Camp Director

Founded in 1938 by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Camp Bob Waldorf operates both Jewish and non-sectarian overnight summer camps along with weekend retreats and school break programs. It is located on 112 acres in the Verdugo Mountains of Glendale, California. Camp Bob Waldorf serves inner-city youth from low-income, homeless, and foster families in Los Angeles County along with underserved and under-engaged Jewish youth from the greater Los Angeles area. Last year, nearly 1300 youth, ages 9-17, took advantage of the programs offered by the camp.

The purpose of Camp Bob Waldorf is to empower youth in need with the opportunity to have a life-affirming camp experience that includes: increasing self-esteem, acquiring greater social skills, cultivating new interests, and feeling like a valued member of the community. We encourage campers to try new activities and make new friends, and teach them social and environmental responsibility—character traits vital to a healthy, caring society. Our campers are inspired and empowered to demonstrate new or enhanced skills gained at camp, supported by their peers and counselors. At camp, each activity is designed to teach the four pillars of camp: Community, Identity, Inclusion, and Respect. Our goal is for campers to feel inspired to utilize these values and concepts and incorporate them into their lives. For most of our Jewish campers, camp provides the only environment for them to learn about their Jewish cultural heritage, participate in Shabbat experiences and explore their own Jewish identity.

The Camp Director will help ensure that the mission and vision of the camp is carried out. 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.

The Camp Director has a number of basic responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Year-round leadership, administration and oversight of the camp operation
  • Camper retention and recruitment
  • Staff retention and recruitment
  • Marketing and public relations management
  • Program development and implementation
  • Facility management
  • Development of short and long term strategic goals for growth and development of the camp

Qualities Sought in Camp Director:

Camp is a unique and exciting experience. The physical and emotional environment may present challenges, and it is our expectation that the Camp Director will be able to:

  • Identify and provide solutions to complex issues and concerns in a professional manner
  • Work under pressure and 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 and community partners
  • Remain flexible

Responsibilities of the Camp Director:

The director has oversight for all aspects of camp operations, including, but not limited to the following:

Staff Hiring and Supervision:

  • 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
  • Interview and hire all full-time employees
  • Approve hiring all seasonal leadership staff
  • Interview and hire maintenance, housekeeping, and admin staff
  • Approve hiring of all nurses, food service staff
  • Supervise the camp assistant director, camp registrar, and facility manager
  • Oversee development of leadership staff training
  • Oversee development of staff training
  • Interface with relevant agencies for required certifications or accreditation

Camper Recruitment and Registration:

  • Initial communication/meeting with partner agencies
  • Approve all marketing materials and emails
  • Develop marketing and recruitment plan to meet the camper enrollment and retention goals

Marketing:

  • Develop and manage the camp’s marketing and public relations program
  • Oversee print and other media collateral and communication tools

Budget and Finance:

  • Oversee camp budget and provide accurate accounting and updates to the CEO and board of directors

Programming:

  • Oversee the development of programs that will keep the camp in the forefront of the community by soliciting feedback from camp families and staff
  • Approve programmatic themes for all camp programs

Camp Leasing:

  • Oversee the retreat leasing coordinator

Facility:

  • Oversee all facility projects and work with maintenance staff to ensure the camp facility is in good working order

Volunteers/Guests:

  • Manage volunteer opportunities at camp
  • Work with the development department to book tours of camp for donors and community partners

Board Interaction:

  • Develop program vision and budgets in cooperation with camp committee
  • Participate in quarterly board meetings
  • Provide monthly highlights of camp programs for board newsletter

Qualifications of the Camp Director:

  • Minimum B.A. from an accredited college or university
  • Experience in directing youth programs and/or camps in an overnight setting
  • Knowledge of program development, with an understanding of camp programming
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting
  • Knowledge and commitment to “best practices” in the camping field

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Randy Schwab, CEO, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, rschwab@jbbbsla.org.