Camp Indianola Seeks New Program Director
Camp Indianola is hiring a Program Director for a multifaceted position as a core member of
the Camp Indianola’s leadership team. This position contains a wide variety of
responsibilities to help ensure the smooth operation of the camp through all seasons. The
primary responsibilities of the Program Director are running and managing the youth
summer camp programming, and serving as the primary Guest Services Coordinator.
This Program Director job is intended to be a full time position, though operations under
covid make it more likely than not that this position may be part-time during the offseason
until normal operations resume.
Camp Indianola is a United Methodist youth summer camp and adult retreat center
located across the Puget Sound from Seattle, WA. We are located on the Port Madison
Reservation, the ancestral and current home of the Suquamish Tribe. A gorgeous
beachfront view of the Puget Sound, Seattle, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains
makes our camp an unquestionably beautiful place to do ministry. Our camp is situated
on 75 acres of land, much of which is undeveloped woodlands, which we use for our
programming. Our five cabins provide a maximum capacity of approximately 100 guests.
Our programs vary depending on season. During the summer months, we run our own
religious youth summer camps. During the off-season, we both run our own adult spiritual
retreats and host outside non-profit groups looking for a site for their own retreats.
The Seattle area is largely socially and politically progressive to very progressive. The
United Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference is theologically,
socially, and politically moderate to progressive. We as a camp work within and fit within
this context. Although candidates need not necessarily fit within these deological
parameters, a viable candidate will demonstrate that they will be able to operate
effectively within this ministry context without being oppositional to it. (An attitude that
the PNW culture around us is full of “depraved and wicked liberals” in opposition to the
Church is not a good fit for our organization.)
Who we serve:
We serve youth campers and adult retreat-goers from the entire western side of
Washington State, especially from the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas, as well as our own
The most notable responsibility of the Program Director’s role is running the youth
summer camp programming. Our summer camps serve grades 2–13. In a typical year, we
see approximately 300 campers, with camp sizes ranging from approximately 20 to 40.
The Program Director schedules, plans, and executes these camps. They are in charge of
recruiting, hiring, training, and managing approximately 7–12 summer staff during the
summer. The preparation for summer begins as far as 12 months in advance, intensifying
in the spring in anticipation of the beginning of summer. The Program Director does not
typically serve directly as a cabin leader, though it is expected that they be willing to take
on any needed role if the situation requires to ensure the success of the program.
The Program Director also heads up youth programming during other parts of the year.
For example, the Program Director is the primary individual in charge of planning the fall
youth retreat, as well as managing childcare during adult retreats.
The Program Director has many varied responsibilities beyond simply running summer
camps, to help in the year-round operation of Camp Indianola. Most notably, the Program
Director is the primary point-person for all guest services, both those related to summer
camps and to rental groups, though they do get additional needed assistance with this
role, especially during the summer.
The Program Director is also the key staff member in charge of outdoor educational
experiences for school groups. They help recruit school groups, help develop curricula for
those groups which wish for use to guide their experience, as well as leading these school
groups themselves. Depending on our level of success with attracting and teaching
school groups, this aspect of the Program Director position will determine whether the
job is full-time year-round or if it becomes part-time during the off-season.
The Program Director also serves as one of the on-call hosts for guest groups, helps with
housekeeping, helps maintain the grounds, help if needed in the kitchen, as well as many
other miscellaneous tasks as required. Overall, a successful candidate for Program
Director is willing to take on a very wide variety of tasks to help the camp run smoothly.
The seasonal responsibilities of this position shift significantly. This is an overview of some
(not all) of the responsibilities, of the Program Director through the year:
Full-time (as many hours as required based on programming)
Running summer camp operations, including managing staff
Part-time to full-time (minimum 20 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)*
Outdoor education – recruiting, teaching, hosting
Finalizing broad plans for next summer
Part time to full-time (minimum 25 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)
Beginning summer camp promotion
Start planning for camp
Part time to full-time (minimum 30 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)
Figuring out details for summer camps
Heavy summer camp promotion
Please note: since guest groups have not returned yet in full force (meaning, we do not have
the same level of income as we had pre pandemic), it is likely that at least the first off-season
will mean a reduced number of hours from a normal year. The course of the pandemic will
dictate how soon we can resume to pre-pandemic levels of operation. The hours indicated above are
the anticipated number of hours for the next season. Once we return to normal levels of operation, we anticipate that this will resume being a full-time job. Note that the salary to be agreed upon is for the full-time position. The cash salary will likely be lower for this 2021–22 year. That being said, please note as well that all other
benefits of employment (health insurance, provided housing, some meals, paid sick leave) remain even during reduced hours.
Characteristics of the position:
This position is most often a medium-term job, lasting from 3–7 years. Washington State is
an at-will employment state, meaning that neither employer nor employee are not “locked
into” a position. However, we do not anticipate hiring a candidate who is coming into this
position knowing that they would only be here for a year or two.
The on-site living accommodations are appropriate for a single or partnered individual,
but not for a family with children. Camp Indianola will consider a partial housing stipend
or figuring out alternate housing for individuals for whom the on-site housing will not
work due to family situation.
• 3+ years relevant experience
• Strong Christian faith, ability to help teach it to others, ability to reflect critically, openly,
and compassionately about issues of faith.
• Lifeguarding, including ability to maintain official lifeguarding certification
• First Aid, CPR certifications (or ability to get them)
• Love for camp ministries
• Willingness to engage with and learn from local Native culture, language, and history
• Must be able to operate necessary equipment including boats, power tools, machinery,
housekeeping, and lawn equipment*
• Must be able to work extended hours standing, walking, crouching, lifting, and reaching in
varying weather conditions*
• Must be able to regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift up to 100
• Must have current driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and be able to operate
larger vehicles like 15-passenger vans and full-sized trucks*
• Must be able to pass a national background check
• Must be a team player ready to jump in and help with whatever needs doing to meet
Reasonable accommodations can be made for candidates with disabilities, but do note that
this is a job that does naturally require a high degree of mobility and a wide range of physical
demands, creating challenges for accommodating some levels of limited mobility.
• Musically inclined and able to lead campfire songs and worship for groups of 5-120
• Experience and/or certification in challenge course and high element management and
• Current certifications in any of the following: Lifeguard or higher, First Aid/CPR/AED or
higher, ACCT Level One or higher, Small Water Craft, Archery
• An understanding of United Methodist dynamics, culture, operations, etc.
Camp Director and Operations Manager
Salary, benefits, and hours:
Salary – $30,000–35,000, depending
A furnished on-site staff apartment is provided for the employee. The employee and members of the employees families can receive meals at no cost when food service is operating.
Health insurance (medical, vision, and dental) or a partial insurance stipend, unless
participant is already covered by a parent’s or family member’s insurance.
Paid sick leave, as provided by Washington State law
Two weeks paid vacation. Additionally, one week of paid time off at the end of summer
that does not count against vacation time.
Paid holiday time off
This is a salaried, overtime exempt position. Expect to work far more than 40 hours a week
during the summer. To help offset this extra work, you in coordination with your
supervisor, will be allowed to schedule a lighter workload for the winter with some
additional paid time off.
Camp Indianola, as with most summer camps, has historically been a predominantly
White, male-dominated, and straight leadership and organization. We are working to
change this dynamic though it is admittedly still present. As such, we particularly
encourage individuals of color, LGTBQ+ individuals, and females and nonbinary
individuals to apply for this position.
Send resumes to: Camp Director, Colin Cushman — email@example.com
Colin Cushman, Camp Indianola, 10635 NE Shore Dr, Indianola, WA 98342