Job Opportunities

 

DAY CAMP COUNSELORS

 

We have openings at the Westside Jewish Community Center for Camp Counselors in our 2015 Summer Day Camp program. These seasonal positions are available for 10 weeks starting June 8th-August 14th. Our caring and enthusiastic counselors participate along with campers in a variety of activities: swimming, outdoor activities, crafts, drama, sports and nature.

Duties include:
• Attendance at mandatory orientation June 8th-June 12th 
• Provide quality customer service at all times
• Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving
• Help each participant meet camp goals established for camper development
• Guide group/individual campers to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities
• Assist in teaching or leading activities as needed or as assigned
• Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures; apply appropriate behavior management techniques
• Attend all staff meetings throughout the summer
• Maintain good attendance
• Follow all camp rules and regulations 

Minimum Qualifications:
• High School graduate
• Previous camp or childcare experience essential
• Auditory, visual, ambulatory, cognitive, communications and physical ability to complete major tasks at camp
• Ability to relate to and communicate with one's peer group, parents, as well as to campers' age and skill levels
• Ability to accept guidance and supervision
• Ability to assist in teaching an activity; specialized knowledge required for sports, gymnastics and arts camps
• Ability to assist campers in emergency situations; including fire, evacuation, illness or injury
• Good character, integrity and adaptability
• Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self control
• Past Judaic experiences/knowledge preferred
• Current American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification preferred 

TO APPLY, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK

https://westsidejcc.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App 

 

 

DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

 

Position Open:                      Director of Early Childhood Education

Hours:                                     Full Time

                                                 Includes some evening & weekend hours

Compensation:                     WJCC offers a competitive compensation package.

                                                 Benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, program discounts, etc.

                                                 Salary is commensurate with experience

Starting Date:                        Winter 2015

 

Overall Responsibility:

Westside Jewish Community Center seeks an ECE Director with expertise in early childhood education and management oversight. Our preschool has been celebrated for building a strong sense of community, with an emphasis on Jewish values, through its over sixty years. Our present learning approach is developmental, serving children from 2 years old until transitional kindergarten.

The ECE Director will be the central leadership figure for our preschool community and a key member of WJCC’s management team. The ideal candidate will be innovative, energetic, collaborative, and a lifelong learner. The ECE Director will guide a change process that will take the school forward and meet the needs of a diverse demographic and a growing and rapidly evolving JCC. We are looking for a Director who blends expertise on best practices within early childhood education with the organizational and collaborative skills necessary to manage a diverse staff in a dynamic setting.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

 The primary job functions of the ECE Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement age appropriate curriculum based in Jewish values
  • Provide professional vision and leadership to ECE staff
  • Oversee program growth and recruitment of new families
  • Enhance and maintain strong relationships with families
  • Facilitate regular and proactive communication with parents through a variety of paperless venues such as email, blogs, social medical, etc.
  • Supervise, mentor and evaluate teaching staff and guide ongoing staff development and training
  • Oversee ongoing administrative duties and smooth running of school
  • Develop and follow budget for ECE program and ensure best business practices
  • Ensure all state licensing requirements are meet
  • Develop and implement promotion plan for ECE programs
  • Develop and lead non-classroom programs for the ECE department that are open to wider community of preschool aged children and their families
  • Identify and develop fundraising opportunities to support ECE programming
  • Participate as a collaborative member of the WJCC programming and management staff teams

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Early Childhood Education or related field strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years of staff and business management experience
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Jewish holiday cycle, values and traditions

The successful candidate will also demonstrate:

  • Entrepreneurial drive
  • Proven business management acumen
  • Proven ability to plan, originate, organize ECE curriculum and carry out daily and special programs
  • Creativity and an imaginative Jewish programming perspective
  • Strong understanding of ECE marketing and recruitment strategies
  • Exceptional skill and capacity for engagement and relationship building with diverse constituencies.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a sample of a communication to parents, to jobs@westsidejcc.org.

