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Winter Camp Manager

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Berkeley, CA
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About the Organization

Two Jewish community centers, JCC East Bay and Contra Costa JCC, have collaborated to create new programs in Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley area. Our Winter Camp in Lafayette, California is the first of many major collaborative programs. Both JCCs create healthy communities inspired by Jewish values, culture, and tradition. We provide programs and gathering spaces for people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the greater East Bay to advance, nurture, and evolve Jewish communal life and contribute to the vitality of the broader community.

Position Summary

The Winter Camp Manager is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Winter Camp sponsored collaboratively by the JCC East Bay and Contra Costa JCC. This camp serves campers Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with optional CIT track for older children, and will take place at the Contra Costa Jewish Day School. Our camp provides a safe place for children to learn and practice social skills, explore their creativity, and expand their knowledge of Jewish values and culture. The Camp Manager’s primary responsibilities are to create the programs of Camp, to design and implement trainings for counselors, and to both mentor and supervise counselors during the entirety of camp. This position is a contract position for the month of December through January 3rd with one follow-up meeting; after Winter Camp has finished, there may be opportunities to join our staff more permanently and/or to return for a summer camp.

Daily Camp Schedule

Camp will run from Dec 23 to Jan 3, 9:00am to 3:30pm daily, with pick up from 3:30pm to 4:00pm. There will also be optional early care (from 8:00am) and after care (until 6:00pm). Camp will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Day, and after care will not be offered on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Mandatory staff training in December (dates TBD).

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan all programmatic aspects of camp, such as field trips, special days, activity areas and Shabbat
  • Direct all aspects of camp: staff training, staff meetings, any camper check-ins, etc.
  • Act as the primary liaison with parents.
  • Assist the Public Programs Manager in coordination of the Challah for Hunger and Winter Nights components of the program
  • Implement systems to organize and inventory all camp supplies
  • Assist in camp marketing and outreach

Duties Pre-Camp

  • Plan and execute staff orientation and scheduling of staff and including leading staff meetings
  • Prepare camp for opening and closing.
  • Assist in pre-camp parent communication.

Duties During Camp

  • Supervise camp.
  • Provide support to counselors.
  • Speak to parents on an as needed basis and provide support for counselors in their communication.
  • Be familiar with and enforce the personnel policies, safety rules, and program of camp.
  • Keep records as required, including documenting any incidents or behavioral issues.
  • Ensure for the health, safety, and welfare of all campers in any area or programs at camp.
  • Model appropriate behavior to staff and campers.
  • Provide behavior management techniques and intervention for campers where necessary.
  • Evaluate the performance of each counselor, both informally and written.
  • Create a culture of trust and feedback with camp staff.
  • Perform any other program or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.


  • Must be a college graduate.
  • Minimum of 5 years working in camp, or camp-like setting.
  • Previous teaching and leadership experience is preferred.
  • Ability to teach skills to other staff members and campers of all ages.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Experience communicating and working with families with children of varying abilities.
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain perspective under pressure.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs.
  • Must be energetic, enthusiastic and demonstrate and desire to go the extra mile.

Hiring Process

If you are an interested candidate, please describe in a cover letter why you are uniquely qualified for this position and attach a resume. Please note the specific job title in your subject line of your email.

Send cover letter and resume as attachments to or call the Public Programs Manager, Alystar Sacks, at 510.848.0237, ext. 118 with any questions.

Please note: Prior to confirming your employment, you will be required to pass a fingerprint Live Scan and provide recent proof of a negative TB test.

The JCC East Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. JCC East Bay policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. The JCC East Bay complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require particular accommodations during the application and interview process, please inform us of your needs so that we can provide accordingly.

The JCC of the East Bay provides a comfortable and warm gathering place for Jews wishing to affirm their cultural and ethnic origins. Our members and visitors represent all facets of the Jewish community and many are unaffiliated with other Jewish organizations or synagogues. All programs emphasize and celebrate Jewish values and culture, and are open to everyone. Together, with an active Board of Directors, our dedicated staff, and our strong and active volunteer teams work together to build a strong community.

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

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