The Salvation Army - Central Territory

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Program Director

Program Director

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The Salvation Army Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.



Job Objective: The Program Director is responsible to coordinate, aide, and assist the summer program team and non-summer rental group leaders with all camp programming to include but not limited to staffing and running all recreation; AV; campfire, chapel, and dining hall programs, and to create, maintain, develop, and promote all recreation activities. In addition, as a key exempt employee, (s)he will serve as one of the retreat groups hosts on a rotating basis with the other exempt staff as well as serving as camp “gatekeeper” living in Wren house. They will also assist Camp Director and DYS Leaders with Summer Ministry Team recruiting.


• In coordination with the Camp Director and/or Guest Services Coordinator schedule and facilitate/supervise program requests of user groups for the following camp programs:
o Archery Range – Set-up and maintain the range during the summer months. Maintain/repair bows and arrows as needed. Become a certified NASP BAII (Basic Archery Instructor Instructor) and train summer staff as BAI’s. Coordinate the operation of the range.
o Pellet Gun Range – Set-up and maintain the range during the summer months. Maintain/repair pellet guns as needed. Become a Salvation Army Outdoor Life Basic Air Rifle Instructor and train summer staff to run the range. Coordinate the operation of the range.
o Paintball Arena - Improve and maintain the arena during the summer months. Maintain/repair paintball guns as needed. Train summer staff to run the arena. Coordinate the operation of the program.
o Teambuilding Course (Low Ropes) and Challenge Course (High Ropes) – SEE BELOW
o Setting up All Outdoor and Indoor Recreation/Program equipment and properly putting away of the same (including AV)
o Create and Maintain Hiking/Biking Trails with maps, markers, guides, etc. Promote the same.
o Safely prepare, ignite, and douse requested campfires and maintain wood/kindling piles for the same.
o Hunting Parties – Get necessary approvals, collect waivers, and coordinate safe hunts by maintaining a hunters map in office and at gate to Green Valley.
o Swimming Pool – Assist with start-up and closing in Spring and Fall; obtain lifeguard certification (obtain WSI so you can train lifeguards on site). Coordinate lifeguard coverage of pool in summer. Assist Maintenance Director with maintaining a chemically safe pool and safe deck/bottom of pool.
• Serve as Recreation Director, Program Aide, and other duties as assigned on the Summer Camp Ministry Team (seasonally reporting directly to the DYS leaders) – Must have the ability to run spiritual development, recreational, and educational programs as assigned by DYSs. Assist DYSs with leadership of Summer Program Ministry Program Team.
• Maintain inventories for all program and recreation equipment.
• High Ropes Challenge Course Facilitator:
• In coordination with the Camp Director/Camp Calendar, responsible for scheduling guest use of, staffing of, and the safe operation of the High Ropes Challenge Course. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:
o Research similar size high ropes challenge course rental fees and advise the Camp Director on what the ECC rate schedule for the use of the course should be.
o Responsible to report any unsafe (perceived or actual) equipment, course apparatus, or other safety hazard(s) to the Camp Director and will shut down the course until such safety hazard(s) has/have been deemed fixed/safe.
o Responsible to keep the areas in and around the low ropes team building and high ropes challenge course areas and the equipment storage areas clean, trimmed, tidy, safe, etc.
o Promote the High Ropes Adventure Course through marketing, cold calls, postcards, drop in visits, posters, develop a separate ECC High Ropes Adventure Course Facebook page, assist Camp Director with developing the ECC webpage to include visible, exciting, and informational High Ropes Challenge Course content, etc. Note: The High Ropes Challenge Course Facilitator will set goals bi-annually and report on the progress towards reaching of said goals to the Camp Director. In other words, the expectation is that the High Ropes Challenge Course Facilitator will ensure that this course brings in substantial income to the camp; the course has not been built for summer camper use only, but as an income generator.
o Keep a pool of available, trained high ropes challenge course instructors in the 10-15 instructor range to ensure that we can staff the course when needed. Responsible to schedule initial trainings and recertification trainings for this pool of instructors.
o When the course is being run will almost always be one of the five instructors needed and will take the lead of the 5-person team.
o Responsible to, when available, schedule volunteer trained instructors for events.
• This position requires flexible scheduling (must be willing to work weekends and/or holidays as needed).
• Maintain positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships with clients, co-workers, and supervisors. This includes, but is not limited to, such actions as: resolution of conflicts in a professional manner; courteous treatment of staff, visitors and clients; respect of other’s property and person; and professional and appropriate communication to and about clients, co-workers and supervisors.
• Retreat Host and Gatekeeper:
• In rotation with Camp Director, Property Manager, and Maintenance Director host retreat groups.
o Welcome groups, sign out keys & radios, give orientation and contact info.
o Regularly check restrooms and common rooms for garbage and cleanliness.
o Assist cooks, dishwashers, dining hall staff as needed with meals.
o Provide security and lock all doors when group departs.
o Turn off all lights and adjust thermostats when group departs.
o Haul garbage to dumpsters when group departs.
• Living in Wren House at the entrance to camp, serve as Gatekeeper.
o Provide security for the camp by being watchful for unauthorized personnel/vehicles on camp property.
o Give direction to trucks, vendors, and others trying to find office.
o Accept UPS and/or FedEx and/or USPS packages too large for mailbox during non-office hours.
o Check mail boxes daily and deliver mail to Camp Director for sorting.
o Maintain aesthetically pleasing outside of Wren House.

• Other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma or equivalent

• Valid Driver’s License with clearance to drive from The Salvation Army’s insurance carrier.
• Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED Certification from the American Red Cross or other Nationally Recognized Certifying Body (Lifeguard Certification Preferred; First Aid/CPR/AED Required)
• Challenge Course Practitioner Certification as outlined within the ACCT published Practitioner Certification Standards
• NASP Instructor Certification
• TSA Outdoors Basic Air Rifle Instructor Certification
• Team Building Specialist Training/Competence (Demonstrated)

• Experience in guest services and camp programming preferred
• Experience in trail building preferred
• Experience in working with children and teens preferred


Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; occasionally climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel: Local.

Working Conditions: This job is performed in both outdoor and office environments at various temperatures. The noise level in this work environment is usually low to loud. For some duties of this job, such as special events and outdoor activities, the employee will be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment at these events is usually moderate to loud.