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YMCA of Central New York CAMP EVERGREEN FOXES UNIT DIRECTOR in Manlius, New York

Job Title: Camp Evergreen Foxes Unit Director (Gr K&1)

Reports To: Associate Executive Director

Work Location: Camp Evergreen

FLSA: Exempt - FT Seasonal

Salary Range: Seasonal Salary $4500; Training $15.00/hour

A Career with a Cause:

We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and grow. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

Our purpose is to strengthen the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We are committed to these causes because a strong community is achieved when we invest in our children, health, neighbors, and values. Historically founded on the Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; our mission is to put these principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

We are for ALL.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement | YMCA OF CENTRAL NEW YORK (

Position Summary:

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Under the direction of the Associate Executive Director, the Unit Director is responsible for the direct supervision and organization of the assigned group including up to 10 staff and any junior counselor or counselor in training assigned to the unit. Responsible for organization of daily activities, special events, and rainy day activities such that the objectives of the East Area Family YMCA will be met and all activities will be appropriate for the age of the campers they are assigned. Provide opportunities for all campers to build confidence, learn new life-skills, and develop friendships. Plan and lead 1 overnight per session (4 total). The Unit Director assures the well-being for each participant in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and association policies in accordance with their training .

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $4500.00/season, Seasonal, non-exempt

  • YMCA Membership

  • YMCA Summer Day Camp Quality Service Theme:

By acting as role models and building lasting relationships, we make a positive difference in families’ lives.


The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • To attend and be involved in staff training and orientation.

  • To be available to work daily within the hours of the camp schedule as outlined by the Camp Director.

  • To work with other staff to develop a full recreational and educational program each session.

  • To attend all weekly camp staff meetings and participate in all extra meetings as needed.

  • To conduct one weekly lunch meeting with other staff in assigned group to discuss activity plans/overnight for the session. It is mandatory that all staff attend.

  • To meet with the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director as needed to discuss camp matters.

  • To assist in the development and implementation of special programs as assigned by the Program Director.

  • To maintain all records for the group including attendance, camper assignments to counselors, overnight attendance, parent communications.

  • To assist with the supervision of the lunch period and sit with a group of campers during the first 20 minutes to ensure that each camper is eating a proper lunch and drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration and other heat related illnesses.

  • To assist all campers the daily organization of their belongings.

  • To be involved in all activities, games, sports, etc. in which the unit is participating.

  • To be involved in the daily swim program as needed. If not needed, make daily checks of each swim area to ensure safety of campers (note: Female staffs are required to wear a one-piece bathing suit).

  • To act in a professional manner at all times including personal appearance, speech, and interaction with campers, their families, and other staff.

  • To develop and maintain a friendly working relationship and act as a resource/support person for the other staff members.

  • To understand that you are responsible for your team of campers, CIT’s, and counselors and that your plans should be implemented in such a way that your campers receive a fun, meaningful, and safe experience.

  • To be responsible for working with and supervising CITs assigned to your unit. To provide weekly positive feedback and constructive criticism to the Assistant Camp Director for any CIT’s assigned to your unit in the form of written evaluations.

  • To be responsible for the cleanliness and organization of the camp area including the pavilion, fields, camp shed, and any portion of the YMCA building used by the camp.

  • Handle all discipline problems in a consistent manner as they occur. See advice from Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director as needed.

  • Plan and lead 1 overnight per session (4 total).

  • Assign campers in unit to teepee groups and be responsible for the campers’ end of the day activities (campers to busses, extended hours, or parent pick-up).

  • Attend all family nights as planned. (2 per summer)

  • To be available after camp hours on the last day of the season and participate in the close up of camp.

To be responsible for implementing all other tasks as assigned by the Program Director, Assistant Camp Director or Camp Director.

Experience, Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a child related field or equivalent experience working with children in recreation and/or education.

  • 1-year of prior experience working in a camp setting/environment.

  • Must be 21 years of age.

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills both verbal and written are essential to the success of this position.

  • Brings to this position maturity, responsibility and a sincere interest in working with people.

  • Possess a general knowledge and understanding of YMCA, its goals, and its mission.

  • Possess knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in program implementation.

  • Possess knowledge of age appropriate activities and expectations of children ages 3 to 14.

Trainings & Certifications:

  • CPR/AED and/or First Aid certifications (opportunity provided).

  • Must attend and complete YMCA Child Abuse Prevention and other related training at Camp Iroquois Orientation.

YMCA Leadership Competencies:

  • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause

  • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence

  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs

Physical Demands:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Prolonged periods of standing and frequent bending.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.

  • Will be exposed to illness-causing bacteria and viruses

  • Must have basic swim abilities which include: swim at least 4 lengths of the pool (100 yards) and tread water for a minimum of 3 minutes.

    Work Environment:

    This job operates in a recreational and/or educational environment. This role routinely uses standard recreation and/or office equipment. At times, employees may be exposed to undesirable working conditions, communicable infectious diseases, and risk of injury from others. All employees are required to always follow the preventative health policies of the YMCA. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.