Executive Director


Camp Kum-Ba-Yah serves emerging social needs through the process of engaging children, families and community in meaningful outdoor experiences.

Organizational History

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was started in 1950 as a response to a boom of development in the city. One of our key founders, Bev Cosby, asked the question, “where will our children play?” And with that the Cosby family began acquiring land around the family’s home and organizing activities for neighborhood children. In a few years the program grew to include children from the inner city who were brought to the camp for swimming and other outdoor activities during the summer months. From the beginning, Kum-Ba-Yah has been on the front lines addressing social justice issues. When Lynchburg City chose to close their public pools rather than integrate, Kum-Ba-Yah’s integrated pools played a vital role in serving the black families in Lynchburg.The history of our organization is richly diverse and continues to focus its work in child development, family and school engagement, community building, relational leadership, outdoor learning and environmental stewardship.


Program Information

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah has offered quality outdoor enrichment day camp experiences for children in central Virginia for over 65 years. Nestled in the heart of Lynchburg, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah offers 40+ acres for children to explore the natural world around them, experience personal discovery through new and challenging activities in a safe and encouraging environment, and an opportunity to cultivate friendships through shared responsibility and community. Children join us from every part of the city and every walk of life. We celebrate the specialness of difference and strive to enable all children to find confidence and a sense of self-worth.  Our current programs include year-round personalized education programs for pre-school through middle school students; team-building for co-workers, students, athletics teams, and other groups; family nature club to provide opportunities for families to enjoy outdoor activities together; Young Buds nature clubs for children between 2 and 5 years old to explore nature themes through stories, outdoor play, games, songs, movement, and crafts; and our summer day camp program for children between 5 and 13 years old.


Funding Information

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah is supported by generous individuals, foundations, community organizations, churches, and corporations.  Donors make it possible for Camp Kum-Ba-Yah to continue its operations, and without their ongoing support, our mission could not be achieved.


Job Title: Executive Director


Reports to: Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Board of Directors via Executive Committee


Job summary / objective:

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah at Cosby Woods. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievements of its mission and financial objectives.


Essential Responsibilities:

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

●      Ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.

●      Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.

●      Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.

●      Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements, including American Camping Association (ACA) standards and ensuring proper licenses, background checks and adequate insurance coverage are maintained.

●      Maintain and continue the growth of the organization’s body of knowledge related to environmental education, nature-based programming, youth development, and community building through participating in and reporting on training and continuing education opportunities.

●      Supervise the maintenance of the organization’s grounds, buildings, swimming pools and equipment.

●      See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.

●      Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.

●      Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations; approve of cooperative agreements recommended by Program Director.

●      Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

●      Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff, interns and volunteers.

●      Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.

●      See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.

●      Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.

●      Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

●      Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

●      Work with the staff, Finance committee, and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.

●      Collaborate with the Board to raise adequate funds to support the organization and its work.

●      Jointly, with the President and Secretary of the Board of Directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.


Position Type / Expected work hours:

Full time, non-benefited. Regular hours for this position in the summer are 7:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. For the remainder of the year, work hours are flexible, depending on programmatic needs.  Some work on weekends and evenings may be required. When this occurs, time off can be flexed during the work week to keep work/life balance in harmony.


Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will supervise a Program Director, Development Associate, and the Facility and Grounds Manager. .


Required Skills / Qualifications:

The Executive Director must demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills in working with adults and children.

●      A lifelong learner with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in business, education, non-profit management, or a related field

●      Management experience proving an ability to direct total operations through Board relationships, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of budget, marketing and public relations, and program development

●      Demonstrated ability to lead or support fundraising programs that includes cultivation of individual donors (annual fund, major gifts and planned giving)

●      Demonstrated ability to create, implement and measure strategic, financial and operational plans

●      Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others and an ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community

●      Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations

●      Previous board experience preferred

●      Possesses values consistent with the mission of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah

●      Demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology associated with the job

●      Possesses a valid driver’s license

●      Successful SSCI background check  


Work Environment: Must be able to work in a small, traditional office setting as well as outdoors in varying weather conditions.


Physical Demands: Extended periods of sitting, standing, and working at the computer, and walking the property’s trails.


How to Apply:  Please submit an employment application, cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Jane Ruehle at Position open until filled.