POSITION TITLE: Maccabi Games Assistant Director
REPORTS TO: Maccabi Games Director
The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and are the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Since their inception in 1982, the Games have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to an annual event that welcomes thousands of competitors and fans to multiple sites nationwide. Today, more than 6,000 teens, ranging from 12-16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games each summer, providing teens with a defining Jewish experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
During the JCC Maccabi Games, which span five days, athletes compete in a wide variety of sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, track and field, volleyball, golf, table tennis, and swimming. The sports competitions are held in various sporting venues throughout the city. Each year, the Games are kicked off with Olympic-style Opening Ceremonies at a favorite hometown arena. One of the highlights of the week is JCC Cares, a day of community service where all teens come together to give back to their host city in a meaningful way. The intensive, hands-on, and meaningful experiences offered through the Games provide teens – many, for the first time – the opportunity to feel part of the greater Jewish people.
The JCC Maccabi Assistant Director is responsible for ensuring an effective orchestration of the JCC Maccabi Games by maintaining strong lines of communication between committees, delegations, staff, and volunteers.
The JCC Maccabi Assistant Director must be prepared to do whatever is necessary to help the Director and their staff, run a smooth and organized set of Games. Within the last several months of the program and during the program week itself, this will require considerable time above and beyond the normal 40-hour work week. The Assistant Director must be able to work with a wide variety of volunteers and staff; and to remain calm while working under pressure.