Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the Alohas: What skills do you hope the next Director of Hive will have? What are the biggest challenges you think the next Director of Hive will face? Do you have a possible candidate to nominate? We welcome your input and invite you to participate in our short survey. Members of the search committee are listed below.
Program Director of Camp Aloha Hive
The mission of the Aloha Foundation is to inspire people of all ages to learn, explore, grow, and become their best selves.
We seek a dynamic, talented, courageous, and transformative leader of Hive, our summer camp program for girls ages 7-12.
The Director of Hive is a year-round, full time employee of the Aloha Foundation with the primary responsibility of managing and running Hive with the highest level of quality and safety, and in accordance with Aloha Foundation policies and principles. The Hive Director reports to the Executive Director of the Aloha Foundation and remains in compliance with Foundation policies, procedures, and best practices as defined by and reporting to the Directors of Operations, Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Food Service, and Health.
We are inviting a wide range of possible applicants from camp backgrounds, but also professionals from other related fields looking to leverage prior experiences to bring new ideas, energy, and expertise to Hive and the Aloha Foundation. We are open to considering candidates with more limited experience looking to fulfill the primary program director role as described above. We are also interested in receiving applications from more experienced candidates who might seek a higher position of leadership in the overall organization. The ultimate position will be finalized and designed to match the characteristics of the successful candidate. Candidates with and without prior experience in Aloha Foundation programs are encouraged to apply.
General Year-Round Responsibilities
- Serve as the primary recruiter for both campers and staff.
- Foster ongoing and close relationships with camp families, alumni and other constituents.
- Gather, analyze and share data needed to develop and refine programming, budgeting, operations, and the participant experience.
- Engage in writing, conference presentations, public speaking, professional development, and other educational ventures.
- Actively partner/collaborate with the Advancement team in the cycle of philanthropy: donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Ensure that the highest standards of care are always maintained, placing the safety and well-being of campers and staff above all other goals.
- Train and supervise all staff to achieve the highest quality camp experience for participants commensurate with Aloha Foundation programming standards.
- Ensure all staff have the technical skills necessary to instruct children in their departmental area of expertise and can mentor children in a residential camp setting.
- Manage all aspects of camp life including safety, program, camp social climate, equipment and, as defined by and reporting to Directors of Operations, Finance, Food Service, Buildings and Grounds, and Health.
- Maintain appropriate and timely communication with parents throughout the summer
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related fields.
- Availability to reside in residence at Hive June to August each year, to attend events and meetings in Vermont approximately two times per month during the year, and the ability to maintain a robust travel schedule.
- Excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to articulate complex ideas succinctly or in depth as the situation demands.
- Experience in camp or educational leadership or administration, including staff and constituent management.
- A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.
- Able to balance individual and programmatic goals with organization-wide strategy and vision.
- Intellectual curiosity, individual humility, and the ability to respond to feedback.
- Ability to strike a balance between maintaining tradition, fostering evolution, and integration with the broader strategy and vision of The Aloha Foundation.
- Consistent, capable, self-directed, well-organized, flexible, personable, and able to maintain composure in a changing environment.
About Aloha Foundation
Aloha Foundation is a Vermont-based non-profit organization that provides summer camps, family camps and education programs emphasizing simplicity, the outdoors and living in community. Our programs serve a range of campers and participants from children to older adults, individuals, groups and families. We are a culturally sensitive, developmentally minded educational organization that remains mindful of local and global changes on the horizon. We were founded in 1905 and have held our non-profit status since 1968. Our vision is to be the preeminent leader of camps and innovative educational programs that benefit children, families, communities, and leaders.
Hive is the Aloha Foundation’s second oldest residential camp, founded in 1915 and serving girls ages 7-12 from across the country and the world. Generations of girls have grown into healthy and happy women, with the Hive spirit in their minds and hearts. Hive relationships are grounded in authenticity, compassion, understanding, and lighthearted fun. Hive campers have opportunities to build the skills needed to develop close and trusting relationships with others, foster individual strengths of character, and celebrate timeless values that enrich the spirit and the world. The next Hive Director will have the opportunity to continue to enrich our practice, mission, and future.
Hive is an ardent practitioner of a structured and formative approach to problem-solving, which utilizes an internally-mindful perspective on the approaches we take to problems or challenges.
Children and adults can learn to seek internal solutions by relying on their own internal choices, talents, and skills. In community, we also leverage our own standards to produce environments that are enriching and where girls from every background can be empowered to strengthen her sense of self and identity.
Hive serves approximately 235 girls over the course of the summer in 10-day, 3.5-week and 7.5-week sessions running from late June to the middle of August. With a 2:1 camper to staff ratio, high retention, and an educational mindset, the Hive Director has ample and sophisticated support. The Director of Hive works to develop and implement a program of remarkable quality that serves as a leader among its peers. Hive is blessed to operate alongside 5 other excellent Aloha Foundation Programs with a shared mission and talented leaders.
Located in Fairlee VT, the Aloha Foundation operates programs on five campuses with over 1,300 acres and 260 buildings:
- Aloha for girls 12-17 serves 200 campers on Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT.
- Aloha Hive for girls 7-12 serves 240 campers on Lake Fairlee, in West Fairlee, VT.
- Lanakila for boys 8-14 serves 235 campers on Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT.
- Horizons Day Camp – Co-ed for campers 5-14 serves 420 campers on Lake Fairlee, in West Fairlee, VT.
- Ohana Family Camp – Serves 1,600 participants on Lake Fairlee, in Post Mills, VT.
- Hulbert Outdoor Center – Serves 4,800 participants throughout the year, with approximately 30 teachers and staff.
Hive and the above programs are supported by an Executive Director and many year-round employees skilled in Administration, Business and Accounting, Advancement, Buildings and Grounds, Food Service and Health. This large, complex organization has an annual operating budget in excess of $10 million, funded mainly through tuitions, fees and gifts from generous donors each year. In 2019, we will award $1 million in scholarship aid to our various programs.
Please review application requirements carefully.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter as a single PDF file to
Christopher Overtree, Executive Director, c/o Cheryl McKinley
Please save your application in the form of FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME. In your cover letter, please explain how you are uniquely positioned to fill the role. Please also list three (3) total references, one personal and two work-related.
Review of applications will begin on October 15th and continue until the position is filled.
Members of the search committee include: Catherine Bleakley (Aloha Foundation Intern and Hive Counselor); Farah Fakir Cook (Trustee); Andy Hilton (Associate Director of Development); Sarah Littlefield (Aloha Camp Director); Chris Overtree (Executive Director); Margaret Pennoyer (Hive Counselor): Vanessa Riegler (Director of Ohana and Director of Program Quality); Molly Rosen (Trustee); and Tim Ross (Director of Finance and Human Resources). Click here to read the bios of the search committee members and those consulting to the committee.
The Aloha Foundation is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all backgrounds. It does not discriminate in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.