Nichol Ellis

Nichol Ellis

Work History

Work History
Jan 2009 - Sep 2012

Camp Program Director

Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center

  • Director of all programs at Lutherwood including: onsite camp, Outdoor Adventure Program, Lummi Servant Experiences, Day Camps, international trips, outdoor education, challenge course, and year round retreats.
  • Supervision, training, hiring, evaluating, scheduling and training of 30-40 staff
  • Leadership, communication, creativity, adaptability, and promotional skills
  • Developing and adhering to an annual budget and training staff to do so as well.
  • Responsible for helping to develop creative fundraising opportunities, and networking within the community to bring in more business and guests.
  • Creating and design of summer brochure, and all year round marketing of programs offered.
  • Skilled at web-site design, publications, brochures, newsletters, and promotional flyers.   
Oct 2006 - Oct 2008

Youth and Family Director

Advent Lutheran Church

  • Set up and facilitate all programming of youth related activities.
  • Mentor youth and families though significant times in their development as well as through crisis.
  • Set up, plan, facilitate, and implement international and national mission trips.
  • Mentor and supervise youth K-12.
  • Created, developed and implementation of an international exchange program.
  • Manage budget for fiscal year. 
May 2006 - Sep 2008

Northwest Region Area Director

YouthWorks!

  • Project management for 7 sites across the Northwest region. 
  • Develop curriculum and coordinate program highlighting cross cultural experiences both nationally and internationally.
  • Supervise and lead 4 separate site staffs across the northwest region.
  • Coordinate community service projects and help with community outreach.
  • Manage finances and budget for 4 separate site budgets.
  • Implementation of management techniques to help create dynamic and independent leaders.

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - May 2005

Bachelors

William Jessup University
1996 - 1999

BA

San Jose Christian College

Skills

Skills

International Trip Coordination

I have had extensive travel and cultural experiences.  I have traveled to over 30 countries with a desire to see the local culture and experience the people in those locations.     I have started doing experiential trips to the Dominican Republic for the past 5 years and have grown that program into a stable community exchange program.  Taking groups of 12-30 participants, we have worked hard to build up a struggling community and give life to it.     Tasks accomplished in the past 5 years: 1. Remodeling an abandoned building to make it into a community center 2. Gathering donations and books to build a completely Spanish library in the community center. 3. Helping to convert one side of the community center into a high school as there was not one in the community previously. Now the kids of that community can go to school in their own town and has created jobs and sustainability in that community. 4. Creating an exchange program to bring Dominicans, who would never have had the opportunity to do so, to the USA to work for a summer or come for a summer camp experience. 5. Working with an orphanage for kids living with HIV/AIDS and helping to develop relationships with those kids who are forgotten.    

Lifeguard/Waterfront Director

I have been a lifeguard for over 10 years and have high quality of training in waterfront management and safety. 

Food Service

I am capable of doing all aspects of meal planning, budgeting, buying, serving, and clean up.  I have experience cooking for large groups as well as small groups.  

Challenge Course Facilitator

As a facilitator, my job is to lead participants through a series of physical challenges that require communicating with their team to come up with a plan, listen to one another’s ideas, persevere as they try different methods and techniques, and encourage and celebrate with each other once they have accomplished their goal.    High and low challenge course trained.    

Interest

Leadership development

Developing new ideas and concepts and putting them into effect.

Being outdoors 

Travel

Summary

Professional profile

Creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development. Talents include adaptability, leadership, solid understanding of developing and implementation of programs, action oriented with a strong ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience.Broad experience base with high efficiency in learning and developing new skills

Highlights of experience

  • Have successfully directed 30-40 staff working on 7-10 programs simultaneously. 
  • Hire, train, and assure quality performance of all workers for all projects and programs.
  • Created and developed departmental training manuals.
  • Assessed organizational training needs and implemented effectively.
  • Produced growth which resulted in overall boost in guest and camper numbers and experience.
  • Responsible for creative design for a wide variety of marketing materials.
  • Managed all financial activities for program operations.
  • Development of a wide variety of programs meeting the needs of a broad audience base.
  • Created programs, curriculum, and training materials targeting elementary to adult creating an engaging experiential learning experience.
  • Developed and implemented the weekly scheduling of staff in various locations both nationally and internationally.
  • Responsible for helping to develop creative fund-raising opportunities, and networking within the community to bring in more business and guests

Qualifications

  • Team Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Experiential learning developer
  • Self motivated
  • Skilled trainer
  • Effective problem solver
  • Strong written and verbal communicator
  • Calm under pressure
  • Strong performance in high paced and high demand environments
  • Staff training and leadership development
  • Design and marketing
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Quick learner
  • Employee hiring and retention