BOLD & GOLD (Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program Coordinator

  • 8-month, Mid-March thru mid-Nov, with possibilities of working in other areas of camp through the winter. On-site housing may be included.
  • Reports to: Outdoor Center Director

Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is a national YMCA movement that fosters multicultural leadership in diverse groups of boys and girls. While navigating the challenges of backcountry travel in the wilderness, BOLD & GOLD participants get to see what they are truly capable of. Our trips aim to develop five core competencies in youth who participate in the program: Confidence, Courage, Emotional Intelligence, Community Awareness, and Wonder.

Under the direction of the Outdoor Center Director, the BOLD & GOLD Program Coordinator is responsible for supervising the BOLD & GOLD wilderness trips program as well as delivering other Outdoor Center programs. In collaboration with the Program Directors, the BOLD & GOLD Program Coordinator organizes and implements safe, high quality, participant-focused YMCA youth programming and trips. This position will ideally run mid-March through mid-November, with possibilities of working in other areas of camp through the winter season.

1. Directs, supervises, and executes program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the organization in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
2. Administration of all wilderness trips, ensuring proper staffing, logistics, and the overall quality and compliance of the programming offered.
3. Develops and monitors the budget for trips to meet fiscal objectives.
4. Works to establish partnerships with like-minded organizations with a focus on multicultural diversity, inclusion, and getting youth outdoors.
5. Recruits, trains, develops, schedules, and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance in conjunction with Program Directors. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.
6. Monitors daily program operations to adhere to all state, local, and YMCA health and safety regulations.
7. Conducts and ensures proper maintenance of trips equipment. Maintains accurate records of equipment maintenance and inventory.
8. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Responds to all guest and community
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inquiries and complaints in a timely manner. Strives to provide first-class customer service, and to expect the same from staff that are supervised by the Program Coordinator.
9. Coordinates use of facilities for program activities.
10. Hosts guest groups and facilitates various program activities.
11. Attends and contributes to staff meetings.
12. Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.
13. Participates and supports fundraising activities including special events and fundraisers, and the identification of and application for applicable grants.
14. Responds to all risk management issues and collaborates with appropriate staff. Completes all incident reports within 24 hours of incident occurrence.

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.
Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations, and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

1. Minimum age of 21.
2. Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent.
3. Minimum two years experience leading wilderness trips and youth leadership programs.
4. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
5. Certified Wilderness First Responder – have or obtain within 90 days.
6. Certified in First Aid and CPR/AED – have or obtain within 90 days.
7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
8. YMCA or Red Cross Lifeguard – have or obtain within 90 days.
9. YMCA or Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, have or obtain within 90 days.
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1. Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours.
2. Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
3. Must be able to lift and/or assist children up to 50 pounds in weight.
4. Must be able to lift and carry food and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
5. Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
6. Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
7. Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
8. Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency.
9. Ability to view/enter data for long periods of time.

There is compensation commensurate with experience, potential housing available on camp, opportunities for certification and professional development, and a supportive community in an inspirational, natural setting.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and accepted until position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and names of three references with contact information to:
Carol Yard, Outdoor Center Director
YMCA of the Pines, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford, NJ 08055
or email:
YMCA of the Pines is an equal opportunity employer.

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