Overview and purpose:
The role of Regional Manager, NFTY Southwest (SW) and California Camps is vital to the success of URJ in the Southwest area. The Regional Manager will serve as a critical community leader as part of the NFTY, California Camps and larger URJ team. This role will be focused on year-round engagement in the Southwest Area which includes managing and overseeing regional events, recruiting participants for a wide range of URJ programs and initiatives and working closely with congregational, community and youth leaders to inspire, and facilitate and increased impact of the URJ’s mission to create a more whole, just and compassionate world. The Regional Manager will serve in a leadership capacity in residence at a URJ Camp during the summer.
You are a warm, engaging and motivational team member who is deeply committed to and optimistic about the Reform movement. You have superb interpersonal and communication skills and can build an sustain long-term relationships with critical partners and congregational leaders. You enjoy working with children, teens, and young adults in immersive experiences and are an expert informal educator. You are highly-organized, detail-oriented and strategic and can project-manage, deliver on multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You are tech-savvy and comfortable learning new technologies and possess a data-driven, strategic mindset. You lead with a deep understanding that our participants embody overlapping identities and diverse experiences.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities provided by the URJ, our nearly 850 member congregations enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.
What you’ll do as our Regional Manager, NFTY Southwest (SW) and California Camps:
- Maintain a presence as a leader within the NFTY and camp community concerning 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.
- Support of all programs to effectively develop staff members, including staff activities, professional development, consultation, and education.
- During the summer, supervise a portfolio at the intersection of year-round programming and summer camp, taking primary responsibility for aspects of camp that continue into the year. You may supervise selected camp staff or program areas as part of your role.
- Be an active member of the professional team, supporting and learning from one another through monthly calls, online discussions, and in-person meetings.
Operations and Logistics
-Direct, implement and oversee regional events in partnership with URJ staff and local leadership with an emphasis on youth leadership, strong content, safety and security, and financial sustainability.
Recruitment & Retention
- Engage in ongoing contact with and provide excellent customer service for all program participants, campers, families, and to assure the highest retention possible.
- Manage congregational visits, home visits/parlor meetings, and other marketing and recruitment efforts on behalf of URJ CA camps and national youth programs.
- Assist with the design and marketing of year-round staff positions, interview/hiring processes, and orientation and training.
- Schedule, coordinate, and facilitate high-energy, inspiring, programming year-round throughout the region to engage teens, youth, and families.
- Advise and mentor teen leaders, including but not limited to a teen leadership board.
- Effectively communicate youth-related information to the region, including clergy, youth professionals, educators, parents, lay leaders, and teens so that people in the region are informed.
- Act as an ambassador for all URJ Youth programs, recruiting youth and teens to both summer and year-round programs.
- Continue to grow in the region as a pipeline for engagement during the high school years and as a strategy to remain connected to 6,7,8th graders beyond the summer months.
Qualifications and experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5 years of relevant professional experience
- Impeccable skills in leveraging effective working relationships and influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational goals
- Top-notch oral and written communication skills
- Proven customer service skills
- Advanced organizational and planning skills
- Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multitask with minimal supervision
This is a Remote Position.