Camp & Youth DirectorAt Camp JCC (JCC of the Lehigh Valley)

Posted Nov 9, 2021 Job Length Year Round

Description

The Camp & Youth Director has the overall responsibility for the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the JCC’s youth and children’s programs, including Camp JCC, the JLounge after-school program, Vacation Camp and Snow Days. The Youth & Camp Director plays an integral role in building our growing camp program and being an agent for change and positive growth. The Camp & Youth Director must be a self-starter, capable of working independently and also as part of a team of professionals. The Camp & Youth Director must be capable of “switching gears” – being approachable and fun when working with children and parents, while also being organized and professional when in the office.

The Camp & Youth Director is a full-time position, reporting to the Program Director. The position requires expertise working with children in an informal or experiential environment, such as summer camp or out-of-school programs. The Camp & Youth Director supervises a team of full-time and part-time staff, and works alongside a team of professional colleagues as part of the JCC’s program team. This position is an excellent opportunity for a mid-career JCC professional (or someone in a related field) who is looking to take a second or third step in their career.

We are looking for someone who is energetic and motivated, with a positive, can-do attitude. The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who can work both independently and as part of a team as the situation dictates. To be successful, the Camp & Youth Director will need to be a self-starter, who is able to set goals and work toward them, and takes an interest in their own personal and professional development.

Primary Responsibilities

Management

Provide supervision for part-time and seasonal staff members as assigned.
Assist in preparing the annual budgets for the youth and camp departments.
Help develop the brand identity for each department’s programs in line with the organization’s mission and market demand.

Programming

Lead Camp JCC, the JCC’s summer camp program (50% of time during the school year, 100% of time during the summer). This includes:
Creating a camp culture instilled with spirit, positive energy, and a commitment to the organization’s values.
Growing program offerings, camper enrollment, and departmental revenue through enhanced marketing, outreach, relationship-building, programming, recruitment and sales.
Serving as the camp director during the summer and supervising the camp leadership team consisting of year-round and seasonal employees.
Hiring, recruiting, interviewing and evaluating camp staff.Planning and executing staff orientation and ongoing training, scheduling staff and leading staff meetings
Overseeing the planning of all programmatic aspects of camp, such as field trips, special days, activity areas and Shabbat.
Being responsible for all aspects of camper safety.
Acting as the primary liaison with parents.
Maintaining rooms and spaces inside and outside the building utilized by camp and coordinating facility usage with building services staff.
Ensuring that camp operations are in line with American Camp Association standards.
Plan and execute select programs and events throughout the year (25% of time during the school year), including classes and special events. This includes, but is not limited to:
Vacation Camp (in partnership with the After-School Coordinator)
Special events
Family engagement programs
Supervise the After-School Coordinator, who operates the JCC’s after-school program, called JLounge (25% of time during the school year). This includes:
Providing direct supervision for staff and serving as the primary backup when help is needed due to staffing shortages or staff time off.
Helping to promote the program and recruit new students.
Building relationships with parents, schools, and community leaders.
Assisting with recruitment, hiring, and supervision staff members.
Administration

Maintain children’s and staff files in accordance with DHS and Keystone STARS guidelines for the JLounge and Vacation Camp programs.
Ensure compliance of all DHS and Keystone STARS regulations and guidelines for the JLounge and Vacation Camp programs.
Ensure compliance with all local (City of Allentown) and state regulations pertaining to the operation of a summer day camp.

Leadership

Take an active interest in career growth, including learning new skills, staying current on industry trends, and constantly innovating and taking calculated risks.
Lead staff meetings and trainings.
Participate as a member of the JCC’s program team, providing support to co-workers.
Conduct personal outreach to JCC members and participants, building relationships and leveraging them to encourage repeat and cross-department business.
Regularly assess local competition to determine brand positioning and opportunities for growth.

Compensation

45,000 - 55,000

Requirements

Associate’s degree (bachelor’s degree preferred)
Minimum two years of professional experience working with children, preferably in an informal/experiential environment (such as summer camp or out-of-school programs)
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite, and the ability to learn new systems quickly
CPR, AED and First Aid certification (or ability to obtain)
Knowledge of the JCC field and Jewish culture, traditions and celebrations, or willingness to learn

How to Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@lvjcc.org.

Contact Information

Camp Name

Camp JCC (JCC of the Lehigh Valley)

Job Title

Camp & Youth Director

Camp Address

702 North 22nd Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18104, United States