YMCA of Greater Seattle Outdoor Leadership Operations Supervisor in Seattle, Washington


You long for impact and purpose. We offer it daily. At our 14 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites, YMCA employees serve the people of King and south Snohomish Counties with programs and services tailored to fit the needs of those we reach. Three overarching goals drive our work: youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

The Outdoor Leadership department of the YMCA of Greater Seattle is seeking a self-starting, organized, and flexible Operations Supervisor who shares our commitment to multicultural youth development, community building, and volunteerism. The Operations Supervisors primary responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day operations of the Cascade People’s Center and to oversee trip logistics for the B.O.L.D. & G.O.L.D. (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) and YMCA Earth Service Corps programs. This individual will work from the Outdoor Leadership offices at the Cascade People’s Center in the South Lake Union area of Seattle to fulfill job duties. This is a year-round, full-time, non-exempt position that reports to the Outdoor Leadership Director.

The Y at the Cascade People’s Center (CPC) serves as a sustainable resource center for youth leadership, environmental education, and community engagement in the heart of Seattle. Find more information at: https://ycascadepeoplescenter.org/* B.O.L.D. (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & G.O.L.D. (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program* is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures. Through custom courses and 8-22 day summer wilderness expeditions diverse groups of youth explore the wild places of the Pacific Northwest and become the next generation of multicultural leaders. Find more information at: http://www.ymcaleadership.org* YMCA Earth Service Corps* (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that engages diverse young people in youth-centered, inclusive programming that empowers participants to take an active role in addressing environmental issues in their communities. Through ongoing opportunities to engage in real-world leadership training and exercises, Earth Service Corps creates lifelong environmental stewards and empowers youth to become leaders in their community! Find more information at: www.ymcaearthservicecorps.org* Critical Success Factors:*

  • Ability to create a fun, inclusive work environment.

  • Experience working with diverse groups.

  • Willingness to work a non-traditional schedule that includes nights and weekends.

  • Commitment to professional growth and a willingness to take on new challenges.

  • Excellent judgment and decision making skills.

  • Exceptional organizational skills.

  • Ability to work as a collaborative leader with strong group facilitation, communication, delegation and conflict management skills.

  • Able to follow processes and procedures to ensure safety, efficiency, and a positive community experience.

  • Positive, passionate, resilient and has a "what else can I do" mindset.

  • Able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, feeling comfortable with mid-course corrections.

  • Ability to create and manage programming that serves authentic community needs.

  • Professional experience working with outdoor equipment, including repair and maintenance.

  • Experience planning and packing backcountry food for parties of 10 or more.

  • Dedication and commitment to the youth development, environmental education, and wilderness expeditions.

  • Able to complete physical tasks including lifting up to 50 pounds.

  • Willingness to drive a Y Mini-bus in urban and rural settings.

  • Experience with Microsoft Suite.

Schedule: During the summer season, June-August, this position will work a Thursday-Monday schedule to support B.O.L.D. & G.O.L.D. programming. September-May will require a more traditional Monday-Friday schedule with occasional nights and weekends.


  1. Create and manage relevant programming that meets the needs of the community for the Y at Cascade People’s Center.

  2. Develop and foster community partnerships.

  3. Market, schedule, and supervise space rentals.

  4. Coordinate building maintenance and improvements.

  5. Ensure compliance with City of Seattle lease agreement including public access and reporting requirements.

  6. Coordinate logistics with Outdoor Leadership office and field staff.

  7. Hire and train a team of 4-6 seasonal logisticians in coordination with B.O.L.D & G.O.L.D. Director.

  8. Manage a logistics team who aid in the delivery of B.O.L.D. & G.O.L.D. summer programming.

  9. Prepare all food and equipment for 75+ youth wilderness based expeditions.

  10. Manage the purchasing, organization, and repair of backpacking, camping, and rock climbing equipment.

  11. Manage the purchasing and organization of field-appropriate and culturally-appropriate meals.

  12. Manage expenses to meet fiscal objectives.

  13. Foster an inclusive environment for diverse staff, participants, and community members.

  14. Recruit, train and supervise volunteers in support of programming.

  15. Engage in Camping & Outdoor Leadership Branch and YMCA of Great Seattle Association initiatives.

  16. Other duties as assigned.


You are 21 years of age or older and should have:

  • 1-2 years of experience with children; camps, child care, tutoring, nanny, coaching

  • Previous camp experience preferred.

  • High school graduate or equivalent.

  • One or more years of college preferred.

  • 1 year + experience leading others as a supervisor or lead

  • Demonstrated experience planning and implementing group activities

  • Ability to model and demonstrate Y values; caring, respect, responsibility and honesty

  • Current state approved first aid certification

  • Current state approved CPR certification.

  • Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous physical activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping and swimming.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current W-EMT, WFR, WFA, or FA and CPR

  • Willingness to obtain a WA State Food Handlers Permit within 30 days of hire

  • Driver’s license with safe driving record

  • We strongly recommend all employees within Camping & Outdoor Leadership have the following vaccinations: 1) Tdap 2) MMR 3) Varicella

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

ID 2018-7492

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location YMCA at Cascade People's Center

Category Resident Camp

Address 309 Pontius Ave N