Job Posting

Program Director

Cave Springs Camp, Retreat & Conference Centre (CSC)

Program Director Job Description


Cave Spring Camp, Retreat, and Conference Centre is located in Beamsville Ontario. It operates as a day and overnight camp experience for children in July and August, and onsite school programs the rest of the year. We also offer year-round community rental space. The camp has been operating since 1951 as a registered charity.

We are seeking an experienced Program Director to take us into the future.  Programming with children and youth has always been our primary focus, with Christian based day and over-night camps in July and August, and school groups from May until mid-fall.  With our new year-round building we plan to run programs for the rest of the year.  We also offer rentals for groups, families, businesses and churches; some of whom require some assistance with their program or use.  Our premises are accessible and we strive to be a welcoming community for all.


Job description

The Program Director is responsible for the overall growth, direction and long- term success for the Programs at CSC. The Director oversees the coordination and administration of all ongoing programs including planning, organizing, staffing and leading of the program activities.  This position reports to the Executive Director, Board and works with the Program Committee.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversee all camp programs and operations Including the following: Oversee, coordinate and manage the daily operations and program functions of the summer camp program; Oversee and manage all school and outdoor education programs, ensuring that the needs and expectations of the students, teachers and visiting groups are met; Ensure all summer and seasonal programs are delivered effectively and that the camp experience exceeds the expectations of the children, parents and all other parties; Co-ordination of registration and responsibility for enrollment targets
  2. Plan and deliver new initiatives and pilot programs, curricula, manuals and learning activities for community programs for all ages
  3. Ensure all programs comply with Cave Springs Camp policies, procedures, Ontario Camps Association standards and the policies and standards of the United Church of Canada
  4. Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program with support from the Program Committee, and Executive Director
  5. Create and implement plans to promote diversity and inclusivity within Cave Springs Camp
  6. Ensure camp facilities are kept in clean and safe condition year-round in coordination with the maintenance staff, Property Committee, and Program Committee.
  7. Identify, evaluate, and take appropriate action on the risks associated with program activities
  8. Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
  9. Recruit, interview, select and train program staff in accordance with organizational standards
  10. Foster an effective and creative environment that supports staff and volunteers’ personal development, creativity, collaboration and transparency
  11. Communicate with clients, alumni, churches, and community organizations to foster relationships and gain community support
  12. Represent and promote camp activities and facilities by attending presentations, job fairs, school visits, conferences
  13.  Update social media platforms, including the website in conjunction with the Executive Director
  14. Develop funding proposals for the program to ensure the continuous delivery of services, including grant writing (i.e. Canada Summer Jobs Grant)
  15. Attend monthly board and committee meetings
  16. Assist the Executive Director with marketing, fundraising and rental activities


Professional Qualifications and Experience


  1. Extensive experience working with children and youth in a summer camp or outdoor education setting
  2. University or college degree in child and youth/ education/ rec and leisure/ or equivalent
  3. Previous experience or related education in employee management systems such as recruitment and selection, and performance management tools like codes of conduct, performance appraisal, training modules, and manage misconduct
  4. Transparent and high integrity leadership
  5. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  6. Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  7. Experience integrating Christian values into programming for children and youth
  8. Experience in developing and running adult programs (e.g. retreats)
  9. Strong presentation, written, oral communication skills
  10. Experience working with website management and social media for program communication
  11. Competent working knowledge of Microsoft office [Word, Excel, Presentation, Outlook]
  12. Valid Standard First Aid and Level C CPR
  13. Satisfactory Police Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Screening
  14. Valid G-Class Driver’s License
  15. Demonstrates ability to learn new software, but previous experience using camp management software (i.e. CampBrain) is an asset
  16. Food Handlers Certificate (preferred)
  17. National Lifeguard Certificate (preferred)
  18. Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) – Challenge Course Practitioner Level 2 Certification (Preferred)


Location and Hours

  • The Director of Programming is expected to live on-site and be on call during the summer camping season including staff training.
  • Full time/salaried with more hours in the summer, less in the offseason
  • Based out of Cave Springs Camp office with opportunity for some remote work in the off-season

Start Date

January 2022


Job Conditions

  • $45,000- $48,000/ annually depending on experience
  • 3 weeks vacation

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Saskia Van Arragon at



December 10, 2021

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