Community Care DirectorAt URJ Jacobs Camp

Posted Jan 23, 2023 Job Length Summer


The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Jacobs Camp seeks a Community Care Director to assist in creating a welcoming, inclusive, and
meaningful camp experience for all campers and staff. Jacobs Camp is guided by its mission to nurture Jewish identity, knowledge
and values through a fun and immersive summer camp experience that transforms lives, building community within and beyond its
borders. The Community Care Director is the primary professional responsible for the development of successful mental health
support structures as well as offering a range of MESSH (Mental, Emotional, Social, Spiritual Health) support to both campers and
staff. Working closely with the Community Care Specialists and Camp Directors, the Community Care Director will offer both
administrative support as well as direct service to campers and staff to achieve these goals.

The Community Care Director reports to the Camp Director and is responsible for the following:

• Serve as part of the camp’s leadership team, contribute to the overall positive morale of the camp community, and take on
responsibilities accordingly (night supervision, unit support, day to day policy decisions, etc.).
• Participation in Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Community of Practice as part of our camp’s grant for nurturing mental,
emotional, social, and spiritual health at camp. This includes two or three virtual gatherings and one in-person gathering per
year with other Jewish camp mental health professionals.
• Maintain a consistent presence as a leader within the camp community with respect to role modeling of institutional and
racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) principles, Jewish values, supervision and accountability for all rules and
procedures, and dedication in all respects to the camp’s mission and vision.

• Provide specialized staff training during staff orientation week based upon the specific needs of campers.
• Provide training and support to all camp staff (specialists, unit heads, health center, kitchen staff, etc.) as it relates to
working with campers with special needs.
• Design and help implement modifications to program and activities to accommodate children who may have varied
participation needs.

• Support campers (and their staff) with a wide range of special needs, who are mainstreamed in the camp environment.
• Support campers (and their staff) who requiring extra support in the camp environment while at camp (homesickness, social
emotional challenges, routines and hygiene, etc.).
• As needed, develop individual care plans for campers, including specific strategies for success based on camper screening,
experience from previous summers, and direction from guardians(s) and teacher(s).
• As needed, update guardians about camper experience, ensuring a ‘partnership approach’.
• Help to maintain logs and records of all information pertaining to supporting campers in the camp’s online database –
including interventions, parent phone calls, etc.
• Assist with various camper care administrative systems in camp such as sociogram meetings, end of session camper profiles,




To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:
● Mental Health & Special Needs Support. Graduate or higher level degree in a mental health field. Previous experience in a
camp, school, or similar setting preferred. Ability to create behavior modification plans for individual campers. Ability to
modify camp programming to meet the needs of campers and staff. Experience supporting children, teenagers, and/or adult
mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health – in proactive and reactive ways. Care for the physical, emotional, and
spiritual needs of campers and staff. Maintain best practices around inclusion, youth development, racial, equity, diversity,
and inclusion.
● Youth Engagement & Mentorship. Able to demonstrate positive Jewish value and enjoys being with and providing guidance
to children. Background in informal education, experiential teaching, or program coordination is desirable. Leads by
example, demonstrating a well-developed sense of responsibility with good judgement and common sense. Ability to
establish and maintain effective relationships with campers, parents, staff, community partners
● Residential Camping. Residential camp experience is highly preferred. Willingness to embrace the mission and vision of
camp. Understand the nature of camp life and can adjust plans accordingly and maintain a level of flexibility.
● Training & Supervision. Staff supervision and training. Patient, compassionate, and approachable, serving as a mentor for all
● Communication. Effective and efficient communication and listening skills. Attention to detail in documentation and
maintaining records.
● Flexibility & Creativity. Ability to listen well, resolve conflicts, and perform as a leader in a fast paced and demanding work
environment. An ability to think critically and act swiftly in high stress situations. The inclination to be a caring, empathetic,
patient, hardworking, and diligent professional who takes initiative and is creative, enthusiastic, open-minded, and
high-energy. Strong abilities to function both independently and as part of a team. Ability to be self-motivated and able to
thrive during a long workday.
● REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience and ongoing commitment to prioritizing
and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities.

● Live in residence at camp during summer.
● The ideal candidate is interested in being in this role for at least 2 years while our camp participates the Foundation for
Jewish Camp’s mental health grant. This relationship will be reviewed on a yearly basis during that time, with the hope that
the relationship can continue beyond the 2 year grant program period.

How to Apply

We look forward to hearing from you! Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to Carolyn Harari, Jacobs
Camp Associate Camp Director,

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 Jacobs Camp

Job Title

Community Care Director

Camp Address

3682 Morrison Road, Utica, MS, 39175, United States