With 160 beautiful acres in southern Miami County, KS, Wildwood Outdoor Education Center has provided summer camps for Kansas City youth for more than 40 years. Connecting kids with nature, learning, and friendship is what we do best at Wildwood. We believe in the power of camp to change kids’ lives, and we offer generous scholarships and free transportation to make getting to camp easier for families.
Our mission: We bring kids outside to learn and grow together, transforming summer into a season of learning, adventure, and youth development for low-income Kansas City area youth. Kids grow better outside!
Wildwood Outdoor Education Center is seeking a full-time Facilities Director to join our year-round, full-time team as we prepare for capital fundraising over the next several years. The position will assume supervision for an existing full-time property manager and two seasonal employees. We are increasing our property team to raise the standard of maintenance and management to match the excellence of the natural beauty of the property. Improving the physical environment of indoor and outdoor spaces will enrich the experience of our campers and guests.
This position focuses on:
- providing vision and leadership for Wildwood’s physical property
- coordinating and completing needed maintenance, landscaping, and improvements
- securing and managing vendors and contractors
- budgeting, maintaining records and long-range planning
- providing customer service and facility inspections for rental groups
- collaborating with leadership and program staff
We offer a flexible schedule, 100% paid employee life, disability, and health insurance, and a starting annual salary between $50,000 and $60,000. The exempt position will require working on-site at our camp in La Cygne, KS full time and residing onsite or nearby. Onsite housing may be provided. Work hours will require occasional evening and weekend hours and responding to the facility needs of camp guests and programs.
Three weeks paid vacation in years 1-5; increase to 4 weeks paid vacation in years 6+. We offer 8 paid holidays plus 1 week scheduled week of winter break.
This position requires at least 5 years of experience managing staff and contractors. Previous experience maintaining and improving outdoor or camp facilities is desirable. A successful candidate will have experience and/or training in construction trades, utilities, engineering or architecture and a two-year or four-year degree or certificate/license in a relevant trade or commensurate experience. A mix of management experience and hands-on experience is ideal.
Excellent leadership, planning, and communication skills are essential. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record and criminal background check is required. Candidates should have the ability to use computers and technology for communication and record keeping including email, electronic calendars, file management, web browsing, basic word processing skills and the ability to use project management software (Asana).
To apply, email a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications and your résumé to Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director, at Robyn@WildwoodCTR.org.
About Wildwood: Wildwood was founded in 1980 and has a strong reputation for excellent outdoor learning. We serve 4,500 youth annually in week-long overnight summer camps and weekend retreats throughout the school-year. A full-time staff of five lead the year-round operations with up to 30 seasonal staff April-October. Wildwood has an annual budget of around $700,000. About half of the annual revenue is raised through program fees and half through fundraising and grants. Two large music festivals are hosted at Wildwood annually through partnership with a local production company. Our 10-year plan includes increasing facility rentals to host weddings and other private events.
Wildwood Outdoor Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in candidates for employment. EEO Employer W/M/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity