Job Opportunities

Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

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Some of our open positions are included below. Please contact Christine Wedner, Senior Assistant Camp Director, at cwedner@urj.org with any questions.

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Summer Camp Staff and Faculty Positions Available for Summer 2020:

Summer Faculty

Summer Faculty

Each summer we welcome over 50 cantors, Jewish educators, and rabbis to camp who enrich our community with their Jewish knowledge. Faculty members typically join for two-week blocks and we provide day care for families with small children.

Please contact Rabbi Allie Fischman, Camp Director, at afischman@urj.org if you have any questions about Summer Faculty.

Rosh Eidah (Unit Head)

Rosh Eidah (Unit Head)

Qualifications:

  • Strong background and experience in working for a camp environment and/or related fields.
  • Desire to work with children and adults in a camp setting.
  • Ability to creatively plan and schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills and talents of staff members under your direct and indirect supervision.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Must have strong leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel.
  • Ability to teach Jewish values and concepts to our camp community.
  • Ability to work well with Visiting Faculty.

Responsibilities:

  • Be a member of Leadership Team. Attend daily meetings. Participate in formulation and implementation of camp policy.
  • Directly responsible for planning, preparation, and implementation of all unit activities.
  • Serve as a creative force. Support programs planned by the programming team and Visiting Faculty (in consultation with Activities Director and Faculty), ensuring the quality and age-appropriateness.
  • Coordinate activities of staff in unit: daytime activities of staff members, unit activities, staff time-off.
  • Serve as primary, direct supervisor for all counselors in the designated unit. Perform regular evaluations for these counselors. Act as a role model at camp.
  • Act on behalf of the unit on issues involving camp community. Run unit staff meetings.
  • Become directly involved with all campers and staff.
  • Comfortable and professional in speaking with parents regarding any camper care issues that may arise.
  • Prepare and submit reports, forms, parent letters, articles, and evaluations as needed.
  • This position will either report to the Senior Assistant or Assistant Camp Director.
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Specialist

Specialist

Every summer we are looking for talented individuals that either have a strong passion or are experienced in any of the specialty areas below:

Ropes Course, Archery, Arts, Songleading, Dance, Photo, Video, Ceramics/Sculpting, Archery, Basketball, Frisbee, Soccer, Karate/Boxing, Nature, Roller Hockey

Qualifications:

  • Available to attend proper certification training prior to the summer. Unless you are already certified, we will ask you to provide paperwork as verification for your training.
  • Prior experience in activity area; preferably in a teaching or leadership role.
  • Skill and ability in working with children. Ability to communicate with and relate to campers.
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model — surrogate parent — for all campers.
  • Have a strong awareness of common sense, safety-consciousness, and high moral character required.
  • Ability to accept guidance, support and ask for help.
  • Ability to assist in teaching activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for technical and programmatic support of the Unit Head (Rosh); including but not limited to setup and takedown, prep, camper supervision, and safety.
  • Under the direction of the Unit Head, should inventory, maintain, setup and takedown program area.
  • Be available to support specialists for various other related activities, and lead them, when necessary.
  • Follows all Camp and ACA guidelines for course activities.
  • Able and willing to work with a variety of staff members in a calm, collected manner at all times.
  • Enjoy collaborating and being creative.
  • Participate regularly and enthusiastically in all Camp programs.
  • Plan and lead cabin activities.
  • Take an active role in evening program and/or Z’Man Eidah planning.
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required.
  • Be completely familiar with all emergency procedures and first aid.
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Logistics Team Member

Logistics Team Member

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age, but first priority will be given to those over 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license accepted in the US (Must be 21 to operate camp vehicles).
  • Good driving record.
  • Able to read a map clearly and navigate new areas.
  • Energetic, flexible, creative, organized and possesses good people skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for the majority of transportation of goods and persons to and from camp during the summer; including but not limited to trips to the airport, hospital, stores, and groceries.
  • In conjunction with the Logistics Director, find, purchase and deliver appropriate programmatic supplies when needed.
  • Follows the Camp policies about safe driving techniques.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the camp vehicles.
  • Helping inventory and stock items purchased.
  • Keep track of all receipts and petty cash.
  • Available to make trips to the hospital or airport at any hour of the day.
  • Help with setup and tear down of the large scale camp activities like Game Day, Shabbat activities and any other programs deemed necessary by the Logistics Director
  • Assist the Logistics Director during the incoming and outgoing days of each session (loading & driving box trucks, setup & tear down of registration, and any other tasks needed)
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Counselor - Male & Female

Counselor – Male & Female

Qualifications:

  • Skill and ability in working with children. Ability to communicate with and relate to campers of all ages.
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model — surrogate parent — for all campers.
  • Have a stong awareness of common sense, safety-consciousness, and high moral character required.
  • Ability to accept guidance, support and ask for help.
  • Ability to assist in teaching activities.
  • Counselors must be a high school graduate.

