Executive Director Search
The Board of Directors of Carroll County YMCA (CCYMCA) | Camp Huckins has launched a search for a strategic, mission-driven leader to serve as its next Executive Director, following current Executive Director Jody Hutchinson Skelton’s announcement that she will retire in 2020. This position represents an excellent opportunity to lead a vibrant and thriving organization and to focus on purposeful and creative approaches to maintain its mission and further its impact.
CCYMCA’s flagship program is Camp Huckins, a nationally recognized girls residential camp located on 200 wooded acres on Broad Bay of Ossipee Lake in Freedom, New Hampshire. Founded in 1928 as a co-ed summer camp, today Huckins hosts approximately 1,400 girls, ages 8-16, and 130 domestic and international staff during four two-week camping sessions in the summer. Huckins has a long track record of developing girls and young women in intentional ways and sees its mission as increasingly important in today’s world.
Huckins hosts other programming during the spring and fall, including two family camps, school and community group programming, and camping weekends such as mother/son weekend, mother/daughter weekend, and women’s wellness weekend.
Throughout the year, CCYMCA offers programming in the local community, working with schools and local nonprofit organizations to deliver programing in support of YMCA’s core mission of promoting wellness.
The ideal candidate is a strategic leader and persuasive communicator who is committed to furthering CCYMCA | Camp Huckins’ mission and organizational excellence. A hard-working, mission-driven professional, she/he will be the face of the organization and represent its values and mission with confidence, integrity, and humility. The successful candidate will be responsible for deepening and developing meaningful relationships with the Board of Directors, the Carroll County community, parents, alumni, and other constituencies.
With broad oversight and responsibility for all aspects of the organization, the successful candidate will be accountable for the organization’s culture and financial health, and will ensure that Camp Huckins, in particular, continues its emphasis on helping girls and young women develop their own voice, build their confidence, enjoy healthy relationships with each other, and foster the leadership skills that will serve them over a lifetime.
Qualified candidates will have:
- A creative business mind, a positive attitude, and a high degree of professionalism
- Outstanding relationship building, communication, and presentation skills
- 10+ years’ minimum experience as a leader in the non-profit/cause driven space, with demonstrated ability to motivate staff and build consensus
- General business acumen and experience using financial and other metrics to drive operational decision-making and strategic planning
- Excellent analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills, and a proclivity to further the organization’s effectiveness through the optimization of systems and technology
- Experience soliciting philanthropic gifts and advancing a culture of philanthropy
- Experience or exposure to brand management and an understanding of strategic communications, including digital media
- Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls, and compliance-related issues
- Experience in a camp or educational setting is strongly preferred but not required
In 1928, Otis B. Read served as the first camp director of Camp Huckins, and over the years, a number of exceptional individuals and couples have held this position. Leaders from the last six decades include:
- 1953-1956 Lew and Lyn Primmer
- 1957-1961: Ruth and Latimer Hannum
- 1962: Gerald and Bettye Lane
- 1963: Donald “Duke” and Mary Ann Hermance
- 1964-1989: Zaven and Audrey Vorperian
- 1989-2003: Judy Snell
- 2004 – Present: Jody Hutchinson Skelton
Learn more about CCYMCA’s current leadership, staff and board of directors.
Meet the Search Team
The Board tapped Huckins alumna and longtime volunteer Kristen Parthe Brown to chair its Search Committee. Kristen is an accomplished human resources executive with a specialty in recruitment and currently leads talent acquisition at Kronos, a global software company in Massachusetts. Conley Search Group, a global executive recruiting firm, will conduct the search, partnering with the Search Committee to identify and select the next Executive Director.