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Program Director
Capital Camps & Retreat Center
11300 Rockville Pike
Suite 407
Rockville, MD 20852

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Position Summary

Capital Camps & Retreat Center (CCRC) seeks a full-time Program Director to join its camp team.

The Program Director joins CCRC at an exciting time, as the agency celebrates its 30th anniversary and experiences a continued rise in camper and staff retention, increased year-round engagement with families, and enhanced program development for campers and staff. Together with a team of talented individuals, the Program Director will help to implement camp's mission: to inspire campers and staff to grow as individuals and build Jewish communities through meaningful challenges and shared experiences.

This is an outstanding opportunity to leverage previous professional experience and launch the next step of one's professional career.

Our Program Director will employ strategic thinking and develop mutually respectful relationships with campers, parents, summer staff, and colleagues that, together, enable excellence to be achieved. Central to this position's success is the desire and drive to handle a variety of responsibilities, tackle a wide array of challenges, and participate in all aspects of camp's planning, operations and implementation.

Agency Overview

CCRC provides high quality Jewish overnight summer camp and year-round retreat programming to children, families and organizations, primarily from Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The main office is located in Rockville, MD and the summer office/camp is located in Waynesboro, PA.

CCRC is affiliated with the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA), American Camp Association (ACA), The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), JCamp 180 (a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation), Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (JFGW), and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Responsibilities (September-June)

Coordinate camper recruitment events at local JCCs, synagogues, and other community venues

Oversee the development of, manage, and maintain all summer program schedules to ensure the smooth operation of the day-to-day summer camp program

Plan and implement events for campers, staff, families, and alumni including reunions, winter overnights, Family Camps, etc. for the purposes of engagement, retention, and recruitment.

Procure supplies and other materials necessary for implementation of camp programs

Liaise with community partners and visiting summer groups - planning the schedule, logistics and details for their visits

Participate in regular strategy sessions with camp management team to identify and address ongoing areas of focus

Develop meaningful trainings to prepare summer staff for their role as counselors, specialists, and leaders, drawing upon best practices in Jewish camp and in business

Maintain awareness, knowledge and understanding of current societal trends, including Jewish camping, child development, social media, and customer service

Responsibilities (June-August)

Camp life moves very quickly. The Program Director can expect to be faced with a variety of complex situations simultaneously and must prioritize based on importance and urgency.

Supervise various members of the camp leadership team (village leaders, activity coordinators)

Develop meaningful relationships with staff members and campers

Coordinate logistics and implementation of all-camp or village-based events

Manage camp program equipment and supplies including inventorying and organization before, during, and after summer

Respond promptly to unanticipated, complex changes to planned activities and programs

Facilitate pre-camp and ongoing staff trainings

Strategize about how to manage multiple interests while always executing meaningful and impactful programs

Accompany groups during field-trips and other off-camp experiences

The Program Director will reside at camp during the summer months, including 1-2 weeks preceding staff training.

Minimum Qualifications:


2-3 years experience in Jewish overnight camping or other Jewish experiential educational settings

Bachelor's degree

Exceptional level of professionalism and accountability

Superior interpersonal and team-building skills

Outstanding reflective and creative thinking capacities

Ability to deliver high standards of customer service, problem solving, quality control, and evaluation

Commitment to Judaism and Jewish living/learning

Understanding and appreciation of child development

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Dedication to continued personal learning and development

Exemplary sense of ethics, integrity and confidentiality

Well-organized with great attention to detail

Sense of humor and serious interest in having fun

Agency Information:

Capital Camps
11300 Rockville Pike
Suite 407
Rockville, MD 20852

Capital Camps
12750 Buchanan Trail East
Waynesboro, PA 17268