Position Title: Camp Director, City Kids Wilderness Project

Position Posting: Link here

Type of Position: Year-round, salaried. Residential summer schedule in Jackson, Wyoming from May 15- August 30. During the off-season, 50% Full-time schedule. 


As a multi-year youth development program serving youth from 6th – 12th grade and beyond, staff stability and commitment make a critical difference in the success of the program. We ask all applicants to consider this critical component of the job when applying.

Location: Jackson, WY; Includes seasonal travel to Washington, DC. 

Organization Description

City Kids Wilderness Project’s mission is to build resiliency, broaden horizons, cultivate community, and develop skills for success in DC youth through a long-term, cohort-based model that utilizes both the wilderness and urban environment to encourage growth. City Kids aims to inspire youth to use their personal power to shape the future of their own lives and change in the greater community. We envision a world where individuals, communities, and systems evolve to create a bright, inclusive, and just future for all youth. Programs take place throughout the year in and around Washington, D.C. and during the summer at our ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Youth enroll as sixth graders and continue their engagement with City Kids through middle school, high school and beyond. City Kids launched an expanded Alumni Program in 2020, serving 18–25-year-old City Kids participants. Current staffing includes approximately 45 full and part-time/seasonal employees in the Washington, DC region and in Jackson, WY. More information on City Kids can be found at www.citykidsdc.org. 

Position Summary

The Camp Director at City Kids is a dynamic and flexible multi-talented leader with experience in youth development, outdoor program leadership, residential camp leadership, and program operations, including risk management. Specifically, the Camp Director directs summer camp program implementation and supervises the seasonal summer camp staff and operations team. The Camp Director works closely with City Kids Director of Programs (WY), and Program Managers to plan camp programming and work towards camp and organizational goals. During the school year, the Camp Director is responsible for leading participant and staff follow-up, documenting summer learning and engaging with the full City Kids staff on summer highlights, lessons, and ways to incorporate into year-round DC-based programs. Additionally this role will work with the WY Director of Programs to plan the next summer program, including summer hiring, scheduling, programmatic planning and logistics. To do this successfully, he/she/they will embody a collaborative leadership style, and a strong

aptitude for processes, procedures, and tools to build and implement enriching youth programs. Key Responsibilities outlined below: 

Strategic Planning & Policy 

  • Provide on-going leadership in strategic program development to ensure that City Kids camp programs continue to evolve and grow to best meet the needs of our participants, ensuring strict adherence and development of risk management practices, and to ensure a fun and rewarding environment for participants and staff. 
  • Support Director of Programs WY in developing annual summer program goals through strategic planning, ensuring that administrative, operational, and programmatic benchmarks are set and met. 
  • Serve as a year-round support for establishing risk management and programmatic policies, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Work closely with the Director of Programs, WY to implement, assess, and as necessary, create and update internal policies, procedures, and budgets. 

Program Design, Implementation & Oversight of Camp Program 

  • Oversee all camper level programs at our ranch in Jackson, WY, ensuring strict adherence to City Kids and/or other applicable standards. 
  • Develop, lead, and oversee in the day-to-day operation of the camper programs, including coordination of scheduling, daily operations, trips, staff issues, and participant issues. 
  • Support the JET Camp Leader (JCL) program in collaboration with the JET Program manager, including training JCLs, managing feedback processes and daily schedules.
  • Camp session planning including summer campsite reservations, permits, contractors and guides, ranch camp day planning, curriculum development, trip planning, and scheduling with program partners. 
  • Plan and schedule camp group flights with City Kids travel agent. 
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing partner organizations and work to develop new strategic partnerships for the organization. 
  • Implement evaluation efforts as requested. 
  • Responsible for continued, inclusive curriculum design and development for all WY-based programs. Stay current with the evolution of high quality curriculum in the outdoor industry, social-emotional learning, college and career readiness, etc. 
  • Provide as needed support for JETs as a part of the Career Exploration, Internship Program, Grand Climb, NOLS, and other related programming. 

Facility Operations 

  • Collaborate and co-lead annual camp set-up and end of season break-down of Broken Arrow facilities to ensure smooth and efficient operations. 
  • Assess vehicle needs and create a schedule for summer vehicle use
  • Responsible for enforcing daily operational systems and maintenance to ensure that camp facilities function to best meet program goals. 
  • Participate in the daily living chores and operational tasks of residential living. 

Staff Supervision and Hiring 

  • Direct and participate in seasonal staff hiring processes. Responsibilities include recruitment, job posting, applicant screening, interviewing, and reference checks. Work closely with the Director of Programs, WY and other program staff to recruit and hire all summer staff. 
  • Co-design and plan seasonal staff training for camp and JET programs. Create and implement training content, staying up-to-date on industry trends and community areas of growth. Provide training and professional development opportunities for seasonal staff.
  • During the summer season, directly supervise all camper level seasonal staff (Counselors, Trip leaders, Lead Staff) to ensure that program goals are met.
  • Supervise additional summer seasonal roles during the summer season on days when the Director of Programs, WY has scheduled off time. 
  • Coach and support staff members through regular observation, discussion, and evaluation. Provide and evaluate outcome measures for staff and provide regular feedback, staff evaluations, and follow-up. 
  • Create a motivating and rewarding environment that promotes excellent program implementation, continuous learning, and regular staff development. 
  • Serve as a lead of internal culture development for the larger summer community, that reflects City Kids values. Learn more about City Kids core values and City Kids DEI Statement of Beliefs.

