YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Resident Camp Assistant Program Director

Resident Camp Assistant Program Director

Job ID 
Camp Duncan
Posted Date 
32405 North Highway 12
# Positions 
Day Camp/Camp
Hours per Week 
Variable Schedule 
Hours vary based on schedule

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Responsibilities & Requirements

Be Part of Our Mission

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.


Job Summary and Key Accountabilities:


Under the direct supervision of the Camp Director or Program Director, the Resident Camp Assistant Program Director assists trainings staff, observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.  Identify and respond to hazards in camp, such as emergency plan implementation.  Ability to work with different age and skill levels of staff and campers. Able to plan, organize, and implement resident camp programs and activities.


Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Assist the camp director, in organizing the over-all program structure.
  • Organize and implement the horseback riding program.
  • Assist in driving the vans for any out-of-camp trips.
  • Make sure medical forms, medications, food and equipment have been loaded for departure.
  • Serve as positive role model for staff and campers set example of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Serve as a resource person for the counselors and other management team staff.
  • Provide leadership staff to training.
  • Lead and run evening activities with other management team members.
  • Responsible to assist with camper discipline and up keep of camper discipline record book.
  • Serve on management team, supervise counselors and share OD responsibility.
  • Collect, read and mail (picture postcards and parent letters) on time each.
  • Organize and run skill period sign-up, with management team members.
  • Assist with scheduling for the following week, over all schedules and skill period schedules.
  • Lead camp clean up on check out days & check cabins after cabin clean up.
  • Organize camper rules on all check-in days.
  • Serve as support and mentor to counselors.
  • Run and organize morning breakfast meetings.
  • Maintain high levels of safety standards and enforce all rules for campers and staff.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and refrain from behavior that is detrimental to the staff team and staff morale.
  • Be an example for staff and campers to keep camp clean by picking up litter.
  • Deal with any staff management issues promptly. You are committing to report any staff issues to the Camp Director immediately.
  • You are expected not to ask your staff to do anything that you would not do yourself.
  • Conduct evaluations for counselors.

Child Abuse Prevention:

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Commitment to Inclusion:

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.




  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • At least 1 summer of camp experience, with proven abilities of working with children in a camp setting preferred.
  • Ability to lead, train and direct staff
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement camp programs and activities
  • Ability to observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
  • Ability to identify and respond to hazards in camp, respond and implement emergency plans
  • Ability to work with different age and skill levels of staff and campers
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications (within the past year)
  • Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.