Overview and Purpose:
The role of Assistant Director at Crane Lake Camp is vital to the success of the organization. The Assistant Director supports the work of the Associate Camp Director and full-time staff team to carry out the mission of the camp 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 Crane Lake Camp is a key member of the Northeast Camps family (which includes Eisner, Crane Lake, and 6 Points Sci-Tech) and a representative of URJ Youth programs and the Union for Reform Judaism at large. Serves as a member of the camp’s professional team and helps assure that all staff is engaged and informed appropriately in all projects for which you are a primary coordinator. This position reports to the Associate Director.
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 and sustain long-term relationships with critical partners and congregational leaders. You enjoy working with children, teens, and young adults. 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 that often necessitates quick turnaround on projects/deliverables. 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.
We stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and open. We believe that there is more than one authentic way to be Jewish and that through inclusive community building, we can better leverage our diversity to reimagine and strengthen Jewish life. We’re committed to the success, growth, and professional advancement of each other. The team culture is one of excellence, creativity, authenticity, and humor. We believe work culture can make all the difference and prioritize both our success and well-being as we advance and align with the URJ’s broader mission of fostering a world of wholeness, justice, and compassion.
What You'll Do as the Assistant Director:
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.
Camper Recruitment, Retention & Care:
Assistance with scheduling, coordination and facilitation of congregational visits throughout the country, home visits/parlor meetings, tours of camp, and other marketing and recruitment efforts.
Being a representative of URJ Youth, including being a member of the Northeast Camps family (which includes Eisner, Crane Lake, and Sci-Tech), as well as all URJ summer programs and youth programs.
Communications, correspondence, and providing excellent customer service for all campers, families, and various program participants in order to assure the highest retention possible.
Camper recruitment requires travel during weekends of peak recruitment periods.
Spearhead and manage ongoing individual family conversations regarding special circumstances and accommodations.
Staff Recruitment, Development, Training & Retention:
Serve as the staff hiring manager, overseeing the application and interview process, along with spearheading the design and marketing of staff positions, and staff orientation and training sessions.
Supervision of selected camp operational areas, to include evaluation, communication, and accountability for staff members. This may include camper care, programming, logistics, counselors, specialists, supervisors, unit heads, support staff, or other positions, as assigned.
Support of all programs to effectively develop staff members, including staff activities, professional development, consultation, and education.
Manage staff travel arrangements to and from camp.
Programming and Projects:
Participate in the creation, planning, coordination and execution of camp programs and retreats, 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.
Be an active participant in the planning and implementation of year-round family and youth programming.
Assistants with the maintain the camp website, blog, and social media presence assuring positive, engaging images.
Create newsletters, manuals, and letters that effectively communicate with camper families, staff, and other stakeholders.
Support Director and Development Consultants in marketing and implementation of development agenda, events, and outreach.
Additional Core Responsibilities:
Other areas of responsibility include work with alumni, 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.
Serve as the camp's technology expert.
Assist in the creation of policies and procedures to ensure Crane Lake Camp and its programs comply with ACA standards, URJ standards, and MA State regulations.
Be an integral part of the URJ Northeast Camps family representing Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp and Sci-Tech throughout the northeast and collaborating with them on projects and events throughout the Northeast.
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.
Responsibilities within the URJ and URJ camping system require travel throughout the year.
Time Management, Organization, & Flexibility Skills
· The ability to focus time on tasks that are more likely to meet goals and are deemed priorities will be a key. An Assistant Director (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. The AD must be able to manage projects and maintain organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment.
A “Can Do” Attitude
· The position of AD is well-suited for someone looking to be a part of an exceptional organization and who possesses an outlook that is positive, assertive and flexible. A successful AD 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”! A go-getter attitude and personality will help propel the team and the camp to the next level!
Exceptional Communication Abilities
· 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 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. The AD must have strong presentation skills which include a high level of comfort confidence, and enthusiasm in front of groups of children and parents.
· 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 always do all possible to provide a positive experience for those connected to Crane Lake Camp.
Organizational Commitment & Knowledge
· An AD must understand and support the mission and vision of the organization 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.
Enthusiasm and Wow!
· The Assistant Director should be someone who has an excitement, energy and drive to make camp successful. A great candidate will be able to stand in front of large groups of adults and children to inspire the magic of camp and ignite sparks of curiosity and interest in Reform Judaism in the hearts of young people and their families. In a collaborative work setting, a great AD will love suggesting and listening to great ideas and quickly get to work implementing them. During the summer, excitement and energy for all the camp activities and for being around kids and staff will propel this person to work hard and have fun!
Strategic Thinking & Vision
· In partnership with the Associate 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 Crane Lake Camp. 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, we must be able to be present in the off-season office.
· Must be able and available to travel for conferences, weekend camper recruitment events, weekend camp and family retreats, training sessions, and staff recruitment.
· Must be present on-site at camp during the summer.
· Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent required.
Comfort with technology and learning to manage camp's Wi-Fi and other related needs.
Significant experience in a camp environment and knowledge of Jewish camp trends and practices preferred.
The ability to work independently and proactively, as well as a capacity for effective written and verbal communications, is required.
Familiarity with Judaism and Jewish education (formal and/or informal) is highly desirable.
A high level of enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of Jewish children, adults, and families is an asset.
Proven experience working successfully in team-based settings
Motivated to stay current in the areas of pop culture, teen issues, child development, educational theory, community medicine, family law, etc.