Job Posting 89939

Director, Camp Yowochas
YWCA Edmonton
Northern Alberta
closes in 37 days (Fri, 6 Jan 2023)
full time
Employment Opportunity
Director, Camp Yowochas
Job ID: CY-001

YWCA Edmonton is searching for a dynamic, high-performing camp professional to oversee operations and activities at Camp Yowochas. The Camp Director leads a team of full-time and seasonal employees who work together to ensure Camp Yowochas remains the premiere year-round outdoor education facility and camp in Northern Alberta.

Leadership is key to this role. The Camp Director supervises, motivates and retains a well-trained, positive staff committed to providing an excellent camp experience to all visitors. Demonstrated fiscal management experience and strong written and verbal communications skills will be necessary to carry out a wide variety of camp duties such as budgeting, invoicing, program development and capital planning.

  • Directly supervise all full-time staff, seasonal Summer Camp Directors and support staff in kitchen and maintenance departments
  • Build a well-balanced, child-focused, qualified summer staff team, including recruitment, interviews, reference checks, and ensuring staff meet all the requirements of their role
  • Train, coach, motivate, and monitor staff performance to ensure staff meet the expectations of their role and are achieving camp objectives
  • Ensure visitor and parent expectations are met or exceeded during their camp experience, including registration, pre-camp communication, communication while camp is in session, and responding to inquiries in a timely manner
  • Conduct regular visitor and parent satisfaction surveys
  • Maintain membership and compliance with accrediting bodies, including Alberta Camping Association (ACA) and Paddle Alberta
  • Maintain and build new relationships with key external stakeholders
  • Work with YWCA Edmonton Director of Finance and Operations to develop budgets and manage revenue/expenses to meet financial targets
  • Develop and implement long-term capital planning
  • Maintain supply inventory, ensuring supplies are purchased within budget and invoices/receipts are submitted to the finance department on time
  • Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on time, including program set- up documents, hiring paperwork, payroll, staff scheduling, parent communication and surveys, accident &incident forms, YWCA visa reconciling, etc.
  • Lead the camp team to ensure all camp areas are clean, organized and well maintained
  • Be proactive regarding health & safety, risk management plans and any audit requirements
  • Understand and adhere to the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services
  • Integrate the importance and value of philanthropy and volunteerism among members, volunteers, donors and staff
  • Create an environment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) for all camp employees and camp users
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Ability to lead, empower and motivate a staff team of young leaders
  • Well developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work constructively as a team member in a complex organizational setting
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Must be flexible to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Post-secondary education in business, recreation, outdoor education, education, related field, or relevant comparable experience
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in the camping and outdoor recreation field
  • Valid Class 5 License required
  • Clear Intervention Record Check and Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector (no more than six months old)
  • Standard First Aid and Level C CPR certification from an Alberta OHS-approved training agency
  • Hospitality experience considered an asset
  • National Lifesaving Society (NLS) considered an asset
  • Challenge Course Level 2 Facilitator considered an asset
About Camp Yowochas
Camp Yowochas is a renowned summer camp and outdoor education centre located 45 minutes west of Edmonton, Alberta. As one of Alberta's largest and oldest camps, Camp Yowochas has been providing exceptional outdoor education and team-building experiences since 1916. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Wabamun, this historic non-denominational camp is owned and operated by YWCA Edmonton and boasts 60 acres of parkland and aspen forest.

Accredited by the Alberta Camping Association, Camp Yowochas focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for future leaders, promoting personal growth and building community in a secure and supportive setting. We offer a variety of programs designed to challenge and inspire participants of all ages, teaching respect for oneself, others and the environment. Whether it’s overnight camp sessions, day camps, leadership development programs or outdoor education adventures, Camp Yowochas has something for everyone.

In 2023, Camp Yowochas is expected to provide safe and fun summer camping experiences to 1,600 campers through the operation of a day camp and an overnight camp. Our outdoor education, leadership development programs, Indigenous-led healing retreats and other special weekends will accommodate another 7,000 individuals throughout the year.

All profits generated by Camp Yowochas support the programs and services of YWCA Edmonton.

About YWCA Edmonton
YWCA Edmonton is a powerful voice for equity and has been leading social change and progress for women & families in the Edmonton region since 1907. Part of an international movement, YWCA Edmonton is a trusted provider of services, programs and advocacy work that transforms lives and helps build a stronger, healthier, and equitable community for all. YWCA Edmonton is a member of YWCA Canada, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s social service organization.

For over a century, YWCA Edmonton has been dedicated to creating a community in which everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. We know that creating an equitable world requires diversity of thought and equity for all. We stay true to our mission by welcoming the unique contributions that each individual can make, and our hiring practices welcome all candidates. YWCA Edmonton is committed to maintaining a workplace environment that demonstrates a culture built on the fundamental principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and safety.

YWCA Edmonton acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of Treaty 6 Territory and the Metis Homeland of Region 4. The footsteps of diverse Indigenous peoples have marked this territory from time immemorial — First Nations, Metis, Inuit and now settlers from around the world. We are all treaty members, with recognition and respect for Indigenous Peoples and the traditional territories on which we live, work and play. We call upon our collective honored traditions and spirits to share responsibility for stewardship of this beautiful land and our community.

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