Director of Camp Hale

Sandwich, NH

At United South End Settlements (USES), we offer programs that support the whole family in achieving economic mobility. We help parents and caregivers develop their own capacity to reach their goals, increase their income and assets, and connect with new networks of people through One-on-One Coaching combined with opportunities for personal development through Family Mobility programming. For children and youth, we provide quality education and enrichment opportunities that foster personal development and social-emotional skills such as perseverance, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving – Early Childhood Education, club48 out of school time programming, and Camp Hale on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. We believe that as families increase their income and assets, become more resilient and connect to a diverse network, they and their children are more likely to develop the necessary skills to disrupt the cycle of poverty.

As United South End Settlements celebrates its 125th year and beyond, we are now reaffirming our founding vision of an inclusive community where neighbors from all walks of life work together so that all can thrive, while implementing a bold, new model designed to promote economic mobility and social capital to break the generational cycle of poverty.

As Director of Camp Hale, you’ll play a vital role in leading the Camp Hale program with seasonal programming on Squam Lake and year-round programming and engagement in Boston. The residential camping experience provides boys and girls, ages 6-14, with a unique opportunity for personal growth and development in a natural environment that is not found in typical urban living. The Director of Camp Hale, who resides at Camp Hale from June through October, oversees all aspects of management of Camp Hale, including recruitment, enrollment, curriculum development that promotes child development and environmental learning, supervision of staff, ensuring campers’ safety, maintaining American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation, family and event rentals, and physical property. In addition, the Director is responsible for the financial health of the camp and is a critical partner, along with the Co-Executive Directors, in leading fundraising efforts. 

The Camp Hale Director will manage the whole Camp Hale Team, including a year-round Operations Director and seasonal staff including Camp Chef, Nurse, and all program staff. The Director will work across the organization with program directors, managers, and staff of Early Childhood Education, Club48, and Family Mobility as well as integral functions across the Executive Team, Development, Operations, Human Resources, and Finance. This position will report directly to Co-Executive Director, Jerrell Cox.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO  

The key responsibilities of this position include:

Organizational Leadership and Program Stewardship 

  • Uphold and help further the mission of the organization 

  • Work closely with senior staff to facilitate departmental goals and ensure program activities are aligned with USES’ strategic direction 

  • Develop funding strategies with Co-Executive Directors and Development team drawing from local and Boston resources for short and long-term sustainability 

  • Be a liaison between Camp Hale and city of Sandwich, NH and Boston USES campus 

  • Support the collection and use of data about Camp Hale campers for continuous program improvement, including entering information into Camp Site, Salesforce and other databases as needed 

  • Present as the content expert on summer residential camps and ensure Senior Leadership and Board are updated on trends in camping and youth development  

  • Serve as a thought partner in expanding and marketing Camp Hale and other USES youth programs to attract families from diverse communities   

  • Seek out and promote opportunities to support families across USES programs in collaboration with Family Mobility team  

Management & Program Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for the overall pre-planning and implementation of camp program activities 

  • Align structure, including length and target audience, of camp sessions for maximum programmatic and financial impact 

  • Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and supervise all camp staff (including cooks and nurses)  

  • Develop and implement a summer and year-round curriculum for off-season that promotes positive youth development and environmental learning 

  • Ensure the safe and secure operation of the camp, including safety drills and procedures 

  • Develop and maintain program goals, activities, policies, and procedures that reflect current best practices in both youth development and environmental learning 

  • Work with data and evaluation team to develop and implement tools to measure program impact annually 

  • Assess growth potential and use data to determine pace and quality of programming 

  • Develop annual timeline for overall Camp Hale program activities and events 

  • Oversee and manage event opportunities; outreach, promotion and contract negotiation 

Outreach & Relationship Building Responsibilities 

  • Cultivate strong relationships with Camp Hale campers and families 

  • Build and maintain relationships with Camp Hale neighbors and Camp Hale Alumni Association.  

  • Conduct outreach to schools, community-based organizations, camp fairs, and other groups for purpose of facilitating enrollment 

  • Develop partnerships with community-based, educational, or other organizations to enhance program activities at camp 

 Fiscal/Financial Responsibilities  

  • Enrollment of campers and meet revenue goals 

  • Ensure accuracy and efficiency in billing and collection of parent fees 

  • Develop program budget and manage expenses to budget 

  • Conduct periodic market analysis that includes rate comparisons 

  • Coordinate off-season rental use of camp property to maximize revenue opportunities 

  • Play an active role in fundraising for Camp Hale by participating in stewardship and cultivation events and activities with donors and prospects, and communication in Salesforce database 

  • Ensure that grant proposals/reports are timely, accurate, and compelling  

  • Partner with development team to produce marketing materials that highlight the impact of Camp Hale 

Regulatory/Physical Planning Responsibilities 

  • Operation of facilities, including both grounds and buildings.  Coordinate subcontractors and other repairs as needed 

  • Maintain required records, permits and licenses in accordance with both MA and NH regulations and standards 

  • Maintain American Camping Association accreditation and ensure that all policies and procedures meet ACA standards 

  • Ensure contract compliance with and maintain accurate records for NH food reimbursement programs.  

  • Other duties as assigned  

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • At least 5-7 years experience in youth development or in the camping arena, with at least 3 years experience in program coordination or management. Extensive leadership experience in a camp or youth program required 

  • At least 3 years experience supervising staff required 

  • Must have facility and excitement  in working with urban youth, staff, agency personnel, and families.  Must be familiar with best practices in child development and astute at implementing environmental and recreational education curriculum

  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including familiarity with Camp Site, Salesforce, and other related databases preferred

  • Demonstrated timely problem-solving skills and flexibility 

  • Familiarity and experience with American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards strongly preferred

WHAT WE OFFER

The salary range for this role is $67,000-$72,000 and is commensurate with experience. We’ll promote your professional growth and development by providing access to a benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension contributions, paid vacation, and more.   We’ll provide a stipend to support housing and travel during camp’s off season, including gas, mileage and access to a rental car if needed.  

WORK EXPECTATIONS AT USES

This role is based at Camp Hale on Squam Lake in Sandwich, NH from June through October.  Our preference is for candidates to reside in the greater Boston area during the off season and be available to travel occasionally within the region to support ongoing relationship management with Camp Hale and USES stakeholders.  

While based in our Boston-office, our standard administrative work schedule is  9-5, but there will be occasional early morning, evening, and weekend needs dependent on Executive Team needs, Board and community meetings, etc. Masks are required to be worn indoors by staff and all children over the age of 2 years. All staff entering the office building are subject to weekly COVID testing and will be asked about vaccination status.

While at camp, the Director works 6 days per week and time off is scheduled based on the needs of camp. This position requires you to be on call 24/7 while camp is in session and you must be available in the event of an emergency.  There is an administrative team to support the Director while the Director is off site managing public relations, fundraising and scheduled time off.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are encouraged to promptly submit their application through the online portal. All applicants will receive a response to their application within two weeks of submission. Candidates can expect a comprehensive interview process with USES team members, including a final interview onsite at Camp Hale.  Expected start date for the role is March 2022.

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USES is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, genetics, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. USES is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team.