Director of Camp & Staff Experience

Camp Havaya
Camp Havaya
Employment Types:
70,000 – 80,000 USD per year
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We’re looking for a high energy, motivated, mission-driven professional to join our year-round leadership team.


Camp Havaya is all about the joy of summer camp with the freedom for kids to be who they truly are. In our incredibly diverse and accepting community, all kids—no matter their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, or Jewish background—are more than welcomed. They’re celebrated! We’re a Reconstructionist community open to all, where campers are encouraged to explore traditions and today’s world to discover what being Jewish means to them. Their different experiences and perspectives are a big part of what makes our camp so amazing.


We know that no one person can do everything. And we also know that many people – particularly those from historically marginalized groups – don’t apply for jobs unless they “tick all the boxes.” We’re committed to building a diverse and innovative team; if many (even if not all) of the following describe you, we’d love to hear from you!

You have a deep love for overnight summer camp and for engaging and progressive Jewish life. Your formal education, professional history, and personal experiences inform your work day-to-day.

You’ll be a core member of Havaya’s leadership team – supervised by the Executive Director and partnering closely with the Director of Finance & Operations.

You understand how to make values-based decisions – and why doing so is so important.

You will recruit campers; build and maintain relationships with, and serve as the primary contact for, parents; work closely with the Director of Emotional Wellness & Support and medical staff on camper physical, mental, emotional, and social health; and create brave spaces that support kids as they navigate social dynamics, interpersonal conflicts, and their own identity development.

You’ll oversee staff training and evaluation; focus on staff morale and mental health; build a supportive, cooperative, and drama-free work environment; supervise unit heads, Program Director, and other senior-level program staff; and hold primary responsibility for recruiting, hiring, and retaining summer staff at all levels.

You are a relationship builder who is equally at home with campers, staff, parents, colleagues, and lay leaders.

You genuinely love kids. You treat them with respect, understand their needs, give second (and sometimes third!) chances, and see the good in everyone.

You’re passionate about coaching and mentoring college-aged staff members, and you have significant hands-on experience as a supervisor.

You thrive on building connections, and you’re not afraid to make the pitch and seal the deal.

You are a team player, with a keen understanding of group dynamics and how systems work. Your interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence are top-notch.

You’re comfortable one-on-one and in front of a group. You can step up and set the tone, and you know when to step back and let others shine.

You are committed to excellence and know that your success is deeply tied to the success of the rest of the team. You know it’s all about “we,” not “me.”

You’re a people person. You are energized by being in conversation and in immersive community, and that energy is contagious.

You are an excellent communicator – in writing, on the phone, and face-to-face.

You have an open-door policy for life: from the moment they meet you, people know they can come to you with anything.

You are personally and professionally committed to creating a space focused on belonging, dignity, justice, and joy. You have experience with multi-racial families and LGBTQIA+ kids, and you’re passionate about strengthening your – and our – diversity-focused work.

Your honesty and integrity are impeccable. You can always be counted on to do the right thing … including owning your mistakes and asking for help.

You love to learn. You’re committed to a culture of curiosity and transparency, and you’re open to working on your growing edges – and supporting others as they do the same.

You find the opportunity in every challenge. You’re able to keep your cool, think clearly, and make good decisions – especially when you have lots of balls in the air or things don’t go your way.

You know how to have fun! You have a great sense of humor, don’t take yourself too seriously, and know just the right moment to break out the snacks.


Salary is $70,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance (100% for employee), short- and long-term disability, and generous paid time off.

This is a full-time, exempt position. In the summer months (mid-May to early September), the Director of Camper & Staff Experience will be in-residence at our South Sterling, PA location. During the remainder of the year, this position will ideally be based in our office outside of Philadelphia, although remote work is possible from Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Boston, or another major metropolitan area. As with most camp jobs, this position is “on” 24/7 over the summer; the rest of the year includes frequent evening and weekend hours, as well as significant domestic and occasional international travel (COVID allowing).

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter telling us your story and why you’re excited by this position to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of filling the position by the end of March 2022. Prior to second round interviews, candidates will be asked for proof of full vaccination (including booster) against COVID-19. A background check will also be required after a conditional employment offer is made.

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