The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the more than 15,000 year-round and summer camps in the US that annually serve 26 million campers. ACA is committed to empowering camps to create quality experiences that build a world of belonging and growth.

We are looking for a full-time Director of Accreditation. Someone to manage, develop, and administer the Accreditation Program, ensuring consistent practices and industry leading standards and providing direct leadership to a team of 5 staff.

What are we looking for in a candidate?

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • 8-10 years of related experience in one or more of the following: camp management, youth development, education, accreditation, association management, non-profit management, or recreation
  • Relevant experience in programmatic or institutional accreditation is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and excelling in stressful or challenging periods in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and solve problems.
  • Ability to maintain integrity and impartiality in the accreditation process.
  • Solid knowledge of ACA camp standards and accreditation
  • Technological competence in online accreditation management and learning management systems is preferred.
  • Experience recruiting, orienting, training, and working with volunteers at both task and project levels.
  • Experience with Microsoft CRM or similar database.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word

What would you do if hired?

  • Direct and manage the ACA accreditation program, which currently serves approximately 2,600 camps and 1,500 accreditation volunteers.
  • Develop, administer, and grow the quality national camp accreditation program with standards that address health, safety, and risk management.
  • Cultivate innovation efforts to continuously improve the ACA accreditation process for camps and volunteers, with a focus on expanding the program and removing barriers to accreditation.
  • Oversee the development of accreditation policies and procedures by facilitating and supporting the National Standards Commission (NSC)
  • Continually evaluate key accreditation-related operational processes to improve efficiency and consistency and provide insights and recommendations to the NSC to support long range planning for the accreditation program.
  • Provide timely and relevant communications to stakeholders, prepare reports as requested.
  • Ensure that ACA standards and subsequent accreditation lead the industry by evaluating and monitoring internal and external emerging issues and trends. Monitoring federal/state regulations, related regulatory agencies, and organizations that may impact ACA standards. 
  • Seek growth by evaluating the markets, expanding the program’s quality, maintaining program rigor and integrity, and increasing the number of and diversity of accredited camps.
  • Develop contemporary operational practices, tools, and resources by incorporating technology to enhance the accreditation process.
  • Support an association-wide volunteer development system with specific responsibilities for the accreditation volunteers’ experience.
  • Maintain and improve the training and educational courses required for volunteers and participants.
  • Develop relationships with authoritative sources, external groups, and organizations that inform or support ACA accreditation.
  • Develop and monitor the accreditation budget.
  • Work cohesively across the association, including the ACA Affiliate Offices.

What salary and benefits do we offer?

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for employee and dependents with limited employer contribution.
  • Retirement plan with generous employer match.
  • Generous time off-plans including sick, vacation, personal, and holidays.
  • Non-voluntary benefits include life insurance and long-term disability.
  • Voluntary benefits offered include additional life insurance, short-term disability, and other supplemental options for employee and dependents.
  • Salary: $82-92k, commensurate with experience.
  • Anticipated Start Date: on or before April 1, 2024

How to apply

Send your resume to hr@ACAcamps.org!

This is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

The American Camp Association celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or other employment practices for reasons of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetics, or any other non-job-related factor. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

The American Camp Association works to make applying for positions accessible for all, including those with disabilities. If you require alternative methods of application or screening, please email us at hr@acacamps.org.