Mount Freedom Jewish Center (Randolph NJ) a warm, friendly, open/modern Orthodox community in Mount Freedom, New Jersey seeks a part time Youth Director. We are looking for a caring, creative and experienced leader to work with our youth, professional staff and volunteers.
We are a small (but growing), informal, close community. We share in each other’s lives, learning and celebrating together. We gladly welcome all visitors and new members.
Position reports to: Rabbi Menashe East
Hours: approximately 20 hours/week including occasional Shabbat and Sundays.
The Youth Director creates and oversees programming and leadership development for synagogue youth in grades pre-K through 12. The function is to foster social, spiritual, educational, and social action programming for our children in order to deepen their connections to Judaism and to Israel.
Professional Requirements and Skills:
Strong Jewish identity and background in youth programming.
Strong organizational, project management and leadership skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Creative, high energy able to communicate “infectious enthusiasm” for Judaism.
Demonstrated ability and enjoyment in working with youth of all ages.
Knowledge of child development issues.
Computer experience including word-processing, database, graphics, spreadsheet applications and social media.
Ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously.
General Duties, Youth Director:
Plan and implement Shabbat, Holiday and other programming for children working closely with the Rabbi, Youth Committee and synagogue volunteers.
Oversee major events sponsored by the synagogue, such as the Purim Carnival and Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations
Empower youth and teens to create and run programming (with adult supervision) and to become leaders.
Serve as staff liaison to the synagogue’s Youth Committee.
Communicate regularly with parents and youth and foster healthy communication habits among the children.
Publicize youth programs with monthly calendar, flyers, social media, emails, synagogue bulletin, etc.
Document activities and keep records for institutional memory.
Prepare and manage the annual youth budget and keep track of funds, submit receipts for expenses, and other administrative aspects of running the youth activities.
Attend appropriate staff meetings as needed to coordinate with synagogue staff and clergy.
Other duties as requested by the Rabbi or Director.
Cover letter should include an outline of a successful youth program – from planning through implementation - which the candidate led
JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (“JFCS” or the “Agency”), a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization, provides comprehensive programs and services to families, children and individuals from birth through death throughout the Philadelphia area regardless of religious affiliation, while continuing also to be the social service “safety-net” for the Jewish community. JFCS is the result of a merger in 1983 between Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia (“JFS”) and the Association for Jewish Children of Philadelphia (“AJC”). Dating back to the mid-1800s, JFS and AJC were established to provide food, clothing and other aid to those in need, and care for indigent and destitute Jewish children, respectively.
The mission of JFCS is to provide quality social and community services across the life spectrum to enhance the lives of families, children and individuals. Guided by Jewish values, the services are available to all in the Greater Philadelphia area.
JFCS’ staff of caring and dedicated credentialed professionals is committed to providing quality services, compassionate support, and solutions that work. The Agency has 104 full-time employees, an annual budget of approximately $12 million, and serves over 15,000 clients each year. The Agency regularly undergoes a strategic planning process to formulate its goals. It is currently in the second year of the current three year strategic plan.
JFCS is guided in its endeavors by its Board of Directors, with support from a Board of Advisors and approximately 400 volunteers. A related entity is the Foundation of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, Inc., which was formed in 1987 to hold the Agency’s endowment funds and oversee the management of the investment of those funds.
The Agency’s Administrative Office is located at 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19103, with additonal office locations at 1501 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122; 10125 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116, 7607 Old York Road (Lower Level), Elkins Park, PA 19027; and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
JFCS currently serves the community through the following six program areas:
Adult and Family Services - Support Through Life’s Transitions, Domestic Violence Prevention, Disabilities/Special Needs Programming and Support, Multi-Generational Family Support, and Counseling & Care Management;
Child Welfare Services - Special Needs Adoption, Foster Care, Family Reunification/Family Preservation, In-Home Protective Services, Counseling, and School Consultation;
Education And Outreach Services - Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Peer Mediation and Violence Prevention, Life-Skills Training for Pregnant and Parenting Teens, Tolerance and Diversity Awareness, Mentoring, Suicide Prevention, and Healthy Lifestyle/Eating Disorder Prevention;
Jewish Community Services - Community Chaplaincy, Jewish Hospice Network, Serious Illness Support Network, Volunteer and Para-Chaplaincy Services, Rabbinic Internship, and Professional Development Series;
Senior Services - Geriatric Care Management, Holocaust Survivors Support Program, Community-Based Aging in Place Services, Counseling, Caregiver Support/Respite, and Transportation; and
Open Arms Adoption Network – The Open Arms Adoption Network (“Open Arms”) provides services to families hoping to adopt a child domestically or internationally, as well as options and counseling to pregnant women. Open Arms also serves as an educational resource that provides training for all members of the adoption triad and for the professional community.
For more information on the programs visit www.jfcsphilly.org.
The President/CEO reports to the Board of Directors of JFCS. This individual will develop and supervise the administration of all program activities of the Agency in accordance with its stated mission.
S/he must possess strong leadership and exceptional interpersonal skills. The successful candidate should have vision and energy along with significant expertise and a successful track record in managing an organization providing service delivery.
The new President/CEO will be a highly collaborative and engaging senior executive with an ability to provide leadership which displays a positive attitude and flexibility in changing situations. The candidate must understand and be responsive to changes in funding sources, changes in service delivery systems and changing demographics. S/he must have the ability to think strategically and creatively, anticipate trends and meet the challenges that will impact JFCS’s future.
The President/CEO is expected to play an active role in developing external relationships regarding community visibility and resource development. The successful candidate will be expected to be a resourceful and experienced leader able to identify and manage resources, including partnerships and collaborative relationships, and serve as an advocate on behalf of the Agency to the community at large.
· A graduate degree from an accredited school of social work, public administration or business administration and a minimum of ten years experience (or its equivalent) in positions of similar duties and responsibilities.
· Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
· Superior oral and written communication skills. An effective communicator one-on-one and in small and large groups.
· Highly ethical, passionate commitment to JFCS’s services and client base.
· Proven expertise and leadership in strategic planning, development of new initiatives and business plans, evaulation of programs, and relationships to strengthen an organization.
· Successful experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteer committees in the development and implementation of policies designed to fulfill an organization’s mission.
· Successful experience with fundraising, including endowment projects, establishing new sources of funding including program grants, government contracts, private foundations, and working with individual donors.
· Experience as a public spokesperson and advocate within the community, state and local government. The ability to build strategic alliances, develop and implement collaborative approaches to service delivery through continued work with Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and other community-based and faith-based local and national organizations both public and private.
· Proven success in working with organizations in both the private and public sectors.
· Knowledge of the laws and regulations with which a nonprofit organization determined to be tax-exempt pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, must comply.
· Experience with the preparation of budgets and monitoring the financial performance, including cash management. Understanding of the financial reporting and tax compliance rules with which a nonprofit organization determined to be tax-exempt pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, must comply.
· Management philosophy and style which encourages creativity, growth, collaboration, problem solving, open communication and accountability.
· Experience in staff recruitment, mentoring, development, motivation, team building and retention.
· Experience supervising and developing personnel standards and policies and, consistent therewith, responsibility for the hiring, supervision, management, training, evaluation and retention of all staff. Experience with negotiation of union contracts and general labor relations.
· Experience with management of plant, property and equipment.
· Experience with the management of information systems to fulfill the goals of the programs and administration of an organization.
· Computer literacy and familiarity with data management systems.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is available.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RESUMES SHOULD BE SENT TO:
Alexander, Wollman & Stark
1835 Market St., Suite 2626
Philadelphia, PA 19103