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Chief Program Officer
Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N Santa Monica Blvd
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217-4353

Principal Responsibilities:

Together with our community, the Harry & Rose Samson JCC creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. The JCC imagines Jewish life that is diverse and engages meaningfully with its values, culture, and ideas in everyday lives.

The JCC seeks an engaging, strategic, highly relational, and growth-minded leader to become its next Chief Program Officer (CPO). This position is the organizational leader for the vision, practice, and program delivery for Arts & Culture, Community Services, Food Pantry, Inclusion & Special Needs, Recreation & Aquatics, and Youth Programs. In partnership with the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Program Officer oversees program development, staff oversight, compliance with licensing standards, as well as supervision and implementation of the program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the JCC. The Chief Program Officer will ensure that the highest levels of care, education are program delivery are met for members and the community served in these programs. 

The successful candidate must have an authentic passion for the mission and vision of the JCC and broader Jewish life; proven success in constituent and audience engagement; and experience developing and maintaining meaningful working relationships with board members, partners, and colleagues. 

The Chief Program Officer is a part of the JCC Advisory, Leadership, and Supervision teams and connects the programs and Community Services to the JCC through participation in Supervisory Trainings, Staff Communication meetings, Operations, and Programmatic meetings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Decision Making by Co-determination:

The Chief Program Officer makes independent decisions when necessary regarding responsiveness to program user needs and concerns regarding program content and delivery, program materials needed, as well as managing the multiple functions of the individual programs. The Chief Program Officer communicates on a regular basis with and supports the guidance and direction offered by the Chief Executive Officer. He / She consults with the Chief Operating Officer and when necessary, the CEO regarding the daily functioning of the JCC programs and Community Services and apprises the CEO of any challenges that are currently being faced in a timely manner.

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Kaitlyn Essman at or apply externally at

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements (KSAs)

Education and/or Experience


$95,000 - $105,000

Agency Information:

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is a non-profit, social service agency founded upon Jewish ethics and values. It is committed to meeting the ever changing needs of the entire Jewish community for strengthening Jewish identity and for enriching the quality of Jewish life.

The Center provides the total community with a forum for open dialogue regarding matters affecting Jewish life here, in Israel and throughout the World. It initiates diversified social, educational, recreational and cultural programs within a Jewish setting.

The JCC is a partner in serving the community with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is affiliated with the JCC Association of North America and a Beneficiary agency of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.