Day Camp Director

Reports to Operations Director
Pay: $17/hr
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Full time through September 8th, With the Possibility of a Year-Round Position


This position supports the work of the Cortland YMCA, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Day Camp Director at the Cortland YMCA maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals, promotes the potential of all youth, and provides a quality experience to both youth and their families.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  1. Responsible for all administrative programmatic aspects of Cortland YMCA summer camp.
  2. Enable proactive, clear, effective, and timely internal communications in order to ensure a positive and consistent camp and/or program experience.
  3. Develop staff profiles and skill requirements, including customer service and child care skills. Identify gaps and help coordinate training as needed. Direct overall ongoing staff assessment to ensure that staff are operationally effective.
  4. Develop, plan and implement procedures and methods to achieve department goals.
  5. Provide guidance to marketing department to help meet registration goals, and implement marketing efforts successfully, including community events, direct mail, newspaper ads, and other marketing channels.
  6. Provides and welcomes ongoing dialogue with parents and caregivers about their child’s needs and progress; connects families to the Y.
  7. Attends, participates, and leads in program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Communication & Influence
  • Developing Self & Others
  • Program/Project Management


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with children in an active setting, including knowledge of recreation and environmental activities.
  • Strong Customer Service, Time Management and Organizational skills.
  • Strong fiscal management and budgeting skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage all situations with poise applying effective judgement and sound decision making.
  • Strong commitment to following all sanitation procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build team spirit, communicate with all levels of staff.
  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative that adhere to the purpose, mission and goals of the YMCA.
  • Strong computer skills, software proficiency with Microsoft applications.
  • CPR and First Aid certification is required.
  • Child abuse training required within 30 days of starting the position.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings.