational Effectiveness:
    • Ensures operational efficiencies and high-quality programming within the camp.
    • Manages resources effectively to meet both strategic goals and daily operational needs.
    • Implements effective systems to ensure all facilities and programs meet or exceed community and organizational expectations.
  • Personal Growth:
    • Shows a commitment to personal and professional growth.
    • Seeks out opportunities to learn and grow in leadership and service.
    • Inspires others in the organization to enhance their own skills and capabilities.
  • Emotional Maturity:
    • Maintains composure and effectiveness in the face of challenge and complexity.
    • Practices self-awareness and regulates personal emotions and actions.
    • Builds and leads others in a positive and inclusive culture.
  • Visionary Leadership:
    • Provides clear direction, sets goals, and inspires others to achieve more than they thought possible.
    • Anticipates future trends and implications accurately; articulates actionable steps forward.
    • Encourages innovation and supports organizational change initiatives. 

    These competencies are designed to foster an environment where YMCA leaders are effective, innovative, and capable of inspiring their teams and communities toward achieving shared goals. For the Vice President of YMCA Camping Services, these competencies would guide their leadership in creating a vibrant, impactful camping program that aligns with the YMCA’s broader mission.