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Youth & Family Programs Manager
Deadline to Apply:
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 11:45pm
About The Role
The Youth & Family Programs (YFP) Manager is responsible for the education and public engagement of Urban Adamah’s youth and families in a variety of ways. This includes overseeing and ensuring the success of existing summer and winter camps, family programming, and youth retreats. The Manager’s focus is on sustaining relationships with camp families throughout the year and creating access points for new YFP participants to feel welcomed on the farm.
The YFP Manager supervises 15 – 20 summer camp staff June – August, manages program-specific and seasonal staff, and designs content and curriculum as needed.
November 2022 | Full-Time Position
CAMP URBAN ADAMAH
Camp offers campers a taste of Jewish values and meaning, and organic farm life, through fun and dynamic hands-on programs at Urban Adamah. Camp sessions are designed around children’s natural curiosity and innate connection to the earth. The Youth & Family Programs Manager will hold the primary responsibility for a successful camp season in the following ways:
- Camp Preparation
- Hiring, training, and managing camp staff
- Revising the CIT and Internship program
- Partnering with the Marketing Manager to ensure proper camp marketing and registration
- Designing camp programming that is dynamic and inquiry based while also ensuring a safe environment for participants
- During Camp
- Liaising with parents and other stakeholders to address individual camper needs with assistance and support from the YFP Director
- Tracking and working within the camp budget with assistance and support from the YFP Director
- Managing camp logistics and administration with support from the YFP Associate and summer support staff
- Post Camp
- Ensuring ongoing / year-round engagement with camp families
- Surveying camp families at the end of each session to assess program strengths and growth areas
- Surveying camp families throughout the year, on a quarterly basis, to learn their programmatic interests, likelihood to return to and recommend camp to others, etc.
The Youth & Family Programs Manager will...
- Lead outreach, develop content, manage contracting and logistics, and serve as the primary leader of 4 – 6 on-site, multi-day, youth retreats annually (with additional retreat staff assisting with and/or leading programming)
- Remain in contact with partnering Jewish day schools and synagogue religious school programs, as needed, with the assistance and support from the YFP Director and Associate
- Track and work within the retreat program budget with assistance and support from the YFP Director
- Provide input on marketing materials and strategies as requested by the YFP Director
- Assist with recruitment, hiring, and necessary training of retreat staff
Urban Adamah offers a variety of programs designed for families. Our programs give families the opportunity to experience the farm through hands-on activities that connect us to the food we eat, our bodies, Jewish values, and the cycles of nature. The Youth & Family Programs Manager will...
- Maintain existing programs, such as Tot Shabbats, Sprouts Family Days, etc.
- Execute new family programming initiatives as directed by the YFP Director
The Youth & Family Programs Manager will...
- Provide guidance and support to the Marketing Manager with all Youth & Family Programs focused marketing
- Help ensure all programs are well known in the community and are attractive to a growing number of potential participants
You are passionate about Urban Adamah’s mission and have the background and experience to support your team’s work with administrative excellence. You are able to see the big picture of how administrative support responsibilities fit within the larger vision of an organization. You possess a love of getting down the details, creating new organizational systems, and coming up with self-guided solutions to problems.
We are open to applicants with varying levels and types of experience, provided that the applicant displays the skills required to successfully execute the job described above. You might be a good fit if you possess / demonstrate the following...
