Wa-Ya Outdoor Institute is a Native women led nonprofit focused on combining outdoor adventure, environmental science, and Indigenous knowledge and we strive to provide this programming to all youth regardless of income. We are hiring for an energetic, innovative Executive Director. This is a rare, exciting opportunity to lead the direction and implementation of a unique, place-based immersion outdoor summer camp that combines a love of local South Sound landscapes and native culture with the integration of western and indigenous science and learning.

Wa-Ya is growing and we are looking for someone to take the values, intentions and foundations built by the Board and bring them to the next level of sustainable systems and smooth functioning. We are looking for someone with a passion for youth, environmental education, South Sound ecology and native communities. Creative problem-solving, ability to work well with diverse populations and superb communications skills required.

Currently Wa-Ya runs 10-weeks of summer camp programming including Day Camp for ages 6-13, overnight Adventure Camp sea kayaking and backpacking trips for ages 12-17, and Outdoor Leadership Internship for ages 14-18. We have also partnered with SOS Outreach to run a Learn to Ride snowboarding program for youth during the winter. We also offer scholarships to low income families through grant funding. Future program expansions are envisioned.

This position is responsible for the formulation, implementation, and management of Camp Wa-Ya’s summer camp program and will set the tone for camp staff culture and engage in a culturally integrated environment, where Wa-Ya’s values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion are practiced. The position routinely engages with and works at the direction of engaged Board members.

This position is full-time year round and can be remote during the shoulder and off-seasons (mid-September through mid-May), but must be on-site in Olympia, WA in preparation for and during Camp Wa-Ya’s 10 week Summer Camp. Off-season duties will focus on grant writing and reporting, fundraising, outreach, budget development, program planning and evaluation and staff recruitment. In-season duties will focus on staff training and management, program logistics and support, and registration and parent communication.

Please see full job description and responsibilities on our website: https://wayaoutdoorschool.com/2024-openings

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Please see full job description and responsibilities on our website: https://wayaoutdoorschool.com/2024-openings

About Waya Outdoor Institute

Check us out at wayaoutdoorschool.com We are a Native woman led non profit that focuses on outdoor adventure, science education and Indigenous knowledge. We want passionate outdoor folks who will harness the energy of the outdoors and bring life to our campers.

It is part of our mission at Wa-Ya to make outdoor education accessible to every child. We offer scholarship programs and sliding scale tuition adjustment to help make camp more affordable.

Application Instructions

Send Resume, Cover letter, and 3 References to [email protected]