Job Description – Staff Engagement Coordinator
Summer 2021

Background: The URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp is a residential, Jewish summer camp located in Utica, MS that serves campers ages 7-16, who spend between ten days and six weeks on-site during the summer. We strive to create a healthy, nurturing environment for campers and staff to try new activities, build meaningful relationships, and grow their Jewish identities. We are seeking a qualified candidate to join our team as the Staff Engagement Coordinator, who will focus on staff development, wellness, and engagement.


  • Dedication to the Jacobs Camp Mission and Vision;
  • Current college junior or older;
  • Previous experience in a leadership and/or management capacity in a camp setting or related field;
  • Desire to better the experience of staff and campers;
  • Maturity and professionalism – must be an appropriate mentor to summer staff;
  • Ability to creatively plan, schedule and execute programming that helps build strong relationships and a positive staff environment;
  • Must be self-starter, must demonstrate high-level organizational skills and be able to manage large caseload with minimal supervision;
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel.


  • Build healthy, fun, supportive staff community through formal and informal interactions
  • Create and implement a Staff Development Curriculum:
    • Partner with professional staff to plan and execute staff skill-building activities during pre-summer orientation and throughout the summer
    • Utilize visiting faculty throughout the summer to plan staff continued education sessions based on the needs and interests of the summer staff
  • Create, implement, manage, and publicize a master staff activities calendar
    • Identify exciting, fun ways to create staff community
    • Coordinate daily camp activities for staff participation at night (such as athletics, arts, adventure activities, etc.) that may be facilitated by other camp staff
  • Serve as a mentor, support, and sounding board for staff as they face challenges in performing their camp roles
    • Help staff navigate interpersonal challenges (such as conflict with fellow staff members, approaching a unit head or director about a problem, etc.)
    • Support staff in balancing personal needs with responsibilities to campers and fellow staff
    • Problem-solve with staff as they experience camper challenges
  • Serve as the liaison to Professional Staff in their efforts to provide a fulfilling, professional staff experience:
    • Keep your “fingers on the pulse” of the staff
    • Maintain consistent, thorough, and honest communication with Professional Staff regarding feedback from summer staff and your observations;
    • Aid in communicating schedule, program, policy and other changes to staff
  • Support overall camp program, in partnership with Summer Program Coordinator, by assisting with special programs, all-camp events, and other projects as they develop
  • Assist the Summer Leadership Team and Professional Team in other projects and responsibilities, as assigned.

Designated Supervisor: Assistant Director