Day Camp Director, Apachi Rogers Park

JCC Chicago | Chicago, IL, United States

Posted Date 7/26/2022

As the director for the Apachi Rogers Park Day Camp, the Director is responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing the Rogers Park Day Camp which serves a robust religious Jewish community. The director is responsible for programming and community building that will provide campers and families with unlimited opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment.  The Day Camp Director serves as a leader within the Agency by developing strong relationships with colleagues, community members and lay leaders.


The day camp director will play a key role in the agency’s trajectory of growth and accomplishment in the Rogers Park, Lincolnwood, Peterson Park, Skokie and surrounding areas.



Key areas of responsibility:

Leadership & Strategy:

  • Partner with colleagues in a variety of roles to create and implement a forward-thinking vision for year around JCC engagement with families. 
  • Champion the spirit and mission of JCC Chicago, verbally, in writing, and through demonstrated action.
  • Maintain and grow JCC’s reputation as a leader in the day camping industry.
  • Continue to work with Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCAMP 180 at large to further our strategic plans
  • Operate as part of a larger JCC team that shares one agency vision & mission.
  • Communicate agency mission and impact and ensure staff understand and integrate these into their program development and delivery.
  • Collaborate with instrumental and key players such as rabbis, school principals and families in the Rogers Park, Lincolnwood, Peterson Park and Skokie areas

Building of Program/Business

  • Develop and implement a year-round communication and stewardship plan for camp families.
  • Work with the Bernard Horwich Early Childhood Director to form relationships with the families and steward them from the EC camp program to children’s camp program
  • Work with Community Engagement Department to oversee sports (gymnastics), athletics (partnership with Chai Athletics), and afterschool programming (i.e Piano) and look for areas of expansion
  • Maintain an inclusive camp environment, for campers and staff alike, rooted in Jewish tradition and values.
  • Continue to align the camp with growth in markets such as tweens and children with special needs.
  • Work with program colleagues in the agency to develop a dynamic portfolio of engagement opportunities.
  • Proactively research and assess trends, community needs, and opportunities for business growth and program expansion.
  • Work with agency-wide program colleagues to create and implement a dynamic portfolio of community engagement opportunities such as Sukkot Fest, Chicago Loves Israel, Chanukah Bash, Halfway to Summer, and Good Deeds Day.
  • Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and make updates as needed.
  • Develop and manage a budget reflective of the targets established by JCC leadership.



  • Work with Finance Manager and Leadership to develop and manage a budget reflective of the agency targets
  • Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and adjust or determine new courses of action as needed.
  • Proactively research and assess trends, community needs, and opportunities for business growth and program expansion
  • Engage and develop a dynamic portfolio of summer and year-round engagement opportunities with the JCC engagement team.
  • Ensure compliance with all licensing requirements and make certain that all program environments are safe, secure, and clean.
  • Responsible for the American Camping Association annual accreditation and memberships along with the 3- 5 year mandated reaccreditation in Rogers Park.
  • Responsible for overseeing and implementing the Yashar Grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camping including camper/staff surveys and updating/documenting the progress to the Foundation as needed.


Building of Team:

  • Work with the full year round staff (director of Evanston Apachi Day Camp and Operations Manager) to create a camp that meets the needs of the Rogers park and surrounding communities.
  • Create, manage, and build a team with a site director who are full time in the summer and part time during the year.
  • Build, develop and manage a team that can meet the goals and that fits well with the culture that the JCC aspires to achieve.
  • Work with the HR Business Partner to develop and implement a vision and strategy for staff recruitment.
  • Screen and interview applicants including face to face, Zoom and phone interviews.
  • Create and implement plan for year around connection and communication with existing staff.
  • Work with local agencies to partner and assist with staffing, programming and as an overall resource to help facilitate camp.
  • Identify and hire and train lifeguards to teach the American Learn to Swim program
  • Develop and facilitate staff training during the school year, orientation and throughout the summer.


Building Partnerships (internal & External):

  • Foster and develop relationships with Bernard Horwich staff and determine mutually beneficial ways for various departments to work and program together.
  • Work with the local Jewish Day Schools, Rabbis in the community including the Kollel and others to form a sounding board for the day camp.
  • Work with partner agencies such as Upward Community, American Camping Association, Foundation for Jewish Camping, JCC Association, Jewish Federation, JCRC, JCFS, JFMC and Keshet, local synagogues and schools to better serve our customers & the community.
  • Develop and enhance JCC’s relationship with outside vendors we use for programs such as bus company, and program vendors like Chai Athletics, Noggin Builders, Chicago Loves Dance, etc.
  • Participate in agency-wide programs and events.
  • Maintain relationships with other leaders in the Day Camp industry.
  • To sustain and build the JCC future, proactively engaging in agency FRD initiatives, modeling for staff the importance of engagement. 


Building Customer Relationships:

  • Provide quality and responsive communication to prospective, new, and returning camper families to ensure the highest level of customer service.
  • Continuously identify new opportunities for family engagement, both in person and, in partnership with Marking & Communications, through various media outlets.
  • Proactively identify and respond to challenges or questions related to a camper’s experience.
  • Provide a community where children and parents feel they are safe physically and emotionally.


Key Essential Job Duties/Physical Duties: (Identify which physical demands of the job are key to the role):

  • Lift/move children up to 40 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children.
  • React with physical and mental alertness in emergency situations.
  • Use hands for grasping equipment and play material.
  • Supervise children by sight and sound.
  • Must be able to rotate head side to side to scan the environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate, motivate and communicate with children and adults.
  • Ability to speak clearly and articulately with a loud tone of voice.
  • Mental alertness; sustain concentration for long periods of time.



Full time; does require flexibility to be available nights and some weekends per programmatic needs.

Job Category:




  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Recreation, Business, or related field.
  • Master’s Degree highly preferred.
  • 3+ years previous supervisory experience in a camping environment (day camping experience preferred).
  • Demonstrated success building new and expanding upon existing program areas that led to customer engagement and meeting of business goals.
  • Previous experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Previous experience working as a member of a management team.
  • 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.
  • Highly developed skills in business acumen, verbal and written communications, conflict management, listening and decision making.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Jewish culture and values.
Full Time
Camp Director
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Community Centers | Youth
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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