Camp Southern Ground


Camp Southern Ground is looking for a Camp Director.  At Camp Southern Ground, we have the ability to create something really special, with intentional traditions and camp culture to help all campers feel they belong and are loved.   We are looking for an experienced camp professional who has developed programs and operations from the ground up and is ready to explore new ways of doing things that blend the traditional with the exceptional.  Must be a leader that demonstrates creativity, innovation, enthusiasm, kindness and respect.  The camp desires a motivational leader that helps others reach their potential through collaboration, mentorship and encouragement.  Must have at least 10 years of summer camp experience with at least 5 at a supervisory level. Experience working with children with special needs and/or inclusive programs is preferred.  Military background is a plus.  

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Camp Director Job Description

Full-Time Exempt

Summary: Under the direction of the CEO of Camp Southern Ground, the Camp Director will further the mission of Camp Southern Ground through the creation, development and management of the brand new summer camp. The Camp Director will lead the camp to blend innovation with tradition to grow the operations from the ground up.

Our mission is to provide extraordinary experiences for children to recognize and magnify the unique gifts within themselves and others in order to profoundly impact the world.

Functions of the Job:

  • Design and develop the overnight camp program for the inaugural season and beyond. Create and develop programs, operations and customer service practices that promote an inclusive camp experience for children with special needs and typical development. Oversee the daily operation of the camp including program, business, camper and staff supervision, and customer service.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external groups to ensure the enhancement of the camp operation.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to the campers and camp staff.
  • Maintain positive and professional relationships with program participants, family members, camp staff and stakeholders.

Job responsibilities:

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate a camp program that meets the needs and interests of the campers and ensure their delivery in a safe and quality manner.
    • Create and develop a camp experience that blends tradition with innovation to best serve camper with special needs and typical campers together in an inclusive camp program.
    • Remain current with information on the developmental needs of youth, especially  neuro-developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, and trends in summer camp programming.
    • Continually seek and analyze input from youth, families, and staff regarding the quality, safety, and enjoyment of the program and staff.
    • Develop and implement crisis and risk management procedures.
    • Design and ensure delivery of programs and activities appropriate to the camper population.
    • Facilitator on high ropes
  • Assist in the financial management to meet long-term goals.
    • Develop and manage the participant registration process
    • Manage the budget for the camp operations including accounts payable.
  • Design and implement a marketing plan to increase camper attendance.
    • Prepare and analyze enrollment trends.
    • Develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies.
    • Oversee the systematic approach to data base management for campers, families, alumni, and donors.
    • Ensure program capacity goals are met through creative and strategic marketing tactics
    • Ensure high quality customer service for parents and campers.
  • Implement human resource management practices to recruit and retain the best seasonal camp staff.
    • Recruit staff based on camper enrollment and program management requirements.
    • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate seasonal staff.
    • Develop and lead a comprehensive staff development plan to ensure staff meet or exceed expectations.

Other Job Duties:

This job may include work in other areas of Camp Southern Ground including planning and preparing for future seasons, setting up online registration, coordinating staffing for all Camp Southern Ground or other duties as assigned.   In addition, Camp Southern Ground encourages participation in American Camp Association and other professional association conferences and trainings including leading sessions and positioning staff as experts in the camping industry.  

Equipment Used:

Must be proficient in computer skills and related word processing, data management, and Internet computer software including social networking sites.  


The ability to think critically, solve problems and make sound decisions is required.  The position also requires excellent communication skills and the ability to establish a rapport with parents, campers, staff, other professionals donors and key stakeholders.  Must have a bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of camp experience with at least five at a supervisory level.  Preferred 1-2 years experience working with children with special needs. Must have a valid driver’s license.  

Physical Requirements:

This position would require the ability to listen to others, observe others’ actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals, and physical ability to participate in strenuous activities including running, climbing, jumping and the ability move about the camp property in various environmental conditions including uneven surfaces and extreme weather conditions.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

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