Food Service and Facilities Director

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YMCA Camp Merrill Benson

Mt. Carroll, IL 61053-

YMCA Camp Merrill Benson
16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053-

Located in Northwest Illinois, Camp Benson has been providing positive camping experiences for over 80 years. Our breath taking 113 acre woods boast a river, rock climbing cliffs, a cave and has been dedicated a state wildlife preserve. Camp Benson has experienced tremendous growth thanks to a dedicated staff team, board of directors, donors and campers. Camp has added 14 new cabins since 2010. The dining hall was built in 2005 and expanded in 2014, and several new programming elements have been added, as well, with significant plans for more before the 2016 summer camp season. Camp has experienced significant enrollment growth over the last 5 years and we expect this trend to continue.

Under the guidance of the Camp Director, this position is a part of the team responsible for marketing, planning, developing, supervising and coordinating a high quality Resident Summer Camp and Retreat program at YMCA Camp Benson. This position carries responsibility for providing high quality food service within nutritional and cost guidelines. Must meet applicable American Camp Association Standards and Illinois Health laws in food service area. Responsible for cleanliness and light maintenance of the camp kitchen and dining facility, and for the preparation and management of the Food Service Department Budget. 

This position also oversees the maintenance and upkeep of camp buildings and grounds. Responsible for making sure the grounds are properly maintained, keeping all maintenance equipment in working order and performing minor repairs to buildings when necessary.

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of an Associate’s  *Degree or equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • One to two years of experience in hospitality or food service is required.
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Experience hiring, supervising, and leading a team is required.
  • Employee must have working knowledge of a PC environment, Gmail, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Excellent interpersonal, public relations and written communication skills are required. Must also be comfortable with oral presentations.
  • A Illinois Driver’s license and the capacity to drive to various locations throughout the state.

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

  • Certifications required within 1 week of hire: West Bend Insurance Training.
  • Certifications required within 60 days of hire include: completion of CPR; First Aid; AED.

  • Recruits, hires and trains the highest caliber of kitchen staff within all state, ACA, YMCA, and ServSafe Illinois standards. 
  • Evaluates and monitors the camp food program, ensuring the food service program meets the needs of the participants, including special dietary needs and restrictions. Designs menus to meet these needs while staying within cost guidelines.
  • Works with vendors to purchase food and supplies at lowest cost and highest quality possible. Evaluates vendor relationships on an annual basis.
  • Develops an annual budget under the guidance of the Camp Director. 
  • Monitors expenses monthly and submits a monthly finance report to the Director.
  • Submits food invoices on a weekly basis for authorization/payment.
  • Assists with the coordination of activities and operations between camp departments as they relate to the food service programs and the camp in general such as assigned retreat coverage.
  • Maintains all kitchen and facilities equipment in a proper quality manner.
  • Monitors kitchen inventory and maintains food stock throughout the year.
  • Responsible for maintaining camp’s natural resources, facilities, and equipment during the year. This includes, but is not limited to, mowing the grass, cleaning buildings, cutting firewood, and minor building repairs.
  • Assists in the coordination of ACA guidelines and accreditation.
  • Assists in training and supervising all Summer Camp and Retreat staff positions.
  • In the winter months, will help the Camp Director develop and improve camp programs.
  • Continues professional growth through educational study and conference attendance.
  • Maintains positive relationships within the YMCA, retreat groups, camping communities, and professional organizations.
  • Provides courteous and professional service to guests
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
$25,000.00 - $27,000.00

After qualifications are met you will be eligible to participate in the YMCA Retirement Fund. Currently, eligible employees who contribute 4% of their payroll will benefit from a 6% match by the YMCA (totaling 10%). You may enroll under the YMCA’s group health insurance plan, which includes dental coverage and disability insurance. Participation will start the first of the month after the 60 day enrollment period ends.


How to Apply

Elijah Rolli, 16355 Scenic Palisades Road, Mt. Carroll IL, 61053-

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