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September 2, 2014 | 7th Elul 5774

Assistant Director, URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a residential summer camp located in the Boston area, seeks an experienced Jewish camping and youth professional with a strong interest in science and technology to serve as its first Assistant Director. The camp, which is part of the Union for Reform Judaism's camping system serving over 9,000 children each summer, will open in the summer of 2014. This is a full-time, year-round position, which offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

The Assistant Director will work in the Northeast (preferably Boston, but flexible) and live and work at camp for approximately eight weeks in the summer. The camp is located on the campus of The Governor’s Academy boarding school in Byfield, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. The assistant director should expect to travel regularly as a representative of the camp, including trips to national and regional URJ events, professional development conferences, and recruiting trips for both staff and campers. Some travel will be on weekends.

Responsibilities:

 Year-Round:

  •  Camper recruitment: Visit synagogues, camp fairs, conventions, events, and family homes. Assist with registration and sales process.
  • Staff recruitment: Assist with recruiting, interviewing and hiring summer staff members.
  • Marketing: Spearhead online marketing campaigns via our website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Prepare regular e-mail newsletters. Identify advertising opportunities in both print and digital media.
  • Off-season programming: Design and execute one-time programs to help with camper recruitment and retention. This could include program demonstrations at recruitment events, and camper reunions.
  • Summer preparation: Assist in preparing staff training program, camper programs, and coordinating logistics for the camp season.
  • Administrative: Assist with administrative tasks as needed, and manage the camp office in the director’s absence.

 Summer:

  • Staff training: Assist in developing and executing the pre-camp staff orientation program, as well as the staff evaluation system.
  • Staff supervision: Supervise seasonal staff as assigned by the director. This could include general counseling staff, administrative staff, and/or program staff. Conduct additional meetings, trainings and evaluations as necessary.
  • Program supervision: Assist in designing and executing non-specialty programmatic elements, including: evening activities, special programming days (such as Israel Day or Maccabiah), field trips, Judaic and Shabbat programs.
  • Administration: Coordinate camper and staff arrivals and departures, including airport pick-ups and drop-offs. Oversee parent communications, website and social media. Supervise other administrative areas as assigned. Manage all camp operations if director is off property.

 

Qualifications:

  •  Formal education (college degree) and/or work experience in both a field relating to Jewish camping or education (including but not limited to education/non-profit management/Jewish studies/social work/recreation), and a field relating to science and technology.
  • 2+ years of professional experience in Jewish camp leadership/management as well as informal education and youth work.
  • Strong knowledge of the North American Jewish community, the Reform movement, the State of Israel, and Jewish history, traditions and customs.
  • Highly proficient with standard office software and various online media platforms. Working knowledge of database systems.
  • Excellent public speaking and salesmanship; ability to communicate clearly and concisely to both children and parents. Superior writing and communications skills are essential.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience.
  • Ability to work as both part of a team and independently, and manage projects and team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new initiatives from the ground up.
  • Willingness to take on any necessary roles and responsibilities to accomplish a task.

Please send salary requirements with cover letter and resume to careers@urj.org.

 
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