Mental Health Professional, NJY Teen Camp

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Posted Date 12/22/2022

NJY Camps - Teen Camp – Mental Health Professional

June through August (Specific Dates TBD)


About NJY Camps:

NJY Camps (NJY) is one of North America’s premier Jewish summer camp networks. Comprising 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.

Teen Camp (TAC)  is NJY Camps’ co-ed overnight camp and travel program for teens entering grades 10 & 11. For more information, please visit our website


Position Summary: 

NJY Teen Camp (TAC) is seeking an energetic, creative, and passionate leader to serve as our camp’s Mental Health Professional. This MESSH (Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Health) Professional serves a key role in the overall camper care and staff care of our community, both for Teen Camp campers and staff. Under the supervision of the Teen Programs Director and the NJY full-time Mental Health professional, the MESSH professional is responsible for the development of successful mental health support structures for teen campers and staff. This is a seasonal summer full-time non-exempt position, with part-time hours before summer session begins.



Pre and post camp:

  • Work with Directors on staff training and development of a plan for ongoing staff learning in regards to mental health
  • Work with Directors on updating staff evaluation and daily check-in forms for tracking wellness
  • Participate in Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Community of Practice as part of the Yedid Nefesh program. This includes two or three virtual and one in-person gathering per year with other Jewish camp mental health professionals
  • Work with mental health team and directors in formulating a marketing plan in line with our grant work and our MESSH work
  • Develop MESSH- centric programs in partnership with the Teen Programs Director

During the summer season:

  • Be present at camp on-site for the full duration of camp (housing is provided), weaving yourself into the fabric of the camp community
  • Assist counselors and camp leadership in problem solving cases wherein campers need special support
  • Serve as an emotional resource to staff as needed 
  • Communicate with supervisors and Directors regarding staff issues
  • Design and lead training for staff in areas such as camper care and self-care 
  • Create a plan for ongoing staff training on mental health in camp
  • Attend Leadership Team meetings 
  • Record notes about mental health interventions and situations, successes and challenges, in our camp database. Submit weekly reports to Foundation for Jewish Camp as part of our Yedid Nefesh program participation
  • Facilitate discussions, when needed, between counselors and leadership staff, as a mediator
  • Travel with Teen Camp on extended tips 
    • For 2023 it will require 4 days in Canada and 4 weeks in Israel. Typically Teen Camp has 2 one-week travel trips.



  1. A Graduate or higher level degree in a mental health field
  2. Familiarity with Jewish values, customs, and culture is preferred
  3. Previous experience in a camp, school, or similar setting preferred.
  4. At least 3 years of relevant experience
  5. Experience supporting children, teenagers, and/or adult mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health - in proactive and reactive ways
  6. An ability to think critically and act swiftly in high stress situations
  7. Attention to detail in documentation and maintaining records
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and comfort in communication with teens and young adults
  9. The inclination to be a caring, empathetic, patient, hardworking, and diligent professional who takes initiative and is creative, enthusiastic, open-minded, and high-energy
  10. Strong abilities to function both independently and as part of a team 


Salary and Benefits:

  1. Salary range of $6000-$7500 , commensurate with experience
  2. Private Room & Board Provided 
  3. Discounted camp fees for children (if applicable)


To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with subject: MESSH, Teen Camp

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.

Salary6000.00 - 7500.00 Annual
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Social Worker
Part Time Categories
Summer Staff
Organization Type
Camps & Camping
Housing Benefit | Kosher Food Option Available
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