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September 3, 2015 | 19th Elul 5775

Camp Director - URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp

URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp seeks an extraordinary individual to be its next Camp Director. This position is located in Utica, MS (near Jackson).

While the position is based in Mississippi, applicants could live in Mississippi, Memphis, TN, or New Orleans, LA.

About Jacobs:
Jacobs is the Reform Jewish Movement's summer camp serving the Deep South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Central & Western Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Since 1970, Jacobs Camp has been providing a caring Jewish community that builds young people. Our camp program has a profound impact on our campers. The opportunity to live as part of a close-knit community and develop new skills, assisted by a dynamic and enthusiastic staff, coupled with Jewish values and the development of one's Jewish identity result in the experience of a lifetime!

The ideal candidate
•    Engages in life-long Jewish learning in order to serve as a Jewish educational resource in camp;
•    Maintains constant communication and seek input from the clergy and staff in the camp's catchment area to maintain an ongoing relationship with the congregations;
•    Establishes educational goals in keeping with the mission of the Camp and the URJ to help in strengthening the Reform Movement and its congregations;
•    Provides program alumni with continuous opportunities to interact with the camp and with their cohort group;
•    Coordinates the activities of the camp committee and its subcommittees.

S/he creates an environment that is safe and secure. All campers, staff members, and guests know that their emotional and physical needs will be met.  

It is the responsibility of the Camp Director to encourage program participants to attain leadership training and experience through service on the camp's staff. In addition, the Camp Director will provide opportunities for program staff and support staff to enhance their skill level and to provide input into the camp's program and operation.

S/he operates an efficient and effective organization to allow the attainment of the Camp's educational mission. S/he develops and monitors the budget for the camp operations, oversees the business management functions of the camp as well as working collaboratively with internal and external groups to ensure the enhancement of the camp operation.

This position manages property development and maintenance needs to ensure stewardship of current resources and identification of future needs by conducting an annual assessment of property and maintenance needs and preparing an annual and long-term property plan.
In addition, the Camp Director fosters the growth of the Camp system to serve an ever-larger percentage of the region and provide more meaningful Jewish options for an additional number of families. This involves the recruitment and stewardship of philanthropic supporters as well and program participants by coordinating the development and execution of a long-term growth strategy; developing and designing long-term fund raising strategies for the camp program and facilities; designing and implementing a marketing plan to increase camper attendance and camp usage; preparing and analyzing enrollment trends; developing and implementing recruitment and retention strategies.

The Camp Director will focus on the future by being aware of trends and changes in the world that impact the camp's participants and operations to become the Camp's resident expert on the history and future of the camping, education, and Jewish youth work fields.
Minimum Qualifications:

•    Five years or more working in a residential camp setting
•    Successful senior management and leadership experience in camping
•    Significant experience in informal Jewish education
•    Proven experience working successfully in team-based settings
•    Business management experience
•    Master's degree (preferred) in a relevant field
•    Prior not-for-profit experience
•    Knowledge of and commitment to the Reform Jewish Movement and institutions
•    Motivated to stay current in the areas of pop culture, teen issues, child development, educational theory, community medicine and family law

Physical Requirements:
•    Must be able and available to travel often.
•    Must be able to physically maintain a demanding schedule
•    Must be in residence at camp regularly throughout the season

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirement to


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