FJC Fellowship: Camp Partner Information

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. Fellows spend the summer working in a leadership role at a Jewish overnight or day camp. 

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. 

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

Click here for a full job description. 

Applicants may apply for up to 2 Fellowship portfolios.

*FJC has already heard from a number of excellent candidates who are currently unaffiliated with a Jewish camp. If your organization would be interested in connecting with these young adults to consider applying for the Fellowship together, please be in touch with Julie Finkelstein at julie@jewishcamp.org.

2021-2023 Fellow Cohort Timeline:
  • September 2021: FJC Fellowship Orientation in New York – Fellowship begins!
  • September 2021-May 2022: Fellows work at FJC** 
  • May/June 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.

**FJC’s main headquarters office is in New York City.  We will also consider applicants interested in being based in Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area.  

The Application Process

Ideal applicants are graduating college seniors or recent graduates who have experience with and a passion for Jewish camp. The application period is open from January 19, 2021 – February 16, 2021 and includes a written application from the prospective Fellow and an online reference form from the home camp’s camp director or other senior year-round professional. 

Click here to complete the Camp Directors’ Reference Form

Click here for a PDF preview of the form

The application and reference form are due by Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.

Applicants are encouraged to speak with camp leadership before applying to ensure the Fellowship (and this particular applicant) are a good fit for the camp organization and this particular opportunity right now.  More than one applicant from a camp may apply, though FJC may ask you for additional guidance and perspective in these cases.  

There will be 2-3 rounds of interviews for finalist candidates in early to mid March, and applicants and camps will be informed of their selection by the end of March.

Click here for a preview of the fellows application.

Camp Commitments

Fellows are full time FJC employees for the entire 21-month Fellowship experience, including the months they are working at their Jewish camp. Interested camp partners must commit to the following in order to participate in the Fellowship program:

  • Hire the Fellow to work at camp for summer 2022, in a seasonal leadership role (e.g. unit leader, activity head, or other senior/supervisory position).*
  • Pay $6,000 to FJC to account for Fellow’s summer compensation, some pre-camp/year round work, and program administration. Camps are not expected to compensate Fellows additionally for their work at camp during summer 2022. 
  • Cover the Fellow’s travel to and from camp (according to camp’s policy for all staff), and any year-round camp staff training gatherings they are required to attend.
  • Host the Fellow’s FJC supervisor for a visit to the Fellow at camp in summer 2022.
  • Allow the Fellow to participate in an FJC site visit of another Jewish camp in summer 2022 to expand their knowledge of and exposure to the broader field (separate from a day off from camp).
  • Semi-annual check-ins with the Fellow and their FJC supervisor to enhance the Fellow’s professional growth and continuity of professional development

 *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.

FJC Commitments
  • Fellows receive an annual, prorated salary of $50,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage; a company-paid Group Medical Bridge plan that provides additional out-of-pocket protection for a variety of medical services; commuter benefit; Flexible Spending Account; 401K plan; paid vacation annually (prorated for partial years worked); early closure for Shabbat and major holiday eves; and office closure for all major Jewish and secular holidays.
  • FJC will support the regular seasonal pre-camp work of Fellows within reason (e.g. attending leadership team pre-camp gatherings, allowing time to work on camp programming ahead of the summer, etc.)
  • Professional development for the Fellows (attendance at conferences, training workshops, and mentorship from the field)

Please contact Julie Finkelstein (julie@jewishcamp.org) with any questions.