Overview

Engaging as a 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, 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.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Qualifications:

At least two years of experience as a residential camp director preferred
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.

Required Skills:

Demonstrated proof of supervising programs with similar backpacking, canoeing, and camping programs; 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

Preferred Skills:

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
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

About Christodora's Manice Education Center

The Manice Education Center (MEC) is located in a unique outdoor setting within the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. MEC operates several distinctly different seasonal programs that are experientially focused in high-quality environmental education, wilderness camping, and leadership training from May through October.

Staff at the Manice Education Center work closely together in a supportive atmosphere teaching small, coed groups (10-12) of New York City (NYC) youth in a variety of outdoor classrooms and camp settings. With a staff to student ratio averaging 1:6, outdoor education counselors and assistant counselors facilitate debates, science labs, cooperative games, group initiatives, and campfires for groups of approximately forty youth.

Application Instructions

Please send a detailed cover letter and a resume to Christodora at: [email protected] with “Camp Programs Director” in the title. Feel free to include outdoor leadership and/or education portfolios