Careers at The J

Thank you for your interest in working at The J. We are an equal opportunity organization and believe a diverse staff helps us better serve our clients.

Please fill out and submit our employment application. If an opportunity isn’t currently available, we’ll keep you in mind for future positions.

Open positions:

Director of Camping Services

The Valley of the Sun JCC’s Director of Camping Services oversees the creation, promotion, staffing, curriculum and administrative functioning of the camping programs, including summer, fall, winter and spring. Our Director of Camping Services maintains compliance with state licensing and our accreditation with American Camping Association. Each year, the Director leads all efforts to develop and deliver an annual array of camp programs and opportunities that are fresh, current and keep pace with current trends. The Director is responsible for the creation and execution of a successful budget and works with stakeholders to develop/deliver a vision for camp that is compelling, creative and profitable. This position will also oversee all Youth Family programs throughout the year ad ensure that Shemesh branding is prominent at most J programming as a whole.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for administration of all aspects of day camp and “break” camp programs
  • Define camp goals and define and plan program to reflect camp goals
  • Run the day to day operations of the summer camp and be responsible for all Shemesh Camp at The J facilities
  • Maintain and review records and evaluations of all programs, operations, staff and facilities
  • Manage all contractual requirements including vendors, specialty camp leaders and transportation
  • Attend Department Directors and staff meetings
  • Attend and coordinate Camp Committee meetings to be held monthly
  • Maintain state licensing for all programs and ACA accreditation ensuring that camp complies with all applicable rules/regulations related to licensing and accreditation
  • Oversee all camper data base information with the camp administrator
  • Oversight of all on site Camp facilities for safety, cleanliness and repairs/upgrades as needed
  • Develop, implement and oversee all aspects of the camp budget

Customer Service

  • Develop customer service priorities, standards and procedures
  • Train staff to meet the service standards
  • Create detailed and current handbooks for staff and parents
  • Handles difficult or emotional customer service situations
  • Responds promptly to customer service needs
  • Solicit customer feedback to improve service
  • Responds to parents and community emails and calls within 24 hours

Marketing and Recruitment

  • Plan and execute a Day Camp marketing strategy in conjunction with JCC Marketing Director including:
    • Camp brochure
    • Ads, press releases and promotional pieces
    • Parent manual and all parent packet materials
    • All camp forms
  • Recruitment of campers through participation in-person meetings, camp fairs, parlor meetings, etc.


  • Responsible for oversight of all Camp staff and cooperation, collaboration and interface with all other JCC personnel
  • Supervise the Coordinators, Assistant Camp Director, Office Manager and Camp Registrar and all other year round staff
  • Hire and oversee summer staff and meet regularly with directors, unit heads, specialists, and others in positions of responsibility
  • Prepare and conduct pre-camp and in-service staff trainings
  • Provide ongoing training for staff
  • Provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among all staff


  • Develop and maintain the camp budget and all appropriate reporting

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree preferred in an area of recreation or human services related field
  • Proven experience in directing camp programs, preferably JCC camping
  • Minimum two years’ supervisory experience
  • Ability to plan, originate, organize and carry out daily and special programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet the public, resolve issues in a mature manner and relate to camp customers
  • Current CPR and first aid certifications

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Lead, Pre-Teachers, Teacher Assistants

We are a play-based preschool looking for a few loving, experienced and dedicated staff members to join our team for the 2018-2019 school year. Though we are founded on Jewish values, we welcome staff and families of all faiths. Our ideal candidates have patience, enthusiasm, confidence, and a love of learning and for children.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and implementing phonics, handwriting, science, math and art into a play-based inspired curriculum
  • Encouraging and fostering a positive parent relationship in the classroom
  • Documenting children’s work via pictures and portfolios
  • Organizing and maintaining a safe, clean and nurturing classroom environment
  • Remaining calm and multi-tasking in fast-paced environment with a SMILE

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years preschool program experience
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree for Lead Teacher, High School/GED and 18+ for Substitutes and assistants
  • Hours: Part-time and full-time opportunities
  • Pay: Based on experience

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Certified Pilates Instructor

Pilates Instructors must specialize in instructing by means of the classical method and current techniques to ensure safety and quality of experience to members. Candidate must be experienced and willing to teach Group Reformer classes as well as perform private sessions.

