Employment Opportunities

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services Director


The JCA’s mission is to enhance and promote Jewish life and continuity locally, in Israel and throughout the world, and to generate the financial resources to develop, provide and support diverse programs, education and services in order to accomplish these goals.


For nearly 100 years, Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services has offered assistance, comfort, and hope to the Jewish community and to all those seeking support in Southern Maine. Through programs designed to meet compelling and immediate needs, KJFS demonstrates the commitment to gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) in the service of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Over the past several years, KJFS has grown in many ways, and we seek a vibrant, committed, and visionary director to steward the program as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The current mix of activities includes the only National Diaper Bank-affiliated diaper pantry in Southern Maine, an essentials pantry, the annual “Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive” that provides winter boots to local students, and starting this year, a HIAS affiliated refugee resettlement program serving an estimated 100 Refugees and Afghan humanitarian parolees in 2022. Our work is rooted in Jewish commitments, and we seek a leader who values and understands human services work through a Jewish lens, including ethical principles and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful applicant will possess wide ranging skill in human services and program management as well as experience with grant seeking and grant management.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and run all aspects of existing diaper bank, period pantry, and essentials pantry program, from procurement through distribution;
  • Manage relationships with key program stakeholders, organizational partners, elected officials, and grantmaking organizations;
  • Write KJFS grants and manage all reporting requirements;
  • Ensure all files, systems and policies operate in accordance with applicable standards and state and federal law;
  • Develop and manage KJFS budget;
  • In concert with the Volunteer Manager and HIAS Director, support regular KJFS outreach and trainings for Jewish community organizations;
  • Work closely with Volunteer Manager to support ongoing recruitment and training of KJFS volunteers;
  • Oversee KJFS social media and website with support of the JCA’s Marketing Director;
  • Staff the JCA’s KJFS committee;
  • With JCA Executive Director, complete strategic review of KJFS programming and engage in strategic planning process during 2023-2024;
  • Work with JCA Facilities Manager, diaper program staff, and volunteers to manage KJFS facility operations, including diaper shipments;
  • In collaboration with JCA Programming staff and Volunteer Manager, develop and implement KJFS programs;
  • Provide supervision to Refugee Resettlement Manager, social work student intern, and part-time diaper program staff;
  • Other duties as assigned

Required minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree required. Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in human services leadership preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in direct service provision and/or program management required.
  • Experience training, supporting, and growing programs through active project management.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and engage.
  • Successful track record in developing grant proposals, securing grant awards, and overseeing grant administration and reporting.
  • Commitment to excellence, transparency, and the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A positive attitude and passion for building a better world through supporting those most in need.
  • Experience working in a Jewish human services agency preferred; appreciation for and understanding of Jewish values and ethical commitments required.


Hours: This is a full-time, exempt position requiring the time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete job requirements. Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Start Date: July/August 2023

Salary: $68,000-$72,000. The JCA offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous programmatic discounts, 11 Federal Holidays and up to 10 Jewish holidays off each year, employer-provided Dental Insurance and Long-and Short-term disability coverage, as well as 90% of individual health insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

To Apply: Email cover letter and résumé, as a PDF or Word document only, to jca@mainejewish.org Please indicate “KJFS Director” in subject line of email.