Summer Attendance: more than 11,000 campers
Neighborhood: Van, Texas
The role: The Summer Camp Director is responsible for the development and execution of the Summer Camp Ministry programs and summer camp staff management.
Meet Sky Ranch:
In 1955, Sky Ranch opened its gates for the first time to let campers come and experience their signature program of fun, fellowship, and discipleship. Starting with only 66 campers, Sky Ranch had already begun to fulfill its founders’ dream of becoming a haven for kids to grow and learn, separated from the worries of everyday life. As summers passed, the Sky Ranch program continued to influence the lives of children and soon became a tradition for families across Texas. In 1975, to better accommodate demand, Sky Ranch moved from its original location in Denton, Texas, to its current location in Van, Texas.
To this day, Sky Ranch continues the legacy of Mel and Winkie Brewer by providing programs that enrich lives and build solid Christian character. Now, with facilities in three states (Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma), Sky Ranch serves more than 70,000 individuals yearly! Building on a foundation of excellence, Sky Ranch strives to provide ministry opportunities for the whole family. From children's summer programs, SkyMoms ministry to mothers, family camps, school programs, retreat services, and more, Sky Ranch desires to be instrumental in the development of families and the body of Christ.
About the Summer Camp Director:
The Summer Camp Director is responsible for the development and execution of the Summer Camp Ministry programs and summer camp staff management. This role leads in the effort of ministry development and delivery of all curriculum as well as the recruitment, hiring, and training of all summer staff. The Summer Camp Director also provides support for the operations staff and sales and marketing teams at all locations.
The Summer Camp Director will:
- Provide direction and supervision of direct reports while providing professional growth and development: develop and communicate goals and objectives; monitor, evaluate, and provide constructive feedback and direction to direct reports; conduct annual performance and ongoing evaluation.
- Oversee the development of summer camp curriculum for all programs and ensure that all content aligns with the Sky Ranch doctrinal statement and beliefs. Coordinate and execute presentation of summer camp curriculum to the Ministry Committee Meeting.
- Establish the summer camp theme and collaborate with other departments for development and marketing execution.
- Collaborate with site camp directors to create and ensure excellent program execution.
- Recognize and plan for growth needs of specific programs and partners with facilities, operations, and camp directors strategize.
What you bring:
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, and preferably proven experience in camp or sport leadership, business, church or youth ministry, or a Christian ministry.
The ideal candidate will have at least five years or more of experience in a full time ministry leadership role.
Is committed to Christian principles and teachings, both professionally and personally.
Must fully support Sky Ranch’s Doctrinal Statement. Has an active membership in a church whose spiritual beliefs are aligned with Sky Ranch’s Doctrinal Statement.
Is committed to Sky Ranch’s Vision, Mission, Values (A.R.E.), and Principles (WOW, Stewardship, and Excellence), and demonstrates them in daily behavior.
Must annually demonstrate a clear background check and review the child safety practices as required for camp accreditation by the American Camping Association.
Possesses personal spiritual discipline that models a proactive approach toward personal, spiritual, and relational health. Has a detailed understanding of the field of summer camp ministry through experience and research.
Has knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer service, including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Has a strong, working ability to use various office software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Has basic internet and social media skills.
Possesses the ability to effectively manage staff in areas including: selection, development, coaching, motivation, scheduling, and performance evaluation.
Has the excellent leadership skills necessary to appropriately influence people to achieve a desired outcome.
Demonstrates the ability to hire, train, and motivate team members.
Shows the ability to relate positively, influentially, and sensitively to a broad spectrum of persons in various multi-tiered relationships, and for those settings to include, but not limited to, guests (youth and families), clergy and staff of various Christian churches and organizations of all sizes, cultural identities and worship styles, co-workers, peers, and board members.
Has proven successful leadership experience and the ability to build unity among a team and motivate them to work together toward a common mission.
Has excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building skills. Possesses the ability to plan, manage, and report budgets proficiently. Has exceptional fiscal management skills.
Has the ability to provide strategic and logistical planning and facilitate meetings, conferences, workshops, and/or retreats as required.
Possesses the ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
Has the ability to prepare moderately complex reports.
Shows the ability to exercise independent thinking and initiative.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with complex situations or issues and make effective, timely, and appropriate decisions.
Has excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and manage various responsibilities.
Possesses the ability to maintain confidentiality.
Has the ability to communicate the vision of Sky Ranch to both internal and external customers.
What it's like to live in Van, in East Texas:
Van, a small town tucked away into the piney woods of East Texas and still dotted by the occasional oil derrick from days gone by, is town proud of its Mayberry-like character! Van offers a traditional, down-home quality of life that has all too often become a thing of the past. Only 26 miles from downtown Tyler and 72 miles from downtown Dallas, people often relocate to Van to raise their families in a safe, wholesome environment. Located just off I-20, the city is an easy drive to both Dallas and Tyler, Texas, giving families quick access to big city amenities even while they live in the safety, comfort, and peace that only our small town can provide.
An employer of many who live in Van for over 35 years, the Pure Oil Company merged with Union Oil Company of California in 1965. The oil field is currently under the management and ownership of Chevron. These companies have all contributed financially and worked hand in glove with the town and school to make the community a desirable place to live and raise a family. Oil production in Van has declined but it still remains an oil town. Although pump jacks are still seen behind downtown businesses, in backyards, churchyards and among the hay fields and cattle, the sea of oil derricks no longer grace the skyline.
Van has merged into the 21st century with enthusiasm and energy and works diligently to provide its citizens with an excellent quality of life. Nursing homes have become available to the elderly and a community center serves the needs of its citizens. Many churches are now in existence to provide for the religious needs of the community. Meals on Wheels are provided for the homebound and government project housing is available. The City of Van continues to place a high priority on education and the Van ISD provides outstanding educational opportunities as well as first rate facilities at its J.E. Rhodes Elementary School, Middle School, Intermediate School, Junior High School, and High School. Van ISD has earned the distinction of an “Exemplary” school as designated by the state of Texas.
Whether you’re staying for a summer or staying for life, Van’s small town charm, quiet streets, and wide open Texas skies, combined with a hospitality second to none in East Texas, will invite you in to sit and stay awhile.
Sky Ranch is located just outside of Van, Texas, just a few miles from Lindale, Tyler, and Mineola, a few of the larger East Texas towns in the area. Long stretches of pinewood trees and winding country roads characterize the countryside of East Texas where Sky Ranch is tucked away, with an occasional farmer’s market stand with the best sweet onions, Tyler roses, and fruit you can find. Most of the Sky Ranch staff lives in Lindale. Founded in 1871, Lindale is one of the fastest growing communities in East Texas experiencing unprecedented growth, with a current population of just over 6,000 residents. With great hotels, unique shopping opportunities, and tasty places to eat, Lindale is the perfect place for a getaway or a homey basecamp for those working at Sky Ranch or several of the major industries in the area.
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