General Position Summary
The Youth Director will be responsible for the administration, management, and expansion of a variety of non-sport-related youth programs. He/She is to serve as a member of the JCC’s professional staff team and functions in consonance with the total LJCC program offerings across the organization.
The Youth Director is responsible for creating, planning, programming, selling, implementing, improving, and expanding of high-quality and diverse youth programs, with the day camp programs (summer and year-round) as the cornerstone service. The Director will assist in the development and implementation of long-range planning for all non-sport-related youth programming, with a focus on the day camping product, for the agency as a whole.
1. Responsible for all management and operation duties related to Summer Camp, School’s Out Camps, and Kid’s Club (Babysitting and Youth Lounge).
2. Define non-sport-related youth programming goals, specifically including camp, and/or define and plan programs to reflect goals.
3. Originate and carry out a system for recruiting youth, and specifically campers and staff, utilizing brochures, phone calls, social media posts and other marketing tools.
4. Handle all non-sport-related youth program, and specifically camper, registration.
5. Create parent manual for all non-sport-related youth programs, with a specific camp parent and camper manual.
6. Responsible for non-sport-related youth program budget planning, financial feasibility assessment, and any other matters related to the day camp program.
7. Hiring, supervision, training and evaluation of all non-sport-related youth program staff; including specifically counselors, junior counselors, program specialists, and other staff related to the proper operation of the Day Camp program.
8. Prepare and conduct all non-sport-related youth program staff training, including specifically pre-camp and in-service staff training.
9. Order or supervise the ordering of non-sport-related youth programming supplies and equipment and arrange for proper distribution.
10. Ensure all DHR required training is completed, followed and enforced for all non-sport-related youth program staff.
11. Ensure all DHR regulations, rules, and procedures are followed in non-sport-related youth program management and operation.
12. Understand, follow, and enforce all DHR reporting requirements related to youth well-being and safety.
13. Conduct weekly non-sport-related youth program staff meetings.
14. Supervise the Counselors-In-Training program.
15. Organize and manage out of camp trips.
16. Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to the complete supervision of all youth and staff.
17. Help provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among the camp family.
18. Work with board members to brainstorm goals of increasing camp attendance, enhancing the camp programs and meeting the mission of the LJCC.
19. Assist with fundraising and grant proposals related to non-sport-related youth programs and provide any program metrics needed for agency-wide funding proposals.
20. Connect families with other departments and areas of the J to ensure engagement throughout the year.
21. Maintain communication with the LJCC community.
22. Greet members and guests and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
23. Responsibilities may change according to the needs of the agency.
Manage and operate all non-sport-related youth programs. Manage and operate day camp staff, including CIT program and schedule. Design and implement all youth-related special events/camps (weekly events, shabbat). Manage and fully coordinate field trips. Supervisory responsibilities include hiring, training, managing performance, and terminating staff.
Experience and Education
A proven, progressive track record of experience running youth programs, and specifically a day camp. Experience with creating non-sport-related programs that align with youth development standards and pedagogies. Experience with building out programs, including identifying targets, testing financial validity, conducting outreach, and implementing improvements. Experience with leading diverse youth and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Qualified candidate must be able to multi-task effectively, have strong communication skills, great customer service, passion for helping others. Professionalism, reliability, ability to problem solve under pressure, and ability to operate independently with trustworthy judgement are necessary to perform successfully as Youth Director.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related field. At least 3-5 years experience required in non-sport-related youth program management. Must have or obtain required DHR background check and training. Must have or be willing to obtain American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification.
• Lifting (ability to lift up to 50 pounds)
• Hand/Finger Dexterity