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JDay Camp Director
Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland
26001 S Woodland Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122

Principal Responsibilities:

Summary: The Director, Day Camps & Children's Services has oversight for all aspects of operations for Day Camping Services and traditional school year Children's, Youth and Teen programming. These responsibilities include program development and implementation, marketing and recruitment, development and supervision of staff, site management, long range strategic planning, financial management, alumni relations, and working in partnership with the Volunteer Leadership. This position supervises the department Registrar and all year round and seasonal leadership staff. The Director, Day Camp and Children's Services is a member of the Mandel JCC's management team.

Expectations of Employees:

Support the Mission of the Mandel JCC.

Ensure the highest quality of programs and services and possess a working knowledge of agency programs and services.

Represent the agency and provide the highest quality of customer service to the individuals and groups with whom you come into contact.

Treat fellow staff with respect.

Wear Mandel JCC Staff ID badge, dress professionally for the position and attend all appropriate staff meetings.

Essential Functions:


Camp & Children's Programs: In partnership with Sr. Director and Human Resources, recruit, on-board, and develop staff at all levels to meet highest standards of performance, and assume additional responsibilities as appropriate.

Recruitment and Retention

Works with Sr. Director and Mandel JCC Marketing department to develop effective, calendared marketing and branding strategies that support recruitment and retention strategies for year round programming.

Actively engages and manages the staff recruitment through various recruitment strategies including social media, job fairs, international Schlihim program and more.

Assist in the Cleveland community to meet with potential program participants, parents, and partners in order to build and expand the businesses of Day Camps and Children's Services.

Develop a year round newsletter and assists in organizing events throughout the year which will maintain family connections to Day Camps, Children's services and the Mandel JCC.

Program Development

Implements programming for children, parents, and families which will encourage commitment to the year round program experience.

Ensures development and implementation of innovative and meaningful programming for Day Camps and Children Departments.

Coordinates and provides daily management of all systems and procedures of registration and camp administration (paperwork, parent communication, carpool, shuttle, registration, payment systems, etc.)

Ensures consistency in policies and procedures across all program areas.

Remains on call during the summer when campers are involved in JCC programming.

Is the liaison between Day Camp & Children's Services and other JCC departments for schedule coordination and staffing needs.

Business Management

Ensures all financial activities meet the guidelines established by the Mandel JCC Fiscal department.

Working closely with Sr. Director and the Fiscal department, setting goals, developing and administering all budgets.

Works closely with Sr. Director to monitors revenues and expenses to ensure financial goals are achieved.

Manages all vendor relationships as requested.

Site Management

Advises Mandel JCC management of any significant issues regarding physical plant and changes or additions that are required to attract and retain participants.

Fundraising and Alumni Relations

Infuses a culture of philanthropy by engaging alumni, past participants and by extension their families in order to expand the donor base.

Develops a core of camp alumni to create an additional source of revenue for the Camp.

Engages alumni through use of social media, written communications, programs, and meetings.

Safety & Security

Prioritizing the safety and security of all staff and participants

Assess and report any concerns

Submit all incident reports within 24 hours

Work with Sr. Director on all safety plans.

Completes other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required:


Bachelor's Degree in Education, Social Work, Recreation Sciences, or a related field.

Five to seven years of camp management and administration experience.

Strong knowledge of Jewish culture, heritage, and traditions.

Proficient with Microsoft Office suite.

Ability to work nights and weekends, flexible scheduling depending on departmental needs.

Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Experience with Great Plains and Sales Force preferred.

Characteristics, Skills, and Attributes:

Demonstrate good character and integrity.

Must have enthusiasm, be adaptable, and possess an excellent work ethic.

Self-directed with ability to accept guidance.

Must present a professional image and have excellent communication and presentation skills.

Ability to develop and sustain a team approach to program and service development.

Effectively communicate with staff, children, and parents.

Have the ability to make sound judgments and decisions in a calm manner.

Demonstrates good critical and creative thinking skills.

Excellent knowledge of policies, procedures, activities, and programs as they relate to day camping, adventure-based programming, outdoor adventure, leadership development, and community events.


$65,000 - $75,000

Agency Information:

Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland builds and strengthens Cleveland's entire community by providing exceptional programs and services that enhance Jewish continuity and identity in four key program areas:

1. Fitness, Wellness & Recreation and Aquatics

2. Preschool/Early Childhood Education

3. Camping - Day Camps & Camp Wise Overnight Camp

4. Cultural Arts

Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland connects and strengthens our Jewish community and the greater Cleveland community by providing exceptional programs and services in the following program areas: Fitness, Wellness and Recreation, Preschool/Early Childhood Education, Day Camps and Camp Wise overnight Camps, and Cultural Arts. Membership in this non-profit social service agency is open to all. Mandel JCC receives funding from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, grants, donations and other public funding sources and has been serving the greater Cleveland community for more than 70 years.