The Jewish Engagement Coordinator will work together with JCC departments and staff to infuse Judaism and Jewish culture into programs of the JCC. This person will serve as the primary staff member to develop and implement Jewish family programs, as well as drive PJ Library efforts on behalf of the JCC and Western Massachusetts. He/she will bring a spirit of creativity to how participants experience Judaism through innovative and forward-thinking programs, experiences and learning opportunities. This individual will serve as a community connector who works with various Jewish and secular organizations to ensure collaboration and maximum engagement.
All employees of the Springfield JCC are responsible for creating relationships with the members, to add value to their membership, and to enhance their sense of belonging with the JCC community.
Create exciting, innovative JCC-wide programming (e.g., events, displays, online resources) around major Jewish holidays and occasions including Shabbat, Hanukkah, Purim, Shavuot, Sukkot and the High Holidays
Serve as the JCC's representative in planning and organizing the community's Yom HaShoah commemoration
Work with other departments to infuse Jewish content into various programs and determine partners for events both on and off campus
Offer programming around unique, Jewish life-cycle events. (For instance, offer b'nai mitzvah tzedakah opportunities, Jewish parenting classes and other programs that can meet people where they are Jewishly.)
Collaborate with other Jewish organizations locally and throughout the Northeast
Provide deliberate opportunities for Upper and Lower Valley families to connect with the JCC
Offer Jewish educational opportunities for Board and Staff
Plan and bring to fruition educational opportunities to engage unaffiliated Jews in our community. (The Jewish Journeys Project run by the Manhattan JCC is a good example.)
Assist the Early Learning Center, Elementary department, Camp, and Havurah Initiative Coordinator in Jewish education efforts and planning
Strategically plan and implement Western Massachusetts' PJ Library and PJ Our Way programs, including story-times, family holiday gatherings, parenting workshops, etc.
Connect PJ efforts with existing (or future) JCC programs, such as the Early Learning Center and Camp
Manage administrative duties associated with PJ Library and PJ Our Way, including enrollment and recruiting for, renewal of participants in, accounts receivable for and answer questions related to PJ Library programs for all program participants and prospective participants. Collect data based on engagement efforts for reporting purposes.
Write any grant reporting necessary for PJ funding
Ensure all staff who help in direct service for PJ Library and Jewish Family programs are oriented and trained appropriately to ensure the highest levels of program delivery and standards
Ensure consistent and relevant communication with Jewish Family engagement and PJ Library program users is achieved through active communication of program goals and plans through newsletters and other varied means of communication
Cultivate and maintain relationships with families and parent communities to build strong connections and loyalty to the PJ Library program
Bachelor's Degree in related field, Master's Degree preferred
Degree or background in Jewish Education preferred
Strong working knowledge of Jewish traditions and the diversity of Jewish practice
Experience developing innovative family programing including implementation and growth
Demonstrated success as a Jewish educator serving different demographics
Ability to create programs that align with the evolving and diverse needs of families throughout the region
Excellent communicator with ability to communicate effectively with staff, lay leaders and program participants
Out of the box, creative thinker
Demonstrated ability to work comfortably with all sections of the Jewish community
Ability to work some weekend and evening hours and holiday-appropriate responsibilities on Jewish holidays
Ability to lead singing and/or provide musical accompaniment for Jewish programming a plus
Knowledge of Jewish culture, traditions and holidays
Experience with various aspects of event management
Ensure COVID safety protocols are followed for all in-person programs and initiatives
35,000 - 45,000
Who We Are:
The mission of the Springfield Jewish Community Center enriches community and nurtures wellness through physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual programs and services. The JCC is guided by Jewish values, welcoming and respecting people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, identities, and faiths.
The Springfield JCC is both a recreational and learning facility. Located on the Longmeadow/Springfield line, the J is a non-profit organization offering programs for all ages, including preschool, youth and teen programs, adult life programs, senior adult life programs, and is home to the JCC Health & Fitness Center. Everyone, including the general public, is welcome at the Springfield JCC.
If you have not seen our facilities, we invite you to take a tour. Stop by or call (413) 739-4715.