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JCC of Greater Rochester Assistant Director - Camper & Staff Experience Camp Seneca Lake in Rochester, New York

Assistant Director - Camper & Staff Experience Camp Seneca Lake

Rochester, NY (


As a member of the management team, the Assistant Director focuses on delivering a positive and meaningful experience for Campers and Staff. Leadership for the engagement, recruitment, communications and oversight of Camper and Staff experience. Work closely with the Camp Director and Assistant Director of Programming to manage the day-to-day functions of camp during the summer session. During the off-season, foster relationships with camp families to enroll campers, recruit summer staff, and plan for a successful camp season.

Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) is a premier Jewish overnight summer camp set on 200+ acres on Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. For over 90 summers CSL has given campers in grades 3-12 a special place to recharge, unplug, and connect to nature and friends. CSL welcomes all campers into a safe compassionate community where each child is encouraged to become their best self.

Children from all backgrounds come together to learn important life skills that will stay with them through adulthood. Campers develop independence, form lifelong friendships, and a deep connection to a tight knit community that is strong at its core. CSL is owned and operated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, and we are an inclusive community center and camp that welcomes campers and staff of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages.

This is a full-time, year-round position.During the summer months, June - August, the Assistant Director, Camper and Staff Experience will live at camp, working from Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) in Penn Yan, NY.Private living quarters are provided for the summer.From September – May, work will be based from the Rochester, NY with offices at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center.


Camper Experience Responsibilities:

  • Consult with parents, mental health professionals, and/or other appropriate individuals to address any concerns and to make appropriate accommodations prior to campers’ arrival

  • Review camper files prior to each session to assess and anticipate campers’ needs

  • Support and supervise the Mental Health/Camper Care Specialists and Unit Heads, performing regular evaluations

  • Work closely with the Unit Heads, Directors, and Health Center staff to monitor the physical and emotional wellbeing of campers

  • Debrief and provide support and guidance to campers and/or staff after camper crises, disclosures or stressful/traumatic events

  • Ensure supervisors provide on-going guidance and support to staff when responding to situations that arise with campers, including camper adjustment issues and/or separation anxieties, bullying, teasing, homesickness, moments of sadness, or other mental health concerns

  • Provide on-going support to staff in determining the appropriate response to campers’ behavioral /emotional/ mental health needs

  • Create proper documentation of Camper Care issues and relevant communications with parents/staff

  • Consult with parents to provide updates and problem-solve any challenges in situations where behavior or adjustment issues arise

  • Follow up with families post-summer to foster relationships and engage for the next camp season

  • Oversight and maintenance of Em’s Place, CSL’s home for Mental Health and Wellness

  • Ensure CSL meets or exceeds the requirements of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) Yedid Nefesh Grant

Staff Experience Responsibilities:

  • Conduct the screening, interviewing, hiring, assignment and supervision of seasonal staff working in partnership with the Human Resources

  • Create and manage the staffing budget and salary scale, working closely with the Camp Director

  • Represent Camp Seneca Lake at camper recruitment events including, but not limited to, camp fairs, synagogue presentations, and meet & greets as assigned, traveling when necessary

  • Manage the process for hiring international staff including contracts with agencies, interviews and communications with candidates, support of questions and travel logistics, etc.

  • Coordinate pre- and post- season staff travel for both domestic and international staff

  • Participate in the development and delivery of leadership staff orientation. Create and deliver staff development programs throughout the summer

  • Lead the preparation and presentation of the pre-camp and in-service staff trainings

  • Plan and implement staff activities (recreational, educational, mentorship) to enhance staff engagement, growth and to positively impact staff experience

  • Review, edit, and update Staff Handbook annually, in coordination with Human Resources

  • Develop and implement an annual communication plan to maximize staff engagement during the off-season and ultimately staff retention, including, social media posts, a newsletter, in-person visits, staff focus groups, etc.

  • Co-lead, provide agenda content and participate in staff meetings

  • Facilitate staff housing assignments, working with the leadership team, to align the appropriate mix of skills and growth opportunities

  • Work with Camp Director to review, interview, and accept applicants into CSL’s Counselor-in-Training program

  • Collaborate with Human Resources Coordinate to ensure accurate payroll information is provided for summer staff

  • Manage staff schedules and coordinate days-off

  • Ensure adequate staffing for all CSL programs, including Family Camps and rentals

    General Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with community partners and visiting summer groups – working with Human Resources for background checks, planning visitor schedules and details of visits

  • Participate in the creation and implementation of camp policy

  • Assist in facilitation and execution of all-camp programs to ensure successful delivery of meaningful programming

  • Perform annual summer wrap-up with Camp Director to identify areas of strength and areas of concern/opportunity relating to the Camp program

Key Competencies for Success:

  • Confidence, leadership and poise to appropriately manage the responsibility for the health and safety of campers, at all times, during the camp season

  • Ability to lead, hire, supervise, motivate, and inspire young, energetic, and less experienced staff to help them find their strengths

  • Leadership and teambuilding abilities to engage the CSL team and campers. Leading by example as a teacher/mentor for staff and campers

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for communication and relationship building with sponsors/donors, parents, the CSL team and JCC colleagues

  • Exceptional verbal communication and presentation skills - conveying warmth, enthusiasm, with an ability to build trust

  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds staff, families, campers and vendors

  • Be well organized and able to prioritize work, problem solve and meet scheduled deadlines under pressure

  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as a team member

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule with ability to live at camp during the summer and work evenings and weekends

  • Interest in and/or a commitment to learning Jewish history, culture, and traditions in the context of the JCC and tikkun olam (repairing the world)

    Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, social work, psychology, recreation, or equivalent experience

  • Strong background and experience in psychology, social work and/or related fields MSW or equivalent degree/experience strongly preferred

  • 3+ years’ experience working in Camping or a year-round supervisory and program management role working with children and youth

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.

  • Use of customary office equipment: computer screen, keyboard, fax, copier, etc.

  • The employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

  • The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms

  • The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance on uneven ground and stoop, kneel

  • The employee must have ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds - occasionally lift, for example, children weighing 50 pound or less

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus

  • Ability to assist children in an emergency

Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform within the described work disabilities to perform within the described work environment.

Normal office environment during fall, winter, and spring

Working and living at a summer camp for about 3 months of the year

  • Exposure to weather including hot and cold temperatures and rain

  • Majority of time spent out-of-doors and exposure to camp buildings, athletic fields, nature trails, woods, insects, wildlife

  • Exposure to water (swimming pool and lake)

  • Walking on grass, trails, dirt roads

Compensation: Salary of $55,000 to $60,000 depending on experience, plus benefits and free fitness membership to JCC.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer!