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GUCI Assistant Camp Director & NFTY Regional Advisor

Job Summary:

  • Support the design and execution of summer and off-season youth programming
  • Grow the number of youth engaged with camp, NFTY678, and NFTY912 programs throughout the GUCI catchment area
  • Provide critical support and front-line responsibility for the engagement and retention of campers and families
  • Assist URJ Youth staff and GUCI Board of Advisors in efforts to build, strengthen, and maintain relationships with Jewish Professionals, donors, and advocates in GUCI’s catchment area to support camp and NFTY engagement and recruitment
  • Serve in a summertime senior leadership team role
  • Assist in the design, marketing and delivery of off-season URJ Youth-sponsored programming (Family Camp, Mitzvah Day, Taste of Camp, Brotherhood and Sisterhood Service Retreats, and NFTY Programs)
  • Coordinate and participate in alumni engagement and programming efforts
  • Direct and serve as a point-person for teen engagement in the Ohio Valley region and corresponding areas of Missouri Valley
  • Aid in creating the vision for the region in collaboration with URJ and local colleagues, including teens

Essential Functions:

  1. Partner with teens and appropriate URJ, regional, and congregation staff to direct, implement and oversee NFTY regional youth events.  Ensure that events are youth led, have strong content, utilize appropriate methodologies, operate within NFTY policies, and are evaluated, safe, and within budget.  Appropriately document programming, participation and any relevant incidents.
  2. Serve as a resource, mentor and advisor to the NFTY teen leaders.  This includes setting a schedule of group and individual meetings, training setting appropriate expectations of teen leaders, providing constructive and positive feedback, sharing your personality and unique approach to experiential education, and creating an environment for board members that they identify as fun, based on trust and Jewish values, team-focused, and an opportunity for growth.
  3. Serve as a member of the GUCI year-round staff, including assisting with URJ Youth promotional visits in the catchment area, supporting and attending Camp regional events, coordinating and participating in Camp and NFTY alumni outreach in the region, and supporting off-season programming for camp families and alumni.  This will require significant travel and weekend obligations
  4. Support the establishment and growth of NFTY678 programming in the Ohio Valley area, outside of Cincinnati, and in the St Louis and Eastern Illinois area.
  5. Network with congregations and other Jewish organizations in the area to ensure collaboration to benefit Jewish teens in St Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, St Louis, and Eastern Illinois. This includes working with a regional faculty committee to contribute to the planning and implementation of regional events.
  6. Identify, interview, train and supervise summer and off-season program staff.
  7. Serve as GUCI’s Program Director or other senior leadership staff member during the summer.
  8. Effectively communicate NFTY youth related information to the region; including clergy, youth professionals, parents, lay leaders and teens so that people in the region are informed.
  9. Maintain a fiscally responsible regional budget
  10. Complete all administrative reporting and process tasks as described in the NFTY Policy & Procedures Manual
  11. Support URJ and NFTY North American Events and meetings
  12. Act as an ambassador and recruiter for all URJ youth oriented programs including but not exclusive to: Kutz, NFTY in Israel, Camps, Heller High, Mitzvah Corp, and L'Taken.
  13. Promote the URJ - mission, vision, programs, values, beliefs, projects, and affiliates, including review of all regional programming to ensure high quality educational and personal growth experiences in line with the mission, vision, etc.

Core Competencies: 

  1. Integrity, Ethics and Values: Adheres to an appropriate (for the URJ) and effective set of core values and beliefs; acts in line with and promotes those values; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; responds to situations with constancy and reliability.
  2. Positive and Joyful Demeanor: Recognizes the positive aspects of people and situations; responds to adversity with a positive attitude recognizing challenges as opportunities; maintains a joyful disposition; generally, exudes positive energy.
  3. Informing Others: Provides the information people need to know; helps people understand the information and knowledge and its relevance to the task at hand; is timely and appropriate with information
  4. Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and youth leadership
  5. Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues and youth who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the organization; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.
  6. Personal Resilience: Can effectively cope with change and uncertainty; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty; is flexible.
  7. Self-Development: Sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress, identifies personal gaps in knowledge, understanding and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; seeks regular feedback on performance; knows personal strengths and weaknesses.
  8. Communication:  Speaks articulately and clearly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that has the desired effect; Adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and non-verbal cues; Is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that have a desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate tone.
  9. Decision Making and Problem Solving: Uses sound logic and to approach difficult problems and apply effective solutions; can distinguish between symptoms, causes and implied solutions; enlists the input of others on critical decisions; decides in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
  10. Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, communicates progress to all involved, identifies and resolves barriers and problems
  11. Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; places group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Reform Movement & NFTY desired
  • Experience in camp and/or youth work required
  • Significant weekend travel
  • Ability to communicate or attend events during day, evening and weekend hours
  • Residence at GUCI during summer programs required

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to function well on less than optimal sleep for 2 consecutive nights
  • Physical stamina to maintain focus and leadership for up to 5 consecutive days

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to; subject: GUCI AD & NFTY Advisor

URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute
Indianapolis , IN
Youth Engagement
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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