Working at the J

If you like working with kids, or if you like creative, stimulating work that is also rewarding, consider a job at the J.



Why Work at the J? 

Feeling pressured to find a "real job," defined as one that will help you with your career?  Trust us, this is it.  It's fun work that will help you develop these critical job skills:

  • Making diversity a reality
  • Working with different personalities (adults and children)
  • Leading and motivating others
  • Being flexible and creative
  • Problem-solving
  • Team-building
  • Communicating effectively

You will also gain pre-job and on-the-job training in First Aid/CPR, child development, program planning and more.

Plus, where else can you get paid to have fun and play with kids?

Positions Available 

Head Counselor (entering senior in college or above)
Senior Counselors (must be 18 by June 1, 2013)
Junior Counselors (must be 16 by June 1, 2013)
Office Assistant (must be 16 by June 1, 2013)
Specialist (entering senior in college or above)
     Specializations:  art   music  sports  swimming   dance

Camp Information 

We offer camps for ten weeks (June 24–August 30) for campers entering PreK–Grade 12.  Staff training starts the week of June 17.

Ruach (Spirit) Camps (rising K–6th graders)

Specialty Camps (rising 1st–6th graders)

Teen Camps (rising 7th–12th graders)

Please notify staff at interview if there are any dates when you will not be available.  We require a minimum four-week commitment.


  • The camp day is 8:30 am—4:00 pm.  Staff meetings are Wednesdays, 4:00—5:00 pm.  Overnights and field trips are required for all applicable camps.  (Swim specialists work Monday—Thursday, 9:30 am—1:45 pm, no overnights.) 
  • We offer extended day options for our campers:  Aftercare (3:30—6:00 pm) and Early Mornings (7:45—8:30 am) each day.  We need 3–4 counselors for each day, and we pay extra for these hours.  We will expect that you sign up for three days each week. 
  • Staff training is mandatory and will be held the week of June 17—21 (exact dates and times TBD).  If there is a conflict with your school schedule, we may offer a make-up session on Sunday, June 23.   
  • The camp season runs Monday, June 24–Friday, August 30.  
  • First Aid/CPR certification will be offered during staff training.

Application Process 

1)  Complete the online application form

2)  Find two-three references (not related to you) who will write a letter or recommendation or who agree to be called by the Camp Director

3)  If you have questions, contact the Camp Office: 

4)  After we receive your completed application, we will schedule an interview.  They last approximately 30–45 minutes, and you will receive a pre-interview sheet to know what to expect and what the job details are.

5)  Once we make an offer, we will let you know by phone or email, with a contract mailed shortly after.  We will need your commitment within two weeks of notification.  You will need to send back the signed contract and consent for a background check. 

  • We reserve the right to rescind offers of employment if the background check is unsatisfactory.

  • The employment process is done on a rolling basis.

  • If you would like salary information, please contact the Camp Office:  (202) 777-3270,


Camp Hours 

 Early Mornings 7:45–8:30 am
 Early Drop-off without charge 8:30–9:00 am
 Camp Day 9:00 am–3:30 pm
 Aftercare  3:30–6:00 pm

The Washington DCJCC campers represent the brilliant diversity of our nation's capital.  We welcome all children, regardless of religion, race or cultural background, to experience our exciting, nurturing camps which incorporate Jewish—and universal—values such as Tikkun Olam (healing the world), Tzedakah (charity) and equal rights for all.


If you have a question that is not answered here, please send an email to  We will often post your question to this page because other applicants might be wondering the same thing!



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Phil Liebson
Camp Director, Assistant Director, Youth & Family Programs
t. (202) 777-3270

f. (202) 518-9420