Shwayder Camp Director

Temple Emanuel-Denver | Denver, CO, United States

Posted Date 10/19/2022

Make an impact: At 10,200 feet Shwayder Camp is located on the slopes of Mt. Evans in Colorado and an integral part of the Temple Emanuel community. Known for its breathtaking views, our mountain paradise offers campers a unique experience filled with adventure, friendship, Jewish values, and tons of memories.

Where you will be working: Temple Emanuel is the largest and oldest synagogue in the Rocky Mountain region, with just under 2,000 member households. We are a Reform congregation in the mainstream of liberal Judaism. Whether you’re single or partnered; gay or straight; Jewishly involved or seeking Jewish connection; from an interfaith or a Jewish home, you will find a comfortable place in our congregation. Welcome home!

Learn and Grow: We are committed to growing the skills of the Shwayder Camp Director and invest deeply in the professional development of our employees. The Shwayder Camp Director is an integral part of the Youth and Family Learning team. The team is a learning community where you can collaborate with colleagues, explore new ways of thinking, and elevate your capabilities.

What you will be doing

  • Establish a strategic vision for Camp leading Shwayder into the 21st century of Jewish overnight camp and year-round programming.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise members of the supervisory staff, counselors, specialist, kitchen staff, etc.
  • Supervise the Assistant Camp Director as well as the Director of Teen Engagement and Education in coordination with the Director of Youth and Family Learning.
  • Represent the Camp and Temple in public forums.
  • Foster core Jewish values that are clearly articulated to staff, campers, families, alumni, and community members.
  • Serve as the Resident Director of Shwayder Camp living at the facility from May 15th through August 15(Approximately).
  • Staff and Supervise rentals, retreats and outside programs during post-camp (Aug.-Sept.) Ensure on site supervision during any pre or post camp activities. Coordinate with Temple staff regarding staff pre and post camp activities including but not limited to: Rosh Hashanah retreat, Confirmation Retreat, Family Camp, Religious School retreats and other Temple activities.
  • Oversee all aspects of the camp assuring safety of all campers and staff members including but not limited to safety programs, crisis management and emergency procedures.
  • Comply with all staff requirements of the Division of Child Care of the Colorado Department of Human Services and the American Camping Association.
  • Maintain communications with Temple while at camp.
  • Maintain the camp facility, equipment and vehicles keeping an ongoing maintenance log and operations manual.
  • Develop programmatic, vision and cultural standards for the camp program in conjunction with Director of Youth and Family Learning, Clergy, and Temple staff.
  • Regularly evaluate the camp program including camper and staff retention.
  • Oversee certification process of American Camping Association. Maintain all necessary permits to operate residential camp facility in the state of Colorado.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Youth and Family Learning and Executive Director to create and maintain a financially sound camp operation, including but not limited to working with Temple’s accounting department, create budgets, long term capital needs of camp, and fundraising. Be on the lookout for outside funding sources and bring them to the appropriate person on staff.
  • Work with the Director of Youth and Family Learning and Executive Director to make financial aid decisions.
  • Participate as an active member of the Temple staff to integrate Shwayder Camp into the vision and program of Temple Emanuel.
  • Create and maintain cooperative relationships with other camps both local and national as well as other appropriate partnerships.

What you will bring along

  1. Passion and commitment to Jewish values and Reform Jewish practice.
  2. Experience in administration, including financial and personnel management.
  3. An understanding of how to work with children and families to further develop the Shwayder/Temple Emanuel community.             
  4. Creativity to develop an educational arc, new programs and innovative ways to enhance exciting programs.
  5. An outgoing, engaging, and motivating personality.                 
  6. The desire to work with a team of Clergy, Educators, professionals, and lay leaders to help strengthen and further the mission of the camp.

Please send a one minute intro video and resume to Brad Cohen, Director of Youth and Family Learning at [email protected]


Salary80000.00 - 85000.00 Annual
Camp Director
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Synagogue
Retirement Plans | Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation
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