Peninsula Jewish Community Center
California Bay Area
For more than 70 years, the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) has worked to inspire a sense of community in San Mateo County, with over 37,000 Jewish residents. Situated between San Francisco and Palo Alto, the PJCC is among the top 10 JCCs in North America. Based in a 12-acre home in Foster City, the PJCC’s goal is to provide programs and services that reinforce the values and proud traditions the Jewish community embraces.
The PJCC seeks a visionary Chief Jewish Experience Officer (CJEO) to provide strategic leadership for enhancing Jewish life at the PJCC and the surrounding community. This individual will join a growing transformative leadership team and be responsible for increasing participation, meaning, and engagement for the entire Jewish community. Reporting directly to the CEO and serving on the executive team, this individual will guide, sustain, and amplify the PJCC as the primary Jewish communal home and service provider in San Mateo County.
A strong candidate will bring a minimum of 5 years of proven success in a nonprofit leadership position focused on Jewish learning and engagement or equivalent experience, with strong relationship building skills. This individual will offer the PJCC leadership team deep expertise in Jewish education throughout all life stages and a creative and collaborative spirit.
The PJCC is an equal opportunity employer.
Provide leadership in vision, practice, and program delivery to showcase and leverage the impact of the PJCC
Create and direct all content and activities related to enhancing Jewish life, learning, and engagement throughout the San Mateo community, enabling transmission of Jewish values in accordance with the PJCC’s guiding principles
Plan, develop, and implement new educational programs, classes, and events, including holiday celebrations, for both in-person and at-home engagement
Recruit, hire, train and develop staff to effectively implement programming
Supervise multiple team members at varying levels of the organization
Work closely with entire staff to develop and strengthen Jewish engagement across all departments, with a primary focus on increasing participation and a sense of belonging among Jewish young families and adults
Confer with committee leaders to evaluate programs and recommend methods to promote and increase engagement among all demographics
Share the PJCC story with confidence, communicating its unique value proposition to team members, participants, funders, and key stakeholders
Work with the development team to identify funding sources, cultivate donor relationships, and solicit gifts when appropriate
Maintain and develop partnerships with other local and national Jewish organizations and affiliates
Facilitate quarterly round table discussions with local rabbis
Develop and be accountable for maintaining annual program budgets within the scope of the CJEO’s oversight
Rabbinic ordination or advanced degree in Jewish education preferred
5+ years leadership experience in the organized Jewish community
Passion for enriching Jewish life and community at all life stages
Substantial knowledge of and ability to articulate and teach Jewish culture and traditions
Demonstrated capacity to collaborate as a team player
Adept in thinking strategically and exercising sound judgment
Effective and timely executive decision-making skills
Aptitude for identifying innovative and creative approaches to challenges and growth opportunities while managing risks
Significant supervisory experience; able to provide responsive and timely feedback and oversight to multiple direct and indirect reports
Ability to inform, motivate and inspire colleagues and program participants
Clear and persuasive verbal and written communication skills; sophisticated interpersonal skills
Detail-oriented with the ability to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks
Experience developing qualitative and quantitative measures to track impact
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; Salesforce CRM experience a plus
Willingness to work in-office five days a week and some nights and weekends as needed