FJC Fellowship: Camp Partner Information

The brand new FJC Fellowship is a paid, two-year fellowship for recent college graduates seeking professional opportunities in the field of Jewish Camp. Through a partnership between Foundation for Jewish Camp and Jewish overnight and day camps, the Fellowship will retain top seasonal leaders for additional summers at their home Jewish camp, and populate the Jewish camp leadership pipeline with outstanding talent for the future of the field.  Fellows spend the academic year working full time at the Foundation for Jewish Camp office in New York City and their summers working in a leadership role at their home Jewish summer camp.  Throughout the year, each Fellow will work in a different department at FJC, providing valuable support for national field initiatives, large-scale FJC programs and organizational operations, while gaining access to professional development opportunities and mentorship from Jewish camp professionals.

For this pilot cycle of the FJC Fellowship, FJC will collaborate with four camps, hiring four outstanding Fellows to work in the following roles:

  1. Day Camp Fellow –supporting FJC’s day camp field building initiatives, and leadership development programs for day camp counselors.
  2. Leadership Development Fellow – supporting FJC’s programs for year round camp professionals and new initiatives for camp counselors and early career professionals.
  3. Operations Fellow – supporting FJC’s work in data management and evaluation, marketing analytics, and technical management of large-scale systems such as the One Happy Camper program.
  4. Russian-Speaking Jewish (RSJ) Engagement Fellow – supporting FJC’s Russian Speaking Jewish engagement initiatives, including marketing and camper scholarships, and staff recruitment and training.
2019-2021 Fellow Cohort Timeline
Late May/Early June 2019 FJC Orientation in New York
Summer 2019 Fellows work at their home camps
September 2019-May 2020 Fellows work at FJC in New York
Summer 2020 Fellows work at their home camps
September 2020 - May 2021 Fellows work at FJC in New York
May/June 2021 Fellowship Concludes

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 will be open from Monday, January 14 through Monday, February 11, 2019 and will include a written application from the prospective Fellow and an online reference form from the home camp’s camp director.  There will be two rounds of interviews for finalist candidates in mid to late February, and applicants and camps will be informed of their selection by Friday, March 8. 

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Camp Commitments

Fellows are full time FJC employees for the entire two-year Fellowship experience, and spend the summer months working at Jewish camps.  Interested camp partners must commit to the following in order to participate in the Fellowship program:

  • Hire the Fellow to work at camp for summers 2019 and 2020, in a seasonal leadership role (e.g. unit leader, activity head, or other senior/supervisory position)
  • $6000 per year ($12000 total) to FJC to account for Fellow’s summer compensation and program administration
  • 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 FJC supervisor for a camp visit in summers 2019 and 2020
  • Allow the Fellow to participate in an FJC site visit of another local Jewish camp in summer 2020 to expand their knowledge of and exposure to the broader field
  • A post-summer debrief with the FJC supervisor to enhance the Fellow’s professional growth
FJC Commitments
  • Fellows receive an annual salary of $50,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health insurance, vacation and sick time, and employee contribution to 401k benefits.
  • A pre-summer orientation in NYC for all Fellows, all expenses covered by FJC.
  • 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.