The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camp Coleman seeks a dynamic and passionate Assistant Director to help create a vibrant summer camp and year-round youth and family engagement experience. The Assistant Director plays a vital role in the success of the URJ’s mission to create communities of belonging that build confidence and character of young people, so they are inspired as leaders to make the world a better place and pursue lifelong engagement in Jewish life. The Assistant Director will manage Camp Coleman’s staffing strategy and offer day-to-day oversight of the camp experience, operations, recruitment of campers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds, cultivation of donors, and development of young people as confident leaders of self and others in partnership with lay and staff leaders across the URJ.
The Assistant Director will report to the Camp Director and is responsible for the following:
- Maintain a complete and consistent presence as a leader within the camp community with respect to role modeling of institutional and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) principles, Jewish values, supervision and accountability for all rules and procedures, and dedication in all respects to the camp’s mission and vision.
- Serve as a member of the URJ Camping System’s camping cohort and its national staffing team. Whenever possible, provide support and assistance to national efforts and initiatives of the URJ Camping System and the URJ in general, and play an active, visible role on the regional and national scene. This will include opportunities for professional development and training.
- Serve as a member of camp’s professional team and partner with colleagues on projects.
- Support all Jewish Life programs, initiatives, and efforts on a year-round basis. This may include a role with various activities related to the daily schedule, Shabbat programs, congregational outreach as well as support of the URJ’s year-round youth engagement efforts.
- Assist in the mobilization of campers, families, and staff towards year-round URJ social justice efforts.
- Support the emotional well-being of campers and staff throughout the summer in relation to the systems established by the camp to support these efforts.
CAMPER ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
- Recruitment and retention of Year-Round Program Participants and Campers.
- Assistance with scheduling, coordination, marketing, and facilitation of congregational visits and home visits/parlor meetings throughout catchment area. This includes travel during weekends.
- Provide tours of camp during the summer and off-season.
- Maintain communications, correspondence, and provide excellent customer service for all campers, families, and various program participants to assure the highest level of customer service and program retention at camp as well as other URJ experiences/programs.
- Manage individual family conversations regarding special circumstances and accommodations.
- Participate in the creation, planning, coordination and execution of camp programs and retreats, both summer and off-season, and the initiation and/or follow-through with projects for the benefit of camp, which may be related to existing areas of operations or new ideas.
STAFF ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
- Lead the design and marketing of staff positions, participate in interview/hiring processes, and help develop and facilitate staff orientation and training.
- Supervise Unit Heads and the daily schedule during camp.
- Support all camp programs and activities to effectively develop staff members as leaders at camp and in the URJ network of experiences. As needed, provide guidance, support, professional development, consultation, and educational resources.
- Develop year-round strategies to retain and recruit staff. Visit campuses and create opportunities for staff to be together.
COMMUNICATION & OPERATIONS
- Participate in the preparation of camp for summer experience, including inventory control, purchasing, organization, setup and other related tasks.
- Maintain camp website, blog, and social media presence assuring positive, engaging image with a focus on recruiting and retaining campers and staff.
- Create newsletters, manuals, and letters that effectively communicate camp messages with camper families, staff, and other stakeholders.
- Support Director and Development Consultants in marketing and implementation of development agenda, events, and outreach.
WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES):
To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:
A Connector. The Assistant Director (AD) must be able to connect the dots between the strategic vision and reality. The AD understands the big picture but is more focused on how to bring that to life with campers, families, and staff – during the summer and school year. The AD is part of the full-time camp team and the URJ full. Focus must be paid to camper operations as well as the URJ shared outcomes set forth by URJ leadership.
Time Management, Organization, & Flexibility Skills. The ability to focus on tasks that are more likely to meet goals and are deemed priorities will be a key. An AD must be able to assess the needs and opportunities for success and must be willing to make changes “on the fly” as necessary, in partnership with the Director and other professional staff. The AD must be able to manage projects and maintain organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment.
A “Can Do” Attitude. The position of AD is well-suited for someone looking to be a part of an exceptional organization and who possesses an outlook that is positive, assertive, and flexible. A successful AD is highly motivated and a self-starter, willing to try new things often, ask for help, prepared to make mistakes and learn from them, and able to take on challenges with a sense that “I can do it”! A go-getter attitude and personality will help propel the team and the camp to the next level!
Exceptional Communication Abilities. The camp community (including guardians of campers, staff members, alumni/ae, lay leaders and other supporters) is comprised of a diverse set of individuals, thus an AD must feel comfortable speaking with various individuals. Strong communication skills and a relatable and professional manner will be essential. As well, an AD will need to maintain open and effective communication with the Director and all Professional Staff to assure consistency, efficiency, and growth in the position. The AD must have strong presentation skills which includes a high level of comfort, confidence, and enthusiasm in front of groups of children and guardians.
Customer Service-Orientation. An AD will be interfacing with important constituents and clients via telephone, e-mail and face-to-face communication and must always be an effective representative for the camp and able to confidently share the vision for the camp and its program and must always do all possible to provide a positive experience for those connected to camp.
Organizational Commitment & Knowledge. An AD must understand and support the mission and vision of the organization and must understand the intricacies of its general operations and functions. Beyond just the internal camp community, an AD will need to be well-versed in the general Jewish camping field, the URJ camp system, URJ congregations, and other related partners.
Enthusiasm and Wow! The Assistant Director should be someone who has an excitement, energy and drive to make camp successful. A great candidate will be able to stand in front of large groups of adults and children to inspire the magic of camp and ignite sparks of curiosity and interest about Reform Judaism in the hearts of young people and their families. In a collaborative work setting, a great AD will love suggesting and listening to great ideas and quickly get to work implementing them. During the summer, an excitement and energy for all the camp activities and for being around kids and staff will propel this person to work hard and have fun!
REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities.
- Occasional in-person meetings, as needed.
- Live in residence at camp during summer.
- Weekend and evening travel for staff and camper recruitment.
Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.
Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position.?We look forward to hearing from you!?Apply Online. Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.