Assistant Director, URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech West

Union for Reform Judaism - New York, NY4.5

Full-time
Assistant Director, 6 Points Sci-Tech West

Full-time, starts Aug 1, 2019; works at URJ So Cal office, Los Angeles The Assistant Director reports to the Director of 6 Points Sci Tech West to build camp enrollment, develop the summer program, hire staff and coordinate logistics to make camp happen.

Overview and Purpose

The role of Assistant Director at 6 Points Sci-Tech West is vital to the success of the organization. Our camp relies upon this professional as a key leader in all aspects of the camp’s functions. The Assistant Director supports the work of the Camp 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 of staff members, in the oversight of critical operational areas, and in other work throughout the off-season and summer. An Assistant Director at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy West is afforded the respect of the entire camp community and is hired with the expectation that they will develop into an exceptional professional in the field.

You

Exceptional Communication - The camp community (including parents of campers, staff members, alumni/ae, lay leaders and other supporters) is comprised of a diverse set of individuals, thus an Assistant Director (AD) must feel comfortable speaking with various individuals. Strong communication skills and a relatable and professional manner will be essential. As well, an AD will need to maintain open and effective communication with the Director and all Professional Staff to assure consistency, efficiency, and growth in the position. The AD must have strong presentation skills which includes a high level of comfort confidence, and enthusiasm in front of groups of children and parents.

Customer Service - An AD will be interfacing with important constituents and clients via telephone, e-mail and face-to-face
communication and must always be an effective representative for the camp and able to confidently share the vision for the camp and its program, and must do all possible – at all times – to provide a positive experience for those connected to 6 Points Sci-Tech West.

Organizational Commitment & Knowledge - An AD must understand and support the mission and vision of the agency, and must understand the intricacies of its general operations and functions. Beyond just the internal camp community, an AD will need to be well-versed in the general Jewish camping field, the URJ camp system, URJ congregations, and other related partners.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Background - The AD must have a working knowledge and understanding in various science and technology areas. While the AD need not be an expert in all areas, the AD must have professional experience and/or formal education in some of the following areas: computer science, chemistry, engineering, biology, mathematics, new media, environmental science, physics, software development, app design, web design, graphic design, etc. The AD must use this background to support staff and develop programs and curricula to be implemented throughout the summer and during the off-season.

Time Management, Organization, & Flexibility - The ability to focus time on tasks that are more likely to meet goals and are deemed priorities will be a key. An AD must be able to assess the needs and opportunities for success, and must be willing to make changes “on the fly” as necessary, in partnership with the Director and other Professional Staff. The AD must be able to manage projects and maintain organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment.

A “Can Do” Attitude - The position of AD is well-suited for someone looking to be a part of an exceptional organization, with an outlook that is positive, assertive and flexible. While an AD will be supported and nurtured as a member of the professional staff team, a successful AD will be a person who is highly motivated and a self-starter, willing to try new
things often, prepared to make mistakes and learn from them, and able to take on challenges with a sense that “I can do it”!

Strategic Thinking & Vision - In partnership with the Director and other key stakeholders, professionals and resources, an
AD will help create, articulate and execute a vision for the growth and success of 6 Points Sci-Tech West. Being able to
visualize the larger picture of where the camp is heading and identifying and prioritizing strategic objectives consistent with the vision of the organization with the Director are keys for success.

Us

We stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and open. We believe that there is more than one authentic way to be Jewish and that through inclusive community building, we can better leverage our diversity to reimagine and strengthen Jewish life.

What You’ll Do

1) Leadership

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.
2) Camper Recruitment & Retention

Assistance with scheduling, coordination and facilitation of congregational visits throughout the Western Region, 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.
Camper recruitment requires travel during weekends of peak recruitment periods.
3) Science and Technology Curriculum and Program Development

Develop the core elements and framework of the camp program which includes the key science/tech specialty areas, electives and major camp events.
Partner with lead instructors to implement a successful and high-level science and technology camp program for children ages 10-17.
Supervise staff and consultants responsible for development of camp program curricula.
4) 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 workshop instructors, 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.
5) Programming, Scheduling & Project Management

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.
Manage the daily schedule and any changes to the regular camp program
Partner with congregations to create innovative experiences that highlight science and technology with its connection to
Judaism.
5) Social Media and Communications

Coordinate content on all social media platforms, maintain mailing lists and manage all communications to stake holders.
Update Sci Tech West website, manage photos and videos and contribute to the creation of printed collateral, e-blasts and marketing campaigns.
7) Safety and Security Compliance

In partnership with the camp director ensure that all safety and security policies and procedures are implemented according to URJ and rental site standards.
Train staff on all safety and security procedures including but not limited to fire, lock down and other safety precautions.
8) Additional Responsibilities

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.
Responsibilities within the URJ and URJ camping system require travel throughout the year.
You Have

A BA/BS undergraduate degree.
Professional experience working in the field of Jewish education and/or Jewish camping.
Ingenuity, detail-orientation, and superb organization skills; the ability to take full ownership of a project from start
to finish.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to converse and correspond sensitively and effectively
with parents, campers, vendors, colleagues, clergy, educators and Jewish professionals.
Initiative and accomplishment in building and fostering strong relationships and collaborations with all partners; internal and external to the organization.
A track-record of successfully identifying and prioritizing tasks to see projects through to completion.
Technical-savvy and a comfort learning new technologies. A facility with MS Office Suite, video conferencing, and
Facebook.
Application Procedure

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining how your skills and experience meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Applications due:
ASAP, interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Position begins on August 1, 2019.

This is a full-time position located in Los Angeles, CA. Excellent benefits.

The URJ maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.