Year-Round, Full-Time, Exempt Indian Brook Director

Year-Round, Full-Time, Exempt

Reports To:  Program Director

Position Summary

The Indian Brook Camp Director has the primary responsibility of effectively managing a summer camp program for girls, gender non-binary, and trans campers.  The camp has approximately 130 campers per session (age 9-14) and 65 staff.  This position is the primary representative to all constituency groups (parents, campers, staff, alumni, Farm & Wilderness management, and the Board of Trustees) in regard to all aspects of the Indian Brook camp program.  The Director’s primary responsibility is to strive for the good health and happiness of the campers, and full enrollment at Indian Brook.  The Director is responsible for all aspects of staff management, camper/parent relations, program development/management, camp risk management, American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation, budget oversight and adherence to the F&W mission.  This is a year-round, exempt, salaried position.  The Indian Brook Director is required to live on-site and work 6 days per week during the camp season (June to late August), work event weekends, and travel in the off-season.  Position work location is Plymouth, VT.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Develop goals, objectives, and outcomes for the Indian Brook Program, within the context of the greater Farm & Wilderness (F&W) mission
  • Maintain a program that fosters the positive physical, emotional, and spiritual health of all campers and staff
  • Participate in the overall F&W recruitment and communication strategies as requested by the Executive Director and determined by the Marketing Team
  • Recruit, interview, and hire seasonal staff for Indian Brook Camp
  • Train and prepare staff for camp responsibilities, as well as ensure that staff is effectively supervised and evaluated by providing professional support and mentorship each summer
  • Work to ensure that Indian Brook implements inclusivity and equity education and programming for both staff and campers, and participates in the overall organizational inclusivity and equity mission of F&W
  • Effectively manage the budget and actively participate in preparing the budget each Fall
  • Manage the Red Spruce Grove (RSG) program; including the management and support of the Associate Director in all aspects of camper and staff recruitment, support, and communication

Additional Responsibilities

Staff Development

  • Maintain F&W personnel policies and practices and ensure training for all seasonal staff in policies
  • Coordinate completion of seasonal staff paperwork

Camper and Parent Communication/Recruitment

  • Work to achieve full enrollment through outreach, marketing and maintaining quality programming
  • Year-round outreach to families and campers via electronic updates, Interim articles, and phone calls; and maintain weekly blogs in the summer
  • Respond in a timely manner to all parent phone calls or emails during the camp season (in 24 hrs. or less) and in the off-season
  • Ensure that the Lightning Bug (printed camper address book) and camper letters are produced and mailed no later than two weeks after the end of camp

Camp Program Management

  • Work with the Program Director to create and implement assessment tools to regularly evaluate program outcomes
  • Implement the necessary training and program structure to effectively meet identified goals
  • Participate as a member of the Program Team of F&W, attend required meetings, and actively collaborate with other camp directors
  • Fully participate in and oversee residential camp life by sharing chores, meals, work, and activities with campers
  • Manage the quality, safety, and success of the camper experience by overseeing mentoring and disciplinary systems
  • Maintain all of the American Camping Association standards and manage the accreditation process for your camp
  • Effectively manage the opening and closing of camp by working with the Resource and Operations Director
  • Help coordinate and facilitate Skills Week with Program Director, Camp Directors, Operations Director and workshop leaders
  • Work with Trip Coordinators, Camp Directors, and Rocks and Ropes Coordinator to ensure F&W trips have the necessary gear, technical support, transportation and staffing required

Risk Management

  • Ensure staff is effectively trained in the Emergency Action Plan, emergency response systems for the camp, and trip evacuations
  • Act in conjunction with the emergency response team in the event of a life-threatening emergency or crisis
  • Monitor all programs for risk, and ensure that all safety protocols and procedures are being implemented by camp staff
  • Ensure all qualified staff is approved to drive and have received the necessary training to drive vans and/or canoe trailers; work with Head Driver to coordinate vehicles and training
  • Ensure that all staff has the required certifications to work in their positions
  • Keep Operations Director and Executive Director informed of any incidents or potential risk situations
  • Maintain excellent communication with the nurse during the camp season, and stay aware of any incidents, health concerns, and health care system changes

Physical Plant Management

  • Ensure the care and cleanliness of the Indian Brook physical plant while camp is in session
  • Work with Sustainable Resources staff to prioritize maintenance projects, identify potential hazards and the needs of the camp physical plant.
  • Ensure work projects staff work collaboratively with Resource on summer projects

General F&W Director Responsibilities

  • Submit Director’s report in September; performance evaluation in December
  • Participate in F&W recruitment and marketing activities for all camps
  • Attend the October Board of Trustees meeting and Program Team Retreats in October and March
  • Actively participate in the annual weekend events, such as Harvest Weekend, Ice Cutting and Spring Planting Weekend
  • Assist Executive Director with tasks as assigned
  • Attend trainings that are necessary for professional development, such as but not limited to Anti-Racism Training, Wilderness First Responder, and ACA

Qualifications:

Required

  • Commitment to youth development and progressive social change
  • Training, classes or life experience addressing issues of race, class, and gender within the U.S. culture
  • Experienced educator in an experiential or classroom setting; (experience in program design a plus)
  • Background or experience in Outdoor Education, Experiential, Environmental or Adventure Education
  • Commitment to relationship building: must possess the ability and desire to build strong relationships with campers, staff, and families
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; should be comfortable speaking one-on-one and in front of large groups, as well as with written correspondence in all media
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support staff
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work tasks, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent computer and organizational skills
  • Self-starter with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot in both outdoor education and office settings

Experience Desired

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • F&W work experience
  • Experience and/or desire to work with adolescent girls, gender non-binary, and trans youth
  • Experience managing youth programs in an outdoor setting
  • American Camp Association visitor

Organizational Summary

Farm & Wilderness Foundation (F&W) is a non-profit, educational organization operating eight summer camp programs for children and teens, a family camp, retreat rentals, and a conservation organization.  Encompassing property over 1,500-acres in the Green Mountains of Vermont, F&W programs are rich in adventure, community, and a spirit that fosters individual connections with the natural world.  While each camp and initiative provide unique programs addressing age and interests, all F&W activities are shaped by Quaker principles and the common belief that individuals and communities are strengthened by justice, honesty, self-reliance, diversity, and respect for all persons.  In 2018, F &W joined forces with the Ninevah Foundation to manage the conservation of more than 3,300 acres of land and water in the Lake Ninevah valley.  People of any race, background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or economic status are encouraged to apply to join our community as campers or staff. To learn more about F&W please visit: http://www.farmandwilderness.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

Farm & Wilderness is an equal opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment shall be unlawfully denied an employment opportunity for which the employee or applicant is qualified because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other protected category. F&W is committed to non-discrimination in its employment.

 

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Julie Sanderson at [email protected], subject line “Indian Brook Director”.