Camp DirectorAt Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

Posted Jan 12, 2023 Job Length Year Round


The J of Metropolitan Detroit is looking for someone with limitless camp energy to be our next Day Camp Director! The J Day Camp is the number one Jewish day camp in Southeast Michigan. Join our creative, effective, and fast-moving team of professionals with plans to grow Camp into the future. Our ideal Camp Director is strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial with expert relationship-building skills and an insatiable enthusiasm for camp.


Leadership and Strategy

· Champion the spirit and mission of The J

· Partner with colleagues in a variety of roles to create and implement a forward-thinking vision for year-round engagement at The J

· Maintain and grow The J’s reputation as a leader in the day camp field

· Continue to build relationships with our partners in the field to further our strategic plans

Building Programs

· Develop and implement a year-round communication and stewardship plan for Camp families and prospective Camp families

· Maintain an inclusive camp environment for campers and staff, rooted in Jewish tradition and values

· Continue to align Camp with growth in relevant markets

· Work with program colleagues to develop a dynamic portfolio of engagement opportunities throughout the year, including the Child Development Center and JFamily

· Proactively research and assess trends, community needs, and opportunities for growth and expansion

· Continuously evaluate the effectiveness and quality of existing programs


· Work with Executive leadership to develop and manage a budget reflective of The J’s targets

· Support Camp leadership team in all day-to-day operations of camp and year-round programming

· Ensure compliance with all licensing and accreditation requirements and make certain that all program environments are safe, secure, and clean

· Research, write, oversee and implement any grants received

· Work with Executive leadership and Development team to develop and execute fundraising strategies

Supporting the Team

· Build, lead, and inspire a team of talented year-round and young adult seasonal staff that work together effectively and efficiently to meet the goals of Camp and the needs of the community

· Strengthen and maintain a culture that is aligned with Camp’s core values

· Develop and implement plans for annual seasonal staff recruitment

· Plan and lead all Camp staff meetings and trainings throughout the year

· Provide year-round and seasonal staff with feedback and evaluation

Building Relationships

· Provide compassionate, timely, and responsive communication to families and partners in the community to ensure the highest level of customer service

· Continuously identify new opportunities for family engagement, both in person, and in partnership with The J’s Marketing team

· Proactively identify and respond to challenges or questions related to camper and staff experience with empathy and emotional intelligence

· Architect a community where children, parents, and staff feel physically and emotionally safe, included, and accepted




Insatiable enthusiasm for camp

· Ability to hold the big picture while supporting the team in tasks big and small

· High level of empathy and emotional intelligence

· Excellent executive functioning – communication, prioritization, and organization

· Proven ability to communicate, problem solve, and resolve conflicts with children, parents, and young adults

· Experience in a leadership position that may include:

o Supervising and supporting staff and young adults

o Budget development and implementation

o Fundraising

o Inspiring and activating lay leaders

· Personal connection, experience, and knowledge – or willingness to learn – about Jewish traditions, values, and culture

· Experience with and a passion for working with children, teens, young adults, and individuals with special needs

· Ability to work in a physically demanding outdoor environment

· Ability to negotiate and deescalate in an emotional environment

· Flexibility to work irregular hours, particularly during the summer months, with occasional evening and weekend obligations

· Physical ability and emotional wisdom to act swiftly and appropriately in a crisis or emergency

· Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Camp Minder, and other communication platforms used for communication and marketing

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to:
Cynthia Goodman
Senior Director/Human Resources
6600 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Contact Information

Camp Name

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

Job Title

Camp Director

Camp Address

6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan, 48322, United States