FJC Fellowship: Applicant Information
The FJC Fellowship: Get a Full-Time Job — at Camp!
The FJC Fellowship connects talented recent graduates to careers in Jewish camp, and beyond. Through the FJC Fellowship, you will gain invaluable professional skills and work experience while working at Foundation for Jewish Camp, and spend your summers at Jewish camp!
The FJC Fellowship is a paid, 21-month fellowship for recent college graduates seeking professional opportunities in the field of Jewish Camp. Fellows spend the academic year working full-time at Foundation for Jewish Camp in New York City, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay Area. Each Fellow will work on different projects at FJC, providing valuable support for field-wide initiatives, large-scale FJC programs, and organizational operations. Fellows will be supervised by senior FJC professionals, attend key meetings and events, and be exposed to the inner workings of a national non-profit organization. Individually and as a cohort, Fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and mentorship from Jewish camp professionals. Fellows spend the summer working in a leadership role at a Jewish overnight or day camp.
We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of FJC Fellows! The application deadline is Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 11:59pm PT.
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What is the FJC Fellowship?
The FJC Fellowship is a paid, 21-month fellowship for recent college graduates seeking professional opportunities in the field of Jewish Camp. Fellows spend the academic year working full-time at Foundation for Jewish Camp in New York, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area. Each Fellow will work on different projects at FJC, providing valuable support for field-wide initiatives, large-scale FJC programs, and organizational operations. Fellows will be supervised by senior FJC professionals, attend key meetings and events, and be exposed to the inner workings of a national non-profit organization. Individually and as a cohort, Fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and mentorship from Jewish camp professionals. Fellows spend the summer working in a leadership role at a Jewish overnight or day camp.
What is FJC?
Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) fosters excellence and accelerates innovation at Jewish camps across North America by developing adaptive talent, deepening immersive learning experiences, and catalyzing field growth. Founded in 1998, FJC elevates Jewish camp on the cultural and philanthropic agenda, creating opportunities to engage even more young people in Jewish camp through groundbreaking programs such as One Happy Camper® and FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator. FJC advocates for over 300 day and overnight camps that provide nearly 180,000 campers and young staff each summer with a meaningful, personal, and lifelong connection to Judaism. FJC is a public 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
What are the 2021-2023 Fellowship Positions?
For this second cohort of the FJC Fellowship, we will be hiring 3 outstanding Fellows. Each fellow will work in a different programmatic area, supporting FJC’s leadership/professional development programs and educational initiatives for camp counselors and camp professionals. The 3 FJC Fellows will on the following program portfolios:
- Portfolio 1: Day Camp and Early Childhood Education
- Portfolio 2: Staff Engagement and Jewish Education
- Portfolio 3: Mental Health and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Applicants may apply for up to 2 Fellowship portfolios.
What are the programmatic components of the fellowship?
- Fellows spend a full summer working at a Jewish overnight or day camp in a leadership role.
- Fellows have the opportunity to visit 1-2 other Jewish camps in session during summer 2022, to gain exposure to the wider Jewish camp network.
- As a cohort, Fellows participate in regular Jewish learning, professional development sessions, and site visits to other Jewish organizations. These programs are designed with the unique interests of the specific Fellow cohort in mind.
- Individually, Fellows are provided with structured networking opportunities with Jewish camp and other Jewish professional leaders, as well as coaching and career mentorship.
What is the application process?
Ideal applicants are graduating college seniors or recent graduates who have experience with and a passion for Jewish camp. Applicants should be ready to spend the summer of 2022 at Jewish day or overnight camp. Applicants may apply for up to 2 Fellowship positions.
Here is how the process works:
- Step 1: Pre-Application –
- If you are not already connected to a Jewish camp – not a problem! Be in touch with Julie Finkelstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can talk through your many options.
- If you are already connected with Jewish camp, talk with your camp director! Since this is a long term commitment between the Fellow, FJC and the home camp, be sure to speak with your camp director first to see if this is a good fit right now for the camp organization too.
- Note: previous day camp experience is not a requirement for the day camp and early childhood portfolio
- Step 2: Application – Prospective Fellows complete an online application and camp directors complete an online reference form and sign a Participation Agreement with FJC. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure both parts of the application (theirs and the camp director’s) are submitted by the deadline.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 11:59pm PT.
- Step 3: Interviews – there will be 2-3 rounds of interviews for finalist candidates. Interviews will occur in early to mid March, and applicants and camps will be informed of their selection by late March.
How long is the time commitment?
This is a 21-month fellowship. The following is the timeline for the 2021-2023 Fellow cohort:
- September 2021: FJC Fellowship Orientation in New York – Fellowship begins!
- September 2021-May 2022: Fellows work at FJC
- May 2022-August 2022: Fellows work at a Jewish overnight or day camp
- September 2022-May 2023: Fellows work at FJC
- May 31, 2023: Fellowship Concludes
*Fellows are encouraged to work at camp in summer 2021 and/or summer 2023 if they desire, and a position is available. This time, however, is optional and outside of the formal framework of the Fellowship.
Do fellows receive compensation and benefits?
Yes! Fellows receive an annual prorated salary of $50,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.
Benefits include a company-paid Group Medical Bridge plan that provides additional out of-pocket coverage for a variety of medical services; commuter benefit; Flexible Spending Account; 401K plan; vacation and sick time (prorated for partial years worked); early closure for Shabbat and major holiday eves; and office closure for all major Jewish and secular holidays.
Fellows are compensated annually by FJC, and will not earn additional compensation from their home camp for summer 2022. Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.
Please contact Julie Finkelstein with any questions.