Camp Programs Director
Deadline to Apply:
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 12:00am
Title: Camp Programs Director
Reports to: Vice President of Programs
Status: Full-time, exempt
Benefits: $58,000 to $65,000 salary, commensurate with experience; 100% employer-paid health and dental insurance (w/ Plan Choice), 403(b) retirement plan, outdoor industry pro-deal through Liberty Mountain, company-provided vehicle and housing (company-owned 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin on property)
Job Availability: Accepting applications for full-time, year-round continuance; this position remains open until filled.
Christodora Mission and History:
Founded in 1897, Christodora's mission is to encourage positive academic and developmental growth of New York City's youth through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs. Our vision is to provide opportunities for young people to learn about the environment and experience the natural world first-hand. At Christodora, we believe experiences with nature are transformative: allowing one to better understand the natural world and shape their role within it.
Engaging as the lead team member, the Camp Programs Director brings a high level of positive energy while providing effective leadership for operations at MEC. The Director will maintain and cultivate a well-established program that meets both state regulations and national best practices and will work closely with an Assistant Director to lead staff training and empower between six to 12 outdoor educators each season. The Director primarily ensures safe programming through daily on-site supervision, approval of camp activities and risk management plans, and being a leader during any camp emergencies—including on-call responsibilities. The Director will also engage services from existing vendors, approve supply requisitions, and work closely with the Office Manager, Facilities & Properties Manager, and Head Cook to sustain already well-maintained facilities, grounds, and food service. The Director will also work with long-standing partner schools to ensure booking of the spring and fall field trip programs, and collaborate with program staff operating in New York City.
We are seeking candidates who:
- Have high energy and outstanding prior performance as a leader with positive and effective communication skills
- Are passionate about positively impacting youth and can easily build rapport with a broad and diverse population from low-income neighborhoods in New York City
- Value and enact ways to increase access and reduce barriers to outdoor spaces for People of the Global Majority
- Have prior experience managing:
- ground-level/low-ropes challenge course activities,
- multi-night backpacking trips in remote locations,
- canoeing trips up to Class II rapids,
- waterfront swimming program, and
- able to provide training and direct field support to staff members when necessary in each of these activities.
- Are experienced in making effective leadership decisions during emergency procedures and can respond as needed to directly manage camp and expedition programs.
- Maintain and build relationships with landowners and operators to ensure access to private and public recreation areas throughout Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, and Western New York.
- Direct medical care at MEC and screen medical forms as the lead Healthcare Supervisor in consultation with MEC’s Health Care Consultant.
- Have prior experience in managing budgets less than $1million.
- Preferred but not required: Have prior experience managing capital maintenance and capital construction projects, working closely with the Property Manager and necessary subs, e.g. architects, inspectors, vendors, contractors, etc.
- Local regulations require candidates to be at least 25 years old
- Demonstrated proof of supervising programs with similar backpacking, canoeing, and camping programs
- At least two years of experience as a residential camp director preferred; prefer candidates familiar with American Camping Association/Association for Experiential Education accreditation standards and prior senior leadership experience for wilderness expeditionary programming.
- Excellent motivational, organizational, and communication skills
- BA/BS in a related discipline
- First Aid/CPR certification required; prefer candidates with current Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED certifications
- Prefer candidates with Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certification or similar certification; Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification highly desired
- Current Driver’s License and a Safe Driving Record. Must be comfortable operating 15-passenger vans, towing canoe trailers, towing small-equipment trailers, and training others to do the same.
- Local regulations require background clearances, three professional references, and medical, physical, and immunization history
- Christodora requires its camper-facing employees to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date with boosters against COVID-19
- MEC is a residential program and requires the Director to live on-site or nearby from April through October. The Director is part of an on-call support system.
The staff of Christodora and the Manice Education Center acknowledges that, as outdoor professionals, we continue to live on and make a living from the unceded ancestral lands of the indigenous people who stewarded this area for generations before the arrival of European settler colonialism. These people and sovereign nations include the Mohican, now known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Band in what is currently called Wisconsin, the Pocumtuc, the Nipmuc, and the Wabanaki, though much of this collective history remains lost or stolen through the effects of European settler colonialism, and we acknowledge there may still be more peoples who stewarded these lands. These nations are not currently represented in the board, directors, or employees of Christodora, Inc., which owns and operates MEC, and MEC continues to benefit from the oppressive history of colonialism and industrial agriculture that has forever altered the ecosystems of the region. We recognize there will be implications for how Christodora must alter its thoughts and decisions in benefitting from educating youth on these ancestral lands, and we welcome dialogue in this work, as this is only a small step toward repairing the generations of injustice done to these people and nations.
Christodora is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
How to Apply:
Please send a detailed cover letter and a resume to Christodora at: email@example.com with “Camp Programs Director” in the title. Feel free to include outdoor leadership and/or education portfolios. Christodora is committed to making a difference within a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Three professional references that we can contact will be required at the first interview.
$58,000 to 65,000, commensurate with experience