Assistant Director – Behavioral - Merrimack Valley YMCA - Camp Otter


Job Description

General Function:
The Assistant Director is responsible for the over-all day camp program, activities and events, with an emphasis on behavioral issues of campers.

Reports to: 
Camp Director 

General Responsibility:

  • To supervise and guide campers to achieve a positive summer camp experience 
  • To supervise and guide the staff throughout their summer experience 
  • Responsible for the organization and leadership of the daily programs.
  • Manages behavioral concerns for all campers.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning the staff orientation and subsequent summer training sessions
  • Assist in teaching staff their responsibilities during staff orientation 
  • Watch for positive experiences and provide positive feedback to counselors and other staff 
  • Provide leadership to staff committees, counselors and other program staff members in order to insure staff unity, high energy and good morale 
  • Serve as a positive role model for staff
  • Maintain a high degree of communication with all staff, campers, and parents 
  • Be responsible for the welfare of each camper and do all possible to solve problems 
  • Work with counselors, Resource Counselor, and Camp Director, to solve camper problems as needs arise. 
  • Run camper counselor meetings daily to communicate with a camper representative from each camp 
  • Use SUPERB VISION – walk around every day and look for those campers and staff who may need help fitting into the camp atmosphere these six things: 
    • Great behavior
    • Undesired behavior
    • Kids who need an extra boost
    • Staff who need an extra boost
    • Anything that might not be safe
    • Creative changes or additions to program. Be prepared to share what you have seen with the Camp Director.
  • Assist with mid-summer and end-of-summer evaluation of counselors, and other evaluations as necessary
  • Conduct and provide a written evaluation outlining each staff member’s performance
  • Supervise counselors, including correcting inappropriate behavior, and make sure campers are supervised by staff at all times. 
  • Key Liaison between parents and camp regarding any parent or camper issue (homesickness, behavior, emergency, etc.)
  • Key player in unit (camper and staff) discipline and crisis intervention. 
  • Communicate with staff regularly informally and formally in unit staff meetings and in general camp setting.
  • Carry out and enforce camp safety regulations

Physical & Mental Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Position requires ability to walk/run around the rough terrain of YMCA Camp Otter
  • Able to stand/move without sitting for four to five hours at a time 
  • Able to handle all emergency situations that may arise

Essential Functions

  • Ability to communicate and work with groups participating and provide necessary instructions to campers
  • Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity
  • Ability to manage groups of children in the out-of-doors

Financial Development:
Provides leadership and support of Annual Campaign that results in achievement of our annual fund-raising goal.

Other Duties:
Perform other duties as assigned by Senior Management.

Effect on End Results:
Development and delivery of quality programming that are both consistent with the goals and objectives of YMCA Camp Lawrence, as well as meet the needs and expectations of the camper families enrolled.

Apply by: June 3 2017


Camp/Organization: Merrimack Valley YMCA - Camp Otter (ACA Accredited)

Location: Salem, NH

Type of Position: Director

Time Frame: Seasonal


Education/Know How:

  • Individual of at least 22 years of age
  • College graduate or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 summers previous camp staff experience; preference to individuals with more experience
  • Current CPR and first aid certifications preferred
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults in a camp setting
  • Ability and experience in leading, supervising and teaching staff and campers 
  • Experience and skills in a variety of camp activities 
  • Good character, judgment, integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self control

Additional Information

The core values that guide the YMCA in fulfilling the mission and goals are: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility. We instill these values in all programs while making healthier lives achievable for everyone. The YMCA promotes an equal employment opportunity work place which includes reasonable accommodation of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees. Please see your manager should you have any questions about this policy or job duties. Nothing in the job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time nor does it cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Job descriptions should never be misconstrued as an employee contract. All employees are “at will.”


Jesse Wells

101 Amesbury St 4th Floor
Lawrence, MA, New Hampshire 01840

(978) 975-1330