The Trustees of Brantwood Camp, in Southern New Hampshire, seek an Executive Director to begin May 2019.
Brantwood is a registered 501©3, not-for-profit organization serving boys and girls who could not otherwise afford a residential camping experience.
“For more than 100 years Brantwood has provided inner-city boys the opportunity to enjoy a residential summer camping experience, and in 1982 we made the same commitment to girls on a separate campus nearby. Through a structured and diverse program, Brantwood campers have fun while growing in healthy ways.
The Brantwood experience enables a camper to live, think, and act responsibly, with greater independence, self-reliance, and self-esteem. Many of our campers return year after year, eager to see familiar faces, to relive Brantwood traditions, and to welcome new challenges. It is Brantwood’s hope that each child will leave camp with broadened interests and a sense of accomplishment, having made new friends, mastered new skills, and achieved a new measure of self confidence”
Brantwood seeks a highly organized leader, one who can harness the talent of others, where appropriate, and be a true self-starter.
This is a 12-month position, one that includes at least the following:
Visible & Proactive Leadership
- Be the main face of the camp in interactions with sponsors, vendors and other partners as well as donors
- Lead a forward thinking process of continuous improvement and inquiry into the Camp’s impact and effectiveness in alignment with its mission
Recruiting, Hiring and Mentoring Staff
- Recruit and hire of mission-appropriate staff, mentoring staff, providing necessary staff training and maintaining off-season contact with staff members
Camper Registration, both through Sponsors and Individual Contacts
- Oversee camper registration
- Maintain and enhance contacts with current sponsors (those who send campers to Brantwood). This involves visiting key sponsors as needed
- Explore potential new sponsors
- Develop a plan for maintaining off-season contact with current campers and families
Program Design, Quality and Impact
- Critically assess and generate processes for aligning program with campers of today, seek evidence of impact (and efficacy), and actively assess staff for its ability to deliver an intentional experience
Buildings and Grounds Oversight
- Maintain the physical plant with the guidance of the Board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee
- Pre/post‑camping season facility rentals (3-4 per year). It is the assumption that the Executive Director will be on-site during facility rentals. If unable to be there in person, s/he will arrange for a member of the Brantwood staff to be so
- With the Board’s Finance Committee, prepare and report on budget
- Work with the Board Development Committee, assisting with all fund-raising efforts including database management
- Work to develop a more active and effective alumni/ae association
- Attend all regular Trustees’ meetings. Report on regular basis to the President of the Board and/or Executive Committee. Attend any or all committee meetings
- Implement any initiatives as defined by the Board and its committees
- Ensure compliance with all governmental inspections, regulations, subsidies, etc.
- Maintain contacts with camping associations such as The American Camp Association (of which BWC is an active member) and the NH Camp Directors’ Association
- Maintain contact with local businesses, service agencies (such as local Rotary, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Episcopal Diocese of NH, etc.)
- Coordinate and oversee the work of support staff and the Camp Accountant
- Oversee all direct facing public relations such as the website
- Maintain and enhance camp databases
Challenges & Opportunities for the Executive Director
- There is a need to work in true partnership with Board of Trustees in the areas resource stewardship and visioning for the camp’s future. Brantwood sees itself at a pivotal point, an exciting one at which the next Executive Director will help lead the strategic direction of the camp.
- Based upon the priorities recently set by the Board in the area of Fund Raising/Development, the ED will work in concert with the Development Committee to lead a Legacy Gift Program, enhance the database capabilities, professionalize all forms of communication (website, newsletters, social media, etc.) and work toward expanded relationships with various constituencies.
- A review of the current program will be a step toward ensuring that the camp’s efforts remain effective, vigorous and rich in personal growth and development opportunities for campers and counselors alike. There is also a sense that the camp needs to more clearly demonstrate program efficacy through metric-driven data
Qualities of Leadership Sought
Brantwood seeks a leader who:
- Is committed to the mission of the camp — serving boys and girls who could not otherwise afford a residential camping experience
- Will bring a visible, collaborative and entrepreneurial leadership style to the position
- Can respect and cherish the many traditions of the camp while moving it forward to an even higher level of effectiveness
- Will be a superb communicator
- Has an understanding of child and adolescent development
- Is committed to all types of diversity in a residential camp setting
- Has experience in leadership development of young people, campers and counselors
- Can and will work to maintain the positive and productive relationship with St. Mark’s School.
- As BWC maintains a small year round office in Peterborough, NH, it is expected that the new ED will need and want to live in the Monadnock Region of NH. The camp provides a three-bedroom cottage for the ED to reside in during the camp season period.
- Has an appropriate sense of self, including humor
The search calendar calls for the appointment of the next Executive Director to be made by late 2019. Starting date is somewhat flexible at this time, yet is projected to be May 2019.
Candidates should provide the following:
- Letter of interest
- Statement of leadership philosophy
- Three letters of reference
- A list of 5-7 other references with affiliation and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses)
Apply by: March 29 2019
Camp/Organization: Brantwood Camp (ACA Accredited)
Location: Greenfield, New Hampshire
Type of Position: Director
Time Frame: Year Round
Brantwood Camp is an EEO employer.