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Program Manager - Environmental Education

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, 1035 FAIRVIEW LAKE RD, NEWTON, New Jersey, United States of America Req #329
Monday, February 24, 2020
We are an all - inclusive organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As a growing, mission focused, and future-oriented association of YMCAs, the Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.

Under the direction of the Senior Director, the Program Manager for Environmental Education is responsible for the effective, efficient functioning and operation of all school programming. He or she will be accountable for facilities, programs and the effective use of staff. The Program Manager will prepare program areas, train staff and instruct participants in all classes. It is essential to ensure the safety of participants, proper use of camp equipment and proper use of camp facility. Provide an enjoyable experience to participants, responsible for STEM programming and offering programs in other branches of the Association.



  • Act as a primary host for all school groups. Train, manage and be accountable for the performance of other camp hosts.

  • In coordination with the Senior Director, implement recruitment strategies ensuring training and supervision of staff.

  • Direct, plan and oversee coordination of program staff to include supervision, evaluation, training and team building.

  • Follow risk management guidelines at all times. Follow all camp rules and regulations.

  • Lead camp activities such as archery, boating, climbing wall, hikes, team building, campfire programs, science classes and seasonally appropriate activities.

  • Have lessons prepared for all classes assigned which communicate accurate knowledge of the subject area to participants.

  • Provide opportunities so that each individual participant can experience success during an activity.

  • Provide excellent customer service as demonstrated by positive remarks on guest surveys.

  • Conduct oneself as a leader role model and in a professional manner at all time, including wearing staff shirts, nametag, and be responsive and helpful to guest questions.

  • Provide dining hall facilitation for visiting groups with outstanding guest services to onsite groups, whether acting as the primary or supervisory host.

  • Set up and clean-up of camp areas for group needs including mopping, carrying wood, moving tables and litter sweeps.  


Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. 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.


  • High school diploma, Bachelor Degree preferred in Education, Human Services, Social Services, Recreation or Business or equivalent experience.

  • Fundamental financial and budget management experience.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment.

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong organization skills and detail oriented.

  • Proficient in computer software programs such as Microsoft Office software and other database systems.

  • At least two (2) seasons (Camp) working with children in an active setting, including knowledge of recreation and environmental activities.

  • Strong problem solving and leadership skills.

  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of guests in a professional manner, displaying tact and diplomacy when needed in various venues, i.e., public speaking and presentations.

  • Previous experience working with diverse populations preferred.

  • CPR and First Aid certification will be required.


Sufficient strength, ability, agility and mobility to perform essential functions, including supervision of program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Must be able to walk on uneven terrain, with the ability to carry 20 pounds along with sustained standing in various indoor and outdoor settings.


INTERNAL CANDIDATES: Current active employees of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges should apply via the Careers section of the Dayforce Employee Account.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Additional compensation includes 12% retirement upon eligibility, 403b plan, generous PTO plan, professional development opportunities and complimentary use of YMCA facilities.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA/employer M/F/D/V. Employment is subject to extensive background check. 

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, 1035 FAIRVIEW LAKE RD, NEWTON, New Jersey, United States of America