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Unit Leader, Shemesh Camp
Valley of the Sun JCC
12701 N Scottsdale Rd
Ste 201
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Principal Responsibilities:

The Unit Leader will report to the Director of Camping Services and is responsible for overseeing an age group of camper's ages 5 thru 13 years, dependent on group assigned. The Unit Leader's primary responsibilities include maintaining positive relationships with campers and ensuring their needs are met, supervising and guiding camp staff, assisting in the creation and facilitation of camp activities and parent communication. In addition, the Unit Leader will assist with pre-camp planning, recruitment hiring and facilitating pre-camp events.


  • Positive and high energy, proactive, requiring little direction, takes initiative and responsibility
  • Be willing to dress up, be silly, sing a song and lose the game when needed
  • Serve as a role model by displaying exemplary behavior at all times
  • Excellent communication and ability to collaborate effectively with others in a team setting
  • Provide support to camp counselors through training, guidance, encouragement, recognition, fun and using motivational tactics
  • Ensure a safe and nurturing environment; attending to the needs of campers as the number one priority
  • Provide support to campers through guidance, encouragement, recognition and fun
  • Help cultivate friendships between campers and establish a sense of belonging and community
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changes and needs
  • Demonstrated reasoning skills and ability to make quick and sound judgment calls as well as the ability to resolve conflict with solution oriented approach. Seeks assistance from the Camp Director when appropriate
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Motivation to contribute positively to JCC Shemesh camp at-large community
  • Integrate Jewish values into daily activities to foster an environment of growth, respect, and caring


  • Assist in interviewing and selection of camp counselors
  • Assist in planning and executing multi-day summer camp training and in-service camp trainings.
  • Attend leadership meetings and other meetings, lead necessary training as requested and conduct unit meetings during camp season
  • Complete supply lists, purchase orders, track expenses, and maintain supply expenses for camp activities that have been outlined on the camp budget and approved by the Camp Director
  • Supervise an entire unit division of camp (such as: Kinder, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th and 5th-8th grade)
  • Directly supervises program participants, camp counselors and volunteers in accordance with JCC, DHS and ACA compliance standards and best practices
  • Supervise children during swim activities; this includes if needed swimming with the children as a sub staff, keeping children safe and engaged in the swim/pool activities
  • Set up and clean up materials for camp activities
  • Plan activities and written curriculum plans for all open group times throughout summer that are creative, fun, developmentally appropriate, and meets the needs and interests of campers and have Jewish/Israeli culture (part of pre-camp work)
  • Ensure execution of assigned weekly schedule and camper participation
  • Assist in leading open & closing ceremony (MC, skits, songs, dance, etc.)
  • Know and develop a positive relationship with each camper
  • Review each camper's profile and plan for the camper accordingly
  • Ensure for the health, safety, and welfare of all campers in any area or programs at camp
  • Maintain contact with campers' parent/guardians weekly at minimum
  • Provide behavior management guidance and intervention for campers as necessary, document and communicate accordingly
  • Act as next level up in camper or staff issues that may arise during the summer. Seek assistance form Assistant and/or Camp Director as needed
  • Assist with documentation and communication with parents/guardians
  • Monitor communications via Remini
  • Lead and supervise weekly field trips
  • Attend and provide support during overnight trips (Dependent on assigned unit: grades 3rd &4th Tucson overnighter June 18th thru 19th, all camper over nighter July 1st thru 2nd, grades 5th-8th July 9th thru 10th )
  • Assist in overseeing the daily operations of the day camp sessions, including but not limited to program schedules, special vendors, specialty chugs, daily transportation, etc.
  • Get to know all camp staff within the unit and ensure their success, support and wellbeing
  • Create a culture of trust, respect and feedback within the assigned unit
  • Provide support to Camp Counselors, Inclusion Counselors and Lead Counselors in the form of checking in, providing needed guidance, support and resources
  • Provide staff development through regular performance observations and feedback in areas staff are doing well in and/or can improve, providing praise and encouragement
  • Evaluate Camp Counselors, Inclusion Counselors and Lead Counselors throughout the summer, in the form of performance evaluations weeks 4 & 10
  • Assist with creation of staff schedule
  • Assist with bunking campers
  • Implement and collect weekly camper evaluations
  • Help facilitate daily snack
  • Help facilitate daily Shuk sales
  • Provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among all staff
  • Ensure that programs are aligned with the VOSJCC values and provides a culturally rich Jewish based camp experience while promoting a welcoming environment for all
  • Be a backup van driver as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Minimum Qualifications:

