Development Associate, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

What is the RAC?

For 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ("the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. The RAC's work can be divided into four main areas: advocating for legislation on Capitol Hill and with the Administration; supporting URJ congregations in their social action programming and advocacy; working in coalition with other advocacy organizations; and running conferences and programs for all ages. 

Position Summary:

The Development Associate plays a critical role by providing operational coordination for the Development Department and participating in all fundraising activities including donor relations, stewardship, and data management. The Development Associate works closely with the Development and Communications teams to implement and coordinate effective multi-year strategies and plans for major gift prospects and donors, including institutional givers. The position reports to the RAC Development Director and is based out of the RAC office in Washington, D.C.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage constituent and donor data, including prospect research, using Salsa/Salesforce CRM and prospecting software.
    • Assist in researching foundations, grants, gathering materials for proposals and applications, as needed.
  • Assist with management of the major gift pipeline. Maintain an organized moves management system, noting who needs to be contacted, when, and why.
  • Extract and prepare all fundraising reports both for internal and external use.
  • This role is a member of the planning team for major donor events and donor engagement programming including, but not limited to, conference calls, webinars, meet and greets, and travel opportunities.
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information, materials, or assistance, in writing and on the telephone.
  • Coordinate and project manage multifaceted projects, setting realistic milestones and deadlines, and manage an organized timeline.
  • Other duties, including working on RAC special events and scheduling development appointments for RAC Director and Development Director.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years fundraising experience, including management of donor pipeline, or equivalent experience.
  • Deep understanding and facile user of MS Excel (and Microsoft Office).
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge and Salesforce preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, take initiative, and work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Willingness and facility with learning new skills.
  • Preferred experience with and/or interest in social justice and public policy.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community and the Reform Jewish Movement preferred.

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

Organization: 
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Locations: 
Washington D.C.
Category: 
Advocacy/Social Action/Outreach
Fundraising
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2018
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Assistant Director, URJ Camp Harlam

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.  

Essential Functions:

1) Leadership

  • 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. 

Core Competencies:

Exceptional Communication

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.

Customer Service

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.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 careers@urj.org.

Organization: 
URJ Camp Harlam
Locations: 
Bala Cynwyd , PA
Category: 
Camping
Youth Engagement
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Camp Administrator, 6 Points Sports Academy

About 6 Points Sports Academy:

6 Points Sports Academy offers campers intensive, high quality athletic instruction, and individual attention. Our athletes live in state-of-the art facilities, under supervision of positive role models while learning life lessons on and off the playing fields in a Reform Jewish setting. 

Job Summary:

The Camp Administrator is a crucial member of the professional staff with respect to administration, enrollment and communications. The Camp Administrator is responsible for the oversight and management of all full enrollment processes as well as communications with clients with respect to prospective registration and summer preparation. The Camp Administrator will oversee the execution and implementation of important areas and projects including camper care, and fulfillment of vital tasks as a member of the leadership team throughout the year.

Essential Functions:

Management of Camp Enrollment Processes:

  • Planning and enhancement of enrollment procedures and policies for 6 Points Sports Academy, in partnership with directors and in coordination/accordance with the Union for Judaism (URJ).
  • Maintenance of all up-to-date information, schedules, policies and record-keeping related to enrollment.
  • Reporting, analysis and communication of enrollment performance and trends, as required.
  • Expert-level understanding and use of CampMinder enrollment and essential systems.

Client Communications

  • Effective communications as primary contact via telephone and/or e-mail for stakeholders such as families, prospects, staff and others via camp office.
  • Coordinator for camper care resources, intake procedures and resources for camp families and staff members.
  • Communication with parents with regard to travel to/from camp and communication with parents directly so that parents know their child has safely arrived at camp or other destination.
  • Maintenance of prospective camp family databases, lead management and reminders.
  • Coordinate and assist in assembling regular email communications and news with parents, congregational professionals, etc.

Management & Support of Administration

  • Coordinate travel to/from camp including organizing camper air travel, bus travel, airport pickup, coordinating flights for campers, and ensuring their safe transportation to/from camp.
  • Supervision of summer office staff and management of all summer administrative processes.
  • The Camp Administrator will oversee and/or execute specific areas of administration. Some responsibilities will be as the primary manager, while others will be in a support role. Areas to be considered may include:
    • Data entry, project tracking and/or correspondence.
    • Financial Assistance program coordination and/or correspondence.
    • Congregational communications and database/contact management.
    • Camp Council (board) communications and/or meeting coordination.
    • Coordination and/or maintenance of camp business office calendar and staff meetings.
    • Administrative Support for Director
    • Provide assistance with responsibilities such as bookkeeping, filing, expense reimbursement, billing, vendor communications or other areas as needed and afforded in schedule.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in cohort of URJ Camping System’s professionals (including others in similar positions at other URJ camps) and actively seek to develop skill set through communication with cohort colleagues and attendance at professional development activities and conferences.
  • Other responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in a camp environment is strongly preferred, while prior success in work settings is required.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and the ability to learn new computer technologies easily and quickly.
  • Proven ability to be highly organized and efficient and the ability to effectively multi-task are required.
  • High potential for success with client service, administration and project management is required.
  • The ability to work independently and proactively, as well as the capacity for effective collaboration and support of others, is required.
  • Familiarity with Judaism and Jewish education (formal and/or informal) is highly desirable.
  • A positive outlook, winning smile and high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults and families is essential.

Physical Requirements:

As this is a full-time, year-round, position, the Camp Administrator must be able to maintain a work week of 35 hours.

  • Summer hours may be different for operations management, from June 15-Aug 15.
  • Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.
  • Ability to be present on-site at camp during the summer.

 

Organization: 
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
North Carolina
Locations: 
Fort Lauderdale , FL
Category: 
Administration
Administrative/Executive Support
Camping
Customer Service
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Organization Type: 
Youth/Camping
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