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Outdoor Environmental Education Director Posted Feb 21
YMCA of Greater Seattle , Longbranch, WA
Who are we?
At the Greater Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people from diverse backgrounds who shared a commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. With 13 branches, 2 summer camps, and dozens of program sites, strengthening community is our cause. We serve people throughout King and south Snohomish counties and beyond to help kids and families thrive.

Where you’ll work…
Located on the Key Peninsula in the South Puget Sound region of western Washington, YMCA Camp Colman encompasses over 100 acres of forest and waterfront. We work to create an inclusive, low-risk environment in which individuals are empowered to discover their unique strengths and talents and encouraged to share those with their peers, their community and the environment. We do this through inviting exploration, encouraging curiosity, guiding critical thinking, and supporting effort in the Environmental Sciences, Outdoor Skills and Challenge Education.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible; and onsite housing.

If this sounds like an organization you'd like to work for, read on!

What you’ll be doing…
The Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) Program Director is responsible for organizing the experience for the annual participants to the program in primarily the OEE program and with cross responsibilities in the summer camp program. The position includes hiring, orientation, training, supervising and mentoring 10 - 16 seasonal staff for each OEE season. The OEE Program Director ensures that excellent customer service and an overall quality experience are provided for each group that participates in the program. The OEE Program Director is a member of the YMCA Camp Colman management team and works with other on-site managers to ensure the successful operation of all camp programming. All full-time management staff at Camp Colman work with volunteers in the Annual Campaign to raise scholarship dollars for camp.

Principle Activities:
• Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates and supervises assigned staff and volunteers in assigned areas. Provides development and leadership.
• Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations and agencies related to assigned programs.
• Ensures high quality programs through innovative program development evaluations and on going training of staff.
• Establishes new program activities and expands program(s) within the community in accordance with the Association and branch strategic plans.
• Develops and manages the budgets related to the position. Meets fiscal objectives. Closely monitors revenue and expense.
• Compiles program statistics and provides data and reports as required for assigned program(s). Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program(s).
• Provides leadership and support for branch management team, annual fundraising campaign, and volunteer committees/boards as assigned.
• Develops, produces and distributes program information necessary to promote assigned programs, in accordance with branch marketing plans.
• Ensures that safety procedures are followed and that all programs are in compliance with YMCA standards, all regulations and other applicable standards.
• Ensures upkeep of related facilities and equipment

Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you excel at building relationships and enjoy working with people. You love working with and mentoring new staff and are excited to spend your time impacting the lives of those in our camp community. You pride yourself in being level headed, a strong communicator and are able to manage multiple assignments and priorities. You have the ability to build strong relationships on an individual level and with communities. You have a track record of being able to develop and implement quality programming. You have excellent communication, facilitation and teaching skills.

You should have:
1. Bachelor's degree in program area or related field or equivalent education/experience.
2. Four or more years of related experience including staff and volunteer supervision, community program development, financial management and fund raising.
3. Broad knowledge of assigned program area(s) and the standards and regulations related to the programming.
4. Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.
5. CPR and First Aid certifications required.
6. Experience and knowledge with youth behavior management and child abuse prevention.
7. Experience in work with challenging youth exposed to or involved in substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, violence and other difficult situations
8. Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office suite.
9. Ability to visit sites and community organizations.

Competencies for success at the Y:
• Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
• Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
• Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
• Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
• Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
• Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:
• Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
• Are very adaptable
• Have high ownership and strong work ethic
• Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
• Truly enjoy being of service to people
• Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
• Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.

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