We are looking for Mental Health Professionals and Nurses for all of our camps!

- Mental Health Professional Requirements:

Master’s-level degree (minimum) in counseling, social work, child life specialist, or related field. Two years of experience is also preferable.

- Nurse Requirements:
Must be a Nurse Practioner, RN or LVN (LVN qualification varies by state) and hold a license for the state in which the camp is held.

If you are interested in becoming camp professional staff, please click here.


Camp Kesem is now hiring a Development Associate!

POSITION: Development Associate

REPORTS TO: Development Manager


Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children touched by a parent’s cancer. Our programs create a life-long community of support, to help address their unique needs. Best known is our camp program – a national network of college student run, FREE summer camps for children ages 6-16 whose parent has or had cancer. We provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where children befriend peers who can uniquely relate to their situation, and gain the strategies and confidence needed to cope with their parent’s illness or death. At the same time, college students develop critical leadership skills as they create, manage, fundraise and run every aspect of their local Camp Kesem chapters.

Since our first camp started at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has grown to over 60 college chapters in 29 states across the country. This past summer we served nearly 4,000 children and provided leadership opportunities for over 1,800 college student leaders. We anticipate serving over 5,000 children in summer 2015.

Building off of our success to date, we are now charting the course to increase our impact dramatically in the years ahead. There is tremendous opportunity to grow the organization further, until one day we can bring the life‐changing benefits of our camps to the 3 million+ children coping with a parent’s cancer.


Camp Kesem seeks a detail-oriented, database-experienced Development Associate who, in coordination with our Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Development Manager, and Development Coordinator, can execute key aspects of our development portfolio:

(1) CRM – the DA will assume responsibility for managing Kesem’s fundraising database (in Salesforce) ensuring accuracy of entries, running frequent reports, and helping to leverage this tool to support Camp Kesem’s development strategy. Track, categorize, and process all donations for the organization for accurate financial and fundraising reports. Regularly review and cleanse database for to ensure data integrity.

(2) Manage donor thank you and recognition programs. Send thank you letters, record donation activities in database, send in honor/memory of notifications, and record all follow-up communications.

(3) Using Salesforce tracking and reporting, execute major gift prospecting and stewardship tracking, supporting the CDO/CMO and CEO.

(4) Fundraising event administration – Kesem has two events each year, one in Chicago (March) and one in LA (Sept). The DA will be responsible for all administrative support for these events, including invitations, thank yous, signage and some logistics coordination as directed by the DM.

(5) All administrative support for our college campus chapters to ensure proper stewardship. Problem-solve and anticipate donor services issues across large donor network.

(6) Annual fundraising campaign tools and administration – with oversight from the DM and CDO/CMO, prepare materials and set up reporting systems for annual campaigns. Create reporting to analyze donor base, create targeted outreach campaigns, and evaluate effectiveness of campaigns. This includes board giving and solicitation campaigns and alumni fundraising efforts.

(7) Communications support: maintaining and tracking mailing and communication lists for conversion information and interest levels.

(8) Matching gifts: Support implementation and execution of matching gifts.

(9) In-kind donation processing and reporting.

(10) Ongoing fundraising tools – potential to support development and management of additional fundraising tools.

Camp Kesem’s Operating Principles

The Development Associate must uphold and build a culture that continues to support and strengthen the following operating principles:

• We create a community that has lifelong impact. We leave this organization stronger for the next generation.

• We presume trust, and assume that others act with best intentions. We do what we say we are going to do.

• We are open, honest and direct.

• We are professional, and we act with integrity and humility.

• We are solution-oriented / proactive.

• We listen and consider other viewpoints. We seek to understand first and then be understood.

• We disagree and then commit.

• We are always grateful for the contributions of one another, and we celebrate our success.

• We set and respect boundaries on work vs. personal commitments.

• We empower each other to realize our full potential by embracing change, seeking improvement, accepting coaching, and realizing that failures can teach us valuable lessons.

• We are positive, we have fun and keep a sense of humor.

Experience & Required Skills

• 1 – 2 years nonprofit fundraising experience preferred, with experience working in Salesforce to track donors/prospects required.

• Incredibly detail-oriented and excellent follow-through.

• Must be able to multi-task and keep track of multiple projects, managing long-term deadlines. against weekly, short-term recurrent needs.

• Excellent writing, speaking and communication skills.

• Strong organizational and project management skills.

• Entrepreneurial, flexible and adaptable. We are a small organization and often require innovative solutions from our team.

• Proficient with Salesforce, Microsoft Excel, and database management tools.

• Positive, fun attitude. We preserve childhood for kids whose parents have cancer and so have a team that loves to have fun.

• Must have strong references.

• Minimum Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree

Hours per week:

The position is a full-time position. It is expected that the responsibilities will require 40-50 hours per week including anywhere from 2 – 5 meetings per week in the LA area with supervisor and/or other members of the team. The Development Associate must be available for all staff calls, the majority of which occur between 9am-5pm CT.


This candidate must be based in Los Angeles, to support the Los Angeles-based Development Manager. Candidate will work remotely (from home) as Camp Kesem has no centralized headquarters. Development Associate must be able to travel as needed. On average, the Development Associate should expect to travel 6-8 times per year, all within the United States. Travel may include systems training, staff meetings, college campus visits, and fundraising events.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing experience with data management, resume and list of references to