Executive Director at Herzl Camp

Job Title:

Executive Director

Organization Name:

Herzl Camp

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open until filled

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Herzl Camp Association Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Herzl Camp.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence; prioritizing rigorous and consistent quality of program evaluation, finance and administration, operations, fundraising, communications, risk management, and systems oversight.
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the organization’s strategic goals, including executing on the strategic plan adopted in 2023 and setting the vision for ongoing strategy development and execution.
  • Responsible for leading, developing, and coaching the organization’s senior leadership team.
  • Ensure alignment across all facets of the organization 
  • Actively engage and energize Herzl Camp’s volunteers, board members, committees, alumni, partner organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors (Association and Foundation); serve as ex-officio of each committee or assign appropriate staff to oversee them; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing short-term projects and long-term initiatives.
  • Responsible for creating, maintaining, and executing against the approved annual budget. 
  • Represent Herzl Camp in the broader community as a leader and ambassador.


  • Oversee and work closely with Director of Camp & Culture to build a strong summer staff team to design and execute effective summer and family camp programming in Webster, WI.
  • Oversee and work closely with Director of Camp & Culture to ensure excellence in programming, training of staff, and managing a safe, secure, and inclusive environment for all.
  • Ensure effective tracking and measurement of camp’s impact to communicate successes to key constituents, identify areas of opportunity, and plan for and implement program improvements.
  • Oversee and work closely with Director of Operations to ensure that our property, buildings, waterfront, general maintenance, and security meet the needs of our camp program.
  • Provide leadership around organizational strategy, policies, risk management, critical communications, and  crisis-management 
  • Oversee the development of the vision for and ultimate execution of year-round programming opportunities.


  • Lead organization, including board members, staff, and volunteers, in efforts to welcome and include new campers, college-age staff, and their families into the Herzl community. 
  • Work closely with year-round camp staff to develop and execute robust and wide-ranging plans to recruit and retain campers and staff members from existing and new constituencies.
  • Oversees all marketing and recruitment activities, sets clear goals, tracks and shares progress with all stakeholders.


  • Oversee and work closely withthe Advancement Director to sustain a culture of philanthropy.
  • Build relationships that inspire generosity and ensure that the organization has the resources to achieve its mission.


  • Overall supervision of HR function and point person for employees to navigate HR issues. 
  • Ownership of compliance, including the creation and maintenance of policy and procedures. 
  • Responsible for staff development and engagement strategy.


  • Participate and architect an ongoing strategic business planning process for growth, including potential expansion into new partnerships or revenue streams such as rentals and retreats and other year-round opportunities.
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements:


  • Team player and team builder who is committed to executing Herzl Camp’s mission.
  • Creative, proactive, persistent, and enthusiastic leader who is fun to be around.
  • Track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Deep knowledge of Jewish tradition, teachings, observance, and kashrut that allows the Executive Director to inspire a love of lifelong Jewish learning and Israel.
  • An unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.


  • Advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years experience working in a year-round supervisory and program management role
  • Experience working in a camping environment (overnight camping) a plus
  • Experience and proven success managing/supporting a non-profit board
  • Will need to reside in the Twin Cities (or surrounding areas of Minneapolis/St. Paul) and relocate to Webster, WI for the summer program.
  • SMB (small-to-midsize) business and P+L management/oversight preferred

Additional Information

Executive Director
Camp Administration

Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Reports to: Herzl Camp Association Board of Directors

Salary Range: $140,000-$185,000


Herzl Camp is a welcoming, independent camp where young people become self-reliant, create lasting Jewish friendships, and develop commitment and love for Judaism and Israel. Herzl Camp creates a vibrant Jewish community of future leaders.

Our core values:

  • We make connections and nurture our Herzl family.
  • We are pluralistic in our Judaism; we embrace the people, the land and the story of Israel.
  • We provide tools, training and the opportunity to lead; transforming campers and staff into tomorrow’s passionate Jewish leaders.
  • We celebrate individuality and inclusion; encouraging everyone to be part of something bigger than themselves.
  • We embrace ongoing and inter-generational shared experiences – from the ridiculous to the sublime – to foster lasting friendships, build identity, community and a sense of belonging throughout our lives.

How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to [email protected]