Location and Job Title:
Assistant Director - Programming & Logistics Camp Seneca Lake
Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester
1200 Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY 14618
As a member of the management team, the Assistant Director oversees all programs and events related to the summer and year-round camper experience at Camp Seneca Lake (CSL). This broad-based position includes but is not limited to: oversight of the day-to-day operation of our summer camp programming, overseeing special events, managing our specialty area seasonal staff, and coordinating logistics.
Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) is a premier Jewish overnight summer camp set on 200+ acres on Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. For over 90 summers CSL has given campers in grades 3-12 a special place to recharge, unplug, and connect to nature and friends. CSL welcomes all campers into a safe compassionate community where each child is encouraged to become their best self.
Children from all backgrounds come together to learn important life skills that will stay with them through adulthood. Campers develop independence, form lifelong friendships, and a deep connection to a tight knit community that is strong at its core. CSL is owned and operated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, and we are an inclusive community center and camp that welcomes campers and staff of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages.
This full-time, year-round position. Our team includes a mix of staff based in Rochester and remotely, and we are open to candidates who want to live in Rochester or be based elsewhere during the year. From June-August, the Assistant Director of Programming and Logistics will live at camp in Penn Yan, NY and private living quarters are provided for the summer.
- Develop, create, and own the summer Master Calendar and Master Schedule in conjunction with CSL programming team.
- Begin work on major camp events and all-camp programs, including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Campstock, Mass Program, and Color War
- Plan and organize CSL Family Camp serving as main point of contact for campers and family, and support the organization of Alumni Weekend
- Participate in regular strategy sessions with camp management team to identify and address ongoing areas of focus
- Review previous summer inventories, make budget recommendations, and order supplies in advance of next season
- Schedule all necessary program area trainings and inspections to ensure Staff has the appropriate certifications to run assigned areas
- Plan all out-of-camp experiences to ensure meaningful and well-organized programs, including coordinating transportation, food, and materials
- Organize bus logistics for arrival and departure days
- In collaboration with Director, Assistant Director of Camper & Staff Experience and Human Resources, conduct pre-season staff interviews for specialist staff and specialist Leadership team members
- Develop training materials for staff to ensure quality programming during summer
- Serve as primary and direct supervisor for summer programming team, summer logistics leader, and most specialists.Perform regular evaluations for these staff and serve as a support and resource for them
- Develop and maintain summer program schedules and master calendar in conjunction with programming team to ensure the smooth operation of the day-to-day summer camp program
- Coordinate all camp-wide programming
- Support Programming Director in managing program-related staff committees, and provide resources to Unit programmers
- Ensure smooth running of specialty areas, including curriculum development in relevant areas
- Develop system for program write-ups and evaluations, and ensure they are completed in a timely manner
- Manage supply requisition system and ensure all necessary supplies are ordered/gathered for all programs
- Manage program equipment including inventory and organization pre-, during, and post- summer (including assigned responsibilities for closing down camp at the end of the season)
- Support Unit Heads with out-of-camp trip logistics including transportation, food, and materials
Key Competencies for Success:
- Ability to lead, hire, supervise, motivate, and inspire young, energetic, and less experienced staff to help them find their strengths
- Proven administrative skills with the ability to efficiently and accurately handle a variety of responsibilities and a large volume of work, including experience managing a budget
- Exceptional verbal communication skills - conveying warmth, enthusiasm, and an ability to build trust
- Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds staff, families, campers and vendors
- Extremely well organized and able to prioritize work, problem solve and meet scheduled deadlines under pressure
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule with ability to live at camp during the summer and work evenings and weekends as needed
- Interest in and/or a commitment to learning Jewish history, culture, and traditions in the context of the JCC and tikkun olam (repairing the world)
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree
- 3+ years' experience in a year-round supervisory and program management role working with children and youth
- Experience in a camp setting (as a seasonal staff member or on a year-round team)
- Strong computer skills -MS Office and CampMinder
- Competency in (Outlook, Excel, Word) is a must
- Ability to learn and utilize new software programs
- First Aid & CPR, preferred
- Lifeguard certification, preferred
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Use of customary office equipment:computer screen, keyboard, fax, copier, etc.
- The employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
- The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms
- The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance on uneven ground and stoop, kneel
- The employee must have ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds - occasionally lift, for example, children weighing 50 pound or less
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
- Ability to assist children in an emergency
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform within the described work disabilities to perform within the described work environment.
- Normal office environment during fall, winter, and spring
- Working and living at a summer camp for about 3 months of the year
- Exposure to weather including hot and cold temperatures and rain
- Majority of time spent out-of-doors and exposure to camp buildings, athletic fields, nature trails, woods, insects, wildlife
- Exposure to water (swimming pool and lake)
- Walking on grass, trails, dirt roads
$55,000 - $65,000
The Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is located alongside the Erie Canal in Brighton and is a 200,000 square foot facility that houses our state-of-the-art fitness, wellness and recreation programming, an aquatics center, a Professional Theatre (live stream), Children's Center and our Premier Camping Program. Camp Seneca Lake is located in the Finger Lakes Region of Western New York, about a one hour drive from Rochester.
We pride ourselves on providing our members with quality educational, cultural arts and social programming, and we are an inclusive community center that welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages.