Executive DirectorAt New Jersey Y Camps (NJY Camps)

Posted Sep 26, 2019 Job Length Year Round


New Jersey Y Camps
Executive Director
Fairfield, New Jersey

About New Jersey Y Camps

New Jersey Y Camps (NJY Camps) is the largest Jewish camp in the nation, comprised of seven camps that serve the entire Jewish community including children with disabilities and senior adults. NJY Camps continually seeks to help each camper develop new skills, greater self-confidence, a strong Jewish identity, and commitment to their heritage that will help shape the course of their lives. For 100 years, campers have left camp as better human beings and with an enhanced Jewish identity and commitment.

NJY Camps
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah- grades 1-6
Cedar Lake Camp- grades 7-9
Teen Camp- grades 10-11
Round Lake Camp- for campers with learning differences & social communication disorders
Camp Nesher- coed Modern Orthodox, grades 3-11
Camp Shoshanim- all-girls Orthodox, grades 3-10
Kislak Adult Center- winter trips for Senior Adults

NJY Camps serves more than 3300 campers and 1100 summer staff. It has over 2200 acres of land and an operating budget of over $17.5M. In 2018, NJY Camps raised approximately $1M.

For more information about NJY, go to https://njycamps.org/.

The Position:

NJY Camps seeks an Executive Director who will serve as chief executive officer. This individual must have the vision, skills, and experience to lead the organization into its next phase of development, growth and impact. In the spring of 2019, NJY Camps appointed a Transition Board in order to rebuild its lay leadership and pave a path to a successful future. The new Executive Director will work closely with the Transition Board to strengthen the foundations of the camp and build for its future. One of the initial tasks will be to recruitment of new volunteer leaders to support their work, play a central role in the camps, and develop into a permanent Board.
The new Executive Director must have a demonstrated successful track record of fundraising and will be charged with building relationships with current donors and diversifying funding support. The Executive Director will serve as a public representative for NJY Camps, working with partner agencies throughout New Jersey, the tri-state region, and the entire nation.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and will lead a Senior Management Team made up of a COO, CFO, Director of Development, Director of Operations (summer only), and six Camp Directors. In the winter, the Executive Director is based in Fairfield, New Jersey. During the summer, the Executive Director will work between the two campuses of the NJY Camps, both located in Pennsylvania.

Skills and Experience

Leadership and Executive Management:

• Develop and message a clear, broad-based vision for the future of NJY Camps.
• Serve as the spokesperson for NJY Camps, representing the camps in the local community, and in the larger camping and Jewish communities.
• Build and maintain effective and trusting relationships with NJY Camps’ senior management team and staff. Encourage and empower staff to maximize productivity, ensure professional excellence, meet high standards, and promote teamwork.
• Provide frameworks, expertise, and guidance in the development and implementation of an ongoing assessment of all areas of program and impact.
• Set and advance a positive, success-oriented culture within the organization. Ensure that NJY Camps’ vision and values are evident and consistent in every aspect of the organization, including its staff and programs.
• Work with the Board to identify, cultivate, recruit and retain Board members and lay leadership.
• Oversee the facilities management of all the properties of the NJY Camps; lead the charge in developing new facilities, including the replacement of facilities that have outlived their usefulness.
Oversee and integrate a robust marketing effort to raise the visibility of NJY Camps and bolster its recruitment.
Fundraising and Resource Development:
• Craft and articulate a compelling case for giving for NJY Camps.
• Build, steward and diversify relationships with donors, camp alumni, and potential donors.
• Create and implement an expansive fundraising plan to include strategies with foundations, corporate sponsors, planned giving and individual gifts.
• Develop initiatives and partnerships in order to bring in new sources of revenue for the camps.
Finance and Business Acumen:
• Assess the current financial status of the organization, including assets and debts, and work in close coordination with the Board to build a plan for sustainability and growth.
• Ensure that financial planning and oversight protects and grows the NJY Camps’ assets.
• Develop a budgeting process that provides both accountability and program creativity.

Successful Candidates Will Have:

• Proven level of integrity and transparency
• Strong and nurturing leadership and management skills
• Demonstrated success managing an organization of similar size
• Broad-based track record in fundraising
• Strong experience and knowledge in financial management and oversight of a large, complex organization
• Proven success in stewarding relationships with funders, Board members, alumni, staff, and volunteers
• Ability to inspire and lead a pluralistic audience in multiple settings
• Respect for, and commitment to, the diverse Jewish population of the camp
• Strong critical-thinking skills and a history of viewing the world through a rational, data-driven lens
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• A demonstrated management practice which promotes excellence, and encourages creativity, growth, problem-solving and accountability
• Passion for Jewish camping

This position description is based upon material provided by New Jersey Y Camps, an equal opportunity employer.

Dara Klarfeld, CEO
Sarah Raful Whinston, Search Consultant

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Contact Information

Camp Name

New Jersey Y Camps (NJY Camps)

Job Title

Executive Director

Camp Address

21 Plymouth St., Fairfield, New Jersey, 07004, United States