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Chief Executive Officer

Camp Fire Alaska

Executive Director / CEO


Contact: Ryan Smith
Address: 161 Klevin Street, 101, Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: 1 (907) 743-1200
For more than 100 years, Camp Fire Alaska has provided a safe, nurturing place for families to send their children. Camp Fire Alaska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency with roots back to 1913. Camp Fire offers affordable high-quality programming, professionally trained and caring staff, and engaging activities that are appealing to youth.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 weeks ago Closing Date:   October 16, 2022
Location:   Anchorage, AK Salary: $145,000.00 - $180,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full time
Benefits:
Camp Fire offers the following benefits for employees: health and life insurance, flex benefits, 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching opportunities based on longevity, 10 paid holidays, employee assistance program, and free childcare for age appropriate dependents. Employees can purchase health benefits for their dependents.
How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to CampFireCEOsearch@forakergroup.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest, mission alignment, and qualifications. For questions, contact Ryan Smith, lead recruiter, at CampFireCEOsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Job Description

Position Profile

Chief Executive Officer | Camp Fire Alaska | Anchorage, Alaska

The Position: Chief Executive Officer

Camp Fire Alaska seeks a compassionate, adaptive, and experienced leader to serve as its Chief Executive. The incoming leader has the opportunity to lead with dexterity and understanding while making sense of an evolving childcare and youth development sector. The new CEO will embody the organization's core values and uphold the existing culture of caring, inclusivity, learning, and quality while guiding the organization's evolution to meet the needs of Alaskan families. As a recognized leader in youth development, Camp Fire Alaska is a vital part of many communities. The CEO has the opportunity to broaden and deepen mission impact in support of children and families across the state.

The Organization

For more than 100 years, Camp Fire Alaska has provided a safe, nurturing place for families to send their children. Camp Fire Alaska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency with roots back to 1913. Camp Fire offers affordable high-quality programming, professionally trained and caring staff, and engaging activities that are appealing to youth.

The mission of Camp Fire is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to discover the best in themselves and others in a fun, safe learning environment. This is accomplished through programs grounded in the Thrive{ology} methodology: establishing caring and mentoring adult relationships, nurturing social and emotional growth, and promoting physical activity and healthy life choices. Operating year-round programming with an annual budget of approximately $7 million, 120 employees, and 112 volunteers, Camp Fire serves more than 5,000 youth annually. Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being, striving to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.

As the organization adapts to a new economic and childcare landscape following the social and pandemic disruptions of 2020-2021, Camp Fire is modifying and rebuilding programs and considering new opportunities to meet the needs of youth and families. The financial model that supported Camp Fire's pre-pandemic programs was comprised of approximately 70% earned income from fee-for-service programs and 30% from grants and philanthropic contributions. In 2020-21 those revenue streams reversed—to approximately 75% grants (mostly in the form of federal relief) and contributions and 25% earned income. Importantly, while the funding changed, the commitment to serving children and families did not. The Camp Fire team was quick to adapt programming, find new delivery modes, leverage financial resources, and effectively partner to deliver the highest quality childcare and out of school programs to the greatest number of youth and families. As of 2022, summer camp utilization is back to pre-pandemic enrollment and 50 % of the school-age programs are back in operation. Today, the organization is stable and positioned for its next evolution based on a notably long track record of success.

Services and Programs

Providing access to Camp Fire programs is a top priority and for all fee-based programs funds are raised to provide full or partial scholarships to families who may be experiencing financial hardships.

Before & After School Programs offer youth challenging activities and learning experiences while also providing support to working families in municipally licensed, school-age childcare programs located within elementary schools in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Summer Programs serve youth 5-17 years old and include multiple camps. Camp K on Kenai Lake is an overnight camp offering adventures on a 160-acre campus in the Chugach National Forest; it is also home to specialty camps offered in partnership to support youth with special needs. Camp Si-La-Meo is a day camp offering a variety of outdoor adventures within Anchorage. Summer Adventure Camp offers full days of stimulating activities at licensed programs in elementary schools in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Community Center and Learning Pod Programs provide safe and nurturing environments for nearly 100 youth daily, at no cost to families. The Learning Pods were created in partnership with the Anchorage School District allowing Camp Fire staff to work alongside ASD teachers to support students' learning.

