Executive Director

Surprise Lake Camp | Cold Spring, NY, United States

Posted Date 10/26/2021

The Board of Directors of Surprise Lake Camp seeks an Executive Director with roots, experience, or interest in both camping and the Jewish community. The individual must be an intelligent self-starter who shares the Board’s commitment to excellence. He or she will be committed to the organization’s mission and goals and will lead and manage the organization while shaping and implementing strategies to ensure its continued growth and viability.

This individual must be able to clearly articulate Surprise Lake Camp’s purpose and objectives to the business, government, nonprofit and user communities. He or she should be a strategic thinker and planner, have proven problem solving skills, and be able to drive change. He or she must be able to work closely with an active and engaged Board and staff; communicate in a transparent and honest fashion; and promote inclusiveness, cooperation and teamwork. In addition, he or she must be diplomatic, analytical, and of high integrity, and should possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor and humility.

• Provide visionary leadership for the camp, ensuring that the institution thrives and grows and achieves its mission with distinction through strong summer program enrollment and active engagement with our current and prospective camper families.
• Manage staff and volunteers to provide caring, engaging experiences for campers and their families, including direct supervision of the Camp Director and other key staff.
• Represent Surprise Lake Camp to the broader community; develop effective relationships with funders, government officials, and leaders of Jewish, camping, and professional organizations.
• Work with the Board to develop and execute Strategic Plans for the agency.
• Work with and supervise the Development Director on fundraising, including annual campaigns, grant seeking, legacy and capital campaigns; personally cultivate and solicit donors.
• Develop and oversee the camp budget, produce financial reports, negotiate and manage contracts for essential services.
• Provide support to the Board, respond to requests for information, organize and prepare materials for Board and committee meetings, produce reports and minutes as requested.
• Oversee the management of the camp site, including capital projects and general maintenance.
• Develop strategies for environmental stewardship of the camp site.
• Ensure and maintain compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements.
• Oversee the development of marketing strategies and activities, including the camp’s web and social media sites.
• Take responsibility for the ongoing Jewish mission of Camp, including supervision of religious worship and development of off season Jewish programs as is necessary.

• A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required, preferably in a related discipline; an advanced degree is highly desirable.
• Ten (10) years of progressively responsible positions in camping, government, business or a not-for-profit organization.
• Demonstrated knowledge of camping and camp issues and of Jewish life and educational programming.
• Capacity to manage the financial health and sustainability of the organization.
• Ability to create plans, manage staff, set priorities, and coordinate activities in a timely, efficient manner.
• Superior leadership abilities and demonstrated experience managing people to help them grow as professionals.
• Exceptional oral and written communication and negotiation skills.
• Working knowledge of property/facility management, operations, and marketing.
• Proven skill in fundraising.
• Genuine desire to inspire, empower, educate, and nurture youth and strengthen Jewish identity in campers and staff.

About Surprise Lake Camp:
Surprise Lake Camp is affiliated with UJA-Federation of New York, the camp serves 475 girls and boys at a time during its summer session. It is located in beautiful Putnam County, a short drive from New York City. SLC provides a full range of camp activities while building Jewish identity and instilling core values in its campers. The camp has an operating budget of approximately $5 million and a summer staff of 260. It has a rich history of providing scholarships for children who otherwise could not afford a camp experience, currently about half the summer population.

The Executive Director will be expected to live at the camp during the summer camping season; a house in camp will be provided.

Full Time
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Organization Type
Camps & Camping
401(k) or 403(b) plans | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation
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