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This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch, which operates a mission-based family and group conference and retreat center, and a residential camp serving more than 50,000 guests annually. The Executive Director is primarily responsible for the overall management and efficient operation of YMCA of the Rockies’ residential summer camp, Camp Chief Ouray (CCO). This includes the budget creation and management, meeting philanthropic goals, strategic planning for future growth goals of camp, alumni development, and leading a team of year-round and seasonal staff who are entrusted with the care of campers.


We firmly believe in our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA of the Rockies staff are key players in helping cultivate an environment of healthy living, youth development, and community impact on our breathtaking properties outside Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a place where nature inspires and staff lead with heart. We are committed to being welcoming to all people and to making a difference in the lives of our members, guests and staff. The work each staff member does matters. We count on our staff to provide extraordinary mission-based experiences for our guests and for each other.


  • Ability to successfully plan and implement residential camping programs from inception, development, facilitation, and participant satisfaction.
  • Assist in creating and assigning tasks in the CCO Strategic Initiatives Plan (SIP) or equivalent strategic plan, ensuring the work assists in the overall execution of the SMR and YMCA of the Rockies Strategic Action Plan or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in effective promotion, fund raising and public relations which result in high enrollments, repeat business and positive attitudes toward the YMCA and its camping programs.
  • Assist in creating a safe space for all by helping break down barriers for all Dimensions of Diversity including; hiring practices, forms, training, and all aspects of programs. 
  • Assist in moving forward the YMCA of the Rockies Diversity Initiative in camp programs. 
  • Possess a valid, USA state-issued driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and comply with YMCA driving rules to be approved to operate YMCA vehicles.
  • Possess stamina to work in the work environment described herein.


  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in recreation, social science, education, or related field. Minimum of ten (10) years of residential camp experience along with a minimum of five (5) years of camp administration experience.
  • Minimum of 25 years of age (per American Camp Association standards).
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills with parents/guardians, potential donors, alumni, staff, and peers.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and coach staff.
  • Experience in budgeting; creating and maintaining.
  • Assist in the marketing of camp and improvement in the retention of campers over multiple years.
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards of the American Camp Association and their applicability to programs.
  • Be aware of and work to meet Colorado Child Care Licensing regulations and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment regulations as it pertains to camp programs.
  • Minimum of First Aid/CPR/AED certified for Adults and Children.
  • Possess or the ability to earn YMCA Multi-Team Leader certification within five (5) years.
  • Ability to act, problem solve, and communicate during times of crisis with the support of the YMCA of the Rockies incident command team. 
  • Ability to strategically plan five to ten (5-10) years into the future. 
  • Ability to identify, cultivate and be a liaison with vendors and outside agencies of like-minded missions.
  • Actively participate and support the Snow Mountain Ranch Department Head team.
  • Assist other departments within YMCA of the Rockies if available.
  • Training in Mental Health First Aid and Restorative Justice a plus.
  • Spanish bilingual a plus.


  • Uphold and reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith in all functions
  • Uphold the YMCA of the Rockies Mission, policies, and programs.
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional.
  • Support the YMCA of the Rockies safety program. Promote safe work practices and a safe environment for guests, members, and staff.
  • Promote a cooperative, positive, and flexible atmosphere while working with others in a diverse community.
  • Attend required abuse risk management training and report suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism is required.
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.
  • All other duties as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

  • Able to work outdoors in all weather, hiking large distances over varied terrain.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and carry up one (1) flight of steps.
  • Short bursts of stooping, kneeling, bending, standing for long periods of time, etc.
  • Prolonged periods at a computer and on the phone.
  • Exposure to a noise level of a child care program can be high at times.
Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities,
or qualifications associated with the job.


  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Generous PTO/Vacation
  • Participation in YMCA Retirement Fund (an additional 12% contribution by YMCA after 2 years employment)
  • Employer owned rental housing may be available nearby - Contact Human Resources for more information
  • YMCA of the Rockies membership
  • Discounted childcare, summer day camp, and summer overnight camp
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges for friends & family
  • Ski and golf passes to nearby resorts & courses
  • Free or discounted gear rentals for outdoor adventures
  • View all YMCA of the Rockies employee perks by visiting here
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