Camp Director

Position Summary:

The Camp Director is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, year-round vision for J Camp, which includes summer camp, school breaks, and school’s out days.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Devise and implement comprehensive summer and year-round camp experiences for children ages 3-15, ensuring that J Camp meets the highest standards of camp and care, assuring that J Camp remains a premier camp offering in the Puget Sound region.
• Develop and implement meaningful year-round camp connections (e.g., X-camp, reunions, family camp, school break days/camps, etc.).
• Lead in the outreach and promotion of J Camp.
• Guide, coach, and mentor counselors, inspiring them to take ownership of and pride in the important role they play in their campers’ transformative experiences at camp.
• Establish and nurture positive relationships with children and families, building and cultivating community across and beyond J Camp.
• Manage business goals, including but not limited to budget compliance, sustainable enrollment, and appropriate staffing models.
• Oversee the administration of the entirety of camp programs, including but not limited to: logistics, scheduling, budgeting, relationships with vendors, supplies/purchasing, communication with families, program development, promotion, recruitment, retention, tracking, staff management, etc.
• Work with the Youth & Recreation Programs Director to create a three- to five-year vision/strategic growth plan for J Camp, consistent with the SJCC’s current strategic plan.
• Collaborate with Early Childhood School and Kidstown leadership to ensure continuity of care, content, and quality among the three programs.
• Collaborate with SJCC’s marketing team to formulate and determine delivery strategy for a viable, intentional promotion/marketing/outreach campaign for J Camp.
• Work with the Development team to engage camp families as donors to fuel camp growth.
• Celebrate community through rich, multi-media documentation
• Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
• Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position supervises all Camp Staff (counselors, administrative assistant, bus drivers, etc.). Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university; at least five years of related experience (and/or training) working as a manager in a resident or day camp program; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Previous experience and/or current skills must include: outstanding communication skills; exceptional organization skills; ability to inspire others in camp and program environments; excellent customer service skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team; ability to manage ambiguity; ability to sequence objectives among competing priorities.

Communication Skills:
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences across all media and platforms, using clear and concise language to inspire, inform, educate, appreciate, etc.

Computer Skills:

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required.

Certificates and Licenses:

First Aid/CPR/AED certification required
WA Driver’s License required

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Math Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to the carrying out of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The information described below represents the physical activities and surroundings one may encounter when performing the duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: To perform the job, the employee is frequently required to talk and hear on the telephone and in person with individuals and groups. The incumbent may occasionally be required to carry materials weighing up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed in an office environment, with a moderate noise level, and in various indoor and outdoor locations (program dependent), where the noise level is moderate to loud and environmental conditions may include slippery surfaces, crowded areas, or working near moving parts (e.g. exercise equipment). Local travel is required.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please email Samantha Hagen at [email protected] with your resume and cover letter.
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, FSA
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-08-30
  • Times this job has been viewed: 208 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Camp Director
  • Organization Type: Camps & Camping, Youth
Job Location
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 E Mercer Way
Mercer Island , Washington 98040


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