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Camp Natarswi Director

at Girl Scouts of Maine in Millinocket, Maine, United States

Job Description

Girl Scouts of Maine has an immediate opening for a talented, dynamic director for Camp Natarswi near Millinocket Maine, inside Baxter State Park at the base of Mt Katahdin. The Camp Director is a year-round position responsible for managing all aspects of programming at Camp Natarswi, including the administration of resident camp, troop and family camp, off-season and program events. The work of this position is integrated into the overall program goals of GSME, therefore, the Director participates in various collaborative council committees and efforts. The Camp Director ensures that program offerings are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, customized to address the needs, preferences and interests of girls, and implemented to meet designated leadership program outcomes.

The Camp Director is based at the Bangor office in the off season. Work schedules can be hybrid which includes working remotely. During the summer months (June through August), Director must live on site at Camp Natarswi (private apartment provided). Frequent in-state travel is required throughout the year. Additionally, evening and weekend work may arise during the year but is required during the summer.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Administers all aspects of Camp Natarswi programming to include: summer resident camp, tripping programs, Junior Maine Guide (JMG) levels, events, troop and family camping, and special events throughout the year. May assist with planning and delivery of programs on other sites.
  • Recruit and train camp staff to effectively fulfill their leadership responsibilities. Ensure all staff receive job-specific training, supervision, corrective action plans, and follow-up, up to and including release, if appropriate.
  • Develop, expand and implement progressive outdoor education opportunities to contribute to and nurture girls’ respect for the environment; build outdoor and camping skills; and retain and extend membership.
  • Develop and manage appropriate annual budgets. Oversees all business management functions of camp including financial records, camper records, online database records, office operations, etc. using various council data bases.
  • Develop and implement camper recruitment and retention strategies, including direct participation in recruitment events and various community collaborations to extend outdoor programming to our membership.
  • Develops guidelines, systems, and procedures to manage safety and risk, Ensure that all programs comply with local, state and Girl Scouts regulations and meet American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards. Serves as the point person for all Girl Scout camp and ACA camp information and trends, helping to interpret & apply essential information to GSME camps.
  • Develops systems and procedures to measure outcomes, manage information and provide timely and accurate reports.
  • Provides quality customer service and maintains positive relationships with staff, alumni, parents, volunteers and campers.
  • Assist with training staff by having or acquiring certifications to teach (Archery, Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid, Boat Safety, Maine Trip Leader, Rock Climbing or Challenge Course)
  • Develop Outdoor Leadership program to continue to grow the Junior Maine Guide and Tripping Programs
  • Manage the season opening and closing events for Natarswi (planning, recruiting volunteers, coordinating housing arrangements and meals as well as volunteer assignments for each weekend)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience
  • Extensive outdoor education or recreation experience is preferred
  • Tripping experience (camping, hiking or boating trips) required
  • Twenty-five years of age or older (per ACA requirements)
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in youth outdoor camping administration
  • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to coach, train and supervise staff and to develop a climate of trust, respect and accountability (5 years’ experience preferred).
  • Sound fiscal management experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel), Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Experience with Camp Minder and a CRM system such as Salesforce desirable
  • Demonstrated outdoor and leadership knowledge and experience.
  • Understanding of risk management
  • CPR and Wilderness First Aid skills (Training may be provided as needed)
  • Prior experience managing kitchen staff is preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and build rapport with campers, parents, the general public and staff both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, operating instructions, procedure manuals, and governmental regulations.
  • Effective team-builder, cross-functional collaborator and problem-solver
  • Ability to select, train and supervise seasonal camp staff
  • Self-starter who can work independently and take initiative; is flexible, adaptable, organized and has a strong attention to detail
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Effective marketing and recruitment skills for campers and staff
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to personal transportation for business travel and proof of insurance.
  • Must subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of GSUSA

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Position requires the ability and willingness to perform tasks that include bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight.
  • Ability to bend, lift and carry up to 40lbs
  • The position also requires prolonged periods of standing and walking on rough and uneven terrain at camp.
  • Position occasionally requires working in severe weather conditions or while exposed to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions.

COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • All Girl Scouts of Maine employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

WORK SCHEDULE/AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Regular and predictable attendance
  • Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and in meeting the camp’s needs.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as well as frequent travel are required
  • Must be able to live onsite during the summer camp season. Camp season starts in June with trainings and ends in August
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Job Posting: 825862

Posted On: Sep 29, 2022

Updated On: Oct 29, 2022