Assistant Director, Cedar Lake Camp

NJY Camps | Fairfield, NJ, United States

Posted Date 11/09/2021

Assistant Director, Cedar Lake Camp
Location: Fairfield, NJ (Year-Round); Milford, PA (Summer).

About NJY Camps:
NJY Camps (NJY) is one of North America’s premier Jewish summer camp organizations. Comprised of five overnight summer camps, NJY serves children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. NJY’s mission focuses on supporting the growth and development of every individual member of its community so
that they can learn new skills, develop greater self-confidence, and foster a strong Jewish identity. Having recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, NJY is reimagining its next 100 years. NJY Camps serves more than 3300 campers, over 800 summer staff, across 2000 acres of land. For more
information, please visit our website.

About the Position:
The Assistant Director of Cedar Lake Camp is the professional who works directly with the Camp Director and is instrumental in the successful day-to-day management of Cedar Lake Camp. Cedar Lake Camp serves on average 500-600 7th-9th grade campers with an infrastructure of 200+ seasonal staff members. Cedar Lake Camp’s programmatic offerings extend to the 200 campers of NJY Teen Camp (10th-11th grade) and 100 campers of Round Lake Camp (NJY’s inclusion program for children with high functioning special learning needs). The Assistant Director works closely with the Camp Director on areas of yearround camper recruitment and engagement, staff hiring, and the program design and implementation ofcamp. In collaboration with other agency-wide personnel, the Assistant Director of Cedar Lake Camp supports efforts in marketing, communications, logistical planning, facility management, and vendor purchasing. During the summer, the Assistant Director of Cedar Lake Camp lives on-site in Milford, PA and supervises a large infrastructure comprising of program areas and camper divisions, including the seasonal leadership that supervise these departments. The Assistant Director supports the Director in work around camp culture building, staff development, and crisis management. This position will report to the Director of Cedar Lake Camp and work in partnership with the other Milford Camps’ directors and assistant directors.



Recruit and Retain Campers
• Support the Director in building a framework of innovative recruitment tactics to engage, recruit and retain campers
• Steward inquiries and leads through parent communications, home visits, and camp tours
• Respond to inbound communications received via the website and other relevant sources
• Represent Cedar Lake Camp at camper recruitment and other agency and community events

Build a Summer Team of Rockstars
• Utilize recruitment avenues to search for, screen, and hire seasonal staff members
• Support the Director in building an intentional and robust staff orientation week, in addition to other applicable training efforts, including planning and delivering training sessions
• Supervise specific populations including pre-counselors (first year counselors), or Cornerstone Fellows
• Supervise an infrastructure of seasonal leadership, under which areas of camper care and program management fall

Create a Transformational Summer Program
• Work collaboratively with the Director to define camp’s big picture programmatic vision and communicate it to all area heads
• Support the building of a programmatic infrastructure that caters for all interests and offers high level instruction, engaging experiences, and fits within the necessary parameters of Cedar Lake’s structure
• Manage the curriculum development, lesson planning, and supervision of specialist staff in the
• Assist in ordering materials and supplies for program areas
• Infuse Jewish and Israel content into all elements of the camp experience

Be a Master Organizer
• Support the running of a complex framework of operational systems including medical provision, food service, facility maintenance, and office administration
• Assist in the proper opening and closing of camp’s physical property
• Maintain a physical presence in and around all areas of camp

Model Expert Leadership
• Manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders including partners, vendors, camp families, staff, and alumni
• Help inform the strategic direction of Cedar Lake Camp and NJY Camps at large
• Serve as a role model for both campers and staff


Required Experience:

• 1-2 years of relevant professional experience
• Experience in a seasonal camp leadership capacity
• A proven track record of successfully managing a diverse range of relationships
• An aptitude for camp management, including areas of recruitment, marketing, staffing, purchasing, program development, and facility management
• Experience working independently, with a great deal of autonomy, and in a flexible work environment


Skills and Qualities:

• Exemplary attention to detail and organization
• Commitment to the lifestyle associated with full-time resident camp employment: A flexible year-round work environment, coupled with an intense, full-on summer with limited downtime
• A self-starter and go-getter with excellent initiative
• Strong time-management capabilities and the ability to stay on top of multiple priorities
• Comfortable working in an adaptive and ever-changing work environment
• Ability to manage high stress situations and crises with a level head and sound judgment
• A collaborative team player who enjoys working with professionals from all generations
• Sense of humor and enthusiasm for blending work and play
• Exemplary leadership qualities
• A strong commitment to NJY Camps’ mission and a passion for Jewish summer camp


Salary and Benefits:

• Salary range of $45-50K based on a full-time 40-hour work week during the off season and living on site at camp during the summer
• Health and dental insurance plan
• Monthly car stipend
• Company cell phone plan
• Flexible hours and hybrid office environment
• Paid time off
• Significant investment in professional development


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with subject: Assistant Director, Cedar Lake Camp. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged within two business days.

NJY Camps provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. NJY Camps encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. In order to increase equity in hiring, NJY Camps prefers not to receive informal referrals from individuals with personal connections to NJY Camps and cannot factor such referrals into the selection of candidates for interviews.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.

Full Time
Assistant Director | Camp Director
Organization Type
Camps & Camping
Auto Allowance | dental | leave early for Shabbat | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave
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