Camp Kesem Director/Jewish Life Associate-Hillel at Stanford

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Hillel at Stanford seeks a talented, engaging, creative team-player to join our staff as the Camp Kesem Director/Jewish Life Associate.

About Camp Kesem:
Camp Kesem, a project of Hillel at Stanford, is a week-long overnight summer camp and year long community supporting Bay Area children (ages 6-16) who have a parent who has/had/passed away from cancer. Founded in 2000-2001, the project is organized and run each year by Stanford student volunteers in partnership with the Camp Kesem Director. Now celebrating its 18th anniversary, Camp Kesem brings nearly 145 children together for a week of fun and community, while providing 75 Stanford student leaders with a meaningful and challenging volunteer and leadership experience. In managing the Camp Kesem project, the Camp Kesem Director will gain experience in leadership, management and fundraising of a mini-nonprofit, situated within Hillel at Stanford.

The Camp Kesem Director/Jewish Life Associate is a position with several key areas of responsibility. As Camp Kesem Director, this person spends 80% of their time managing all aspects of the Camp Kesem project in partnership with student leaders. As Jewish Life Associate on Hillel's program staff, this person will spend the remaining 20% of their time working to build relationships with Jewish students and local young adults, connect them to meaningful and relevant Jewish experiences, and provide general support for Shabbat, holiday and periodic large-scale programs.

Primary Responsibilities of Camp Kesem Director:
Support the mission of the Camp Kesem project by managing this small non-profit with outstanding Stanford student leaders. Camp has been running successfully for many years. You don't need to reinvent the wheel, but the experience can always be improved. Responsibilities include:

  • Advise, assist and supervise 2 student Co-Chairs in managing a team of 8-9 student coordinators.
  • Manage a budget of $190,000 in conjunction with Co-Chairs.
  • Take responsibility – with the support of Hillel at Stanford staff – for raising the complete budget each year. Successful strategies include grant writing, corporate giving, individual fundraising campaigns, online #GivingTuesday, annual fundraising gala, and other campaigns, all with student leadership in primary roles.
  • Coordinate recruitment, training and leadership development of student coordinators.
  • Facilitate Advisory Committee meetings and ensure proper communication with members of the Committee.
  • Communicate and partner with Camp Kesem National staff and board. (Camp Kesem now has a national umbrella organization with over 100 campus-based affiliates across the country.).
  • Serve as Camp Director during the entire week of Camp Kesem, ensuring safety and well being of all participants and volunteers while delivering the prepared camp programming.
  • Oversee all facets of Risk Management to ensure the safety of 200+ Camp Kesem participants and staff.
  • Assist with other aspects of the Camp Kesem project as needed.

Primary Responsibilities as a Hillel Staff Member:

  • Build meaningful personal relationships with undergraduate and graduate students who may or may not be already involved in Jewish life and connect them to meaningful and relevant Jewish experiences,
  • As a member of the Hillel at Stanford Program Staff Team, help facilitate Shabbat and holiday celebrations, and periodic major events.
  • Possibility of developing a student fellowship exploring a topic like social justice, intercommunal partnership and allyship, Jewish values, or another area of expertise.
  • Assess Camp Kesem's integration into the general Hillel brand and implement concrete initiatives that bring the two organizations in closer and clearer alignment.

What You Will Bring to the Job:

  • 2+ years of nonprofit or similar leadership experience.
  • Creativity, flexibility, passion, and a sense of humor are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership development skills.
  • Enthusiasm for engaging and empowering college students.
  • Enthusiasm for engaging children/teens and their parents/guardians.
  • Enthusiasm and a natural ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • A passion for Jewish life and familiarity with Jewish practices.
  • Experience with fundraising campaigns, eagerness to fundraise and learn more in this area.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member and as an independent self-starter.
  • Attention to detail.

What You Need:

  • Bachelor's degree and a valid driver's license.

What You'll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace, approximately $47,000.
  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, retirement plan (after your second year) and professional development opportunities.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • The chance to shape and run a non-profit.
  • The chance to work with some of the kindest, brightest student leaders, from your on-campus office.
  • The opportunity to grow your network in an incredibly diverse community and geographical area.
  • Exposure to networks of camp professionals, cancer professionals, and Jewish professionals.

About Hillel at Stanford:
Hillel at Stanford is a Jewish home on campus. It activates the full diverse range of students to create Jewish initiatives with campus-wide impact. Hillel at Stanford is housed in the Ziff Center for Jewish Life, complete with two buildings, the Taube House and Koret Pavilion in the heart of the Stanford campus in the beautiful Bay Area. The growth of Hillel at Stanford's program in recent years, along with the continuous partnership with delightful students make this an exciting and rewarding place to work.

About Hillel International:
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Hillel at Stanford is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Start Date:
June 11, 2018. Ideally, this person will also be able to attend Camp Kesem 2018 during the week of June 18-24. The latest start date of mid July is also acceptable.

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and a reference list of three references as one document. Please contact if you have any questions.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; however, we will commence our formal application review process on April 16th, and urge interested applicants to submit materials by that date.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and a reference list of three references as one document. Please contact if you have any questions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is fi