Location and Job Title:
Youth & Camp Director
Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley
702 N. 22nd St.
Allentown, PA 18104
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.
- Provide supervision for part-time and seasonal staff members as assigned.
- Assist in preparing the annual budgets for the youth and camp departments.
- Help develop the brand identity for each department's programs in line with the organization's mission and market demand.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Take an active interest in career growth, including learning new skills, staying current on industry trends, and constantly innovating and taking calculated risks.
- Lead staff meetings and trainings.
- Participate as a member of the JCC's program team, providing support to co-workers.
- Conduct personal outreach to JCC members and participants, building relationships and leveraging them to encourage repeat and cross-department business.
- Regularly assess local competition to determine brand positioning and opportunities for growth.
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum two years of professional experience working with children, preferably in an informal/experiential environment (such as summer camp or out-of-school programs)
- Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite, and the ability to learn new systems quickly
- CPR, AED and First Aid certification (or ability to obtain)
- Knowledge of the JCC field and Jewish culture, traditions and celebrations, or willingness to learn
45,000 - 55,000
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