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Day Camp Director
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:00pm
We are seeking an experienced, confident and collaborative Camp Director for our beloved summer day camp, which serves over 1700 young people each summer, ranging from age 4 to 17, and operates on three separate sites in the local area. The Camp Director would join our team of Education Coordinators here at Drumlin Farm, sharing expertise with other dedicated environmental educators, learning with each other and supporting our full range of programs throughout the year.
The Camp Director is directly responsible for the direction and day-to-day operations and successful implementation of all summer camp programming, as well as our week-long February and April vacation week programs and teen programming throughout the year. He or she works with a full time Assistant Camp Director and year-round administrative assistant to hire and train over 80 seasonal staff, develop and implement camp and teen programming, ensure the safety of our young people and staff, communicate effectively with staff across our sanctuary, deliver top-notch customer service, develop positive community relationships, and build a supportive culture for staff and campers. The Camp Director reports to the Education Manager, who assists with budgeting, training, fund-raising, coordination with our other programs, and strategic growth and direction.
Mass Audubon is the largest statewide provider of environmental education programming in New England. Almost half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds visit our sanctuaries each year, and 235,000 youth, families, and adults attend our education programs, which take place at our sanctuaries as well as in communities across the Commonwealth in partnership with schools and community-based organizations. Our camps reach over 11,000 children and their families from 76 percent of cities and towns in Massachusetts, and we offer programs serving schoolchildren in 62 percent of the state’s cities and towns. Our network of sanctuaries and nature centers provide many ways to connect people of all ages with nature—offering engaging and joyful experiences in a variety of ecosystems, increasing environmental literacy, and building conservation leaders. Our suite of education and community outreach programs position Mass Audubon as a leader and catalyst for conservation by inspiring and stimulating individual and institutional action, ensuring that our members, visitors, and program participants feel and act upon a deep sense of interconnection and responsibility as stewards of the natural world.
- Collaborate and coordinate with Education Manager, statewide Education Director and fellow Mass Audubon Camp Directors, Assistant Camp Director and Drumlin Farm Education Team to develop a vision for camp and teen programming in alignment with the Mass Audubon vision and strategic goals.
- Create innovative, nature-based camp programming that helps nurture the next generation of environmental stewards, while fostering a positive and inclusive culture that supports all of our campers and program participants.
- Hire, train and supervise all camp and vacation program staff, and create a system of professional development for returning staff that supports their development as future educators and environmental professionals. Help to foster a positive network of camp staff that stays connected throughout the year.
- Develop and maintain systems that ensure the physical and emotional safety of all campers and camp staff.
- Ensure compliance with Mass Audubon policies and all applicable regulations, and maintain accreditation with ACA and local licensors.
- Communicate with participant families to ensure a positive, open dialogue about health, safety, and other issues as they arise.
- With the assistance of the Mass Audubon marketing staff, oversee all marketing for the camp, including social media presence, and ensure growing enrollment in camp and teen programs.
- Serve as a lead member of the Drumlin Farm education team, working together to develop and implement state-of-the-art environmental education opportunities and teaching practices.
- In collaboration with Mass Audubon staff, develop strong community partnerships, and maintain a positive presence in the local community throughout the year.
- Keep appropriate records including those to conform with state regulations, schedules, business office forms (payroll time slips, expense forms, etc.), and submit accurate reports to supervisors as necessary.
- Participate in sanctuary-wide special events throughout the year.
Assume other duties as they may arise, as requested by supervisor.
- Bachelor’s degree in education and/or environmental education/outdoor recreation, environmental science/studies, biology, non-profit management or related field or equivalent work experience; advanced degree preferred.
- Three to five years’ experience in year-round camp/environmental education programming, non-profit management, program coordination, or environmental education, at least two years of which are in a supervisory capacity; previous experience in camp leadership position preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership and project management skills, including effective and supportive supervision of staff, development of vision and strategy for program, and ability to juggle multiple priorities and respond to emergent situations in a timely and effective manner.
- Ability to support, supervise, and inspire staff and develop a strong working team.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including excellent listening and collaborative problem solving skills.
- Experience developing and implementing program plans and budgets.
- Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural humility and inclusion.
- Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets.
- Passion for the mission of Mass Audubon.
- Successful candidates must pass a CORI, SORI, and driver’s record check and successfully complete First Aid and CPR Certification upon hire. Valid driver’s license.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, year round position. Competitive salary commensurate with experience; includes full benefits package.
How to Apply:
Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1st. Send cover letter and resume to:
Jennifer Feller, Education Manager, Drumlin Farm
More information can be found at: https://www.massaudubon.org/jobs/camp-director
Mass Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce. Persons from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQI community are encouraged to apply. For more information please check out the Mass Audubon website at https://www.massaudubon.org/.