MESSH Posted February 13, 2024

Camper Care Coordinator

JCC Camp Ruach


Dates: June 24, 2024-August 16, 2024
This is a full-time summer seasonal position, with some pre-season requirements. Hours are generally 8:15am-4:30pm.

Basic Responsibilities (include but at not limited to):

Pre-Camp: Program Development, Camper Intakes, Staff Training
– Communicate and conduct intakes with families who previously self-selected to complete the camper care intake form on behalf of their child.
– Review all camper registration forms for potential unidentified areas for support and make contact pre-camp
– Setup individualized care plans for specific campers, if needed, and communicate accordingly with appropriate leadership team members and unit heads.
– Help plan and implement staff training and ongoing staff learning related to mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health (MESSH)
– Create pre-camp webinars and sessions for parents focusing on a myriad of topics which could include: introducing the role of the camper care coordinator, helping campers transition to camp, tips for managing challenging social situations, etc.
– Participate in Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) Community of Practice (CoP) as part of our camp’s place in the Yedid Nefesh Program, including two or three virtual gatherings and one in-person gathering per year with other Jewish camp mental health professionals.
– Use learnings from FJC’s meetings to support and enhance MESSH supports throughout Camp Ruach
– Additional responsibilities as required.

Camp: On-Site Tasks
– Assess, identify, and propose supports for camper and staff MESSH needs as they arise
– Conduct regular check-ins with camper guardians on campers’ success, progress, and challenges, including first week of camp check-ins.
– Provide direct support to staff in helping them to navigate challenging camper situations in their groups through regular check-ins, providing feedback and tools/tips for success, and offering ideas and potential solutions to working with campers.
– Create and implement weekly programming for small groups of campers focused on wellness and social-emotional learning
– Serve as resource to campers throughout the summer in facing mental, emotional and social health challenges, and creating environments where campers can thrive
– Manage information about camper needs, and communicate those to staff, as well as document communication and plans within Camp Ruach’s systems.
– Create and implement programs for staff designed specifically to support their mental, emotional, and social health while at camp. These programs and events may take place during and after camp hours.
– Be an active presence on-site at camp and an integral part of camp community.
– Respond to both email and phone communication in a timely manner.
– Keep the camp director and any other relevant staff up to date on all relevant camper interactions and communication with parents.
– Prepare reports to funding agencies in relationship to mental emotional and social health of Camp Ruach and its campers, including sharing high-level understandings of interactions and interventions taking place throughout the summer.
– Additional responsibilities as required.




– Graduate-level or higher degree in a mental health field. Including, but not limited to: social work, mental health counseling, psychology, youth psychiatry, family therapy, etc.
– 3-5 years of post-graduate work experience in a related field.
– Prior camp experience in working with young children is preferred.
– Ability to stay calm in high stress situations and respond appropriately to emergency situations
– Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information
– Proven ability to plan, originate, and organize programs
– Ability to form positive relationships with campers, parents, colleagues, and supervisors
– Be a leader, self-starter, and strong collaborator
– Ability to accept guidance, constructive feedback, and support from teammates.

How to Apply

Alanna Steinberg, Camp Director, asteinberg@ssbjcc.org – 908-443-9026

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