March 8, 2022

Assistant Camp Director

Full Time
Camp Deeny Riback
Flanders, NJ

Responsibilities Include:

• Work with year-round camp team to ensure that camp is planned and prepared to open successfully and close successfully each season.
• Represent JCC MetroWest and Camp Deeny Riback at community-wide events, camp fairs, and open houses. Must be available with sufficient notice to attend events during evenings and weekends both during the camp season and offseason.
• Express a willingness to grow and learn on the job as well as spearhead new projects.
• Assume leadership of camp in absence of Camp Director and actively work in partnership with the Camp Director throughout the summer season.
• Have a strong and motivating presence – get out of the office, proactively get to know campers and staff, monitor and direct appropriate behavior in camp activities, and be a part of camp!
• Actively work to continue improving your skills – be open to giving and receiving feedback.
• Be a Jewish role model for camp – educate staff and campers on the Jewish values interwoven through camp. Guide program staff on how to weave Jewish education and values into their camp curriculum.
• Interface with visiting guests, artists, and rabbis.
• Perform any other reasonable duties as directed by the Camp Director for the successful operation of the camp .
• Work with all camp vendors including food, transportation, and supplies to ensure they are ready for the start of camp.
• Oversee food allergy coordinator during the summer to ensure all campers’ dietary needs are accounted for in advance.
• Oversee summer transportation and supervise seasonal transportation coordinator.
• Build relationships with summer bus companies to help make summer transportation as smooth as possible, including dealing with any challenges that may arise with the bus companies
• Support Unit Leaders with parent communication – including both positive feedback and issues as they arise throughout the summer.
• Work with year-round camp team in creation of summer calendar including theme days, trips, and special events, and help assure these are planned and implemented within budget.
• Work with year-round camp team to oversee all planning and logistics of special events
• Oversee all planning and logistics for camp trips including extended overnights both at and away from camp.
• Assist in vision, organization and implementation of camp program and new camp initiatives in partnership with the year-round camp team and leadership team.
• Ensure the safety, growth, and inclusion of campers and work in tandem with Camp Director to resolve conflicts drawing on camp values, policies, and procedures.
• Work with program team to ensure all trips, special events, specialty areas, camp calendar, visiting days, open houses, and any other events are planned in a timely fashion, supported, and staffed.
• Problem solve issues in the operation of camp activities, equipment, and/or programs as they arise.
• Run meetings and ongoing training workshops for counselors and other groups of staff in partnership with other senior staff.

All staff working on the CDR team must have an open mind, the ability to work within a team setting and be comfortable asking questions when they feel a deeper explanation is needed.

Skills Required:

• Proficient in Microsoft Suite specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook and ability to assist in training others.
• Ability learn and use Campminder, the online camp management system that is used to manage all campers and staff.
• Assist Camp Director in processing payroll during the summer season.
• Ensure all invoices are recorded and submitted to accounting in a timely manner with proper coding or payment.
• Support Unit Leaders with parent communication – including both positive feedback and issues

Required Qualifications:

• Excellent interpersonal (relationship development) and communication skills
• Experience with program management and implementation
• Must demonstrate the aptitude and willingness to be a visible and active team player
• Good critical and creative thinking skills
• Strong organizational and computer skills including Microsoft Suite
• Mature disposition, creativity, outgoing and energetic personality
• Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation, or other related fields
• 5-7 years’ experience in camping as a staff member
• Ability to work evenings, weekends, and overnights as needed
• Knowledge of Jewish holidays and customs
• Background informal Jewish education is a plus but not required
• Knowledge and understanding of issues of youth growth and development
• Highly organized, attentive to detail, and able to work independently; a self-starter
• Sense of humor and serious interest in having fun
• All employees of JCC MetroWest are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to dgottfried@jccmetrowest.org.