Executive Camp Director

Ozarks Regional YMCA is seeking a highly-motivated, cause-driven, passionate candidate for Camp Director serving families in the MO Ozarks.

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Wakonda


Ash Grove, MO 65604-7147

Camp Information

Camp Wakonda
22237 Lawrence 2080
Ash Grove, MO 65604

Camp Description

Camp Wakonda is part of the Ozarks Regional YMCA located in the beautiful Ozarks of Southern Missouri. Only 13 miles from Springfield, Missouri where residents enjoy world-class attractions and dining along with spectacular entertainment, lakes, rivers, and cultural endeavors. The area offers top schools, world-class hospitals, a low cost of living, a well-rounded city that supports a thriving arts community and an excellent quality of life. The camp facilitates rentals, summer residential camps for second graders through high school seniors, and a growing outdoor education program that serves 350 students from Springfield Public Schools. It serves over 500 youth campers each summer from Missouri and surrounding states. The camp was originally founded in 1914 on the banks of the White River. Between 1952 and 1953, camp moved to its present location on the banks of Goose Creek just southwest of Halltown, MO. Camp Wakonda’s 100 acres of woodlands, fields and streams are home to multitude of wildlife including deer, turkeys, owls, hawks, squirrels, and woodchucks. A climbing tower, high & low ropes courses, archery & rifle ranges, arts & crafts, nature center and pool offer campers opportunities to try new skills. Lifelong friendships are created and growth in self-confidence and self-esteem develops a sense of newfound independence. Historic dining and recreation halls and a new solar bath and shower house round out the facilities and offer campers the creature comforts of camp. A new lake was completed in 2016 providing campers the opportunity to participate in canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Campers also enjoy swimming, a water trampoline, the blob, and a giant Slip-n-Slide.

Job Description

The successful candidate is responsible for overall camp operations, including the recruitment and retention of both campers and staff. The executive camp director will develop long range plans to ensure the continued growth of the camp, including marketing, programs, communication and superior customer service strategies.

The executive director will work with the association’s leadership, camp advisory board, and collaborate with outside organizations and community groups to promote the camp’s successes and extend its reach. The candidate is responsible for the overall safety and enjoyment of the participants by promoting and role modeling a healthy and safe environment.



• Excellent written communication skills with grant writing, marketing, and correspondence.

• Proven verbal communication skills that impact human relations at all levels of responsibility; strong interpersonal and leadership skills

• Experienced organizational, teambuilding, programming, and project management skills

• Ability to take initiative, be flexible, use sound judgment, and work harmoniously with others

• Willingness to work with diverse populations

• Ability to respond to Emergencies at any time


• Apply appropriate safety and emergency procedures.

• Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to weather and program activities.

• Lead and participate in recreational activities which may include running, throwing, and kicking.

• Physical ability to respond to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of staff.

• Endurance including: prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching: requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, insect and animals.


• Bachelor’s degree (Parks and recreation, human services, education, social services, business or equivalent)

• Six or more years of operational experience, preferably in a YMCA or other not-for-profit camp environment.

• Two years of experience managing a budget of $300,000 or more.

• Three years of experience supervising multiple staff. YMCA Multi-Team certification highly preferred.

• Knowledge of ACA Accreditation requirement.

Essential Functions

Ensure delivery of high-quality camp programming by collaborating with the assistant camp director, continuing education and training on cultural shifts and activity trends to remain current with information on the developmental needs of youth, teens, and families.

Oversee, with the help of the assistant camp director, the daily operation of resident camps, rentals, and outdoor experiences. Responsibilities include food service, business operations, successful camper and staff supervision, and health care services.

Utilize prudent decision-making and continually analyze data regarding enrollment trends, recruitment and retention strategies, as well as program outcomes.

Manage property development and maintenance needs to ensure stewardship of current resources and identification of future needs.

Oversee financial management, budgeting, and fund development to allow for adequate annual funding that meets operational goals.

Develop and design long-term fund-raising strategies for the camp program and facilities with the assistance of the camp advisory board.

Recruit and retain staff based on camper enrollment and program management requirements by implementing human resources compliance practices and procedures.

Train staff on crisis communication, emergency response, and risk management procedures.

Apply basic youth development principles in working with staff through communication, relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

Always ensure safe and efficient operations for camp facilities by conducting annual assessments of safety, trainings, property and maintenance needs.

Ensure licensing/certification for facility elements, programs, and equipment records are current, maintained, and on file regarding inspections and regulations.

Seek and analyze input from youth, camper parents, alumni, families, and staff regarding the quality of the camp experience. This includes feedback on camp programs, staff, and safety.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Desired competencies for this role are philanthropy, inclusion, project management, fiscal management, quality results and leading others.

Required Certifications

• Certifications required within 30 days of hire: American Red Cross CPR and First Aid

• YMCA Multi-Team certification highly preferred.


$43,000.00 - $49,000.00

Other Compensation


Excellent benefits include quality health/dental/life options, onsite housing for employee and immediate family (room & board), 9% employer funded retirement plan after two years of service, complimentary household YMCA membership and discounted programs, generous paid time off package, leadership development opportunities, and a challenging, fun and cause-driven work environment with innovative, passionate and diverse individuals. The incumbent will exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all aspects of their work with the YMCA, as well as model the Y Mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Room and board provided


How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

Dec. 31, 2019

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