The Fresh Air Society, d/b/a Tamarack Camps, was founded in 1902 – initially organized as a camp for immigrant mothers and children (located on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan). From its humble beginnings over a century ago which started with two women providing a handful of children an opportunity to experience the “fresh air,” today, Tamarack Camps has grown to serve over 13,000 individuals, annually.
Our main campus in Ortonville, Michigan (Oakland County) is an 1100-acre reserve nestled a short distance from the urban bustle of Metropolitan Detroit — yet feels like a different world. This landscape provides a foundation, the canvas upon which Tamarack Camps has the potential to build, engage, connect, and educate countless individuals.
Annually, through its residential camping program at Camp Maas, Agree Outpost Camp (Ontario, Canada), Camp Kennedy (Munising, Michigan), Western Trips, an Alaska experience, and a teen mission to Israel, Tamarack Camps is home to approximately 1,250 Detroit-area Jewish children and teens, as well as 90 Israeli campers. In addition to its camper population, Tamarack Camps summer programming engages and trains a staff of approximately 400 young adults from the Metro Detroit area and from around the world. Further, throughout the year, Tamarack Camps also provides extensive family camp opportunities for approximately 1,300 additional participants (children, parents, and grandparents).
Authority and Accountability
The Israel Teen Mission Coordinator will be responsible for the organization and execution of all aspects of the Sue & Alan Kaufman & Family Teen Mission to Israel and Joy and Allan Nachman Teen Leadership Trip to Israel.
The position will report to the Associate Program Director and will work with other Agency team members.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Plans, develops, and manages annual summer teen trip to Israel, including itinerary planning, participant recruitment, and staffing.
- Works in collaboration with internal agency staff, Federation representatives, Rabbis, and community lay leaders.
- Provides excellent customer service by demonstrating empathy and exercising innovative problem-solving.
- Ensures a consistent and timely communication system, to meet the needs of trip participants, program partners, and other stakeholders.
- Meet and facilitate pre and post-trip meetings. This includes but is not limited to committee meetings, planning meetings, and orientation meetings.
- Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on mission trip.
- Demonstrates sound fiduciary oversight of the budget.
- Ad-hoc projects as assigned.
Qualifications & Experience
- Confidence in initiating and running programs.
- Ability to understand logistics and execution from a conceptual, strategic level and for the management of many details.
- Creative and analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills.
- Team player with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and adapt to shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Tamarack.
- Prior travel experience in Israel and energy and enthusiasm for Israel engagement, programming, and travel.
- Excitement and willingness to not slow down until you’ve reached your recruitment goals.
- Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including teens, parents, and other community leaders.
- Hebrew skills are preferred.
- Bachelor’s Degree.
Position to begin upon mutually agreed upon starting date.
A cover and resume are required in applying for this position. Please send your materials to Becca Fishman, Associate Program Director at Tamarack Camps, email at: [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.