The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Camping and Youth Services will lead a strategically important segment of the JCC Greater Boston programming portfolio that aims to serve the needs of children, teens, and their families. Our programs support the building of Jewish identities and community, while nurturing self-confidence and personal growth of our participants through experiential and hands-on learning in the arts, culture, sports, and leadership opportunities. This includes the JCC’s two day camps: Camp Grossman located at Hale Reservation in Dover, MA and Camp Kaleidoscope, at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, MA. Combined, these camps hire hundreds of seasonal staff and welcome thousands of campers and their families each summer. Additional program responsibilities include the Diller Teen Fellowship, school year vacation week programs, JCC Maccabi Games, as well as potential for tremendous growth and opportunity to expand our offerings to support more youth, teens, and their families in new ways.
The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston core values - Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation - which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish.
Leading with a vision for camping and youth programs and a professional passion for the role these programs play in a young person’s social, emotional, and behavioral growth is required for this role. Approaching opportunities, and challenges, with curiosity is necessary for success as this position will examine and implement the expansion of JCC’s offerings for children and teens, underpinned by philanthropic investments and new opportunities for earned income. This role also requires an innovative and thoughtful leader who is skilled at managing multiple distinct priorities and personalities at once. They will also have confidence in budget planning and analysis; ability to authentically collaborate with other agency partners, including marketing to leverage camp brand loyalty to other JCC programs and services. With a major capital campaign on the horizon for Camp Grossman, this role will be a high-level partner to the VP of Development, CEO, CSPO, and key Board committees and members.
And a great sense of humor is a must!
- Actively partner with the camp directors and youth program staff on programmatic goals and set annual benchmarks for program quality, participation, and revenue
- Partner with the technology team to leverage digital solutions for the efficiency of the camper and family experience such as camper registration, engagement, and retention efforts
- Lead the vision for summer offerings for youth and family across camping, and partner with JCC Family Engagement and Jewish Life
- Liaise between programs and technology, marketing, and Leventhal-Sidman (LS) building staff for LS JCC camp programs to advocate and direct operational needs for successful program implementation
- Oversee annual budget process for camping and youth services, work quarterly to update budgets and forecast anticipated revenues against projected goals
- Advocate for camp and youth services in the budget process, coordinate with Development on opportunities for philanthropic investments
- Collaborate with Human Resources/People & Culture staff on annual recruitment strategies for seasonal camp staff
- Deliver a cohesive approach at the agency level to leading camping and youth services; a user centered approach to program design and implementation
- Engage in the local and national camping and youth services community
- Explore and implement external partnerships as appropriate in service of delivering excellent experiences for our community
- Seek out and plan supportive programming for professional growth and skill building for camp staff
- Identify new opportunities for youth engagement across existing programs and develop new opportunities for year-round and seasonal engagement
- Continue to grow program excellence in these key areas: inclusion, mental health wellness, Jewish life and learning, social action/leadership opportunities
- Engage with families in cases of escalated issues of concern
- Support JCC Greater Boston’s goals and objectives
- Actively participate in the JCC Greater Boston’s Leadership Team
- Ten to fifteen years of progressive leadership in camping and/or youth services
- A demonstrated track record of programmatic excellence and innovative engagement strategies in camping and youth programs
- Experience in managing budgeting processes including forecasting and analysis
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Able to work collaboratively with colleagues in support of the agency’s collective mission
- Strong mentoring and coaching of diverse teams, and ability to motivate teams to produce high-quality work within tight timeframes.
- Experience managing, with support from the Facilities Department, a range of program facilities, such as the outdoor-based Camp Grossman campus and the variety of shared spaces at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC
- Be a relationship builder: support and grow your team; foster a community of welcoming and belonging for children and families; be a great partner to colleagues
- JCC Greater Boston requires that new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at time of hire. The JCC will consider requests for medical or religious exemption that do not pose undue hardship or a direct threat to health or safety.
The JCC Greater Boston values include: Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation. The agency provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including: Early Learning Centers, summer camps, health and wellness programs, family engagement programs and cultural activities. The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background.
Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by:
- creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships,
- welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston,
- supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life,
- nourishing minds, bodies, and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences, and
- ?expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as whole.
JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff and children very seriously. Over 96% of our staff have been vaccinated. We have aligned all of our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC and the state. Our practices include ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, and use of face coverings to promote the health of our staff and program participants.
JCC Greater Boston welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds who meet the requirements specified above. If you want to share your talents with a great team, co-creating a thriving, dynamic organization which is devoted to community building and lasting impact, please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected]