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Director of Youth and Camping - Uptown
New Orleans JCC
5342 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

Principal Responsibilities:

Under supervision of the Assistant Executive Director, the Director of Youth and Camping is a full-time professional position responsible for providing strategic leadership for the youth and camping department. Essential functions include: a) Recruiting staff and campers, developing curriculum, and overseeing administrative functions associated with summer camp, mini camps, "school days out" programs, and child care; b) Supervising and working closely with Children's Program Manager to develop year-round programs and events for school-age children and their families; and c) Working collaboratively with Youth staff, Early Childhood department and other JCC departments.

The ideal candidate must have the following attributes and/or qualifications:

* Strong background in Jewish camping
* Proven track record as exceptional leader - empathetic, decisive, flexible, and willingness to walk-the-talk - with the ability to create a fun, safe camp culture and motivate team
* Passion, energy, and personality conducive to building strong relationships and generating a positive camp experience for campers and staff alike
* Entrepreneurial drive that encourages growth and innovation
* Professionalism and personal accountability such that programs are overseen as if it is one's own business

Responsibilities include:
1. Develop, implement and supervise all operational issues regarding day camp for 500+ campers in grades K-8. This includes planning daily schedules, special events, overnights, field trips, and theme days.
2. Recruit, hire, supervise, train, and evaluate 100+ part time counselors, head teachers, and specialists for day camp.
3. Effectively communicate with JCC staff, parents, and vendors - during camp registration period as well as throughout the year.
4. Implement Judaic program throughout camp using knowledge of Judaic practices.
5. Work collaboratively with marketing department and JCC counterparts in Metairie to develop publication materials for Youth department
6. Create new and innovative camp and children's programs and events. Plan and develop after school programs working closely with the Children's Program Manager.
7. Develop and monitor the camp and children's department budget.

Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate Degree in recreation, education or related field. Master's Degree preferred.

3+ years experience working with children

Strong camping and Jewish programming background

Experience successfully leading large teams and supervising staff and campers

Ability to effectively communicate -verbally and in writing - with children, parents, co-workers, and staff.

Ability to prioritize, use time efficiently, develop realistic action plans, analyze and solve programs

Experience with CampMinder is a plus

Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, move throughout the JCC campus to perform normal duties.


Agency Information:

The New Orleans JCC is a state-of-the-art fitness center and pool, a leader in New Orleans early childhood education, a fun-filled summer day camp and so much more. It is a place for adults to take an exercise class, an art class or dance class. A place for children and teens to experience learning through enrichment classes, sports leagues, family activities, and summer camps. The JCC is built on Jewish values, but is welcome to everyone.