Development Associate, URJ Northeast Camps

Are you someone who remembers the smell of a camp fire, the sweet sounds of song session or the excitement of color war? Are you interested in going back to camp for the summer as a professional? Then this might be the job for you!

About the Northeast Camps

The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Eisner, Crane Lake, Six Points Sci-Tech East and the Northeast Teen Collective all make up the URJ’s Northeast Camps. The Northeast camps offer fun, immersive Jewish experiences that empower children, teens and adults to better themselves, their communities and the world.


The Development Associate will be a key member of the Northeast Camps’ development team working directly with the Development Director. The position offers an excellent opportunity to learn and grow, as the Development Associate will be exposed to and participate in all aspects of fundraising. Northeast Camps Development team seeks a dynamic individual with strong writing skills, and is interested in a long-term career in fundraising and non-profit management.

Candidate must be a strong self-starter, multi-tasker and writer, have meticulous attention to detail, excellent communication and research skills, and be extremely organized. Proficiency in Word and Excel a must. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce strongly preferred.

Essential Functions:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:     

  • Reporting & Data Management
    • Develop annual report to donors, including donor recognition lists 
    • Maintain all donor and alumni databases
    • Ensure all donations are entered and acknowledged properly
    • Track and measure results of fundraising appeals and campaigns
    • Research prospective donors (individuals, foundations, etc.) 
    • Track and maintain all pledges
    • Track and maintain all grant and supporting documentation
    • Enter all checks into RE and maintain data in RE
    • Create an alumni database tracking system
  • Coordination & Administration
  • Coordinate meeting schedules
  • Preparation for Board of Directors meetings
  • Periodic mailing coordination
  • Support Development Director on Task Force and Board related tasks
  • Work with Donors $1000 and below on ongoing stewardship
  • Work with Development Director on coordination of $1000 and above donors for ongoing stewardship and moves management.
  • Prepare donor acknowledgments and tribute cards on a weekly basis
  • Assist in development of regular email and letter campaigns 
  • Create all supporting materials and documents for campaigns
  • In collaboration with Director of Development, prepare communication and public relations materials for the Camps’ fundraising efforts, including press releases, presentations and grant applications
  • Responsibility for all technology outlets as related to fundraising efforts, including website creation for specific campaigns 
  • Continue to work with Director of Development to ensure all email lists are up to date.
  • Maintain all donor banners and website to make sure they are updated yearly and accurate
  • Support the summer visitor process with the logistics coordinator
  • Help with all planning and logistics for major periodic and annual events (Gala’s, reunions, community events, recognition events, etc.)
  • Prepare and distribute invitations
  • Assist in development of all presentations, solicitations, campaign materials 
  • Attend strategy and planning meetings
  • Support volunteer activities, including major event execution 
  • Work with alumni chairs on periodic alumni gatherings 
  • Donor Stewardship and communication:
  • Events & Campaigns


  • 1-2 years relevant experience 
  • Strong educational background 
  • Extremely positive and energetic, very flexible and team player in all areas
  • Superior writing skills
  • Confident, ability to work autonomously, be proactive, and multi-task
  • Proficient in use of all social media outlets
  • Broad skill and comfort with a wide range of technology, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Canva, Group Mail etc. 
  • Familiarity with Reform Judaism, a meaningful understanding of Jewish camping and strong commitment to youth work and advocacy
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or Sales Force is a plus
  • Able and willing to spend summers at camp in the Berkshires in addition to travel both locally and nationally, as required
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills necessary


Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume through this link.

Union for Reform Judaism
Lyndhurst , NJ
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Organization Type: 

Web Production and Editorial Assistant

The Web Editorial/Production Assistant is responsible for assisting in content production for all the URJ’s web properties, including websites, blogs, and media-sharing sites. Reporting to the Creative Director, the Web Editorial/Production Assistant fields requests from across the organization to refine and update existing content and create new content where needed. 

The ideal candidate is very detail-oriented, deadline-oriented, able to work independently, and has experience creating professional-quality content for the web. Daily tasks include posting content as well as assisting team members in creating marketing assets, including social media graphics, banner ads, email headers, and short videos. The Web Editorial/Production Assistant works to reinforce the brand identity of the URJ and ensure that all online content is accurate, up to date, and in keeping with a high standard of excellence.    

