Overall, this is just a place to start. I was promoted to Camp Director after about 4 months in my previous position. I wasn't too sure, but I thought, what the heck, a director position; this must be only a good thing. Boy was I wrong. Being responsible for all aspects of the programming was one thing. It wasn't necessarily difficult. just time consuming. However, doing said work didn't come with ANY rewards:
1. Getting paid essentially $11 something an hour was laughable.
2. Health benefits were a joke. Around $500 per month for a single-person health insurance plan. Dental was another $14 and vision was $6 per month.
3. Poor management. Being told to take the reigns on decisions and programming, then being berated for 'not doing them how they want' when all they had to say was how they wanted it.
4. Advancement wasn't likely. Once a director- not much else can come after that, maybe Senior Program Director or CEO, but after many years of experience. So to have that pay for who knows how long, wasn't worth it.
All in all, if you're looking for something part time, go with the YMCA. Not great pay, but it's a fun and relaxing job to get involved with and you usually work with some pretty good people. If you're looking to go career with it, I'd look elsewhere unless your significant other/spouse makes excellent money and can carry your household (which happened to be the case with all the other directors besides me. So they couldn't see why I wasn't happy with that pay?!? )
Fairly flexible hours, free membership, good atmosphere, enjoyable tasks
low pay, poor benefits, poor management