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Program Director - Resident Camp

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The YMCA of Orange County staff are committed to teaching youth positive life skills, values and the importance of giving back. In our communities, our staff support and strengthen families by offering quality experiences that are affordable and life-enriching. Our staff encourage participation by all members of our community and create an environment where everyone aspires to be their best. Each day, we work side-by-side with others to strengthen the foundations of our communities.


POSITION OVERVIEW: Oversees operations of YMCA Resident Camp E.L.K. in Wrightwood, CA. Supervises all aspects of the program including: fiscal responsibility, health and safety, staff development and supervision, program quality and accreditation, operational effectiveness, volunteer and community development, and fundraising. Provides general leadership to camp and the association in the areas of: collaboration, mission advancement, communication, decision making, and project management. This position requires living on site in providing housing at Camp E.L.K.



  • Design, deliver and evaluate camping programming according to YMCA and American Camping Association (ACA) standards. Ensure year round ACA standards are met and maintain accreditation.
  • Provide for the routine management of programs such as developing program proposals, implementation of offerings, evaluating data, and communication of results.
  • Meet program quality expectations outlined in association procedures, policies and standards for the department as evident on surveys, observations, and audits. This includes character education and the Ragger Program.
  • Oversee the daily health and safety requirements needed to operate resident camp and minimize risk. This includes management of food service, vehicles, pool operation, health care, water front safety, and more. 
  • Design and implement marketing plans to increase camper attendance and group use. Work with the Marketing Department on collateral development and brand maintenance.
  • Directly responsible for planning, implementing and promoting camp activities for potential and enrolled first time campers – open houses, family days. The Director must coordinate and engage existing YMCA groups (i.e. Adventure Guides).
  • Accountable for financial development including budgeting and meeting growth expectations. 
  • Management of financial controls including registration processing, implementation of accounting best practices, administration of grants and contracts, working with vendors, management of accounts receivable and payable, processing scholarships, and control of department wages.
  • Provide for supervision of a staff team including hiring, scheduling, enforcement of expectations, compliance with association standards, coordination with Human resources, regular communication, and modeling of best practices.
  • Responsible for providing growth and development opportunities for a staff team including goal setting, annual evaluation, coaching, and meeting/developing training plans.
  • Manage property development and maintenance to ensure immediate needs and long-term plans are met for camp.
  • Ensure compliance with established procedures, policies and standards related to health and safety. Complete routine risk assessments and correct deficiencies. Report incidents promptly.
  • Assist with association fundraising and works to develop a case statement for camp including stories, testimonials and photos.
  • Work with volunteers in various capacities (i.e. committees, program support) by recruiting, screening, training, and evaluating.
  • Model YMCA values while working with staff, volunteers, members, and community partners.
  • Fosters personal growth through self-development and improving functional expertise.
  • Carry out all responsibilities and communications in an honest, ethical, and professional manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 21 years of age. 
  • 4-year college degree in Recreation, Child Development, or a related field or 6 years experience may off-set the degree requirement. 
  • 3+ years of related experience and supervision required (in addition to the education off-set).  Additional years of experience may offset some of the educational requirement. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • 2+ years experience in overnight and ACA camping preferred.
  • First Aid/CPR Pro/AED certification required.
  • Valid CA driver’s license.
  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.

  • Excellent planning, organizing and leadership/supervisory skills.

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

  • Proficiency in Windows/Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, etc.).

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Strong customer and results orientation.

  • Ability to interact effectively at all levels and across diverse cultures.

  • Ability to be an effective member of project teams.



Reports to:
Program Director
Director of Camping Services

Desired Qualifications:

• Current CPR and first aid certifications.
• Desire and ability to work with children.
• Ability to accept guidance and supervision.
• Good character, integrity and adaptability.
• Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
• At least 18 years of age.

Essential Functions:

1. Supervise cabin group of campers 24 hours per day for up to 8 days.
2. Ensure campers practice good health and hygiene during their stay at camp.
3. Ensure campers' safety during all camp activities.
4. Promote the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility while at camp.
5. Serve as a positive role model for all campers at camp.
6. Must retain high physical and cognitive energy level while supervising campers.
7. Supervise and implement proper use of equipment, maintaining the highest standards as set forth by the American Camping Association.
8. Assist in facilitating activities in various program areas including: arts & crafts, nature, low-ropes, archery, sports, etc.
9. Assist in coordinating specialization with other camp activities and plans.
10. Participate in daily and weekly staff meetings.
11. Evaluate current season and make recommendations for equipment, supplies, and program for following season.
12. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required by YMCA Management.



Reports to:
Food Service Supervisor
Camp Director Program Director

Desired Qualifications:

• Desire to work in a camp kitchen.
• Good character, integrity and adaptability.
• Three years of experience in a commercial kitchen or with food preparation.
• Desire and experience working with children.
• Ability and willingness to obtain food handlers certification.
• Ability to learn to do tasks as assigned.
• Ability to accept supervision and excellent communication skills.
• Ability to work well with others at camp.
• Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
• Ability to speak in front of large groups.
• Current Food Handler or Serve Safe Certification.

