Essential Functions

Mitzvah Corps program leaders will be mentoring and interacting with teens throughout the immersive, intensive experience. They all must have the flexibility and creativity to navigate a variety of situations, environments, settings, and challenges, while maintaining a positive attitude, and role model this type of leadership for teens. All program leaders must have demonstrated the ability to mentor, educate, empower, inspire, set limits, and manage appropriate boundaries with teens.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to: carrying out health, safety, and security protocols; program administration, financial management, summer communications, and on-site logistics; communication with families before and during the program; communication with Mitzvah Corps directors; participation in all aspects of the program alongside teens; ensuring high standards of programming; ensuring that Mitzvah Corps and Jewish values are present and intentionally addressed throughout all aspects of the program.

Specific Requirements

All Mitzvah Corps program leaders must:

  • Have at least 2 seasons (summer or academic year) of experience as a staff member:
    • Working with teens in an immersive, residential setting (camp, overnight NFTY event, etc).
    • Creating and implementing Reform Jewish education for teens.
    • In the realm of social justice, with experience in their program’s issue focus preferred.
  • Have been directly responsible for the health and safety of others in a residential setting.
  • Have experience living, studying, or traveling outside of the United States.
  • Be able to participate in the heavily physical demands of the program including, but not limited to, hiking, extensive walking, and physical labor.
  • Function successfully on 5-6 hours of sleep per night for the duration of their program.
  • Function successfully outdoors, in the climate of their program.
  • Function successfully as part of a staff team, and large group, for the duration of their program, without guaranteed time off.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Possess the ability to build and maintain appropriate relationships with teenagers.
  • Possess the ability to remain calm and make swift decisions in emergencies.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be able and willing to drive teen participants.
  • Be at least 21 years of age or older at the commencement of their program.
  • Be eligible to work legally in the United States.
  • Speak, write, and read English fluently.
  • Have certification in CPR/First Aid/AED (at their own expense) prior to the start of the program.
  • Pass a background check and driving report.

Ideal Candidates

The ideal Mitzvah Corps program leader will possess:

  • A passion for engaging, working with, and mentoring teens from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience traveling with a group.
  • Knowledge of the social justice issue that their program will address.
  • Significant experience working with teens in an immersive, Jewish setting.
  • Patience, flexibility, self-confidence, and humility in a dynamic, team-oriented work environment.
  • A comfort with, and ability to, assess risk and make smart decisions regarding the health, safety, security, and overall well-being of the entire group.
  • Enthusiasm for having a high level of independence and responsibility in the creation and implementation of a holistic curriculum for teens.
  • The ability to intuitively understand, and articulate, Mitzvah Corps’ values, and to seamlessly integrate Mitzvah Corps’ language and philosophy into the program.


Mitzvah Corps program leaders receive a salary reflective of their level of education, length of the program and professional experience.

On top of the salary, Mitzvah Corps covers all reasonable travel expenses, including travel to/from the program, meals, and housing accommodations throughout the duration of the program.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. The URJ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or non-job related physical/mental handicap. The URJ complies with state, local, and federal regulations relevant thereto.