Camp JORI is seeking to identify a dynamic leader to be its next Camp Director. This is a full-time, year-round position that reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors. The Camp Director also works alongside and is a peer with the agency Director of Administration and Outreach who is responsible for resource development and business management of the organization.
CAMP JORI HISTORY & BACKGROUND
Camp JORI is a non-profit [501-c-3] overnight camp in Rhode Island, established in 1937 by the Jewish Children's Home of Rhode Island, an orphanage. The Camp is ACA Accredited, receives support from the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI, but is not affiliated with any specific Jewish movement. For most of its history, Camp JORI was small and operated from its former location in Narragansett, RI. In 1999 Camp JORI, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, purchased 250 acres bordering Worden's Pond, the largest lake in Rhode Island. Once initial construction was completed in 2003 the camp moved to its current location in South Kingstown where it continues to expand and improve its facilities and has doubled enrollment providing a sense of belonging and community for our area’s unaffiliated and interfaith families fostering connections across congregations, movements and organizations for nearly 400 children and their families each year.
MISSION & VALUES
Camp JORI's mission is to provide a quality overnight Jewish camping experience available to all families in a safe and supportive setting. One of our core values is that "no child will be denied an opportunity to attend due to inability to pay" and that the camp be affordable for full paying families. The financial diversity of our Board, staff and children is a source of great pride. Neither the camp staff nor our Board knows the identity of children receiving financial assistance as an independent social worker retained by Camp JORI reviews applications for aid. This is a critical element of our mission and philosophy. Each year the camp awards nearly $300,000 in financial assistance.
The camp also seeks to be welcoming to the broadest components of the Jewish community including interfaith and nonobservant families. The camp has a kosher kitchen and offers Friday evening and Havdalah services. Annually the camp recruits councilors from Israel and the oldest campers are provided a six-week Israel experience. The camp is proud of its counselors’ commitment to stress Jewish values. Camp JORI is also proud of the caring family culture that has been created over many years. The director home at camp is the nerve center and gathering place for the staff. Much of the former staff has strong memories of being up at the director’s house and the friendships that have developed and continued through the years/been enduring.
The camp is co-ed and operates four major programs. These include: a four week overnight camping experience for children ages 7-13, a Leadership program for young teens ages 14-15, and a small day camp program for children ages 5-6 and those not yet ready for an overnight experience (up to age 10). Our inclusion program, Reaching Up, provides a highly structured overnight camping experience for children with special needs that began in 2006 and continues to this day. Camp JORI also offers a month long experience in Israel for campers that have completed the Leadership program who may return to Camp for an additional two-week Counselor-in-Training experience.
The camp provides a broad program experience that includes athletics, swimming, boating, visual and performing arts, and Jewish religious and cultural experiences. We pride ourselves on the broad population we serve and our success at integrating a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds into a close, caring community each summer. JORI sets no restrictions on the race, religion, color, ethnicity, or sexual orientation of our campers and staff.
Camp JORI sits on over 72 acres of pristine woodland, on the largest lake in Rhode Island with an exceptional waterfront for boating and fishing, with woodland paths and pine groves. The site is surrounded by Nature Conservancy protected land. The buildings (built in 2002 through the present) are all state-of-the-art from the large dining hall with a professional kitchen; the recreation hall which can accommodate all of the campers at one time; the 350-seat theatre/auditorium/sanctuary; the cabins with showers and all single beds for sleeping; the LIT village for the older campers; the infirmary/health center which is a separate building; the playing fields for baseball/softball, soccer, basketball; the tennis courts; the two pools with slides and a fountain; nature trails, and everything to make Camp JORI among the finest of environments. Security is an important part of our program. Camp JORI employs well-trained and screened security staff each summer, who patrol the area and are available 24-hours a day. The camp facilities are also available for rent during the off-season for a wide variety of uses.
Camp JORI offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Year-round housing is also available.
Anyone interested in further information about Camp JORI should visit www.campjori.com. Potential candidates interested in applying for the position of Camp Director should send the following information electronically to Search Committee care of firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter and resume outlining all relevant education and experience
- A statement of philosophy as to the development of children and staff in the context of the camping experience
- The names and contact information of three (3) references that we may contact regarding your qualifications and experience.
Apply by: September 13 2015
Camp/Organization: Camp JORI (ACA Accredited)
Location: South Kingstown, RI
Type of Position: Director
Time Frame: Year Round
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. Year-round housing is also available.