Since 1950, Camp Ramah in the Poconos (CRP) has been creating a vibrant, nurturing, Jewish-loving summer environment for our 400+ campers on our 90-acre campus in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Ramah Day Camp, with enrollment of between 150-200 campers each summer, was added 25 years ago (currently operating in Melrose Park, PA), and in 2016, we added a Tikvah program at both camps for children with special needs. Focused on providing joyful Judaism and a love for the State of Israel, CRP’s mission is to create lifelong Jewish connections, one happy camper at a time.
Camp Ramah in the Poconos is known for generations of commitment from families who have been a part of this very close-knit community. Multi-generation families are the norm, and no matter where people go in life, the Ramah connection remains strong. Most of our campers stay to become staff members.
Our in-camp leadership includes rabbis, Jewish educators, college professors, and other seasoned staff, including bunk counselors, sports & program specialists, medical professionals, and others.
Our nationally recognized culture of philanthropy speaks to the culture of Ramah Poconos. We run a very successful fundraising campaign each year (the Chai Campaign) and have a strong Legacy Society.
Over a third of our campers are able to come to Ramah because of scholarship funds raised throughout the year, and for those receiving scholarship awards, we cover up to 50-percent of tuition. As an organization, we are committed to providing for any family who wants a Ramah-inspired summer.
Camp Ramah in the Poconos, governed by a Board of Directors, is on solid footing - in terms of finance, governance, and a strong, committed year-round staff. Our new leader will be charged with sustaining and building on this base.
The Executive Director (ED) of Camp Ramah in the Poconos works out of our year-round office in Bala Cynwyd, PA, just outside Philadelphia, and leads the year-round team (approximately 8 people) during the off-season, a staff of approximately 200 at the overnight camp during the summer, and the leadership and management of the Ramah Day Camp.
The ED is expected to make trips to the Camp in Lakewood, PA throughout the year, reside there during their first summer, and split their time between the Day Camp and the overnight camp in subsequent summers.
The ED of CRP is responsible for the overall strategic direction and performance of the organization and needs to be a visionary. As our primary leader in the community, the ideal candidate will have the charisma, gravitas, energy, and enthusiasm to inspire parents and campers, staff, and donors.
They will provide the leadership necessary to responsibly grow and evolve the organization. They will ensure that CRP has proper operational procedures, plans, people, and systems in place to effectively manage growth and ensure the organization’s financial health.
They will accomplish this through a respectful, constructive, warm, open, and energetic style, guided by the Jewish mission, values, and goals of the organization. They will be an inspiring leader, equally at home with the teenage summer staff as with top donors, campers, parents, Board members, and other stakeholders.
The ED reports to the president of the Board of Directors of CRP. The directors are actively involved and meet regularly online, and in person when possible. The Board is composed of between 20-30 people. Today, there are 20 Board members.
Today, reporting to the ED are:
- Director of Finance and Operations
- Director of Retreats and Camp Operations
- Director of Institutional Advancement
- Director of Ramah Day Camp
- Director of Camper Care and Staff Development
- Ensures that CRP stays true to its mission: “To create life-long Jewish connections, one happy camper at a time “
- Works to promote camper enrollment and retention with year-round love of joyful Judaism.
- Works closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to ensure donor stewardship and maintain and inspire our nationally recognized “culture of philanthropy.”
- Maintains a personal commitment to Conservative Judaism
Leadership & Strategy
- Establishes clear priorities for the team. Ensures that direct reports have annual goals, objectives, work plans, and projections consistent with overall organizational goals.
- Leads ongoing strategic planning, working with the Board of Directors and staff, to set the organizational direction and vision of CRP and oversees the implementation of that vision.
- Provides direction, oversight, and support to senior leaders.
- With the senior management team, ensures day-to-day operations and programs of CRP are smoothly and effectively administered.
- Working with the Director of Finance and Operations and the Director of Camp Operations, ensures facility needs are adequately addressed.
- Ensures adequate security and safety practices and standards are in place, and that protocols for emergency response are established.
- Monitors performance throughout the year and, working with the leadership team, takes corrective actions where needed to ensure that the organization is on plan and remains sustainable/successful.
- Provides timely progress reports and annual reports to the leadership team, Board, and other constituencies.
- Working closely with the Leadership team, develops and recommends an annual operating budget (currently $5M+) as well as a capital budget to the Finance and Operations Committee of the Board.
- Monitors ongoing fiscal performance of the organization with the objective of meeting or exceeding budgeted targets.
- Working with the Director of Finance and Operations, determines long and short-term financial needs of CRP and ensures funds are available to meet those needs.
Relationship Building & Partnership Management
- Builds and sustains relationships with existing and potential partners, stakeholders, key influencers, synagogue and community leaders, and constituents to ensure and enhance CRP’s success.
- Expands relationships with Jewish organizations to increase reach beyond traditional partners.
- Develops deep relationships with campers and parents at both Ramah Day Camp and at the overnight camp.
People Management & Development
- Ensures staff is clear on roles and responsibilities and is held accountable.
- Fosters a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, teamwork, and empowerment.
- Maintains strong internal communications among the senior management team. Regularly communicates with staff at all levels.
- Develops and maintains a staffing plan and organizational structure to efficiently achieve CRP’s strategic and operational goals and objectives.
- Hires for all other key positions.
- Supervises, coaches, mentors, and develops direct reports. Provides regular staff evaluations, feedback, and annual performance reviews. Ensures that all personnel are being properly evaluated and developed by their direct supervisors.
- Ensures appropriate personnel policies and procedures are in place and effectively communicated and administered. Ensures compliance with all legal regulatory requirements in hiring and termination procedures. Oversees disciplinary actions.
Fundraising & Development
- Collaborates closely with direct reports to identify long-range and annual funding needs.
- Ensures the development of strategies and plans for procuring donations and contributions, including annual and planned giving opportunities and grants. Works with the Director of Institutional Advancement in stewarding the execution of those plans.
- Partners with the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Board, and other Directors to cultivate and solicit donors.
Board Relations & Partnership
- Works with Board leadership, in accordance with the Bylaws of CRP, to support the proper and efficient functioning of the Board in its governance role.
- Collaborates with the Board President to:
- Identify key issues and set agendas for Board deliberations.
- Oversee administration of Board materials, including preparation of meeting materials, documentation, and records relative to actions and meetings.
- Ensure orientation and training for all new Board members.
- Assign appropriate staff support to standing and ad-hoc committees, as requested.
- Ensure succession plan for Board leadership and membership.
- Participate in the identification and development of prospective individuals for leadership roles in the organization.
Marketing, Communications & Community Relations
- Ensures the development of a clear, consistent image/identity for CRP and an effective marketing and communications strategy for key audiences (i.e., parents, campers, staff, donors, Jewish organizations, community leaders).
- Serves as an internal and public ambassador for the organization, articulating the mission, purpose, goals, and values of CRP.
- Serves or designates others to serve as spokespersons for the organization in the community.
A meaningful compensation and benefits package will be developed for the successful candidate, including family health insurance, retirement, car and phone allowances, term life insurance, disability insurance, and vacation.
Andrew Barnett, Chair, Search Committee
We will be considering applications and nominations immediately, and for full consideration, we recommend that you provide your cover letter and resume by November 15th, 2022.