Jewish Programs Manager

Job Title: Jewish Programs Manager
Department: Program
Reports to: Program Director
Location: San Francisco

About Tawonga

Tawonga’s mission is to provide educational and recreational programs for children, adults and families that help them develop as healthy and participating members of the Jewish and secular communities. We believe that immersing children in community building, Jewish values and nature helps them become their best selves. They use the experience of Tawonga to make the world a better place. We run programs at our residential campsite next to Yosemite National Park and in the Bay Area, serving 5,000 people a year.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Camp Tawonga is an Equal Opportunity Employer, values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive environment for all employees. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, and to hiring people of color, LGBTQ individuals and women. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and organizational need.

About Tawonga’s Culture

At Camp Tawonga, we are a close-knit, collaborative, joyous group of professionals who take pride in fulfilling our mission and having fun while doing it. We have deep respect for our community, the children and the families we serve; for nature and the physical world; and for Jewish value of “tikkun olam” – repairing the world. Some of us are life-long camp people and for others, it’s our first time working for a camp. We are a Jewish organization, and we welcome and are inclusive of all staff and community members, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. We are over two years into our own mission critical JEDI work (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) and are committed to both the tough and introspective reflections and learnings it requires and to a refresh of our policies and practices to support an equity culture. We also value interpersonal connection. With COVID, we host informal Zoom lunches and other activities to nurture those connections. We are eager to meet and get to know you.

Job Purpose

To provide program development, coordination, administration and management of Tawonga’s Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah Program (TBM) and Tawonga Family School.

Values and Shared Expectations

Act as a representative of the organization and demonstrate its goals in a positive and professional manner to all. Demonstrate professionalism and accountability. Provide excellent customer service. Take initiative to analyze and solve problems, treat others with courtesy and respect, respond to customer needs, maintain a high degree of ethics, integrity and confidentiality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversight of TBM Classes, Retreats and Other Gatherings
    • Organize, plan and coordinate classes, retreats, Kabbalat Shabbat services and adult learning
    • Teach classes and education sessions on retreats and lead family education sessions
    • Provide support and feedback on classroom management and other issues that arise
    • Manage challenging student situations
  • Oversight of TBM and Tawonga Family School Program Curriculum
    • Ensure a fun, safe and meaningful program for students and families
    • Oversee and update curriculum yearly for classes, retreats, family learning and orientation
    • Responsible for class materials
    • Research new program ideas and implement best practices
  • Liaison for Students and Families
    • Market and recruit for Tawonga Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah Program including 2-3 information sessions and presentations at Camp Tawonga to recruit new families
    • Market and recruit for Tawonga Family School including 2-3 information sessions and presentations at Camp Tawonga to recruit new families
    • Enroll target registration numbers during each registration cycle (approximately 130 students per year)
    • Build and nurture relationships and communicate regularly with students and families
    • Support program vision including analyzing data and incorporating parent feedback
  • Supervision, Hiring and Training
    • Hire, train and supervise 1-2 Lead Educators and 6-8 Teaching Assistants per year for TBM
    • Hire and train teachers for Tawonga Family School (beginning for Fall 2022)
    • Hire, train, and supervise approximately 25 retreat staff
    • In coordination with Tawonga HR staff, ensure hiring compliance (e.g. I9 verification)
  • Program Logistics
    • Provide thorough logistical support in scheduling, developing and carrying out Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah services
    • Oversee logistics for classes, retreats and family engagement events including but not limited to room rentals, ordering supplies, updating the website and securing buses
    • Support in Tawonga Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah Program grant preparation and grant reporting as needed
    • Create and maintain all communication including: calendars, lists, campminder, emails, Facebook groups and website content
    • Support and respond to inquiry emails
    • Collect, review and respond to student forms
  • Oversight of Mentorship and Mitzvah Projects
    • Oversee mentorship program including recruitment of mentors, training and matching mentors
    • Oversee the mitzvah project including researching organizations, pairing students with projects and overseeing their participation
  • Support Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah Service Planning
    • Prepare service/song leaders to have a consistent outline and system for services
    • Support families in service date selection, service details and location selection
    • Manage simcha calendar and all supply reservations and logistics
    • Coordinate with families on ceremony logistics and supplies
    • Organize program testimonials and photos for marketing, grants and evaluation
    • Schedule mentorship trainings and meetings
    • Oversee the rental and inventory management of Tawonga Judaica
  • Additional Functions
    • Collaborate on new programs as needed
    • Provide information to community on Camp Tawonga, via phone, email, mailings, outreach events, and others as assigned
    • Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs including but not limited to answering phones and working bus duty in the summer

Training, Experience, Skills, and Qualities

  • Required
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)
    • Comfortable learning new technical/computer skills and troubleshooting tech issues
    • Strong writing, proofreading and verbal communication skills in English
    • Excellent time management skills
    • A minimum of 2 years of professional, administrative or program management experience
  • Preferred
    • Interest in Jewish education and desire to grow in this field
    • Experience working with 11-13 year-olds
    • Proficient in Photoshop

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made that enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
    • Typing, writing, reading, hearing, and speaking
    • Use of hands and fingers to operate office equipment, especially a computer
    • Standing, walking, kneeling, and frequent sitting with some lifting up to 30 pounds

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt, year-round, benefitted position. Camp Tawonga offers a competitive compensation package which includes medical, dental, life insurance, retirement with company match and contribution, and paid sick and vacation leave.

To Apply

To ensure consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position. We will schedule interviews on a rolling basis. Send applications to with “Jewish Program Manager” in the subject line.

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