BACKGROUND & INTERESTS
- Have experience and love working with youth and their families
- Strong knowledge and experience in experiential, play-based education
- Interest in outdoor education and/or Jewish education
- An appreciation for the natural world and for how deeper connection to it can elevate and bring greater meaning to our individual and shared lives
- A personal commitment to tikkun olam, fixing the brokenness in our world, and excitement to develop opportunities for others to share in that work
- Facilitation experience in small and large groups
- Background in early education through high school and/or childhood growth and development
COMMUNICATION & COLLABORTATION
- Possess strong interpersonal skills and can collaborate well with a range of colleagues and other stakeholders
- Are a people person at your core that loves connecting and building community around you; developing partnerships is your idea of a good time, and you would look forward to meeting folks who might want to host an event at the farm, or have a program idea to pitch
- Are comfortable and effective working independently and as a member of a team, in both leadership and supporting roles
MOTIVATION, ORGANIZATION & SUPERVISION
- Are a self-starter
- Have a way of creating intentional community quickly and attuning people to the ethos, pedagogy, and feeling of an organization in a short period of time
- Are highly organized, able to track and execute on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, and are detail oriented
- Are comfortable maintaining multiple channels of communication (text, email, phone, Slack) and independently managing your workflow to keep projects on track
- Have experience as a supervisor, and are proficient in nurturing your supervisee’s professional growth, delegating work without losing accountability for it, and can help a supervisee prioritize and troubleshoot their workload
- Like to play, be silly, creative and/or consider yourself musically inclined
STRATEGY & PROBLEM SOLVING
- Enjoy problem solving, seeing it as an opportunity to connect with and support others and the organization
- Are willing to be vulnerable and share potential problems as they begin to bubble up
- Are comfortable asking for help and thought partnership when necessary
- Demonstrate a good balance of self-confidence and humility, can name and make the most of your strengths, and welcome feedback that will lead you to grow and develop as a professional
- Appreciate a work environment where you are supported, encouraged, and sometimes pushed to learn new things or consider doing things differently
The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities:
- Typing, writing, reading, hearing, and speaking
- Standing and walking for several hours, as well as sitting, squatting, crawling, climbing, and lifting up to 30 pounds
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a full-time benefited, and exempt position that includes healthcare, holidays, and paid time off. The salary range for this position is $63,000 – $72,000 per year. Comprehensive benefits include...
- 100% health care coverage for self and 50% coverage of dependents in a Silver Tier Kaiser plan or its equivalent in our carrier’s options
- 80% coverage of dental insurance for self
- Paid vacation days beginning at 15 days; 20 days in second year; incremental increase to 25 days
- 5 paid sick days per year
- Up to 20 paid holidays (a mix of both national and Jewish holidays)
- Tax-free retirement account after 2 years
- A pre-tax FSA for medical, dependent care, and transit
- Paid and unpaid parental, medical, and bereavement leave (following 1 year of employment)
- Paid Jury Duty leave
- Unpaid time off
Given that retreats and family programs often happen on evenings and weekends the YFP Manager will need to work on evenings and weekends and, on occasion, more than 40 hours per week to fulfill the duties of the position. When not on site facilitating a program, the general hours of employment are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday. The YFP Manager is expected to be on site at minimum of 15 minutes before camp staff arrive each day. The Manager will supervise the after-camp coordinator and is often required to stay to speak with families and support campers who are here for a full day. We recognize that summer camp requires an excess of 40 hours a week when in session and we work to arrange additional time off at the end of the season to account for the hard work that goes into making summer camp a success.
This position will be initially supervised by the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation, Allegra Guarino with plans to transition over to the Youth & Family Programs Director in early 2023.
How to Apply:
We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from diverse backgrounds. This includes Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian people, LGBTQ, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. We affirmatively seek to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION INCLUDES
Cover letter, resume, three professional references with how you know them, and responses to the following short questions. Bullet pointed lists are welcome as responses to the short questions, if preferred by the applicant (maximum 200 words for each).
- Please share how you personally relate to Urban Adamah’s mission.
- Please share an example of a Youth & Family program you would hope to create and offer at Urban Adamah, and what goals you would have for the program.
- Please give an overview of the content you would include in summer day camp staff orientation, noting aspects you would expect to lead and which, if any, you would want others to lead.
- In what ways have you experienced, engaged with, or led work around cultural responsiveness and diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional life?
Applications will be received and reviewed until October 11, 2022. After this time, we may continue to review applications on a rolling basis, however, encourage candidates to apply before the deadline and/or as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the application or the position, please contact the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation, Allegra Guarino at firstname.lastname@example.org.