Senior Director of Outdoor Leadership Programs

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Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00pm



Seattle, WA
United States

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YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world. Learn more here. Boys Outdoor Leadership Development and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD & GOLD) are primarily single gendered programs that lead diverse groups of youth on 8-22 day wilderness expeditions to the wild places of the Pacific Northwest. Find more information here.

We are seeking a leader to build upon the success of these programs, to define a vision and strategies for growth, to engage volunteers and alumni in this process, and to raise funds that advance this vision. An ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have experience building systems and vision within youth programs related to outdoor leadership and environmental education, be a highly effective communicator, have a high degree of competence working with a wide diversity of participants and staff, and be adept in outdoor risk management protocols.

You will work from the Cascade People’s Center in South Lake Union, near the heart of Seattle, with the dynamic leaders of these programs to support and advance their work.


  • Directs and manages the development, operations and growth of assigned program area(s), which typically include Association-wide or multiple program areas.
  • Establishes new program activities and expands program(s) within the community in accordance with the Association and branch strategic plans.
  • Develops and manages the budgets related to the position. Meets fiscal objectives. Closely monitors revenue and expense.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates and supervises assigned staff and volunteers in assigned areas. Provides development and leadership.
  • Compiles program statistics and provides data and reports as required for assigned program(s). Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program(s).
  • Provides leadership and support for branch management team, annual fund raising campaign, and volunteer committees/boards as assigned.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations and agencies related to assigned programs.
  • Develops, produces and distributes program information necessary to promote assigned programs in accordance with branch marketing plans.
  • Ensures that safety procedures are followed and that all programs are in compliance with YMCA standards, all regulations and other applicable standards.
  • Ensures high quality programs through innovative program development evaluations and on going training of staff.
  • Ensures upkeep of related facilities and equipment.


  • Bachelor's degree in program area or related field or equivalent education/experience.
  • Five or more years of related experience including: Staff and volunteer supervision, community program development, financial management and fund raising.
  • Broad knowledge of assigned program area(s) and the standards and regulations related to the programming.
  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications required.
  • Skills in child behavior management and child abuse prevention.
  • Ability to visit sites and community organizations.
  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English is helpful.
  • Outdoor Experience and demonstrated ability in year-round outdoor programming and operation.

Competencies for Success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.


$50k - $65k, Salary is negotiable.  Benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

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Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted through December 5 and reviewed as received.