Reports to: Associate Head of School for External Relations
The Director of Summer and External Programs provides vision and direction for an office charged with supplementing the admission process, enhancing alumni relations, being a good partner with the local community, providing and supplementing employment opportunities, and producing appropriate revenue for the school through summer programming. Additionally, the office is responsible for managing facility rentals to external organizations.
Responsibilities and Duties
Develop and implement revenue-generating programs utilizing the physical resources of Mercersburg Academy in support of the school’s mission.
Prepare an annual budget covering all aspects of program revenues and expenses to ensure profitability.
Monitor revenue and expenses in accordance with budgetary restrictions for bottom-line performance across all programs.
Oversee general office budget.
Manage at least one full-time position and several seasonal roles.
Establish and maintain a culture of performance management, including effective onboarding and training of new staff, coaching and mentoring of all staff, and annual feedback for growth process.
Partner with the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications, design, coordinate and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Travel as a primary representative of the office during the marketing season.
Serve as the primary contact for external educational consultants.
Directly oversee all internal and external summer programs. Specifically, coordinate the successful operation of all internal programs.
Oversee enrollment management and registrations for all internal programs.
Lead recruitment, hiring, and training efforts for all seasonal staff.
Facilitate the operation of year-round rentals of school facilities, within the appropriate framework of the school’s guidelines.
Serve as risk manager for summer and external programs.
Perform regular risk assessment, analyzing current risks and identifying potential risks, and ensuring proper management of said risks.
Oversee and maintain compliance with the American Camp Association Accreditation.
Maintain strong working relationships with other key administrators, including the Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations, and the directors of Admissions, Athletics, Burgin Center for the Arts, Dining Services, and Facilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate is thoughtful, articulate and passionate about the mission of summer and external programming at Mercersburg Academy. This position requires individuals who communicate effectively and take initiative.
Excellent knowledge of the principles, philosophy, and practices of recreation administration (e.g., program planning, leadership, risk management, budgeting, marketing & public relations).
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with children in building self-esteem and self-confidence.
Ingenuity and inventiveness, capable of thinking on one’s feet and adapting to changes in scheduling
A disciplined, results-oriented, self-starter, demonstrating initiative and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while also being able to manage multiple responsibilities.
Persuasive communication skills in writing, in-person, and over the telephone.
Outstanding listening and analytical skills.
A creative, good-natured member of a team with demonstrated collaborative and proactive manners.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
BA or BS degree required, preferably in business, education, or recreational administration.
3-5 years of camp or business experience.
Interested applications should send a letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Mercersburg Academy
An independent college-preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania, the Academy offers a rigorous academic program to approximately 440 boarding and day students from 29 states and 36 countries. In small classes, students and faculty work eye to eye and mind to mind, as they deepen their understanding of their subjects—and of themselves.