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Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040

Principal Responsibilities:

It is with great pride that the Y is opening the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life. Blessed with beautiful landscape, easy access through public transportation, and a more affordable lifestyle, Upper Manhattan has become the area with the largest demographic growth of Jewish individuals and families in all of NY over the past two decades. In addition, because of its reputation and capacity, the Y has become a trusted convener and connector among the Jewish organizations in the area. As such, in order to meet the growing needs and dreams of a community wishing for more robust and collectively-created Jewish engagement opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, the Y is seeking to hire the founding Director to co-create and run the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life ("Center").

Reporting directly to the Chief Program Officer, the successful candidate should have a deep commitment to the legitimacy of multiple paths for the exploration and expression of Judaism, and to the power of a diverse and inclusive Jewish community. They must have a passion for outreach and engagement, as well as a talent for crafting programs and experiences, some at the Y and others in collaboration with the wider community, that connect with the aspirations of community members from infancy to older adults. Given the grassroots efforts that will be required to engage the wider community in the Center, the candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, a proven track record of successful outreach efforts engaging with diverse populations, and the ability to inspire others while representing the organization with professionalism at different forums, including community leaders, Board members, and donors. Key to the applicant's success will be their creative ability to conceptualize programs and oversee their implementation, manage multiple and often times simultaneous projects with full-time and part-time staff, and transform innovative ideas into impactful, strategic, and budget-conscious experiences that are reflective of the needs of our population as well as of our plan for the growth of the Center. The successful candidate for Director of the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life will have experience running and supervising creative Jewish programming, building professional teams, and the ability to direct marketing staff tasked with the branding of the Center.


Strategic Leadership

Program Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Continuous Development

Compliance and Administration

Professional Development






This position is open to internal and external candidates.

Minimum Qualifications:



Agency Information:

Established in 1917, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the "Y") is a not-for-profit Jewish community center that welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational and social services programs to enhance the quality of life of the people we serve.From topnotch early childhood education and youth development programs to innovative senior center services, there's always something for everyone at the Y!