Camp Fire Alaska's Rural Program is a one-of-a-kind summer program that is delivered in more than 30 rural, remote Alaska communities and serves 2,500 youth and teens. Created and managed in active partnership with tribal and community leadership, the rural program promotes wellness, creative arts, outdoor recreation, swimming and water safety, activities for teens, service projects, elder engagement and community events at no cost to families.

Strategic Priorities

In 2021, Camp Fire Alaska reviewed its strategic plan and recommitted to its below-listed goals. The incoming Chief Executive Officer will have the responsibility to support the Board's next strategic planning effort and lead the staff's implementation of the current and future priorities.

Long-term Priorities

  • Ensure programs are affordable and accessible
  • Develop sustainable program growth that follows best practices, meets recognized quality standards and helps youth thrive
  • Develop a plan to increase Camp K's financial sustainability, capacity and programs
  • Increase public awareness and visibility about the organization's programs and impact
  • Invest in human capital to ensure a thriving organization
  • Ensure Camp Fire Alaska is fiscally sound and sustainable

Twelve to Eighteen Month Priorities

Building upon existing strengths and guided by the values of the organization, the incoming leader will deliver Camp Fire Alaska's mission while maintaining stability and services and focus on the following priorities over the first twelve to eighteen months:

  • Cultivate relationships and build trust with existing partners, funders, staff, families, and the larger Camp Fire community and identify new relationship opportunities to deepen mission impact across the service area; build upon Camp Fire's reputation as a leader in the sector through intentional community outreach and marketing
  • Maintain and nurture the existing workplace culture of caring, inclusivity, autonomy, learning, and trust
  • Attract and retain high-quality staff; develop a formal succession plan to enable advancement and longevity
  • Understand and adjust Camp Fire's model to ensure maximum delivery of mission and financial resiliency in light of pandemic impacts and Alaska's evolving childcare and youth development sector
  • Leverage existing and identify new financial resources and strategic partnerships to support continued success and innovation in meeting Camp Fire Alaska's mission
  • Collaborate with the Board to update the existing Strategic Plan

The Leadership Opportunity

Camp Fire Alaska is a recognized leader in youth development and a vital part of many communities. The incoming CEO will join a motivated, high-functioning leadership team and partner with a deeply engaged Board of Directors. The incoming leader has the opportunity to lead with dexterity and understanding while making sense of the evolving sector and the changing needs of Alaska's children and families. This dynamic role requires grace under pressure to respond to immediate needs while thinking and engaging strategically. Camp Fire's next leader will build on the 100-year legacy of a well-established, highly respected youth development organization and take forward Camp Fire's strong relationships with partners, funders, youth, and families. From this position of stability, the CEO – in collaboration with the board and staff – has the opportunity to broaden and deepen Camp Fire Alaska's mission and impact into the future.

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer has the dual role as leader of the internal team and champion and advocate for Camp Fire's mission across Alaska. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Internal

  • In partnership with the Board, serve as Camp Fire Alaska's visionary and strategic leader, setting the organization's course and implementing strategies and actions for advancing mission
  • Ensure successful business operations and financial resiliency, including ensuring compliance with all funding and regulatory agencies
  • Engage in the organization's strategic fund development activities to support the delivery of high-quality programs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate direct reports; encourage and set tone for staff development organization-wide, strategically develop future leaders; and ensure effective recruitment and retention practices
  • Cultivate a culture of gratitude and caring throughout the organization, including employees, Board, partners, donors, youth, and families
  • Ensure mission, values, and commitment to an inclusive environment are woven into all aspects of Camp Fire's programs and interactions, both internally and externally
  • Provide support to the board of directors and their committees, regularly reporting the organization's status and progress
  • Implement and maintain standardized and legally compliant operating practices, policies and procedures; ensure adequate risk management of organizational activities and assets

External

  • Manage public communications and serve as the spokesperson for Camp Fire Alaska to families, key audiences at the local, state, and national levels
  • Develop, expand and deepen relationships with relevant stakeholders to understand the larger landscape of opportunities and work collectively to address challenges
  • Alongside staff and board, develop, expand, and deepen relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropic donors and government funders, and volunteers, to fully understand community needs, build responsive programming, and increase youth participation in successful programs
  • Be an informed advocate for Camp Fire Alaska by staying up-to-date on issues impacting the field of childcare and youth development and a strong voice for the needs of all youth and families at the local, state and federal level.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Qualifications

