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Summer Camp Program Area Specialist
Jewish Silicon Valley / Addison-Penzak JCC
14855 Oka Road
Suite 200
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Principal Responsibilities:

What you will get from Camp Shalom:

Camp Shalom offers you a chance to share your passion with new generations. Gain skills in lesson planning, lesson implementation and group management. Specialists will have a chance to work with multiple age groups and ability levels. As part of your employment you will also receive access to gym for the duration of your employment. Camp Shalom will also offer you a chance to get CPR/First Aid certified.


The Camp Specialists will under the direction of the Assistant Camp and youth director be responsible for planning and leading camp programs for campers ages 6-15. They will prepare and implement programming for their specific specialty area and will help conceptualize and carry out elective programming for older campers. The time commitment for this position is 20 hours preparation leading up to camp, then 8:30am-4:30pm Monday Through Friday during the months of June-August, additional hours as needed. Must be able to commit to a full 9 weeks, June 6th - August 5th.

Specialists may include: Visual Arts, Cooking, Science & Nature, Hebrew Immersion & Performing Arts and Yoetz.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Be responsible for overall operations of the program including activity planning, implementation and safety management for campers ages 6-15.
  • Develop a supply list for Assistant Camp Director approval prior to summer camp beginning and at the end of summer submit an inventory list.
  • Maintain a high quality of instruction for campers.
  • Attend and participate in pre-camp meetings and pre-camp preparation work.
  • Assist with the overall Camp Program, including the planning and implementation of camp programs, development of weekly schedules and camper satisfaction.
  • Develop activities that are innovative, creative and exciting. Ensure that programs reflect the developmental level of each camper, as well as meeting the goals of Camp Shalom's Mission.
  • Arrange and maintain activity area in an orderly manner, inventory and direct clean-up operations of the area on a daily basis.
  • Enforce camp rules consistently. (Develop, implement and post rules for your assigned area.)
  • Rotate camp responsibilities in conjunction with other Program Specialists under the direction of the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director including lunch time supervision, swim supervision, field trips, all camp activities, special events and other duties as needed.
  • Assume all other duties and assignments deemed appropriate by the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director.
  • Be able to communicate with campers and provide instructions.
  • Visual ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid.
  • Cognitive and communication abilities to plan and conduct the activity to achieve camper ability and development objectives.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 9 weeks between June 6tht-August 5th.

**Ability to work traditional business hours as well as non-traditional hours as business dictates. To include but not limited to weekends and evening.

Effect on End Result: The effectiveness of this position will be measured by:

  • Purposeful and coordinated programs that advance Camp and JSV strategic goals, good public relations, sound financial position and good records systems;
  • A positive working environment that allows for creative thinking, positive attitudes, teamwork and self-development.
  • Permeation of Tiferet (contributing to the greater good) throughout all JSV programs, services and interactions. This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualifications and competencies:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty at a high-quality level. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or experience:

Specific Certification Requirements:

** Employees at the JSV may have availability to attend in-house Certification courses, please check with Camp Director as to availability

Language skills:

Reasoning Ability:

Other Skills, Requirements, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

Working Conditions/Physical requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer: This job description indicates in general terms, the type and level of work performed as well as the typical responsibilities of employees in this classification. The duties described are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive to any specific employee. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and, when possible, to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this position description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between JSV and its employees.


Under $25,000

Agency Information:

Amenities include fitness center, heated pool, children's pool, lighted tennis courts, full gymnasium, event auditorium and meeting rooms, athletic field, physical therapy clinic, free parking, acclaimed preschool for ages 18 months-5 years, day camp, recreation program for children with special needs, birthday parties, Center for Jewish Life & Learning, holiday celebrations, Judaica and Hebrew classes, enrichment classes on a variety of topics for all ages, sports programs for children and adults. Event rentals available.