Essential Functions:

  • Monitor the web team ticketing system daily. Meet with supervisor weekly to discuss and prioritize incoming projects.
  • Respond to all website update requests within 1 working day. 
  • Copyedit and post new content to the site as needed. 
  • Work with the communications team to brainstorm and develop new content ideas.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues on all websites.
  • Audit websites daily to ensure that content is functional, current, error-free, and adheres to style guidelines.
  • Create graphics for all websites as needed.
  • Monitor YouTube presence and update weekly.
  • Maintain Pinterest presence: creating and posting pins, creating, monitoring, and reporting on paid campaigns and analytics.   
  • Record podcasts, write summaries and transcription.


  • Bachelor’s degree    
  • 2+ years experience in maintaining websites and preparing graphics for the web and e-mail.    
  • Experience in copyediting marketing materials as well as web content.    
  • Proficiency in HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office.    
  • Experience with Drupal and WordPress, knowledge of other web technologies a plus.    
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.    
  • Proven copyediting and web design skills, and an understanding of SEO, information architecture, and user-centric design best practices.    
  • A passion for creating and consuming compelling, modern Jewish content.    
  • Attention to detail is essential.    
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently.
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and work on tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and analytical skills necessary.
  • Basic knowledge of Hebrew a plus.
  • Experience in creating and managing online ad campaigns a plus.    
  • Video editing skills a plus.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume through this link.

This position is in the collective bargaining unit.

Union for Reform Judaism
New York , NY
Marketing & Communications
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
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Manager of Community Engagement, Canada

The Manager of Community Engagement  – Canada will be responsible primarily for the growth and strengthening of Canadian Reform Judaism by developing programming strategies and services to Canadian congregations; working closely with the lay leadership of the CCRJ, URJ Canada and URJ Canada Steering Committee, in partnership with Canadian congregation’s lay leadership s and the URJ staff partners. Additionally, this position will be responsible for managing the administration of the CCRJ office, including administrative support for the CCRJ Pension Plan, all URJ Canadian entities, and Canadian affiliates.

This position will supervise the Community Engagement and Administration Coordinator.


Congregational/Community Engagement

  • Represent the URJ in Canada and serve as a voice of the Canadian Reform Movement in partnership with the lay leaders; send a consistent message and heighten awareness of available resources;
  • Support pro-actively the needs of the Canadian Reform community, in partnership with lay leaders (including representatives from Canadian congregations) and URJ staff (in particular, the Strengthening Congregations Team) to strengthen URJ congregations;
  • Develop and implement strategy in collaboration with lay leaders to reach unaffiliated Jews in all communities in Canada with the goal of encouraging affiliation with Reform synagogues thereby supporting synagogues in their outreach efforts to attract new members, grow and sustain their communities;
  • Advocate on behalf of the Reform Movement in Canada in the areas of social action and youth outreach, as well as in disaster relief efforts and other critical issues; collaborating with colleagues at the URJ to serve as a Canadian resource and provide the Canadian perspective on common issues;
  • Maintain and strengthen working relationships with all Canadian Reform Affiliates, including Camp George, NFTY, ARZA Canada, Leo Baeck Day School, the CFWUPJ, WRJ, MRJ, the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto (RRGT) and the Reform Mikvah of Greater Toronto;
  • Oversee the Canadian Reform Movement’s social action efforts, continuing to build relationships with socially conscious organizations across Canada; work closely with the Religious Action Centre to develop programs geared specifically for Canada;
  • Oversee the Reform Movement Affiliation Commitment (RMAC) process for the Canadian congregations, working with the Manager of Finance Canada, including providing periodic reports to the RMAC department act as liaison to congregations regarding the RMAC process, and reviewing status with RMAC director and CCRJ president.



