YMCA of Greater Des Moines Summer Day Camp Site Leader - Johnston in Windsor Heights (Walnut Creek Family YMCA), Iowa

There's nothing like summer at the Y! We're here to make kids feel welcome, try new things and make new friends. We help kids grow and show them all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves.

Week long. Summer long. Lifelong. Y Summer Camp is about FRIENDSHIPS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND BELONGING. And about making this...the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Help positively impact children in our community and SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT YOUR OWN LIFE - experience, knowledge, satisfaction and joy are just some of the ways you'll grown, learn and thrive this summer. Apply online and begin your life changing Y journey TODAY!

This position is responsible for creating and leading a camp culture and environment that supports our program objectives of Belonging, Achievement and Relationships, supervising and engaging program participants and staff, organizing and managing program activities, and establishing positive relationships with campers, parents and staff team members.

To positively impact others, Y Staff Team Members exemplify CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP competencies.

VALUES - Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.

COMMUNITY - Delivers the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence, and a sense of security to all who seek it.

PHILANTHROPY - Values and supports the many facets of philanthropy as an essential component in achieving the Y’s mission.

INCLUSION - Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

RELATIONSHIPS - Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

INFLUENCE - Behaves in a manner that creates and maintains trust and respect. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict.

COMMUNICATION - Communicates needs and goals effectively to team members and individuals. Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience. Ensures that regular, consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility.

DECISION MAKING - Thinks several steps ahead to anticipate likely outcomes and decide on the best course of action. Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Takes personal responsibility for decisions and the likely implications of behavior - before acting.

INNOVATION - Improvises quickly and appropriately, when faced with unexpected circumstances, to better meet the needs of others. Asks lots of questions and explores differences of opinion with grace and curiosity.

QUALITY RESULTS - Partners with supervisors to set and clearly articulate goals. Holds staff accountable for high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Continually meets and exceeds staff, Camper and parent expectations.

EMOTIONAL MATURITY - Recognizes the needs of others and responds appropriately to what they are feeling, based on their choice of words, tone of voice, expressions, and other non-verbal behavior. Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others. Manages emotions appropriately and avoids becoming defensive if challenged or asserting inappropriate control when under pressure.


  • Create a camp atmosphere that fosters a sense of Belonging among campers and helps them gain confidence through Achievement while building Relationships with and among campers.

  • Create and maintain a safe environment both physically and emotionally for all Campers

  • Establish a relaxed, unstructured feel to your camp activities, with more emphasis on the “how" and the “why" of the activities rather than on the activities themselves.

  • Lead, supervise, evaluate and provide feedback for camp staff team

  • Ensure planning is in place for Choice Activities, Large Group Activities and Club Time

  • Engage Camp Leaders and Campers in the planning of activities

  • Plan and orchestrate camps daily flow

  • Make sure schedules, supplies, materials, etc. are ready for each day of camp

  • Maintain the Y-Voice in all that you say, do, and think in regards to your camp program Welcoming, Nurturing, Hopeful, Determined, Genuine

  • Establish positive relationships with Campers, Camp Leaders and parents

  • Plan and lead Team Meetings in a way that reflects the values you want to see in camp

  • Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.

  • Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.


  • Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions

  • American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA

  • American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA

  • Y Leaders Orientation Session

  • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter certification

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • At least two years previous day camp or child care experience

  • Completion of Health History Form

  • YMCA Day Camp Safety Training

  • YMCA Online Training


  • Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity

  • Ability to adapt to changing work conditions

  • Ability to perform moderate physical activity

ID: 2018-2155

Shift: Varies

Work Hours: Variable

External Company Name: YMCA of Greater Des Moines

External Company URL: www.dmymca.org

Street: 948 73rd Street

Post End Date: 5/26/2018