Location and Job Title:
Director of Children and Camp
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
The Director of Children and Camp is responsible for visioning, planning, and implementing all activities related to children and camp, including but not limited to classes, summer and vacation camps, after-school programs, and trainings for those activities. The Director works closely with lay leadership and other departments at the J to create dynamic, innovative programming that will serve a large and diverse Jewish community. The Director supervises fulltime and part-time year round staff and seasonal summer camp employees.
Primary Responsibilities include:
I. Program Development
- Design, deliver and evaluate camp programs that meet the needs and interests of the camps target populations and ensure their delivery in a safe and quality manner.
- Develop vision and strategies for summer and year-round camp offerings by assessing competition, determining strategic opportunities and mirroring them with the mission of the J.
- Adjust program offerings and marketing strategies to drive increased attendance and enrollment.
- Review and update the curriculum and program design as necessary. Design programs to include enriching activities, field trips, overnights and pool activities. Ensure that there is appropriate and meaningful Jewish content.
- Design and implement administrative systems for camp programs, including registration and enrollment process, database management and reporting.
- Create and actively promote a comfortable and welcoming environment where every participant is treated with dignity and respect, in a friendly, personalized manner.
- Coordinate summer shlichim program.
- Plan, staff, and implement Camp Carnival and Camp Registration Day.
- Oversee all departmental events and programs: All Kindergarten - 5th grade programming: KidZone after school program, vacation camps, school's out days, and more.
- Manage, lead and drive staff to ensure overall success of camp programs by communicating agency vision and strategy, job expectations, coaching and fostering continued professional development.
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff and independent contractors.
- Oversee the hiring process of all department staff, including summer day camp staff, parti time staff in K-12 programming, theater, and more.
- Assist and supervise the training of all part time staff in the Children, Teen, and Camp Departmente. Meet regularly with all direct reports.
- Hold regular department meetings.
- Correspond with camper's parents and prospective camper's parents in a timely and professional manner
- Work with marketing department to create fliers, brochures, articles, and other promotional materials
- Build relationships with all program participants and parents
- Meet with parents and children whenever necessary
V. Agency Responsibilities
- Develop budgets for all program areas and manage continual budget responsibility
- Review and update handbooks, applications, contracts and other related paperwork as needed.
- Ensure fees are collected for all programs and monitor registration/billings accuracy
- Oversee payroll for department.
- Partner with the J Marketing Department to coordinate the development of a marketing plan for all camp and youth programs, including brochure development, advertising and direct recruitment through J families, camp fairs and community events
- Work cooperatively with J development staff and leadership to identify and secure funding for programs.
- Represent the J in a professional manner and provide excellent customer service
- Perform other related duties as assigned by management
- Attend J events as needed.
- Attend department head meetings and other staff meetings.
- Some nights and weekends required.
- Work in collaboration with other J departments as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, updated resume, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references. At least two of the references should be professional.
Successful Applicants will have:
- Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
- 5+ years supervisory experience
- 5+ years of experience managing youth or family programs, preferably in a camp setting
- Experience in creating and managing program budgets
- Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Ability to communicate information clearly (both written and oral)
- Extremely organized and detailed oriented; Ability to work with tight deadlines
- Ability and desire to work independently and as a team member with the community and other employees
- Positive, upbeat and enthusiastic about working in a non-profit environment
- Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with a diverse group that includes J staff, parents, lay leaders, children and the public
- Knowledge of Jewish culture, traditions, and community, and previous experience in Jewish programming preferred
Physical Demands: 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to:
- Frequently work in the vicinity of children
- Remain stationary
- Frequently stand for long periods of time during events/camp day
- Frequently walk, sit, stoop, kneel or crouch
- Ability to climb, push and pull
- Move within your work area
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures
- Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and apply appropriate management techniques
- Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation
- Operate a computer and office productivity machinery
- Communicate across a variety of mediums
- Transport items up to 40 lb.
65,000 - 75,000
The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC is a non-profit charitable organization serving the Greater Houston community for over 70 years. When you step into the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, you'll find a center filled with remarkable people, dedicated volunteers and a wide-array of year-round programs, activities and special events. At the J, we're committed to enriching the lives of our members and the community.
The J has been a place where families and individuals come together for friendship, affiliation and socialization in a safe and welcoming environment. Throughout our buildings, you'll find a committed staff working together to provide our members and guests with quality experiences, excellent service and a sense of belonging. At the J, we're a compassionate and inclusive organization whose membership is made up of different ages, lifestyles, ethnicities and levels of religious observance. Join us at the J and you can have positive impact on our members lives everyday. Join us and make a difference.