Full-Time Camp Director
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Camp JORI is a resident Jewish summer camp located in South Kingstown, RI. The camp has a capacity of 200 boys and girls each session, with plans for future growth.
Camp JORI’s mission is to provide a quality overnight Jewish camping experience available to all families in a safe and supportive setting. One of our core values is that “no child will be denied an opportunity to attend due to inability to pay” and that the camp be affordable for full paying families. The financial diversity of our Board, staff and children is a source of great pride. Neither the camp staff nor our Board knows the identity of children receiving financial assistance as an independent social worker retained by Camp JORI reviews applications for aid. This is a critical element of our mission and philosophy. Each year the camp awards nearly $300,000 in financial assistance.
The Camp Director will help ensure that the mission and vision of the camp is carried out. Camp JORI is seeking to identify a dynamic leader to be its next Camp Director. This will be achieved through the development, implementation, supervision and evaluation of assigned core responsibilities. Central to the success of this position is the ability to develop mutually respectful relationships with campers, parents and staff.
This is a full-time, year-round position that reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.
Responsibilities of the Camp Director include:
- Reside on campus during the camp season, typically from June through August
- Plan, coordinate, oversee, implement and evaluate all aspects of Camp operations. This includes but is not limited to: recruitment of campers and staff, program development, staff training, coordination with site managers
- Develop and implement recruitment plan to meet the budgetary enrollment goals
- Develop programs that will keep the camp in the forefront of Jewish camps by soliciting feedback from camp families and staff
- Manage the administration and supervision of the year-round office and personnel
- Supervise staff in a manner consistent with the values of the camp. Ensure that staff is provided with feedback that results in a formal evaluation
- Plan and conduct pre-camp and in-camp staff training
- Operate in a fiscally responsible manner consistent with Camp budget
- Implement the Camp’s marketing and public relations program, which may include travel as needed. This aspect may include development of collateral materials, social media, and other channels to promote the Camp.
- Coordinate and provide oversight for transportation, living accommodations, and other special and/or medical needs of campers and staff
- Purchase required supplies for all aspects of the Camp
- Interface with relevant agencies for required certifications or accreditations
The Camp seeks to build on its long history of success to reach ever-higher levels of quality and enrollment. The Camp Director is supported by and supervises a staff of 15-adult and 65-college and high school aged staff. A 20-member volunteer board of directors provides oversight and supports the camp director through extensive volunteer efforts.
Qualities Sought in the Camp Director:
The overnight camp is a unique and exciting experience. The physical and emotional environment may present challenges.
The Camp Director will be able to:
- Identify and provide solutions to complex issues and concerns in a professional manner
- Work under pressure, take direction, and work unaided on time-sensitive projects
- Provide ongoing charismatic support to colleagues and other camp staff
- Support and maintain a high level of customer service to camp families
- Remain flexible
Qualifications of the Camp Director:
- Minimum B.A. from an accredited college or university
- Experience in directing youth programs and/or camps in a residential setting
- Knowledge of program development, with an understanding of camp programming and Jewish experiential education to create an overall outstanding camp experience
- Background in Jewish camping or other Jewish educational experiences
- Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
- Knowledge and commitment to “best practices” in the field
CAMP JORI HISTORY & BACKGROUND
Camp JORI is a non-profit [501-c-3] overnight camp in Rhode Island, established in 1937 by the Jewish Children’s Home of Rhode Island, an orphanage. The Camp is ACA accredited, receives support from the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI, but is not affiliated with any specific Jewish movement. For most of its history, camp JORI was small and operated from its former location in Narragansett, RI. In 1999 Camp JORI, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy purchased 250 acres bordering Worden’s Pond, the largest lake in Rhode Island. Once initial construction was completed in 2003 the camp moved to its current location in South Kingstown where it continues to expand and improve its facilities and has doubled enrollment providing a sense of belonging and community for our area’s unaffiliated and interfaith families fostering connections across congregations, movements and organizations for nearly 400 children and their families each year.
The camp also seeks to be welcoming to the broadest components of the Jewish community including interfaith and nonobservant families. The camp has a kosher kitchen, offers Friday evening and Havdalah services. Annually the camp recruits counselors from Israel and the oldest campers are provided a six-week Israel experience.
Camp JORI is also proud of the caring family culture that has been created over many years. The director’s home at camp is the nerve center and gathering place for the staff. Much of the former staff has strong memories of being up at the director’s house and the friendships that have developed and continued through the years have been enduring.
The camp is co-ed and operates four major programs. These include a four week overnight camping experience for children ages 7-13, a Leadership program for young teens ages 14-15, and a small day camp program for children ages 5-6 and those not yet ready for an overnight experience (up to age 10). Our inclusion program of Reaching Up, providing a highly structured overnight camping experience for children with special needs that began in 2006, and continues to this day. Camp JORI also offers a month long experience in Israel for campers that have completed the Leadership program who may return to Camp for an additional two-week Counselor-in-Training experience.
The camp provides a broad program experience that includes athletics, swimming, boating, visual and performing arts, and Jewish religious and cultural experiences.
We pride ourselves on the broad population we serve and our success at integrating a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds into a close, caring community each summer. JORI sets no restrictions on the race, religion, color, ethnicity, or sexual orientation of our campers and staff.
Camp JORI sits on over 72 acres of pristine woodland, on the largest lake in Rhode Island with an exceptional waterfront for boating and fishing, with woodland paths and pine groves. The site is bordered by additional Nature Conservancy protected land of which JORI has the only access.
The buildings (built in 2002 through the present) are all state-of-the-art from the large dining hall with a professional kitchen; the recreation hall which can accommodate all of the campers at one time; the 350-seat theatre/auditorium/sanctuary; the cabins with showers and all single beds for sleeping; the LIT village for the older campers; the infirmary/health center which is a separate building; the playing fields for baseball/softball, soccer, basketball; the tennis courts; the two pools with slides and a fountain; nature trails, and everything to make Camp JORI among the finest of environments. Security is an important part of our program. Camp JORI employs well-trained and screened security staff each summer, who patrol the area and are available 24-hours a day.
The camp facilities are also available for rent during the off-season for a wide variety of uses.
Anyone interested in further information about Camp JORI should visit www.campjori.com.
Camp JORI offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Year-round housing is also available.
How to ApplyPotential candidates interested in applying for the position of Camp Director should send the following required information electronically to "Search Committee" at email@example.com.
- Cover letter and resume outlining all relevant education and experience
- A statement of philosophy as to the development of children and staff in the context of the camping experience
- The names and contact information of three (3) references that we may contact regarding your qualifications and experience.
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