Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director
Application Deadline: February 5th
Start Date: March, 2018
The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director is responsible for supporting the education and public engagement mission of Urban Adamah in a variety of ways. This includes serving as lead educator for various community programs, serving as director of camp (summer, winter, spring), and managing the staff and programs of the Youth and Families Program Department.
The full job description is also available for download here.
Program Planning and Implementation: The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director has a leadership role in the following community programs throughout the year. The content of these programs is developed under the guidance of the Director of Education.
- Summer, Winter, and Spring Camp – Urban Adamah currently operates 9 weeks of summer camp (3 weeks of Sprouts for 40 campers ages 3-5; 6 weeks of main camp for 60 campers ages 6-11) and 1 week of winter camp (24 campers ages 3-6). The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director holds programmatic and operational responsibility for up to 10 weeks of summer camp, 2 weeks of winter camp, and 2 weeks of spring camp each year. This includes hiring, training, and managing staff (in 2018 hiring and training will be held primarily by the Director of Education); developing and overseeing the program (in collaboration with the Director of Education); overseeing all marketing and registration (implemented by other staff); interacting with parents and ensuring that the needs of individual children are met; and budgeting, and costs and logistical oversight. For more details about summer camp, visit this link.
- Field Trips – Urban Adamah runs field trips for Jewish, public, and secular private school groups, pre-school through high school. Some groups come for a single program, others for repeat visits throughout the year. Programs usually last a few hours; there may be requests and opportunities to develop overnight programs. Themes include food access, urban agriculture, sustainability, gratitude and awareness, resilient community, and Jewish holidays, rituals and values. Most programs include hands-on-farm work. The Youth and Family Programs Manger holds the following responsibilities for UA field trips:
- Oversees marketing and program administration, primarily held by the Youth and Families Program Educator.
- Designs field trips in collaboration with partner organizations as appropriate, delegated to the Youth and Families Program Educator as appropriate.
- Facilitates/teaches field trips, in collaboration with or delegated to the Youth and Families Program Educator as appropriate.
- Maintains documentation of curriculum as it develops and evolves.
- Hires, trains, and supervises necessary program staff
- Teaches off-site at partner organizations
- Family Programs – Urban Adamah offers programs designed to engage children and their parents in hands-on learning opportunities and Jewish celebration on the farm. Currently, these include monthly (September – May) Sunday family farm programs focused on children 3-5 years old, and monthly experiential tot Shabbat services. The Youth and Family Programs Manger holds the following responsibilities for UA family programs:
- Oversees marketing and program administration, primarily held by the Senior Farm Educator.
- Designs programs, delegated to the Youth and Families Program Educator as appropriate.
- Facilitates programs, in collaboration with or delegated to the Youth and Families Program Educator as appropriate.
- Hires, trains, and supervises necessary program staff
- Festivals, Holidays, and Other Community Programs – In addition to the above programs, Urban Adamah offers holiday celebrations and farm festivals throughout the year. The Youth and Family Program Manger plays a variety of teaching and management roles in these programs.
- Fellowship – The Youth and Family Programs Manager occasionally teaches and facilitates program for the fellowship, depending on areas of expertise and time permitting.
- Staff – The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising the Youth and Families Program Educator, all seasonal camp staff, and all ad-hoc staff necessary to run programs. This responsibility may be delegated to the Youth and Families Program Educator for field trips and family programs. The Director or Education will assist and provide guidance in the area of staff training. Responsibilities include weekly meetings, an annual performance review, and ongoing coaching and professional development for permanent staff and evaluation and coaching of camp staff.
- Marketing – The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director is responsible for providing guidance and support to staff responsible for marketing programs to ensure that all programs are full to capacity.
- Program and department administration – The Youth and Family Programs Manager & Camp Director is responsible for the administration of all programs that take place under the purview of the department. Specific responsibilities include: oversight of camp registration; contracts for field trips and other programs; overseeing management of the children’s garden (Senior Farm Manager responsible day to day); annual departmental workplanning; support the development of grant proposals and drafting reports to secure funding for departmental programs; ensuring that the programs run by the department function in harmony with other programs and departments (fellows, farm stand, overnight programs, rentals, etc.); participating in weekly staff meetings and annual staff retreat; and, liaising with the rest of the organization on behalf of the department to meet the organization’s administrative needs.
- Other Responsibilities – Urban Adamah has a very lean staff. The Youth and Family Programs Manager will be asked to support the organization in other ways as needed. This may include representing Urban Adamah within the greater community of the Bay Area in a variety of ways.
Requirements: We are looking for someone who is in personal alignment with the mission, values and heart/mind/body/spirit approach of Urban Adamah. The individual should have strong and proven facilitation, teaching, administrative, community building and management skills as well as a strong personal connection to one or more of the fellowship’s core curricular areas of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness and social action. Candidates must have direct experience participating in, and ideally leading, intensive group programs for young adults and nurturing individual growth in a group setting. The individual should be detail oriented, able to manage multiple aspects of a project or program at once, skilled in serving as a coach and mentor to young adults and skilled in Microsoft Office.
Desired But Not Required: A degree or other significant training in education; experience and training specifically in the field of Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education; experience hiring and training camp counselors and/or educators; experience in curriculum development and documentation; community-building skills and experience working with diverse communities; Non-Violent Communication training; First Aid certification; anti-oppression training; conversant/fluent in Hebrew.