Direct Report
Fitness Director

Essential Functions / Responsibilities / Duties

  • Attract and retain members by consistently providing excellent customer service and classroom experiences
  • Participate with the Pilates Studio at The J toward member retention and monthly revenue goals
  • Provide clients with comprehensive program designs to help members achieve results, ensure they are satisfied with their workout program, and remain motivated to attain their personal fitness goals
  • Assist with integrating new members into the JCC which includes conducting demo sessions to assess and recommend
  • Pilates Reformer training programs, and demonstrate care through timely follow-up communication
  • Maintain a clean studio space which includes returning the area to a condition of cleanliness and respect teachers and members that share the space

Experience & Skills

  • Must have current Pilates training and certification
  • Must have at least two years’ experience teaching with the reformer
  • Ability to promote/sell Pilates training packages
  • Ability to adhere to flexible schedule and work independently
  • Obtain CPR certification within 30 days of hire Must be able to successfully pass a background check

Working Conditions / Location
Scottsdale, Arizona

As needed and required by the position.


Physical Requirements / Demands
Standing, walking, repetitive motions, bending, stretching.

Education / Specialized Training
Pilates Certification / PMA

Must practice and promote safety at all times.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Personal Trainer

Summary of Essential Job Functions
Our busy fitness and community center is in need of a Personal Trainer to offer fitness guidance through training sessions with our clients. The successful applicant will not only be responsible for taking on existing clients based on need, but also for soliciting new business and teaching gym members about the benefits of personal training. We’re looking for a motivated individual with experience in personal training and fitness promotion. We are looking to grow our training and group fitness programs and want to staff the facility with the best in the business. Since we are trying to grow our program with a needed younger clientele base, trainers with experience in working with youth, teens, and active young professionals will receive top priority. We are also bringing in a new program that is similar to a boot camp and HIIT style workout that will make us the first in the valley to have it! We would like to have a trainer be able to successfully lead this class and possibly others in addition to their personal training clients.


  • Personal Trainers should have a current accredited certification and / or accredited bachelor’s degree in the health field.
  • Group Fitness certification a plus.
  • Sales experience a plus.
  • CPR certification a must.

Job Type

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Kids Club Team Member

Direct Report
Kids Club Supervisor

Summary of Essential Job Functions
Kids Club Team Member is responsible for supervising children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work weekends.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Greet members and maintain a friendly and professional demeanor at all times
  • Maintain the cleanliness of toys and kids club area following each shift
  • Able to work well with groups of kids / infants in a safe and responsible manner
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations

Other Requirements
Must pass background check, get fingerprint clearance card, and submit TB test results.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Van Driver

Direct Report
Sr. Manager of Youth Services

Essential Functions / Responsibilities / Duties
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is seeking Club J bus drivers/trolley drivers. Club J is the after-school program for grades K-5. The program has 200+ kids annually. The ideal candidate will need to be highly organized, prompt, reliable, and timely. The position requires energy, attention to detail, creativity, professionalism and willingness to work with a group of people towards the common goal of creating an outstanding after-school program. The safety of the children is the number one priority. Driver must be able to keep their group safe at all times and provide a fun, nurturing setting.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Meeting the physical, social and emotional needs of the children
  • Direct supervision of the children while transporting them to and from their activities
  • Direct supervision of the children while transporting them to and from their school
  • Ability to positively manage the group
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different activity changes with short notice
  • Follow instructions and guidelines of the Club J program
  • Responsible for check in/out procedure of child participants
  • Adhere to Club J policies and procedures
  • Keep track of where every child is at all times

Minimum Requirements

  • Pass background check with positive results
  • Have a license and clean driving record
  • TB Test required
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card required-we can process
  • CPR-we can process through training
  • Professional behavior
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to manage groups of children
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Reliable/excellent attendance

Working Conditions / Location
Scottsdale, Arizona

As needed and required by the position.


Physical Requirements / Demands
Sitting, standing, walking, repetitive motions, bending, stretching.

Education / Specialized Training
Valid driver’s license, CPR & First Aid.

Experience & Skills

  • Prior experience working with children ages 5 – 12
  • Experience driving a 15 passenger van or bus; preferred

Must practice and promote safety at all times.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.