The role of Assistant Director at Camp Harlam is vital to the success of the organization. With a complement of multiple full-time Assistant Directors, our camp relies upon these professionals as key leaders in all aspects of the camp’s functions. Assistant Directors 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 or staff members, in the oversight of critical operational areas, and in other work throughout the off-season and summer. An Assistant Director at Harlam 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.
- 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 region (NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA & NC), 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 in order to assure the highest retention possible.
3) 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 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.
4) Programming & Projects
- 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.
5) 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.
6) Other Potential Areas of Oversight
- Other areas of responsibility may include work with alumni of Camp Harlam, support of enrollment and administrative processes, safety and security review and coordination, development and fundraising support, presence and coordination for selected Retreat programs, leadership program development, and other functions as needed.
7) Professional Staff Team
- Serve as a member of the camp’s professional team and help assure that all staff is engaged and informed appropriately in all projects for which you are a primary coordinator.
- Assist in any and all areas of the camp’s management where one has valuable insight and experience.
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.
The camp community (including parents of campers, staff members, alumni/ae, lay leaders and other supporters) is comprised of a diverse set of individuals, thus an Assistant Director (AD) must feel comfortable speaking with various individuals. Strong communication skills and a relatable and professional manner will be essential. As well, an AD will need to maintain open and effective communication with the Director and all Professional Staff to assure consistency, efficiency, and growth in the position.
An AD will be interfacing with important constituents and clients via telephone, e-mail and face-to-face communication and must always be an effective representative for the camp and able to confidently share the vision for the camp and its program, and must do all possible – at all times – to provide a positive experience for those connected to Camp Harlam.
Organizational Commitment & Knowledge
An AD must understand and support the mission and vision of the agency, and must understand the intricacies of its general operations and functions. Beyond just the internal camp community, an AD will need to be well-versed in the general Jewish camping field, the URJ camp system, URJ congregations, and other related partners.
Time Management & Flexibility
The ability to focus time on tasks that are more likely to meet goals and are deemed priorities will be a key. An AD must be able to assess the needs and opportunities for success, and must be willing to make changes “on the fly” as necessary, in partnership with the Director and other Professional Staff.
A “Can Do” Attitude
The position of AD is well-suited for someone looking to grow and learn within the Jewish camping field and as part of an exceptional organization, with an outlook that is positive, assertive and flexible. While an AD will be supported and nurtured as a member of the Professional Staff team, a successful AD will be a person who is highly motivated and a self-starter, willing to try new things often, prepared to make mistakes and learn from them, and able to take on challenges with a sense that “I can do it”!
Strategic Thinking & Vision
In partnership with the Director and other key stakeholders, professionals and resources, an AD will need to have the ability to help create, articulate and executive a vision for the growth and success of Camp Harlam. Being able to visualize the larger picture of where the camp is heading and identifying and prioritizing strategic objectives consistent with the vision of the organization with the Director and Professional Staff are keys for success.
- During working hours, must be able to be present in off-season office.
- Must be able and available to travel, when needed.
- Must be present and in residence at camp during the summer.
- Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.
- Undergraduate degree 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, winning smile, firm handshake and high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults and families is an asset.
Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.