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September 4, 2015 | 20th Elul 5775

Assistant Director - Crane Lake

Crane Lake Camp, located in the Berkshires, seeks an experienced Assistant Director to help grow, run and manage the camp. As with any camping position the Assistant Director portfolio is broad. However, the primary responsibility of this role is to develop, in consultation with the Director, the program and staff relationships to achieve the mission and vision of the camp: to enrich and transform lives by providing a summer experience that combines fun, friends, exemplary role models and an organic approach to Jewish living that strengthens Jewish identity, knowledge and values. This position is designed for an aspiring Jewish camping professional, looking for a higher level of experience and responsibility.

The Assistant Director will work in the Lyndhurst, NJ-based office September through May and at camp June through August.


The Assistant Director should expect to travel extensively as a representative of Crane Lake. This will include trips for camper and staff recruiting, staff and professional conferences and to URJ National and Regional events. There will also be a number of weekends at camp that the Assistant Director needs to develop and/or oversee.


Responsibilities include:

Year Round Functions

  1. Camper Recruitment: In partnership with Director and staff team, develop and implement a strategic marketing and recruitment plan to ensure program enrollment goals are met.
  2. Staff Recruitment: Recruit, interview and select summer staff members (domestic and international).  Implement human resource management practices to recruit and retain seasonal staff, including recruitment and training of seasonal staff based on camper enrollment, program management requirements and Jewish educational goals.
  3. Summer Prep: In consultation with the Directors, prepares programs, activities and trips for the upcoming summer. Also manages the physical preparation of the camp, including ordering and inventorying supplies, purchasing equipment, etc.
  4. Camp Marketing: Assist the Directors in the creation and production of Camp publicity materials; both in print and online
  5. Off-Season Programming: Work with Eisner Assistant Directors to spearhead off-season programming in consultation with Camp Director.  Supervise all logistical elements of Fellowship programs for Crane Lake.
  6. ACA Assistant Compliance Officer: In consultation with the Camp Director and Associate Director, learn and assist with the American Camping Association accreditation process. Oversee the collection of information and materials; ensure that the Camp is compliant in all areas, making suggestions for improvement where needed. Create an environment that is safe and secure. All campers, staff members, and guests know that their emotional and physical needs will be met.
  7. Support Camp Mission and Values: Engage in life-long Jewish learning in order to serve as a Jewish educational resource in camp. Maintain communication and seek input from the clergy and staff in the camp’s catchment area to maintain an ongoing relationship with congregations. Act as a professional staff member of the Camp, Israel and Youth staff by supporting and promoting all programs and projects of the Camp, Israel and the Campaign for Youth Engagement.


Summer Functions

  1. Camp Management: Assist the Directors in implementing the Camp’s policies and procedures as they affect summer staff.
  2. Act as the camp’s chief safety and security officer
  3. Summer Program Manager: A community that is nurturing and supports the growth of the individual in order to model the ideals of a Reform Judaism and to serve as a living laboratory for our congregations.  The ideal outcome is a camp community that lasts beyond the individual’s time at camp.
  4. Summer Staff Supervisor: Train, supervise, and evaluate summer staff. Provide opportunities for staff to enhance their skill level.



A.    Must posses a BA or higher degree

B.    Must have a background in the camping industry/related youth work/informal Jewish Education

C.    Minimum of three years of experience in camping or related field

D.    Demonstrated programming and writing skills

E.    Strong communication skills

F.    Computer literate and experience with database programs preferred


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to the Human Resources department at


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