We recently bid our longtime friend and recent Program Director Taylor Fellows good luck as she left for new pastures. We’re thankful for her years of service!
And we know that with Summer 2017 just seven and a half short months away, camp planning must go on— right away!
With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that we’re hiring a new Program Director at Camp Alleghany for Girls! (See the ACA job listing and our detailed page about the position.) Since we have a pretty low rate of turnover for our core administrative team, this is an awesome opportunity for the right person to join our fun and committed top staff.
And I get to have some fun telling you about this position and, equally, about how awesome it is to work with us.
First off, we get to work with the wonderful girls who come to us for camp, sharing in their lives, influencing their encounter with the world, and watching many of them who come to us summer after summer grow and change over the years.
We take our responsibility to these girls very seriously — but fortunately, there’s a lot of enjoyment and fun in that seriousness because this is, after all, CAMP!
For every child who attends camp, that camp makes up a key component of the child’s whole education. We see ourselves — and the camp industry sees itself — as providing a rich portion of the child’s changing experience from year-to-year, with opportunities, encounters, and relationships that are different from, and a complement to, the academic school year.
And you, as Program Director, would help shape this at Camp Alleghany!
On one hand, you’ll supervise and implement long-standing programs and activity departments, keeping what’s great about them and building on their successes. On the other hand, there’s always room for creativity and innovation, giving you an opportunity to suggest, develop, and try out new aspects within these areas and possibly to introduce entirely new activities, too.
During the off-season, you’ll work on that development, as well as on hiring your counseling staff for the summer. Working closely with me, one of the Camp Directors, we’ll brainstorm, give shape to ideas, and watch each upcoming summer’s entire camp program come together. And bonus — this is a job you can do from home, telecommuting and using other modern techniques to get work done in a way that allows for superior work-life balance for the right disciplined and detail-oriented person.
On-season, during the summer, you’ll work at a more demanding pace, living on-site at camp, supervising your staff of about 70 counselors, and wearing a variety of different hats as the thick of the summer season unfolds. You can even bring your kids with you to camp as we’re a family-friendly (and family owned and operated) business.
Certain facets of the job like staff training and supervision, lesson planning, and meeting ACA standards have become highly defined, as you’ll see in our detailed job duties listing. But because there’s a creative side to the position, too, in some ways it’s always evolving here and there. This makes it an ideal venue for your personal stamp!
It is a position where the ideal candidate is a camp professional, or experienced with summer camps, has a degree in Outdoor Education or a related educational field, and maybe even has attended Camp Alleghany (or sent a child here).
Not to toot our own horn too much, but we’re a fun and dynamic administrative team that bats around ideas and works collaboratively to solve problems, develop new approaches and offerings, and always stays abreast of the most up-to-date information and resources in the camp industry.
At the core of our mission, of course, are our campers. That’s where the love is, the drive is, and the purpose is. Serving camp families with superior programs, top-notch staff, safety, quality, inclusion, and innovation makes this a position that’s more than a job — it’s a passion.
You can read a brief job description on the American Camp Association’s listings page and a more detailed listing on our website here. Please read these thoroughly and if you think this would be right for you, by all means throw your hat into the ring and send me a cover letter and resume!
I hope to hear from YOU!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls