Assistant Director; Staff EngagementAt URJ Camp Newman

Posted May 12, 2022 Job Length Year Round


The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camp Newman seeks a dynamic and passionate Assistant Director to help create a vibrant summer camp and year-round youth and family engagement experience. The Assistant Director plays a vital role in the success of the URJ’s mission to create communities of belonging that build confidence and character of young people, so they are inspired as leaders to make the world a better place and pursue lifelong engagement in Jewish life. The Assistant Director manages camp’s marketing and communication strategy and offers day-to-day oversight of the camp experience, operations, recruitment of campers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds, cultivation of donors, and development of young people as confident leaders of self and others in partnership with lay and staff leaders across the URJ.




To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:

Organizational Knowledge. Understanding of or willingness to learn about the mission and vision of the organization, general Jewish camping field, the URJ camp system, URJ congregations, and other related partners. Ability to connect the dots between the camp’s strategic vision and reality by maintaining an awareness of the big picture and focus on how to bring that to life with campers, families, and staff – during the summer and school year. Ability to connect that knowledge to the intricacies of its general operations and functions.

Time Management, Organization, & Flexibility Skills. Ability to assess needs and opportunities for success and willingness to improvise, be flexible, and make changes as needed. Able to manage projects and maintain organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment.

Communication and Customer Service. Comfortable speaking with various individuals as the camp community (including guardians of campers, staff members, alumni/ae, lay leaders and other supporters) is comprised of a diverse set of individuals. Open and effective communication and a relatable and professional manner with internal and external stake holders. Strong presentation skills which include a high level of comfort, confidence, and enthusiasm in front of groups of children and guardians. Ability to effectively and professional represent camp and the URJ via telephone, e-mail and face-to-face communication and able share the vision for the camp and its program.

A “Can Do” Attitude. Has an outlook that is positive, assertive, and flexible. Highly motivated self-starter, willing to try new things and ask for help. Comfortable making mistakes and learning from them. Able to take on challenges with a sense that “I can do it”! A go-getter attitude and personality will help propel the team and the camp to the next level!

Enthusiasm and Wow! Has an excitement, energy and drive to make camp successful. A great candidate will be able to stand in front of large groups of adults and children to inspire the magic of camp and ignite sparks of curiosity and interest about Reform Judaism in the hearts of young people and their families. In a collaborative work setting, will love suggesting and listening to great ideas and quickly get to work implementing them. During the summer, an excitement and energy for all the camp activities and for being around kids and staff will propel this person to work hard and have fun!

REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities.


Occasional in-person meetings, as needed.

Live in residence at camp during summer.

Weekend and evening travel for staff and camper recruitment.

How to Apply

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you!  Apply Online.
The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

Contact Information

Camp Name

URJ Camp Newman

Job Title

Assistant Director; Staff Engagement

Camp Address

4088 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404, United States