General Responsibilities:

1. Work with Food Service coordinator to train Kitchen Aids and Dining Hall Stewart.
2. Safe food preparation, cleaning and cutting as required.
3. Cook, fry, boil, broil, roast, BBQ, steam meat, poultry, and or vegetables.
4. Supervise kitchen staff, cooking, cleanliness, and scheduling of personnel in Food Service Coordinator's absence.
5. Wash dishes, glasses and silverware by hand or machine.
6. Sweep and mop kitchen and dining hall.
7. Take out trash from kitchen and dining hall to dumpster.
8. Wash pots and pans, as needed.
9. Clean spillage in kitchen or dining hall.
10. Help in any area of kitchen, dining hall or camp as requested.
11. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required by YMCA Management.


Volunteer Camp Director

GENERAL PURPOSE:  Responsible for supervision of youth and coordination of activities at camp.


    • Safely supervise youth at all times.
    • Develop and coordinate productive, positive activities for youth.
    • Ensure housekeeping of camp is clean and safe at all times.
    • Inspect activity areas, ensure no hazards are present, and set boundaries.
    • Follow and enforce policies and procedures, safety standards and rules at all times.
    • Carries out all responsibilities in an honest, ethical and professional manner.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following are the minimum qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.  Please note that the minimum qualifications may vary based upon the department size and/or geographic location.

Education & Certifications & Experience Required:

Level I - Must be 18 years of age.  First Aid and CPR certifications, completion of camp training session required.  Ability to supervise youth and related activities required.  Experience working with youth preferred.

Level II - Must be 18 years of age.  First Aid and CPR certifications, completion of camp training session required.   3 season of experience supervising youth and related activities required.

Level III - Must be 18 years of age.  First Aid and CPR certifications, completion of camp training session required.  5 seasons of experience supervising youth and related activities required.


  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Strong customer and results orientation;
  • Ability to interact effectively at all levels and across diverse cultures; and
  • Ability to be an effective member of project teams.


Subsitute Program Specialist ASES

The substitute after school leader will be responsible for a group of 25 students and will assist them with homework, literacy, math, science, themed activities and the computer lab.  The substitute will manage all classroom discipline, policies, procedures and first aid.  This candidate will communicate effectively, have a strong academic background, be flexible with students and feel comfortable with providing good customer service.  In addition, the program specialist will be supervised by a Site Director and work with a team of other program specialist to deliver a high quality program. The substitute program specialist will be responsible for creating lesson plans and participate in monthly trainings to enhance and build on previous skills. We are looking for staff that are flexible, creative, and diverse and enjoy working with a team. We prefer staff members that enjoy working with kids and can commit to at least 3 days a week, but that may be available all week.  This is a great position for people interested in teaching, education, child development, human services and social work. 


  • Successfully pass district instructional aid test and/or obtain 48 college units
  • MUST  be available at least three days out of the week. We prefer every day Monday-Friday from 1:30pm-6:00pm and Wednesday from 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • MUST pass livescan, TB test and health screening. We pay and provide these tests.
  • CPR/First Aid within a month of employment
  • 6 months experience working with children


  • This is a part time, substitute, seasonal position (10 month).  Staff are re-hired for the next school year based on performance. 
  • ONLY candidates that meet all the requirements will be called for an interview. We are looking to fill spots in the next few days.

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Preschool Teacher LAUP

Position Overview:

Preschool Teacher is responsible for the supervision of a teaching team along with the supervision and safety of children.  Plans, organizes, and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum, including a recreational component, using an approach that is in line with Early Childhood Education  Desired Results Standards issued by the State Department of Education as well as YMCA policies.

• Responsible for the overall supervision and management of LAUP children ages 4 years old.


• Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
• 12 college units in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Child Development required. California State Teacher Permit. AA or BA in Early Childhood Education is highly desirable.
• Minimum 2 years experience working in a preschool child care center setting required.
• Must be highly dependable.
• Sincere interest in working with children 4 years of age
• Must have a warm and friendly personality, while having sensitivity to meet the needs of a diverse population.
• Willingness to fulfill the job responsibilities in accordance to the program and branch goals.
• Ability to relate well to both children and adults.
• Physical ability to lead and interact in active sports and games with children, monitor behavior, and interact in curriculum activities and housekeeping responsibilities.
• Physical ability to lift children as needed, change and clean a soiled child, interact and direct play.
• Criminal record clearance by being fingerprinted prior to starting position is required.
• A physical exam and TB test within 7 days of hire
• Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in emergency situations.
• Ability to adequately observe participants' activities, enforce safety regulations, and apply appropriate policies and procedures.
• CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certification required within 30 days of hire, unless specified otherwise on contract, and must be from one of the following certifying organization: American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety & Health Institute.
• EMSA Health & Safety certification highly desirable.

Major Functions

• General housekeeping of program space and food preparation
• Plan and coordinate activities that fit children's developmental needs and interests
• Record and monitor the daily activities of children in your care
• Assist in the planning and preparation of the creative learning environment, establishment of interest centers, and preparation of needed material and supplies.
• Responsible for creating monthly newsletters.
• Communicate with parents effectively and create a positive relationship
• Interact with children being consistent, fair and treating them with dignity and respect according to the YMCA Code of Conduct

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