YMCA Camp Carson Branch Executive Director

Camp Carson is seeking a Branch Executive Director. Camp Carson is at 90% capacity for 2020 with wait lists for most sesssions.

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Carson YMCA


Princeton, IN 47670-9641

Camp Information

YMCA Camp Carson
2034 Outer Lake Road
Princeton, IN 47670

Camp Description

Situated in Southwestern Indiana (on the edge of Princeton and half an hour from Evansville), this 300- acre YMCA Camp Carson with miles of forest trails, fields and creek, and its’ private lake (Lake Seminole) have made an indelible imprint in the hearts of many individuals over its’ 80- year history. Now, a committed Board of volunteers, seasoned leadership team, and vested alumni await the next visionary that can help our impact endure for the next generation of campers. We have made wise investments in our property, team and culture that have yielded the following results: • Enrollment for Summer 2020 is at 90% of capacity as of 1/1/20 with waiting list for most sessions • Camp has implemented a Wait List for resident camping programs for the past three years • 1,400 children are served annually • We achieve a 65-68% camper retention rate • Camp Carson’s endowment has reached $1,000,000 • $2.5 million has been raised and utilized for land and facility improvements since 2014, reinvigorating roughly 80% of the property/facilities • An established Alumni program, coordinated by a Camp Engagement/ Development position, and emphasis on planned giving, has connected former campers to our current work • Donors believe in what we are doing and we see $175,000 raised annually in contributed income • Signature partnership programs like NYPUM, Camp Corral and Safety Patrol have a sound and established history. Opportunities that await the next leader of Camp Carson are: completing the current capital campaign, construction of a new Adventure Village and extensive Horse Barn, giving high priority to the second phase of the site master plan that calls for a new Dining Hall among other upgrades, improving upon Extended Season programs, envisioning Day Camps, and continuing our partnership conversations with a major local university.

Job Description


Under the direction of the CEO and with guidance from the Camp Board of Managers, the Executive Director is responsible for the development and administration of YMCA programs and the supervision of exempt employees, and designated non-exempt full-time and part-time employees. The Executive Director will be accountable for the work of the camp in accordance with Association goals, objectives, and policies.

The staff accountability is to the CEO for achieving mutually accepted performance goals and adhering and administering policies, practices, and procedures established by the Association Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is responsible for management and administration of all aspects of camp operations. Those aspects include selection, employment, training and supervision of staff; operation of facilities and program sites; development and implementation of plans to deepen camper/board/alumni/donor engagement; management of camp fiscal affairs; establishment of good community relations and marketing strategies; selection and utilization of a strong volunteer structure; focus on board development and fundraising; and establishment and implementation of Association and camp strategic plans.


1. BA/BS degree in a related field

2. Recognition as a Multi-team or Branch Leader or equivalent preferred.

3. A minimum of 8-10 years successful, professional camping and administrative experience (10 years preferred) with the YMCA and a sound understanding of the philosophy and nature of the YMCA.

4. Because of the scope and diversity of responsibilities, it calls for a person of maturity and good judgment with sound human relationship skills.

5. Experience in board development and fundraising is highly preferred

6. Experience in the supervision and training of volunteers and staff is essential.

7. A proven track record of successful marketing, financial development/fundraising, membership development, board development and program innovation is necessary.

8. As summer operations operate at capacity, a sound understanding of extended season operational development and risk will be key.

Essential Functions

1. Articulate a clear vision for the mission and goals of the YMCA, which inspires and engages internal constituents and the external community.

2. Champion and integrate character development and the five core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith in all aspects of camp operations.

3. Uphold the mantra that camp is a place where all campers are Accepted, Challenged, Empowered.

4. Ensure the Vision/Mission/Commitment to Excellence document is an active component of camp culture.

5. Enhance participant enrollment through new and existing programs, by offering progressive and innovative programs while also developing programs to meet the needs of a diverse community.

6. Develop, manage, and monitor the camp operating budget and meet or exceed budgeted targets.

7. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community agencies and other organizations.

8. Develop and lead the planning and implementation of sound public relations, member service, and marketing efforts, including identifying and implementing camping program thrusts of the Association.

9. Develop and maintain camp organizational structure in concert with the by-laws of the Association and Camp General Rules. Recommend practices to the Camp Board of Managers in accordance with Association policies.

10. Prepare and maintain statistical, analytical, and narrative reports and records related to camp programs and operations as required.

11. Serve as an active and contributing member of the executive staff team of the YMCA of South Western Indiana, Inc.

12. Coordinate management and maintenance of owned and leased facilities, properties, and equipment in accordance with Association standards.

13. Complies with the camping standards of the National YMCA and the American Camping Association.

14. Develop and maintain relationships with current and potential funding sources.

15. Develop and involve the Camp Board of Managers and related committees in establishing and achieving camp goals.

16. Direct the Annual Campaign with the camp Engagement and Development Director and lead capital campaign efforts as needed in order to expand YMCA service opportunities with the local community.

17. Recruit, select, develop, and deploy camp staff.

18. Develop and evaluate performance of camp staff based on mutually accepted performance goals.

19. Provide opportunities and resources to meet staff training and development needs, including camping program staff training activities for total Association.

20. Direct staff and volunteers in the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the goals of the Association and camp strategic plans.

21. Provide leadership/support for Association-wide projects and programs as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies


Mission Advancement: Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y. Leads a culture of volunteerism ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership. Leads a culture of philanthropy.

Collaboration: Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization. Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community. Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the YMCA. Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively.

Operational Effectiveness: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives. Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives. Develops and implements stewardship strategies. Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives.

Personal Growth: Creates a learning organization. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. Shares authority and demonstrates courage andhumility. 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.


$65,000.00 - $75,000.00

Other Compensation

YMCA Retirement Fund 10% Association Contribution

Health, Dental, Short-Term Disabiltiy, Long-Term Disability and Life Insurnace

Generous PTO Package


Camp Vehicle

Room and board provided


How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

Feb. 7, 2020

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