Assistant Day Camp Director

JCC Chicago | Northbrook, IL, United States

Posted Date 11/11/2021

The Assistant Director is responsible for working with the Director, ‘Z’ Frank Apachi on all planning, implementation, and oversight of all areas of camp. They will serve as a leader within the Agency by developing relationships with colleagues, community members, lay leaders and families.

Leadership & Strategy

  • Partner with Director to create and implement a forward-thinking vision for year-round recruitment of families, campers and staff for ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp
  • Work with Director to maintain and grow JCC’s reputation as a leader in the day camping industry


  • Develop specialties and elective programming for ‘Z’ Frank Apachi
  • In collaboration with the Director, create daily/weekly/monthly schedules for ‘Z’ Frank Apachi
  • Develop curriculum and activity kits for non-specialist led activities
  • Work with camp leadership teams on special events and theme day programming 
  • Book field trips and coordinate  transportation
  • Support Director in maintaining vendor relationships
  • Manage program supplies and inventory 
  • Be actively engaged with agency colleagues in the planning and implementation of year-round family engagement activities for ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

Building of Team

  • Assist Director in staff recruitment and hiring processes, including interviewing, hiring, and training counselors and specialty staff
  • Assist Director in year-round staff engagement
  • Work with Director in developing and facilitating staff training and orientation schedule
  • Collaborate with the suburban camp team in creating robust programming and experiences for the community
  • Work with the Director in developing and facilitating administrative staff meetings
  • Communicate clear goals and expectations for all camp staff; provide informal feedback throughout the summer and formal evaluation at end of the summer

Customer Relationships

  • Maintain consistent contact with camp parents; answer questions, provide proactive communication and ensure customers know avenues available to them to provide feedback
  • Communicate with parents to solve any issues related to campers, registration and paperwork
  • Actively pursue an understanding of all JCC programs to steward families through Agency offerings
  • Actively pursue and manage site rentals in partnership with Director

Partnerships (Internal & External)

  • Build successful partnerships and synergy with Agency operations and program staff to support programs and serve as a strong partner
  • Build partnerships and relationships with a variety of local vendors, venues and partner agencies
  • Engage with ‘Z’ Frank Apachi community members throughout the year


  • Oversee distribution of supplies for programs
  • Learn and become proficient in the Agency databases, including CampMinder and UKG
  • Act as a knowledge base for programs and be able to cross-sell/up-sell programs across departments
Education Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Recreation or related preferred
Previous Experience:
  • 4+ years previous leadership and supervisory experience in a camping environment; day camping experience highly preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Jewish culture and values with previous Jewish programming experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success building new and expanding upon existing program areas that lead to customer engagement and meeting of business goals
  • Experience using social media tools on behalf of organization helpful
Other Requirements:
  • Ability to demonstrate and lead with JCC Chicago’s Four Core Values: Self-Leadership and Accountability, Creativity and Innovation, Teamwork and Collaboration, and Customer Service.
  • High level of proficiency using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word), databases with the ability to learn other systems as necessary
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications, conflict management, listening and decision-making skills
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license for at least 24 months, proof of insurance (with a minimum $250,000 liability)
  • Ability and willingness to travel to various JCC locations, as needed
  • JCC Chicago has a vaccination policy in place, and all candidates who are hired must either be vaccinated, start the vaccination process within their first two weeks of employment, or request a medical or religious exemption with HR within their first two weeks of their employment.


Salary60000.00 Annual
Full Time
Assistant Director
Organization Type
Community Centers
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | vision
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