Executive DirectorAt Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa

Posted Jul 28, 2020 Job Length Summer


Who We Are:
Camp Gilboa is more than a summer camp — we are a part of an international progressive Zionist youth
movement that is building the next generation of progressive Jewish leaders. Our summer camp and
year-round programs seek to spark a passion for social justice, develop critical thinking, and encourage
youth to see themselves as active participants and creators in their communities.
Our people are idealists, dreamers, and activists. Campers and staff show up each summer ready to
build something new and create our own little incredible incubator to explore what it means to live
according to our values. To us, living Jewishly means building an inclusive and creative community,
creating opportunities for identity exploration and deep questioning, and always striving to close the
gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.
Who We’re Looking For:
We’re looking for someone ready to dream, build, and lead. Someone who says “YES, AND!” Someone
who thinks outside of the box and sees value in the process. Someone who loves people and equally
cherishes conversations with alumni from the 1950s, passionate college students, and 3rd graders.
The Executive Director of Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa is the primary leader for the organization. Under
the oversight of the Board of Directors, the ED provides vision and direction for the organization while
retaining responsibility for the fiscal and organizational health of Camp Gilboa — managing operations,
budget, and projects.
The Executive Director nurtures the development of our young Jewish leaders who will actualize the
principles of collective responsibility, social justice, equality, peace, and coexistence in Israel/Palestine
and North America. The ED supervises and mentors the summer youth leadership team (the Rosh /
Camp Director and directors of Facilities, Kitchen, Education, and Camper Wellbeing and Safety) and
summer youth staff, as well as the year-round office staff — Associate Director, Registrar, and
Coordinator of Teen Justice Program.
The ED represents the organization in the camp world, in the West Coast Jewish community, and in Big
Bear, where the camp is situated.
Camp Gilboa is one of six summer camps in the U.S. and Canada that are part of Habonim Dror North
America (HDNA), the Labor Zionist youth movement. The Executive Director is responsible for
maintaining relationships with the network of organizations that make up HDNA and for promoting
Habonim Dror’s core mission among Camp Gilboa’s stakeholders — campers, youth leaders, board,
volunteers, alumni, and families.
Principal Responsibilities:
● Lead staff and board in planning, decision making, and assessing organizational needs
● Supervise, manage, and train year-round and summer staff
● Oversee camper recruitment and retention efforts
● Lead all fund development efforts including donor stewardship, fundraising campaigns, and
grant writing
● Oversee year-round day-to-day operational responsibilities of Camp Gilboa and maintain
accounting, payroll, HR compliance, taxes, and all regulatory compliance issues
● Develop and monitor budgets for camp and year-round activities
● Provide 24/7 operational oversight at campsite during operational months (mid-June through
● Ensure that Camp Gilboa’s policies and practices meet American Camp Association (ACA)
accreditation standards and are in compliance with county, state, federal, and any other
regulatory agencies
● Develop policies and maintain practices to ensure camper health and safety
● Ensure proper maintenance of camp facilities
● Support youth leadership development at camp and year-round
● Support the relationship and communication between staff and Board of Directors
● Develop community partnerships and support educational outreach to further the
understanding of Habonim Dror and recruit campers for Gilboa
● Collaborate with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, local Federations, JCamp180, Habonim Dror
Camp Association (HDCA) network, and other communal organizations to stay abreast of trends
and development opportunities and ensure the adoption and implementation of best practices


Desired Qualifications:
● At least 5-7 years experience in camp leadership, non-profit leadership, or educational
leadership that includes:
○ Experience supervising staff
○ Coordinating board and volunteer committees
○ Budget development and implementation
○ Fundraising
○ Work with membership or registration databases / GSuite
● Personal connection, experience, and knowledge or willingness to learn about progressive
Jewish communities in the US and Israel/Palestine
● Experience working with youth and children, ideally in a summer camp
● Commitment to social justice and progressive change in Israel/Palestine and the United States
● Commitment to youth leadership and mentoring
● Familiarity with Jewish history, Judaism, and Israel/Palestine
● Relevant masters degree preferred

Work Conditions:
● Willingness to live at camp during summer session
● Ability to work in a high-altitude, physically demanding outdoor environment
● Ability to travel throughout California periodically for outreach and other events
● Flexibility to work irregular hours including frequent weekend hours
● Physical ability and emotional wisdom to act swiftly and appropriately in a crisis or emergency

$75,000-$85,000, depending on experience, plus benefits

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to execdirectcandidate@campgilboa.org .

Contact Information

Camp Name

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa

Job Title

Executive Director

Camp Address

8339 West Third St., Los Angeles, California, 90048, United States