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Program Coordinator

Join an experienced, collaborative team of people committed to serving youth.

Position Purpose

The Program Coordinator is a year-round position, responsible for ensuring all state, American Camps Association, and AYF program regulations are implemented. The Program Coordinator supports and leads aspects of AYF programs in all seasons. The Program Coordinator’s primary focus is taking a leadership role in the Summer Camp programs in summer months. In the fall, winter, and spring, the Program Coordinator is the primary manager of Miniwanca’s ideal client relationships, interfacing with program participants and parents from the camp community, as well as marketing and recruitment for summer programs. Alongside other staff, this role supports winter, spring, and fall programming through direct program planning and leading, site leading/caretaking, and client relations for the programs of those seasons.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

The American Youth Foundation enthusiastically welcomes staff and participants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. AYF seeks to continually assess our practices through a broad lens of cultural responsiveness and is committed to acting and changing for the better of all. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally, and all are highly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Serves as member of the Site Emergency Response Team and Boys Camp Leadership.
  • Works with the Director of Programs and Recruitment Manager for seasonal staff recruitment and hiring, as well as planning and implementing seasonal staff training.
  • Ensures safety and quality in-camp programming through intentional design and consistent presence.
  • Creates and maintains a positive relationship with the clients and inquiries throughout the year, promptly addressing questions, concerns, and feedback.
  • Assists with program curriculum development, editing of handbooks, and the production of participant supplies and forms.
  • Purchases program equipment, manages inventory, and identifies programmatic needs.
  • Communicates facility, administrative, and food program needs of Summer Camp and Community and School Programs to Director of Programs.
  • Uses good judgement in risk management practices, and ensures program follows AYF policies and ACA Standards.
  • Fulfill necessary administrative functions in partnership with AYF colleagues.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a range of abilities to perform the essential functions.

Secondary Functions

  • Serve as facilitator and coordinator for various programs.
  • Manage logistics of staff arrival, preseason communications, travel arrangements, staff housing and staff registration.
  • Assist with end-of-season reports.
  • Respond to emergencies with good judgement, effective problem solving, and calm reactions.

Analytical/Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain physically and emotionally safe environments.
  • Self-motivated, youth-focused, service-oriented team player.
  • Willing to expand knowledge and responsibilities.

Vision for all AYF Employees

  • Show commitment to the AYF Core Values of best self, balanced living, safety, respect, responsibility, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors:
    • Integrity, openness and honesty, listening and understanding, giving and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability, and accountability.
  • Follow guidelines as described in the AYF employee handbook.

Preferred Minimum Education, Experience and / or Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 2 to 3 years of direct or related experience, including staff supervision
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Prior experience and passion for empowering youth
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office with strong aptitude and demonstrated skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and data management applications
  • Computer and database skills
  • Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Lifeguard certification

Physical Demands

  • Able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Walk significant distances through rugged terrain
  • Climb with safety gear up to 40 feet in the air
  • Work extended hours in program season

Work Environment

  • Primarily indoor and seasonal outdoor environments
  • Travel as needed for meetings, recruitment events and site visits.
  • Business casual, appropriate attire for setting.
  • Hours as required to meet job demands, generally Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outside of peak program season
  • Weekend work required seasonally.
  • Evening and overnight duty required during the peak program season. The Program Coordinator needs an ability to live onsite and work six-day weeks in peak season.

Competitive salary and benefits package are available, including:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement package
  • Family accommodations during onsite-required living periods
  • Tuition discounts for dependents

Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals on the basis of merit and/or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familiar status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

To Apply

Please send a resume to Miniwanca Director of Programs Michael Harter at