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Assistant Director, Programs and Operations Organization: Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Reports to: Executive Director

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Who We Are:

Camp Gilboa is more than a summer camp. As part of an international youth movement, we are raising the next generation of progressive Jewish leaders dedicated to the principles of collective responsibility, social justice, equality, peace, and coexistence in North America and Israel/Palestine. 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 creators and active participants in their communities.


Our people are idealists, dreamers, and activists. Campers and staff show up to each activity ready to build something new and explore what it means to live according to our values. To us, living Jewishly means building an inclusive and creative community, with 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.


Youth empowerment and leadership development is an inherent part of our mission. That means that our teen campers and young adult counselors take on major responsibilities in the organization: programmatic, ideological, and directorial. They engage in significant organizational decision making (see, a movement-wide decision to enhance gender-inclusivity of the Hebrew language spoken at camp); they collectively build each summer’s program; they take on roles such as Rosh (Summer Camp Director) and Rosh Chinuch (Educational Director), and much more. Our year-round staff mentor and support these young leaders’ development and ensure safe, meaningful, and successful camp sessions and year-round programs.


Position Summary:

The Assistant Director (AD) of Programs & Operations is a key position on the year-round director team. Together, the team is responsible for developing and monitoring the short- and long-term strategic goals for the growth and development of the organization. As part of the leadership team, they implement, evaluate, and adapt programs and operations to provide the best possible programming and services to our campers, families, staff, alumni, and volunteers.


As the position responsible for all year-round youth movement programming, the AD of Programs & Operations holds core responsibilities in camper and staff recruitment and retention. As a member of the year-round leadership team, the AD provides leadership and support in administration and oversight of summer camp preparations (program and physical campsite), organizational operations, and program evaluation, and they are part of the core summer camp leadership team that ensures safe and successful experiences for campers and their families.



Year-Round Programming

  • Work with the Executive Director (ED) to evaluate, develop, and implement strategies for year-round programming that serves the purposes of meaningful community connection, social action engagement, camper retention, and camper recruitment.

  • Support youth leadership to bring their vision for youth movement programming into reality, through mentorship and guidance of program visioning, planning, recruitment, and implementation. Including:

    • ○  2-4 community events + Tzedek (teen social action programming) events per semester in each of our program geographies: Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego

    • ○  Weekend Seminar for campers over Presidents’ Day Weekend

    • ○  West Coast Seminar for teens in April, in collaboration with Habonim Dror Camp


    • ○  Ma’agal (staff retention program) programming & January weekend seminar

    • ○  Family Camp in May over Memorial Day Weekend

  • Work with youth leaders to ensure that all programs are safe, staffed, and high quality.

  • Respond to parent inquiries, questions, and concerns, and support families through the year to camp registration. 

  • Support outreach programming in collaboration with the AD of Outreach & Recruitment as needed (presence at events, program planning, youth staff recruitment, etc). Camp Facilities and Rentals

  • Serve as a member of committees responsible for site management (Facilities Committee, Master Plan Committee), taking on tasks to move committee work and vision forward in collaboration with lay leadership and the Executive Director.

  • Partner with the ED & youth leadership to plan and lead volunteer work weekends in the fall and spring.

  • Coordinate vendors and contractors to maintain our camp site.

  • Partner with the ED and lay leadership to explore opportunities to bring in extra revenue

    through camp site rentals.
    Summer Camp Planning and Administration

  • In conjunction with the ED, administer and ensure adherence to ACA (American Camp Association) standards and other safety and operations best practices.

  • Mentor senior youth leadership in planning for camp.

  • Bottomline all camp logistics and operations, primarily working with the Techni Team

    (youth leadership position focused on logistics), including all group transportation, specialty certifications (such as lifeguarding and archery certifications), tiyulim (hiking) planning, program supplies systems, laundry, trash collection, and basic campsite maintenance.

    Desired Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience with youth programs and/or camps in a day or overnight setting, ideally with experience supervising youth staff (high school & college age)

  • Knowledge and commitment to best practices in the camping field

  • Experience in program development and project management, with a specific

    understanding of camp programming

  • Experience with or an eagerness to learn campsite management and maintenance

  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, take initiative and

    work with minimal supervision on time-sensitive projects

  • Be both process and detail oriented

  • Display a safety-oriented mindset

  • Hold strong communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Be able to support and maintain a high level of customer service to camp families

  • Provide warm and dynamic support to staff and lay leadership

  • Be committed to youth leadership and mentorship, and have patience to lead meaningful

    leadership development processes

  • Have a personal connection, experience, and knowledge or willingness to learn about

    progressive Jewish communities and social justice work in the US and Israel/Palestine

  • Bachelors degree required, Masters degree in relevant field preferred

  • Driver’s license required, owning a car strongly preferred

  • Proficiency in Google Drive, Microsoft Excel and Word

    • Familiarity with databases, camp registration systems, donor management systems, Quickbooks, etc. is a plus


Research suggests that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of people believe they need to meet 100% of the requirements in job postings to even apply. Camp Gilboa encourages anyone who believes they have the skills and motivation necessary to succeed here to apply for this role, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, as no one applicant ever does. We welcome candidates who bring their passions and interests to the role, and will support your development and growth. We care most about having the right people on the team and we approach staff roles with flexibility and a desire to help staff develop skills and experience in areas they are curious and excited about. Is facilities management a passion for you? Have you been itching to be involved with fundraising? Tell us about it in your cover letter!