Youth, Family & Alumni Support 

  • Provide care, support, and attention to campers during their time at camp and, as needed, prior to camp arrival and post-camp. 
  • Coordinate with Program Managers to ensure family communication is timely and up-to-date in preparation for summer camp each year. 
  • Communicate with parents & guardians as needed during significant events including; serious injury, mental health emergency, behavioral concerns, and sensitive information.
  • Participate in annual health screening for campers & JETs as a screener.
  • Manage and collaborate in the annual transfer of youth knowledge, case notes, incidents, and youth follow up between program locations (DC-WY & WY- DC)
  • In coordination with the Director of Programs, WY and DC, connect participants/families to resources such as counseling or other services in our community. Support participants and families during times of difficult transitions or crisis during the summer. 

Fundraising and Budget Support

  • Involvement in development efforts as needed, including donor meetings and site-visits, and events including Impact Tours and summer fundraiser. 
  • Cultivate and steward the City Kids brand, ensuring consistent internal and external communication. Provide content updates for use in materials such as the website, annual report, infographic, newsletters, and social media. 
  • Work with the Director of Programs, WY to develop the annual summer budget. Adhere to budgeted expenses, attention to cost and ability to negotiate discounts and in-kind donations is critical. 

Other Duties 

  • All other duties as assigned. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 


  • Residential summer camp, outdoor adventure or experiential education experience required 
  • A successful track record of youth and wilderness/outdoor program management with at least 4 years of professional experience. 
  • At least 3+ years in a role with responsibility for managing teams, including direct staff supervisory experience. 
  • A personal commitment to and deep understanding of City Kids mission.
  • Experience and passion for working with youth. 
  • Experience managing program emergencies, including: medical and behavioral evacuations, and providing on-call support to staff and youth on wilderness trips.
  • Cultural competency, the ability to work in diverse communities and a commitment to social justice, equity & inclusion. 
  • A commitment to a youth-centered, fun, collaborative and creative approach
  • Ability to participate and lead outdoor activities, including; ability to hike for up to 10 miles with a 35 pound backpacking, paddle a loaded canoe for up to 10 miles, and the ability to care for self and others while leading inexperienced youth or staff in a backcountry setting. 
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with strong planning and management skills, including; an ability to juggle multiple demands, manage shifting priorities, and negotiate timelines. 
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and listening skills. Openness in communicating up, down, and across an organization; ownership of personal actions and team outcomes.
  • An engaging and dynamic manner that demonstrates warmth and good humor when working with individuals. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience building and maintaining high-level strategic relationships with diverse community stakeholders, such as schools and community partners, youth and families, including making public presentations and community outreach.
  • Skill and experience in leading through change and ambiguity, demonstrating flexibility, resourcefulness, and calm; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty. 
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, evolving environment 
  • Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, and a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude are successful in this role 
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred. 
  • A valid, clean driver’s license (must have had a driver’s license for at least 2 years)
  • Wilderness First Responder or higher wilderness medicine certification required, lifeguard certification preferred 
  • Pre-employment background checks will be conducted. 


City Kids is committing to investing in our talent because we believe it is directly correlated with our impact. We commit to a compensation model that is value-aligned, transparent, clear and benefits the total well-being of the employee, thereby making it possible for staff to thrive and grow at City Kids. 

CIty Kids has spent the past 12 months revamping our entire compensation policy to ensure we are honoring our compensation commitments and will continue to evolve our compensation practices. As part of this effort, we will have updated salary bands based on a clear set of criteria and salary bands by end of 2022. We anticipate the salary for this role being between $60K – $75K, based on the tier you fall in. 

In addition to the salary, this role will include a full benefits package which is also being revamped, but includes: 

  • Remote work and flexible work location: September – April
  • Dental, Health, Vision, 100% covered for individual and ability to add family members for additional payroll deduction
  • Optional Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • 401K Administration and match
  • Max 20 days PTO in Year 1 – commensurate with & of FTE
  • 3+ “Rest & Rejuvenation” Office Closure Days
  • Jury Duty, Vaccination, and Bereavement Leave
  • Allotted budget for individual professional development opportunities
  • Variety of rewards and recognition events and opportunities
  • Outdoor Retailer Discounts

Application Process

Resume reviews begin immediately. Please send an email with your cover letter and resume to the Director of Programs, WY, Meena Fernald, at hiring@citykidsdc.org. Include “Camp Director” in the subject line. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Phone screens will be performed on a rolling basis and interviews are planned to be scheduled in mid-December. City Kids values recommendations and questions from a range of stakeholders during the hiring process, and applicants can expect interviews with staff and youth. We may also request a brief work sample. Start date is targeted for mid January 2023. City Kids Wilderness Project is an equal opportunity employer.

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