ACA, New England seeks Executive Director


Following the announcement of Executive Director Bette Bussel's planned retirement, the Board of Directors of American Camp Association, New England is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director.

The American Camp Association, New England is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing camp professionals and to promulgating and sharing best practices in camping and experiential learning. The Association is a leading industry advocacy group for organizations that deliver youth development and education programs. Its regional membership looks to ACA, New England to administer their accreditation process, convene and connect members through events, including an annual regional conference, anticipate and engage policy makers and regulators on relevant issues, and serve as a trusted advisor and resource around opportunities and challenges that its members face.

The Opportunity

ACA, New England seeks an Executive Director (ED) who will create value for members, affiliates, and industry partners. The successful candidate will oversee the organization’s relationship building efforts, advocacy initiatives, operations and fiscal management, educational programs, and manage a team of five. He/She/They will build upon the organization’s long history of serving the New England camping industry by helping to shape and implement ACA, New England’s strategic plan. Through strategic partnerships, the ED will expand the Association’s footprint within the education and youth development industry. The Executive Director will increase revenues to ensure the Association’s financial sustainability well into the future. This position reports to the Board of Directors of ACA, New England.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader who can communicate the essential role that camp plays in the development of children, adolescents, and adults. This professional will demonstrate a commitment to innovation, collaboration, professionalism, leadership, customer service, and best practices in operating 501(c)(3) organizations. The right person will exhibit a mix of intelligence, sophistication, entrepreneurial spirit, and humility and will collaborate effectively with association members, the Board of Directors, volunteers, affiliates and supporters. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a positive leader with a strong sense of initiative. The Association seeks someone with integrity, credibility, a sense of humor, sound judgment, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build deep relationships with members and be the voice of the industry in the New England region.
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the board of directors and thought partner to members.
  • Shape and implement ACA, New England’s strategic plan.
  • Oversee all conference, event, membership and accreditation activities.
  • Engage directly in the relevant policy and regulatory discussions within Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Develop new revenue opportunities to ensure the financial sustainability of the Association.
  • Manage a team of five, including the Director of Accreditation Services, Director of Membership and Engagement, Director of Education and Professional Development, Communications Coordinator, and Office Manager.
  • Maintain performance metrics for effective operations - metrics that are aspirational in nature, in line with best practices within associations that ensure accountability and that are implemented in a supportive manner designed to bring out the best in the team.
  • Collaborate effectively with the American Camp Association and its affiliates.
  • Identify and mentor emerging talent in the camp industry while serving as a trusted advisor to experienced leaders.

Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

  • Mission-oriented leader committed to building strong relationships.
  • Strategic thinker with exceptional communication skills.
  • Strong listening skills and ability to empathize.
  • Someone who has the courage of her/his/their convictions.
  • Camping professional highly desired; camp experience essential.
  • Business savvy revenue generator.
  • Positive outlook and eagerness to take on an ambitious pace.
  • Successful record of staff and board management.
  • Commitment to developing the skills of her/his/their team.
  • Attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Ability to put the best interests of the institution ahead of her/his/their own.
  • Philanthropic fundraising experience a plus.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to travel regionally and nationally.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:
Peter Hamilton, Managing Director, Conley Search Group, (617)-620-9268 or
Christian Henry, Senior Consultant, Conley Search Group, (857)-285-3364 or

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. All inquiries treated as confidential.