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Waterfront Director - Camp Lincoln

Southern District YMCA

The Southern District YMCA has a long history of providing many communities throughout Southern New Hampshire with outstanding programs and services for youth. The Y’s Camp Lincoln is a traditional summer camp and outdoor education facility offering over 1500 campers the opportunity to engage in healthy activities. More than 750 children are enrolled in 15 before and after school sites through the Y’s child care programs. And just over two years ago, the Y opened the Exeter Area YMCA, a 33,000-square-foot multi-generational health and wellness center, which has seen membership growth that exceeds expectations. The Southern District YMCA is also currently exploring Phase 2 of a capital campaign to add a new aquatics facility to its Exeter location. The YMCA is currently seeking a new leader who will provide strong support for all aspects of the Y’s operations and strategic initiatives.

Mission Statement: Southern District YMCA (SDYMCA) provides opportunities for youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility in our southern New Hampshire community.
We achieve this by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy
spirit, mind and body for all – regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, ability, religion or

Service Area & Demographics: SDYMCA serves the NH towns of Brentwood, Danville, East
Kingston, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Newton,
North Hampton, Plaistow, Raymond, Seabrook, and Stratham.

History: In 1926, YMCA Camp Lincoln began as a summer camp on Kingston Lake. Today,
summers are full of 1,500 campers aged 3-15 and a robust counselor-in-training program for 14-
15-year old’s. Year-round activities at Camp Lincoln include outdoor education, team-building
programs and weekend rentals serving an additional 11,000 people. YMCA School Age Child Care
operates 15 before and after school programs meeting HEPA standards and state licensing
requirements for 750 students. Exeter Area YMCA opened its doors in September 2015 to an
eager community. The 33,000 square feet facility serves over 6,300 members, averaging 400


The Waterfront Director will provide overall leadership and management to all aquatic activities held for summer camp.  The Waterfront Director is responsible for safety at the waterfront, scheduling lifeguards, swim lesson design/ implementation, development/ program evaluation and risk management.  The Waterfront Director is expected to lead by example and inspire those around them.


YMCA Leadership Competencies:

Mission Advancement:Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values.  Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs.  Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.  Supports fundraising.

Collaboration:  Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.  Builds rapports and relates well to others.  Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. 

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgements, and transfers learning from one situation to another.  Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.  Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work, and actively participate sin meetings.  Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.  Strives to meet or exceed goas and deliver a high-value experience for members. 

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance.  Demonstrates an oneness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.  Accurately assess personal feelings, strengths, and limitations and how they impact relationships.  Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 



Minimum of 3 years leadership and childcare experience.

American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Certification.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification.

American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Instructor Certification.

Experience managing a similar sized aquatic facility.

Teaching, facilitating, teambuilding experience preferred.

Supervisory and staff development experience.

Administrative experience; ability to communicate verbally and in writing is essential.

Personnel values consistent with the YMCA mission and core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Ability to effectively delegate responsibilities to others and support them in their endeavors as necessary.

Strong organizational and time management skills.

CPR/ First Aid Certification.



  1. Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time.
  2. Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  3. Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
  4. Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  5. Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
  6. Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency
  7. Ability to view/enter data for long periods of time.


Southern District YMCA is an Equal Opportunities employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of SDYMCA to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetic information.


  • Functions as the risk management director for all aquatic activities.
  • In conjunction with the summer program coordinator, responsible for scheduling lifeguards.
  • Responsible for teaching American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Certifications (minimum of two per season).
  • Conducts in service training following ARC best practices. Ensures correct positioning of all active guards.
  • Ensures ratios of 1 guard to 15 campers is maintained at all times.
  • Plans and executes an innovative, engaging and age appropriate swim program.
  • Actively supervises staff throughout the day and is present at the Waterfront.
  • Supervises and evaluates all lifeguards.
  • Assists with ensuring program quality and execution across all waterfront activities.
  • Ensures that Waterfront area and rescue equipment is maintained to a high standard. Communicates needs in a timely manner to the Program Director.
  • Ability to remain calm during an emergency. Proficiency in leading diveline for all lifeguards.
  • Assist with special events and summer fundraising campaigns.
  • Builds positive relationships with campers, parents, caregivers, and counselors to leverage Camp Lincoln’s position and provide a high level experience to all.
  • Provides effective and timely communication to the Program Director.
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Date Added: February 13, 2020

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