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Assistant Camp Director - Woodruff Family YMCA

Company: Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Location: Milford
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Job Description:


A Career with a Cause:

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y strengthens the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We are committed to this cause because a strong community is achieved when we invest in our children, health, neighbors, and values.

We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and grow. 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.


Position Summary:

This position supports the mission and work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization. The Assistant Day Camp Director at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA assists in the management of all aspects of the Camp programs and facilities and provides direct supervision of staff and camp programs in a seasonal day camp. Creates positive, nurturing relationships with children and staff while building cooperative relationships with families. Promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs, and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience. Maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction, motivation, safety, and enjoyment for Camp participants and staff. The Assistant Day Camp Director assures the well-being for each participant and staff in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and association policies in accordance with their training.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Models and teaches the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility with members, colleagues, staff, guests, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Develops, maintains, and facilitates positive relationships with and between volunteers, members, program participants, staff, and colleagues at all levels of the organization; helps participants and families connect with each other and the YMCA; and encourages family involvement.
  • Assists with all supervision of Camp staff, including: recruitment, hiring, training, evaluation, human resources and payroll functions, recognition, and discipline of employees; scheduling and facilitating staff meetings and trainings; overall safety; addresses complaints; and resolves problems effectively with the support of their direct supervisor.
  • Assists with overseeing Camp programs and risk management in accordance with YMCA guidelines; supports and directs staff in lesson and program planning, scheduling, and coverage accordingly; and supports campers and staff in achieving their goals through motivational support and guidance.
  • Follows all Camp procedures and guidelines including those pertaining to the child care discipline Policy, health and safety, pick up, drop off, forms, attendance, reports, and staff expectations as required by the YMCA, licensing, and state health department code.
  • Communicates with staff, campers, and parents in a timely and professional manner and answers questions that will support a positive experience with the Y.
  • Ambassador of all YMCA programs with a focus on Camp programs, and member engagement.
  • Maintains physical presence at all times while on duty, monitors and administers safety checks and drills, remains aware of camp surroundings and campers ensuring a pleasant, professional, and safe camp environment. Up to 30% of work schedule could be in direct service in leading activities for camp as applicable.
  • Maintains camp supplies, areas, and equipment in an orderly and safe manner. Assists in camp maintenance and upkeep as required by the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, licensing, health departments, and The YMCA of the USA.
  • Knows, follows, and enforces all YMCA policies, rules, regulations, and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures, and those for the prevention of child abuse; and supports other staff to do the same.
  • Pursues training opportunities that support the work of the YMCA.
  • Assists with sound fiscal management and meets deadlines in assigned areas.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and trainings. YMCA Leadership Competencies:
    • Critical Thinking & Decision Making: Makes informed decisions based on logic, data, and sound judgment.
    • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in such a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y's cause.
    • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.
    • Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations.
    • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence.
    • Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential. Experience, Education, and Qualifications:
      • Must be at least 21 years old
      • At least one year of successful experience as a counselor, unit director, or specialty director at a licensed day or resident camp.
      • Current First Aid and Adult and Child CPR certifications. AED and O2 Administration certifications - preferred.
      • At least 1 year of post-high school education in a related field - preferred
      • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with and relate to children, teens, and one's peers
      • Proficiency in a variety of software applications - preferred
      • Demonstrated ability to create, schedule, organize, and implement daily camp activities, special events, and training activities.
      • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, effectively communicate with children and adults, and manage large and small groups
      • Good role model, of high integrity and adaptable
      • Valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record preferred
      • Proven track record of building program participation and relationships with members, participants, and volunteers.
      • Experience in a wide range of physical activities with the ability to instruct and perform duties of camp staff.
      • Excellent interpersonal skills are critical and essential to the success of this position.
      • Demonstrates excellent planning, organizational, time management, and attention to detail skills, with the ability to multi-task with minimal direction.
      • Possess and demonstrate excellent customer service, decision-making, problem solving, team oriented, and critical thinking skills.
      • Demonstrates leadership skills in an outgoing, friendly, assertive, professional, and mature manner.
      • Effective communication skills necessary to inform, counsel, motivate, and support members and staff.
      • Must be observant, safety-conscious, and able to react calmly and quickly in an emergency. Trainings & Certifications:
        • Must complete online New Employee Orientation, Sexual Harassment, Child Abuse Prevention, Mandated Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, and Employee Safety trainings prior to start of position.
        • Must hold and maintain CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications - required for job placement.

Keywords: Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, Milford , Assistant Camp Director - Woodruff Family YMCA, Executive , Milford, Connecticut

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