Work Conditions:

  • This position is based in Los Angeles during the school year, with some travel to cities around California for events. Residents of the Bay Area or a Southern California location other than LA may be accommodated in a hybrid remote/in-person position during the school year.

    • Willingness to live at camp (in Big Bear) in a high-altitude, physically demanding outdoor environment during the summer camp session is a must.

  • Need flexibility to work irregular hours including frequent weekend hours.

  • Physical ability and emotional wisdom to act swiftly and appropriately in a crisis or emergency.

    Compensation & Benefits:

  • $55,000-65,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience

  • This is a full time, exempt position​​

  • Major Jewish holidays & all federal holidays off, plus three weeks paid time off

    • In addition to vacation days, the office will be closed for one week at the end of summer session

  • Health insurance (with dental and vision coverage coming soon)

  • Enrollment in a 403(b) retirement plan coming soon


Equal Opportunity Employer

  • We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. Inaddition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Hiring Timeline and Process

  • To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter by October 1st to with the subject line: Assistant Director Position

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews for relevant candidates will be scheduled starting September 15th

  • We thank you in advance for the effort in crafting your application. Please note that responses will only be sent to candidates advancing to the initial interview stage.

Mentl heath

Mental Health Professional

Location: Big Bear Lake, CA

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa is seeking a residential, seasonal mental health professional (MHP). The MHP is a critical member of the Camper Care Team at Camp Gilboa. In addition to providing direct intervention and support of campers and staff, resources and training to campers and staff, the MHP also works to support our unique youth leadership model by empowering staff and youth leadership in their roles. The MHP should have a desire to grow personally and professionally as part of a close-knit community of committed individuals.

Job Commitment

- Spring 2023: May-June, 2023 – 4-6 hours/week spent conducting intakes with campers and families, creating care plans for the summer, and working with mazkirut (senior youth leadership) to design training sessions for staff week. $30-35/hour.

- Summer 2023: Full time, residential on-site from June 27th to August 10, 2022. $1100-1200 weekly, depending on experience



- 75% discount on camp tuition for camp-age children.

- Residential position - housing and meals provided. While not ideal, it is possible for someone who takes clients over Zoom allotted time to continue to do so while at camp.


- Provide ongoing mentorship, training and support to counselors, inclusion counselors and Camper Care Coordinators as they implement interventions and program modifications.
- Work with campers and staff to proactively incorporate skills and strategies to alleviate anxiety and contribute to a positive camp environment.
- Provide emotional support and guidance to individual campers with active mental health concerns.
- Provide assessment and direct intervention in cases of mental health and/or behavioral crises in collaboration with camper care team, camp director and Executive Director
- Supervise the camper care team
- Work with the ED to bring in outside consultation from the mental health committee as needed
- Work with camper care team to design modifications to programs and activities to be inclusive of all campers, including those with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Executive Functioning Issues, and more.
- Maintain required documentation for camper meetings, team meetings and parent calls.
- Respond to parent concerns related to campers with mental health and/or behavioral issues.
- Be “on call” for any behavioral, social or mental health crises that arise with campers or staff. An “on call” schedule will be established and agreed upon prior to the start of the summer.
- Attend pre-camp training on camp policies, including child abuse and neglect and emergency procedures.
- Provide staff training prior to opening day and during summer on behavior management, child development and childhood mental health disorders.
- Provide support to staff as needed, and support senior staff in finding solutions to mental health challenges counselors are facing
- Participate in meetings with camp leadership to ensure that camper and staff well being are central to the operation of camp.
- Provide guidance on supporting staff and camper with regards to coping with Covid-19 and other mental health issues that may come up at camp
- Provide support for counselors to care for their personal mental health and emotional wellbeing



Qualifications and Experience:

- Holds a graduate level or higher degree in a mental health field
- Hiring is dependent on passing Federal and State Background Checks.
- A strong commitment to youth empowerment, inclusion and social justice.
- Camp experience – either personal or professional – preferred.
- Excellent crisis management skills
- Drivers license strongly preferred
- Someone who is an excellent and compassionate communicator

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Elana (


Madrichimot (Counselors)

Location: Big Bear Lake, CA

Do you love creating fun? Having fun? Helping craft young leaders through the lens of social justice and Jewish identity? We're looking for passionate, enthusiastic Tzevet (counselors) to help make summer 2023 magical.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Rosh Machaneh (head of camp), Natasha. Email here.

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