The role of Assistant Director at URJ Camp Coleman is a critical role that enriches and transforms lives by strengthening Jewish identity, teaching Jewish knowledge, instilling Jewish values, exploring campers' connection to Israel and cultivating life-long friendships. The Assistant Director supports the work of the Camp Director and Associate Director in the design and execution of the camp program, in the recruitment and retention of campers and families, in the identification, hiring and training or staff members, in the oversight of critical operational areas, and in other work throughout the off-season and summer. The Assistant Director is hired as a professional representing both the Camp and the Union for Reform Judaism at large to increase life-long participation, leadership in, and connection with the Reform Movement.
At all times, maintain a complete and consistent presence as a leader within the camp community with respect to role modeling of institutional principles and Jewish values, supervision and accountability for all rules and procedures, and dedication in all respects to the camp’s mission and vision.
Camper Recruitment & Retention
Assistance with scheduling, coordination and facilitation of congregational visits throughout the region (GA, NC, SC, FL, and TN), home visits/parlor meetings, tours of camp, and other marketing and recruitment efforts.
Communications, correspondence and the provision of excellent customer service for all campers, families and various program participants in order to assure the highest retention possible.
Staff Recruitment, Development, Training & Retention
Assistance with the design and marketing of staff positions, interview/hiring processes, and orientation and training.
Supervision of selected camp operational areas, to include evaluation, communication and accountability for staff members. This may include counselors, specialists, supervisors, support staff or other positions, as assigned.
Support of all programs to effectively develop staff members, including staff activities, professional development, consultation, and education.
Retreat Business Oversight
Oversee all functions of the Camp Coleman Retreat Business including marketing, promotion, staffing, logistics, and contracts.
Occasionally work onsite during retreats to manage the experience of each group.
Ensure that retreats are staffed appropriately and professionally.
Maintain camp website, blog, and social media presence assuring positive, engaging image.
Create newsletters, manuals, and letters that effectively communicate with camper families, staff, and other stakeholders.
Support Director and Development Consultants in marketing and implementation of development agenda, events, and outreach.
ACA Compliance Officer
Oversee compliance and accreditation process, insuring all operations are in line with standards set by the American Camp Association. This requires partnership with staff from every department.
Programming & Projects
In partnership with Director and Program Director, responsible for all scheduling, budgeting, and implementing of trips including pre-trip review with Unit Heads and Counselors and post-trip debrief to ensure quality.
Assistance and support with the creation, planning, coordination and execution of camp programs, both summer and off-season, and the initiation and/or follow-through with projects for the benefit of camp, which may be related to existing areas of operations or new ideas.
Preparation of camp for summer, including inventory control, purchasing, organization, setup and other related tasks.
Engagement in Jewish Life at Camp
Support all Jewish Life programs, initiatives and efforts on a year-round basis. This may include a role with various activities related to the daily schedule, Shabbat programs, congregational outreach, and other such efforts.
Other Potential Areas of Oversight
Other areas of responsibility may include work with alumni of Camp Coleman, support of enrollment and administrative processes, safety and security review and coordination, development and fundraising support, presence and coordination for selected Retreat programs, leadership program development, and other functions as needed.
Professional Staff Team
Serve as a member of the camp’s professional team and help assure that all staff is engaged and informed appropriately in all projects for which you are a primary coordinator.
Assist in any and all areas of the camp’s management where one has valuable insight and experience.
Serve as a member of the URJ Camping System’s camping cohort, and its national staffing team. Whenever possible, provide support and assistance to national efforts and initiatives of the URJ Camping System and the URJ in general, and play an active, visible role on the regional and national scene. This will include opportunities for professional development and training.
During working hours, must be able to be present in off-season office in Atlanta
Must be able and available to travel, when needed
Must be present and in residence at camp during the summer.
Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected
Undergraduate degree required.
Significant experience in a camp environment and knowledge of Jewish camp trends and practices is strongly preferred.
Prior success in a professional setting is required, and experience within a leadership role is preferred.
The ability to work independently and proactively, as well as capacity for effective written and verbal communications, is required.
Familiarity with Judaism and Jewish education (formal and/or informal) is highly desirable.
A positive outlook, winning smile, firm handshake and high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults, and families is an asset.
Interested candidates should submit salary requirement with cover letter and resume through this link. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.