 

 

DILLER TEEN FELLOWS PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The Diller Teen Fellows is an immersive experiential education program for incoming 10th and 11th graders designed to inspire and promote leadership among Jewish youth. This International program began in San Francisco 18 years ago and has since expanded to include 10 North American communities, a growing number of international communities, and an equivalent number of Israeli communities

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Develop and lead scheduled workshops and retreats throughout the year in accordance with the Diller mission, vision, and goals
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to 20 program participants, 2 Junior Counselors, and one senior counselor
  • Manage the marketing, recruitment, interviewing and selection process for 20 participants for each upcoming program year
  • Design, co-lead, and supervise, in partnership with Israeli Tel Aviv Coordinator, seminars in Los Angeles and in Israel
  • Ongoing curriculum development and program evaluation in coordination with Diller program guidance
  • Budget management with assistance from department head and administrative support
  • Active participation in local Diller Teen Fellows Advisory Committee meetings
  • Active participation in national and international conference calls and professional development seminars
  • Promote the program locally in collaboration with other local organizations
  • Engage parents of participating teens and local program alumni in focused ways that help them understand and contribute to the experience their teens are having
  • Plan and manage all logistics related to workshops and retreats, service learning projects, Israel education and travel planning
  • Coordinate and actively work to with the Los Angeles Diller Teen Fellows Advisory Board
  • Serve as a member of WJCC staff team and work collaboratively with the Teen Department

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, it is operated in Los Angeles by the Westside Jewish Community Center. Over the course of the 15 month fellowship, Diller Teen Fellows focus on:

  • Jewish identity development
  • Leadership skills development
  • Israel-Diaspora connections
  • Community service and tikkun olam

Currently, Los Angeles is offering this program to its 8th cohort of teens. Each year, twenty Diller Teen Fellows are selected and paired with twenty Diller Teen Fellows in Tel Aviv. The two groups participate in a parallel curriculum which includes:

  • 12 Sunday workshops
  • 2 weekend retreats Shabbatonim (retreats)
  • 2 overnights
  • A ten day spring seminar in Los Angeles during which the Israeli teens visit with their North American peers and learn about the Los Angeles Jewish community (including a weekend shabbaton)
  • A three-week summer seminar in Israel that brings the North American and Israeli teens together for a second intensive and immersive experience

                                       

EDUCATION OR TRAINING EQUIVALENT TO:

  • BA in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Jewish Studies, or related field; MA preferred
  • Experience developing and leading programming addressing Jewish identity development, youth leadership development, community service, and Israel education..
  • Experience in experiential education, group facilitation, program development and/or management

 

DESIRABLE PARTICULAR QUALIFICATIONS (SKILLS, ABILITIES, LICENSE):

  • Proven success developing personal connections with and mentoring Jewish teens
  • Understanding of and appreciation for Israeli culture, preferably including extended time in Israel and at least a beginning-intermediate understanding of Israeli history, politics, and geography
  • Basic knowledge of Hebrew
  • Knowledge of the Los Angeles and/or North American Jewish community and prior experience working collaboratively with community professionals
  • Strong facilitation, education, organization, and communication skills required to effectively interact with, lead, and inspire a diverse body of teens, parents, community leaders and staff, as well as to effectively collaborate with partner agency staff
  • Administrative and management skills including budget management, scheduling, and communications management
  • Ability to collaborate in an international partnership and to work with and contribute to an international peer network of Diller Teen Fellow Coordinators
  • Availability to some work nights and weekends, including travel to Israel for 3 weeks during the summer as well as additional travel during the year to a variety of conferences and trainings

 

THE DETAILS:

This is an exempt, time-limited, full-time position.   Compensation and benefits package will be negotiated depending on experience.

The Diller Coordinator’s full-time employment at Westside JCC will commence on September 1, 2015. A generous stipend and all travel expenses will be provided for staffing the Israel trip and any related preparatory work from July 1 to August 4, 2015.

The Diller Coordinator reports to the Assistant Executive Director.

 

Please send résumé and cover letter to jobs@westsidejcc.org.