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Lake Valley Camp Director

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The Kellogg PEAK Initiative


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Published 24 days ago

At least $59,200Highly competitive salary, commensurate with experience

Leading our organization’s flagship program

PEAK is seeking a collaborative and empathetic person with proven leadership experience 

to join our diverse team and oversee the programs and operations at Lake Valley Camp.

Our mission at PEAK is to bring out the limitless potential in young leaders through extraordinary experiences and nurturing relationships. For many Black/African American and Latinx youth growing up in the city of Milwaukee, inequity may create barriers to reaching their fullest potential. Lack of access to engaging, hands-on, and impactful experiences along with gaps in societal encouragement and support for young people are contributing factors.

At PEAK, we seek to enlighten and empower our youth. PEAK stands for Potential, Experience, Access, and Knowledge - all key areas of focus for our organization. By filling what may be unstructured time during the year with positive, boundary-pushing experiences and supportive peers and adults, we believe we can bring out the best in our young people.

Lake Valley Camp is a central component to PEAK’s program strategy. The Lake Valley Camp Director is an integral member of our Senior Leadership Team. This dynamic role oversees all Lake Valley Camp programs and operations, including two annual staff and 60+ seasonal staff. Each year over 500 youth and their families engage in hands-on-learning, leadership, and recreation at the camp. As Lake Valley Camp Director, your mission is to design and oversee the delivery of programming and community living at Lake Valley Camp that helps to close the opportunity gap and expand the perspectives, skills, and minds of the young people PEAK serves. The Lake Valley Camp Director uses camp programming as a vehicle for developing confident and capable young leaders in our youth and staff. 

During the months of May through August, the Lake Valley Camp Director resides on site in the 4-bedroom Director’s home on the Lake Valley Camp property, 650 natural acres with rolling hills, a spring-fed creek and lake. The remainder of the year is spent working collaboratively with the Milwaukee based team on planning and executing retreats while overseeing the resident camp budgeting process, seasonal staff recruitment and hiring, facilities preparation, and supporting participant recruitment and engagement initiatives. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • You oversee all major camp operations including food service, facilities, and health to support camper and staff safety and well-being at all times. 
  • You oversee and support the evolution, design, and delivery of all camp programming while ensuring that the objectives of each program activity are aligned with the organization’s mission, goals, values, and desired youth outcomes. 
  • You ensure compliance with American Camp Association accreditation standards and best practices. 
  • You oversee the management of the Lake Valley Camp facility which includes creating and updating a long-term strategic plan for maintenance and capital projects.
  • You are accountable for the recruitment, screening, hiring and training of all camp staff as well as ensuring effective and fair supervision and evaluation of all camp staff members. 
  • You are tasked with creating a sustainable staffing model and pipeline that supports the mission and goals of PEAK and LVC and allows for the highest level of program quality and consistency for maximum benefit to program participants.
  • You understand and put significant effort into screening and training team members to best serve young people of color in ways that promote dignity and self-worth, honor and respect culture, cultivate inclusivity, and celebrate diversity. 
  • You help identify, develop and maintain strategic camp partnerships that support organizational impact and efficiency. 
  • You manage risk while promoting independence and leadership skill development among your team and youth served.
  • You help identify, develop and maintain strategic partnerships that support organizational impact and efficiency. 
  • You are accountable for creating and adhering to camp program and operations budgets.
  • You are a collaborative team member and exemplary leader at PEAK.
  • You are willing to step in where needed to deliver on the PEAK mission and vision.

Requirements:

  • Key competencies: Teamwork, Empathy, Grit, Initiative, Self Management, Responsibility, and Integrity 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant skills acquired through equivalent work experience (camp programming, outdoor leadership, recreation, youth work) required.
  • A minimum of 3 years in progressively responsible roles in a resident camp setting; previous camp director experience preferred; Previous or current leadership role with a youth-serving organization
  • Must be at least 25 years of age in accordance with American Camp Association accreditation standards
  • Appreciation for diversity and the importance of investing time and energy in creating inclusive and supportive environments and mindsets
  • Familiarity with and comfort in overseeing the American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation process and adherence to ACA standards
  • Self starter with a track record of success in achieving organizational objectives, including the conception and implementation of new program initiatives and supporting sustainability for existing programs
  • Calm under duress and able to make critical decisions in a quick and logical manner to minimize risk and to ensure safety and well-being of participants and staff
  • Technologically savvy with ability to learn systems quickly. Familiarity with Google Drive and client management databases a plus
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) speakers are highly encouraged to apply but Spanish fluency is not required. It should be noted that for many of the families that PEAK serves, English is a second language and Spanish is primarily spoken at home, so a desire and willingness to learn conversational Spanish is a requirement.  
  • Must have a driver’s license valid in the State of Wisconsin 
  • Valid CPR and First Aid certification is required within the first 30 days of employment (PEAK can support in attaining) 

About Us:

The PEAK Initiative centers on providing an outlet for hands-on-learning and recreation for Milwaukee’s young people that they may not otherwise get. Our aim is to prepare PEAK youth for the road-of-life ahead, while helping them to recognize where the systems and structures that shape that road need repair, and how they might go about addressing these issues so the road is more traversable for themselves and for others. We do all of this with a healthy amount of fun and laughter mixed into the process. Our vision is that PEAK alumni shape their communities with poise, persistence, confidence, and character and that the PEAK Initiative is the recognized expert in preparing young people for a life of leadership and purpose.

Lake Valley Camp (LVC) is a central component in PEAK’s approach to closing the opportunity gap and supporting Milwaukee’s young people on their leadership journeys. LVC serves as many as 550 youth over the course of each year at no cost beyond a nominal refundable deposit to all families involved. Our approach is long term and we form a partnership with caregivers and schools in supporting the continued growth of our campers from childhood into adulthood. 

How to Apply:

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Leading our organization’s flagship program

PEAK is seeking a collaborative and empathetic person with proven leadership experience 

to join our diverse team and oversee the programs and operations at Lake Valley Camp.

Our mission at…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

  • Generous paid time off (vacation and personal time) as well as compensatory time granted for extra hours worked in the summer months
  • Comprehensive health, vision, and dental insurance package
  • Employer contribution to organizationally sponsored retirement fund   
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement  
  • Flexible, family friendly work environment
  • Remote work options for the months of September through April. 
  • Generous paid time off (vacation and personal time) as well as compensatory time granted for extra hours worked in the summer months
  • Comprehensive health, vision, and dental…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English & Spanish) speakers are highly encouraged to apply but Spanish fluency is not required. It should be noted that for many of the families that PEAK serves, English is a second language and Spanish is primarily spoken at home, so a desire and willingness to learn conversational Spanish is a requirement.  

Bilingual (English & Spanish) speakers are highly encouraged to apply but Spanish fluency is not required. It should be noted that for many of the families that PEAK serves…

Location

Variable, WI

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