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Assistant Director, URJ Sci-Tech Academy – West Coast

In 1951, the URJ opened the doors of our first camp with an eye to creating memorable experiences for Jewish children each summer. With sixteen camps across North America, URJ operates the largest, most successful Jewish camping program in the world. The program at each camp endeavors to enrich and transform lives by strengthening Jewish identity, teaching Jewish knowledge, instilling Jewish values and cultivating lifelong friendships within a vibrant and fun community of living Reform Judaism. 

At our camps, Judaism’s rich history and culture are lived every day. Our staff encourage the growth of Jewish values in each of our campers, and our programming is carefully created to nurture a positive Jewish identity through all that we do.

We are looking for open, collaborative, and visionary people to join us as we engage, educate and inspire the future of Judaism in North America.

ABOUT THE CAMP

Located in California, URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy – West is where scientific inquiry meets fun! Campers entering grades 5-10 spend two weeks exploring robotics, video game design, environmental science, digital media, and a host of other fun activities in a friendly setting with kids who share similar interests. Throughout their experience, campers explore what Judaism means to them—and how this complements their interests in science and technology. Campers gain an understanding of their place in the long history of the Jewish people’s contributions to science and technology, and build a strong connection to Israel as an incubator of innovation. 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is the Reform Jewish camp that curious minds have been waiting for.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Support 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. 

Essential Functions:

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 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.

6) 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.

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.

WHAT YOU’RE GREAT AT

  • Open and effective communication
  • Customer service
  • Time management, organization and flexibility
  • Strategic thinking and vision

WHAT YOU BRING

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Prior experience in a professional setting involving STEM programming and/or formal education in STEM areas is 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 and high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults and families is an asset.
  • A “can-do” attitude

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • During working hours, must be able to be present in off-season office.
  • Must be able and available to travel, when needed.
  • Must be in residence at camp during the summer.
  • Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

  • Smart, dedicated and engaged colleagues who are committed to Jewish camp and youth
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b), Long Term Disability, Paid Time Off, Commuter benefits, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Discounts

WANT TO BE CONSIDERED?

Please send salary requirement with cover letter and resume.

Organization: 
URJ Sci-Tech Academy
Locations: 
Los Angeles , CA
Category: 
Camping
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017