  • Provide administrative support for the activities of the URJ Canada Community, working with the URJ Canada Steering Committee and congregational leadership, including preparation of agenda and meeting minutes for the Steering Committee;
  • Oversee administrative support for ARZA Canada, working with the Engagement Coordinator, by assisting with Board meetings, engagement with the congregations;
  • Perform administrative duties for CCRJ and URJ Canada, including:
    • Maintain corporate minute books and other corporate governance records for CCRJ, URJ Canada and the CCRJ Pension Plan;
  • Maintain banking resolutions, on-line updates; work with Director of URJ Finance/CAO Canada to monitor and negotiate credit card fees with Moneris;
  • Provide administrative support for the CCRJ Pension Plan, including:
  • Preparing and filing all reports with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with CCRJ President and GWL CSR, as required; assisting with annual audit; and
  • Organizing and providing administrative support for the bi-annual CCRJ Pension Plan Governance Committee meetings and annual information session for all members; maintaining member files for new applications and terminations;
  • Provide temporary and permanent letters of authorization to the Ministry for out-of-province clergy seeking to perform marriages in Ontario; maintain records for the Ministry as clergy leave the province;


Communication: Is able to write and speak 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

Integrity and Attention to Detail:  Maintains impeccable level of honesty and accountability regarding all matters and especially when related to financial matters; focuses on attention to detail and ability to acknowledge and correct errors as needed;

Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate, participate, provide resources or make decisions, in service to the work at hand; Uses verbal and nonverbal skills to communicate respect for others, and to generate energy passion and commitment to an idea; creates an environment that others want to participate in.

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 others; balanced approach using both creative, innovative and analytical strategies

Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues 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.

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.

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 sponsors, identifies and resolves barriers and problems.

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, is sensitive to changing personal and organizational requirements and changes accordingly.

Strategic Management: Is future oriented and can visualize the larger picture of where the organization is heading; identifies and prioritizes strategic objectives that are consistent with the vision of the organization; creates effective action plans to carry out strategies; balances risk with desired outcomes.

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.


University/College degree, some postgraduate study very desirable. Three to five years of work experience in social work, business, or non-profit management required. Knowledge of Judaism and the Reform Movement necessary.


Automobile and air travel necessary.


Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to, subject: Manager of C&A-Canada. Sumbissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Advocacy/Social Action/Outreach
Customer Service
Events & Programming
Finance & Accounting
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Assistant Director, Goldman Union Camp Institute

The Assistant Director (AD) is an essential member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Myron S. Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) professional staff. As a vital part of our small collaborative team, the AD will have opportunity to contribute substantially across a wide variety of project areas.  Initial focus will be in supporting marketing, communications, recruiting and database management.  The AD will also serve in a senior leadership staff role during summer. 

GUCI seeks a motivated and organized self-starter capable of both independent and collaborative work.  Candidates should be comfortable working in an informal environment with a group of fun people who are passionate about their work. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide critical support and front-line responsibility for the recruitment, engagement and retention of campers
  • Assist in the design, implementation and execution of summer programming
  • Participate in summer staff interview, hiring and engagement initiatives
  • Assist senior full-time staff with creation and execution of summer and offseason marketing strategies
  • Responsibility for preparation and delivery of camp communications, including the supervision of summertime communications staff
  • Assist camp staff and Board of Advisors in efforts to build, strengthen and maintain relationships with Jewish professionals, donors and advocates in GUCI’s catchment area
  • Serve as summertime unit head, operations manager, or other senior leadership team member
  • Assist in the design, marketing and delivery of off-season camp-sponsored programming (Family Camp, Mitzvah Day, Taste of Camp, Brotherhood and Sisterhood Service Retreats)
  • Assist in planning and facilitation of alumni and staff engagement programming efforts 
  • Perform data entry and database management for enrollment, development and alumni engagement functions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Reform Movement desired
  • Minimum 2 year commitment
  • Experience in a camp environment is preferred, while prior success in work settings is required.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and 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.
  • High potential for success with customer service, office administration and project management.
  • The ability to work independently and proactively, as well as the capacity for effective collaboration and support of others.
  • Experience with multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram preferred.
  • Familiarity with marketing, communications, and/or development concepts.
  • Familiarity with Judaism and Jewish education (formal and/or informal) is highly desirable.
  • A positive outlook and high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults and families is essential.
  • Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.
  • Substantial weekend travel / full-time residence at camp in summer 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 apply through this link.

URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute
Zionsville , IN
Youth Engagement
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Organization Type: