Integrated Wellness Director

URJ | New York, NY, United States

Posted Date 11/19/2021


The Union for Reform Judaism is looking for a dynamic health and wellness leader to join the team as an Integrated Wellness Director (IWD). The IWD will develop a vision, strategy, and operational systems for wellness that allow URJ camps and all immersives experiences 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 IWD will create and executive protocols, procedures, and policies for the physical, mental, emotional health and safety at URJ Camps and short- and long-term Immersive Experiences. Offering training and support, the IWD will communicate with all camp partners, ensure compliance of all health and wellness practices, and embraces wellness and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) as fundamental Jewish values and core to the URJ mission.   


The Integrated Wellness Director will report to the VP of Camps/Immersives, and will collaborate with the VP of People and Culture and the Camps/Immersives executive team, and is responsible for the following: 


  • Create a vision for holistic health and wellness for all URJ youth experiences including, but not limited to camp, Israel trips, and weekend and family gatherings.  
  • Work with the camps’ medical staff, MESH (mental emotional social health) staff, experts and stakeholders, to establish strategy and protocols. 
  • Lead the URJ’s Medical Advisory Team (MAT) in collaboration with Director, Program Operations & Strategic Initiatives.  
  • Lead the URJ’s MESH advisory team, which is comprised of the camps’ existing MESH staff members. 
  • Partner with URJ Development Team and Executive Director, Israel Immersives & Strategy to fundraising strategy for org-wide MESH support.   
  • Maintain a complete and consistent presence as a leader within the camp community with respect to role modeling of institutional and REDI principles, Jewish values, supervision and accountability for all rules and procedures, and dedication in all respects to the camp’s mission and vision.  
  • Develop a teshuva (healing) policy for program participants and staff to follow if boundaries are crossed and protocols broken.  


  • Develop holistic protocols and procedures for physical & MESH (mental, emotional, social health) that are in line with compliance regulation and Jewish values.  
  • Manage camps and immersive experiences COVID-19 protocols and procedures including, but not limited to infirmary and medical care, vaccination policy and management of exceptions, communication, standing procedures etc. Communicate said protocols and procedures with camps.  
  • Create protocols and procedures aligned with URJ policy to offer guidance on how to best support peer to peer MESH needs at camp and during year-round experiences.  
  • Create security protocols and procedures aligned with URJ policy for camps and all immersives experiences (Israel trips, weekend gatherings, L’taken Seminars, Family Camps, etc.). 


  • Develop training systems for all protocols and procedures.  
  • Create a community of practice for camper care teams at URJ camps.  
  • Partner with VP of Camps/Immersives, VP of People and Culture and the Camps/Immersives executive team to offer ongoing support and guidance in the area of health and wellness for camp and immersive staff.  
  • Offer hands-on support to camp teams during summer season.  


  • Partner with Assistant VP, Camps & Immersives -Finance & Business Growth, develop medical staffing strategy. Support camps to hire medical staff for summer camp experience. 


To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas: 

  • REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. 
  • Visioning & Strategic Thinking. Ability to help create, articulate and execute a vision for health and wellness of URJ camping system. Foster a welcoming and inclusive community where diverse individuals can explore Jewish concepts and values while joyfully experiencing Jewish life.  
  • Camping. Extensive experience working with children and camping. Prior experience as a professional staff member at a residential summer camp or similar experience. Ability to ensure compliance with policies and standards of URJ, local, state and federal laws, and the American Camping Association. 
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Support. Ability to create and implement a strategy to support the emotional wellbeing of campers and staff in a residential environment. Master's Degree in either Social Work or Clinical Mental Health. LSW certification is preferred. Ability to decipher whether someone is in crisis or not. Comfortable talking to stakeholders, parents, and campers about hard and challenging topics.  
  • Protocols and Procedures. Experience in creating protocols and procedures for large system. Ability to train and support large system in internalizing content and integrating practice. Provide the highest standards of health, safety, and security.  
  • Creating Connections and Relationship Management. Excels at leveraging effective working relationships and influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational goals. Ability to create meaningful and authentic connections with all stakeholders.  
  • Communication. Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to use different forms of relevant media. Able to communicate calmly and effectively during everyday operations and times of emergency. 



  • occasional in-person meetings, as needed 
  • summer travel to camps, as needed 


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 Now. 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 disabilities, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.? 

Full Time
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Other | Outreach | Youth
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | transportation | vision
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