Responsibilities:

  • Directly responsible for all campers living in the assigned cabin including: day-to-day involvement with campers as individuals, imparting camp rules, policies, and traditions. Help every camper make friends, become acclimated to life at Camp, grow towards their potential, and become part of the community.
  • Responsible for the health, safety, and happiness of ALL campers at ALL times.
  • Act as support system for campers with any issues that may arise and have the ability to refer to other staff when appropriate.
  • Ensure campers exercise good hygiene and health practices. Notify Nurse of problems.
  • Help campers keep track of belongings.
  • Directly responsible for cleanliness and good repair of the cabin.
  • Participate regularly and enthusiastically in all Camp programs.
  • Teach or assist in teaching electives and specialties. Plan and lead cabin activities.
  • Take an active role in evening program and/or Z’Man Eidah planning.
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required.
  • Be totally familiar with all emergency procedures and first aid.
  • Enjoy collaborating and being creative.
  • Able and willing to work with a variety of staff members in a calm, collected manner at all times.
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Department Head - Waterfront, Sports

Department Heads – Sports, Arts, Teva (Nature), and Song Leader

Qualifications:

  • Strong background and experience in camping environment and/or related fields.
  • Desire and the ability to work with children and adults in camp setting. Ability to creatively plan and schedule programs and activities, and to maximize the skills and talents of staff members under your direct and indirect supervision.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Preferably with a strong background in the field relevant to camp work.
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work with a minimum of supervision. Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel.
  • Ability to teach Jewish values to the camp community.
  • Ability to work well with Visiting Faculty.

Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for the educational content and programmatic format for all activities related to their specialty.
  • Be a member of Leadership Team. Attend daily meetings. Participate in the formulation and implementation of camp policy.
  • Directly responsible for planning, preparation, and implementation of all programs relating to the activity area. Serve as creative force. Support programs planned by programming team and Visiting Faculty (in consultation with them), ensure quality and age-appropriateness.
  • Serve as primary, direct supervisor for all specialists in the designated area. Perform regular evaluations for these specialists. Be a role model at camp.
  • Run staff meetings for supervisees.
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Marketing & Communications Intern

Marketing & Communications Intern

As the Marketing & Communications intern at URJ Camp Newman, you will become the eyes and ears for our camper parents, broadcasting all the magical moments that happen at URJ Camp Newman to our outside community. You will use your excellent communication skills to play the roles of social media executive, blogger/reporter, photographer, and videographer. As our chief camp storyteller, you’ll spend your days recording our campers’ daily activities and adventures while you live and work on our 500-acre site in the wine country of Sonoma Valley among 200 other super fun staff and faculty.

First priority & daily task: Uploading all photos you and our counselors take to CampMinder, our parent photo site, for every session.

Other roles & responsibilities

  • “Cover” major camp events, visitor Shabbats, special camp events/festivals, and any other interesting programs by taking photos and/or video and uploading to social media, CampMinder, and blog.
  • 2-5 times per day, cherry pick photos/video to share news about camp happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Update blog and regularly solicit guest writers, such as CIT guest writers, visiting rabbis, and yourself!
  • Work with 11th & 12th grade campers occasionally to teach video, photo and writing skills. For example, every summer we have them film footage for future videos to thank donors, celebrate holidays, etc.
  • Attend/participate in all Leadership Staff activities/meetings
  • Work with Unit Heads, Department Heads and Counselors to keep track of happenings at camp and to create content

Qualifications/Skills

  • Photography and social media experience
  • Video taking, Premiere Pro and editing experience a plus
  • Graphic design knowledge a plus
  • Staff management experience a plus
  • Must be a self-starter and have excellent time management skills
  • Experience in marketing/communications world a plus
  • Applicant should be current college student or graduate
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