Co-Director of Camp Pikati

Posted: 04/05/2022

The WSYMCA is searching for a Co-Director of Camp Pikati to join our team! Apply today!

Start Date for this position is May 2 and end date is Sept. 9th. This is a seasonal role. Free Membership! Apply today!


Under the direction of the Director of Camping Operations, the Camp Pikati Co-Director will work collaboratively with the other Co-Pikati Director to mutually administer and develop the policies and programs of the YMCA at Camp Pikati located at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA.


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. Co-manages aspects of the WSY’s on site camp including unit directors, 40 counselors, and 200 campers per session.

2. Assists Camping Operations Director in ensuring proper licensing, accreditation, and permitting deadlines are met and permits are obtained (Board of Health, ACA).

3. Responsible for all safety components of the camp including camper and staff safety.

4. Maintain positive public relations with parents, visitors, and the general public at all times.

5. Communicate to camp families, staff, vendors and partners in a timely, consistent manner.

6. Works with Director of Camp Operations to ensure Camp Pikati enrollment meets or surpasses target.

7. May be responsible for controlling payroll and ensuring it is submitted to the Director of Camping Operations in a timely manner.

8. Co-plan and lead an effective camp orientation, with help from Director of Camping Operations, Co-Director and Unit Directors.

9. Maintain records essential for control, evaluation, reporting and appropriate scheduling.

10. Work with Specialists to develop curriculum and activity plans.

11. Collect on-boarding paperwork, train, evaluate and if necessary, terminate camp staff, including counselors, junior counselors, specialists, etc. (some of the hiring responsibilities will delegated out to HR through paperless onboarding).

12. Oversee and delegate purchase of equipment and supplies to ensure within budget.

13. Enact camp emergency procedures when warranted and drill accordingly.

14. Work with staff and families of campers with unique needs and develop an age-appropriate guidance plan.

15. Meet regularly with the Director of Camping Operations and Camp Pikati Leadership Team before, during, and after the camping season.

16. Supervise, plan, and attend camp special events, including family nights.

17. Responsible for sharing all pertinent camper information to appropriate staff.

18. Work cohesively with all staff of the West Suburban Y, closely working daily with members of the Camping Services department.

19. Follow established health and safety standards of the YMCA, Board of Health, and ACA.

20. Attend required meetings, trainings, and special events.

21. Demonstrate and teach the YMCA core values of caring, honestly, respect and responsibility to all campers and staff.

22. Other tasks and projects as assigned


1. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in education, community recreation or a related discipline preferred or years of related experience.

2. Must be 21 or over.

3. Certification in CPR and First Aid.

4. At least two seasons previous administrative experience working in a summer camp setting preferred.

5. Excellent customer service skills.

6. Strong programming, planning, implementation and follow through skills.

7. Capacities to recruit, train, motivate and supervise staff.

8. Positive attitude and ability to build a cohesive team.

9. Implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.

10. Good role model, high integrity, and level of professionalism, and adaptable.

11. Acts proactively to ensure positive outcomes.

12. Exceptional skills in human relations, program management and staff development. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to think and act quickly and safely in emergency situations.

13. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable organization that welcomes all by creating a community that hires individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or physical ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

Job Type: Job Opportunity