    WORKING CONDITIONS / LOCATION: Exposed to outdoor weather, extreme heat and health club environment

    SCHEDULE: Non-Exempt Seasonal Full-time

    COMPENSATION: $14.00 per hour


  • Must be able to work in an outside environment, in excessive heat and walk, stand and sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be able to have the capable of lifting 30 pounds and carry and move tables, chairs, and other program equipment.


  • 3-5 years' experience as a member of camp leadership
  • Minimum 2 year professional experience working with youth grades K-12
  • Previous teaching or youth leadership experience is preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (employees responsibility to obtain)
  • Pass TB test (to be paid by JCC)
  • Pass fingerprint clearance (to be paid by JCC)
  • Possess a valid driver's license and clean driving history for the past 18 months
  • Able to pass a drug & alcohol test & tested at random there after

  • SAFETY: Must practice and promote safety at all times

    Agency Information:


    Located on the 32-acre Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in North Scottsdale, the aesthetics and architecture of the building are unparalleled. We strive to provide an exceptional member experience in a friendly, well-maintained, state-of-the art facility.

    Cardiovascular equipment, strength training machines, functional trainers and a complete free-weight area line the perimeter of our 50,000 square foot fitness facility. The center of our fitness facility contains a flexible, sport court/indoor gym, which is an ideal space for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer. In addition, five different group fitness studios provide space for classes like dance/exercise, cycling, Pilates, TRX and functional fitness. The campus also has outdoor fields to accommodate softball, soccer, football and other outdoor recreational activities.

    One racquetball courts, well-appointed men?s and women?s locker rooms with Jacuzzi and steam room, a family changing room, and massage and spa rooms, complete the picture.

    The center's Olympic size pool is home to our youth swim team and offers up to eleven lanes for your daily lap routine. Individual and group swim lessons for all ages and water aerobic classes, as well as competitive swim skill-building instruction are the heart of the aquatics program. We also offer a gated-children's activity pool, splash pad and Sunday Funday poolside events, terrific for the whole family.

    The campus also features seven multi-use classrooms, a dedicated game room/teen lounge, arts and crafts room, teaching kitchen and state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center for infants through Pre-K, as well as an outdoor sports court/playground and amphitheater.

    As a kosher campus, the onsite Caf?; Milk and Honey serves a dairy and non-meat menu featuring American, Italian, Mexican and Israeli cusine and also offers kosher catering. The cafe and catering service are under the supervision of the Greater Phoenix Va'ad Hakashruth.

    Ample, well-lighted parking is provided with special senior citizen parking added to our designated handicapped parking spaces.

    The Campus offers multi-purpose social hall rental for private, community and Jewish religious events.


    The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC) offers a wide range of educational, cultural, social, fitness and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

    The VOSJCC promotes active and healthy lifestyles by encouraging physical activity for all levels and age groups. We offer personal training, swimming programs and a multitude of group fitness classes for all ages as well as a wide variety of youth sports and adult leagues.

    Our Early Childhood Center provides a nurturing, play-based program with experienced, passionate teachers. Children learn about Jewish holidays, customs and values in a high-quality educational environment. Additionally, preschoolers have the advantage of participating in movement classes and swim lessons.

    The Center's Youth and Camping programs not only nurture your child's thirst for knowledge and adventure, but they also provide a fun and safe place to learn fundamental values that will serve them well throughout life.

    We engage the community through celebration, learning and shared experiences. Members have the opportunity to make the most of each day in a variety of ways; whether be by continuing their education, pursuing their fitness goals, taking a class, attending a lecture, or participating in a hobby. Our staff takes pride in creating innovative programs that enable all segments of the community to participate.

    The arts are an integral and enriching part of life at the VOSJCC and provide a memorable venue for communal events and celebrations. Music, dance, theater, lectures and art classes are just some of the featured programs. Personal creative expression is encouraged through an array of cultural classes and programs throughout the year.