Full Time

Youth & Camp Director

Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley 702 North 22nd St., Allentown PA

Principal Responsibilities:

The Youth & Camp 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 Youth & Camp Director must be a self-starter, capable of working independently and also as part of a team of professionals. The Youth & Camp 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 Youth & Camp 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 Youth & Camp 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Management

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

Programming

1. 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.

2. 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:

  • Winter Break Camp
  • Special events
  • After-school enrichment classes
  • Youth arts and music programs

3. Supervise the JCC's after-school program, called JLounge (25% of time during the school year). This includes:

  • Providing supervision for the After-School Coordinator, and serving as a backup when other staff have time off.
  • Recruiting new students.
  • Building relationships with parents, schools, and community leaders.
  • Planning and executing enrichment classes for school-age children.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise staff members.

Leadership

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

Qualifications

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

Salary:

45,000 - 55,000

Agency Information:

The JCC of the Lehigh Valley is a growing agency with strong roots in a town that is thriving with Jewish life, which includes eight synagogues, a Jewish day school, an extensive eruv, a mikvah, a kosher food truck, and an overnight camp. Cultural amenities include minor league baseball and hockey, a symphony and art museum, a zoo, multiple ski resorts, amusement parks, MusikFest (the country's largest free music festival), historical sites, and easy access to Philadelphia (1 hour) and New York City (2 hours). With a low cost of living and beautiful natural surroundings, the Lehigh Valley provides a high quality of life for individuals and families of all backgrounds and interests.