  • Fully dedicated to youth development as a primary focus of interest and experience; ability to articulate a sincere care for youth and families
  • A Bachelor's degree is required, Master's or additional education and certifications are preferred. As affirmed by our mission, Camp Fire Alaska is a learning organization and supports an environment of growth and discovery
  • At least seven years of leadership experience is required; five years of nonprofit leadership experience working in partnership with a Board and leading a large staff is preferred
  • Experience in formal childcare or youth development
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate organizational vision and strategic direction and respond calmly and creatively to unexpected challenges and opportunities
  • Strong financial acumen, including experience diversifying and expanding revenue streams and managing a similar sized budget
  • Experience actively leading an organization through significant change, growth, or expansion
  • Demonstrated history of building and maintaining strong working relationships with staff, board, and external stakeholders fostering an environment of trust and transparency
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, confidently make decisions under pressure, and skillfully engage staff to inform decision-making when appropriate
  • Demonstrated experience coaching, managing, and developing diverse and high-performing teams
  • Ability to effectively navigate high stress situations with grace; experience with de-escalation and mediation
  • Experience serving as a spokesperson and representative for an organization
  • Experience and/or connection to Alaska is preferred
  • Experience in rural and remote communities is preferred

Personal Attributes

  • Values-driven individual committed to the Camp Fire Alaska mission of supporting youth to achieve their full potential, with a desire to be a voice for the needs of all Alaska's children and families
  • Strong belief in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a leadership style that values all voices and backgrounds and fosters a welcoming workplace environment
  • An approachable leader with high emotional intelligence; possesses a spirit of humility and patience; fosters a culture of learning, gratitude, and collaboration
  • An active listener with an empowering, flexible, and engaged leadership style
  • Passionate and inspirational leader with a growth mindset, a belief in every team member's potential, and an ability to empower staff to become the best versions of themselves
  • Flexible and adaptable with a bias toward action and innovation

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $145,000-$180,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Camp Fire offers the following benefits for employees: health and life insurance, flex benefits, 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching opportunities based on longevity, 10 paid holidays, employee assistance program, and free childcare for age appropriate dependents. Employees can purchase health benefits for their dependents.

Application Process

To apply, email your credentials to CampFireCEOsearch@forakergroup.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest, mission alignment, and qualifications. For questions, contact Ryan Smith, lead recruiter, at CampFireCEOsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Camp Fire Alaska is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Camp Fire Alaska is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to grow our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences. Camp Fire Alaska is looking for engaged employees that believe in our mission and uphold our core values. Individuals are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all qualifications.

To learn more about Camp Fire Alaska visit: www.campfireak.org

About Camp Fire Alaska

Our Mission

Every child will have the opportunity to discover the best in themselves and others in a fun, safe, learning environment.

Our Core Values

Camp Fire Alaska makes these commitments to Alaska's youth and families, our partners, the communities we serve, our staff and to each other. Camp Fire Alaska:

  • Builds caring relationships
  • Provides positive experiences which promote wellness and learning
  • Commits to diversity, equity and inclusiveness
  • Fosters competence, stewardship and joy with the natural world
  • Strives towards excellence through innovation
  • Integrates best practices to deliver quality programs and operations
  • Focuses on fiscal responsibility and financial sustainability
  • Functions as a trustworthy organization that ensures safe, secure and dependable experiences

Our Vision/Long-term Goal

Camp Fire Alaska will increase the number of youth served through accessible, sustainable and quality programs with experiences that help youth thrive.

Our Inclusivity Statement

Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship or immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. Camp Fire Alaska strives to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.

Connection to the National Camp Fire Network

Camp Fire Alaska is part of the Camp Fire national network of affiliates that have been serving youth for over 110 years. This webbing of Camp Fire organizations provides resources and supports to all affiliates and access to professionals with a wide variety of expertise and experiences from which to draw from. A network of Camp Fire CEO professionals engages in regular communications, sharing of materials and professional development opportunities that help strengthen the Camp Fire movement in our country. Camp Fire thrives due to its commitment to diversity and inclusion, incorporating youth voice into all they do, being intentional about reflecting, evolving and using cutting-edge research to best meet the needs of today's families. More information on Camp Fire National Headquarters can be found at www.campfire.org



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