Employment Opportunities

Youth Programming & PJ Library Coordinator 

 

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.  

 

Description                                                    

The Youth Programming & PJ Library Coordinator will oversee the management and overall development of the JCA’s school-age afterschool program, PJ Library, and will serve as Assistant Director at Center Day Camp during the summer months. The Youth Programming and PJ Library Coordinator will be responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining programming and curriculum and supporting collaborations with peers, staff, and the community. 

The role requires excellent interpersonal skills, an outgoing and friendly communication style, and experience working with young children and their families. The successful candidate/s will demonstrate a pluralistic approach to Jewish practice, good judgement, discretion, and sensitivity, and will have excellent project- and time-management skills. Training and support is provided by the JCA as well as the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which also offers resources and materials to help support the program. 

 

This position reports to the Center Day Camp Director and the Programming Director. The job is full time, 40 hours per week. The role will be based in two locations: 

  • September – early June: JCA Facility on Congress Street in Portland; hours 10am-6pm and occasional flexibility with start/end time and/or weekend hours required on a monthly basis. 
  • Late June – August: Center Day Camp in Windham; hours 8:30am-4:30pm and occasional flexibility with overnight stays/trips during the 9 weeks of camp.  

The primary responsibilities of the Youth Programming & PJ Library Coordinator include: 

  • Develop afterschool curriculum and implement a successful program for 15-20 students throughout the school year.  
  • Hire, train, and manage up to two part-time afterschool support staff.  
  • Offer one 1-week vacation camps during the school year.  
  • Recruit students for the afterschool program to ensure an effective and engaging experience for a cohort of elementary age children.  
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with the JCA’s programs, events, and initiatives 
  • Build relationships with local families in the Southern Maine Jewish community, and help them connect with each other and to local and virtual opportunities to engage in Jewish life, programming, or learning 
  • Identify and welcome families who are newly enrolled in the PJ Library database 
  • Contact PJ families and prospective PJ families to let them know about engagement opportunities in the community and identify their interests and needs 
  • Plan and implement monthly PJ Library programming and experiences, such as: 
  • Hosting and facilitating small coffee dates, playdates and playground meetups 
  • Following up with program participants with invitations to further connect 
  • Offering PJ Children’s events (such as holiday celebrations)  
  • Track, schedule and document interactions and follow up with PJ library families and grant-deliverable engagement numbers.  
  • Engage families through PJ Library social media 
  • Cultivate connections with local synagogue education/religious school staff and other program staff to develop opportunities for collaboration 
  • Participate in PJ Library trainings and in professional development opportunities  
  • Serve on the Camp leadership team along with the Camp Director & seasonal staff.  
  • During the summer, develop and prepare support staff and counselors with a weekly and daily activity schedule. 
  • Support CDC Director in planning and running the staff training and orientation prior to summer.  

 

Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Three to five years of teaching, coaching, or program management experience required. 
  • Two to four years of supervisory experience required.   
  • Excellent decision making, problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. 
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to present information in a clear, understandable language in a group or one-on-one situation. 
  • Self-motivated and proven ability to take initiative. 
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office. 
  • Maintain certification or re-certification and/or by taking CEC’s. 
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and ability to travel locally.  

 

Youth Development & Jewish Qualifications: 

  • 3-5 years’ experience in a leadership role within a youth setting. 
  • CPR and First Aid Certification (within 3 months of hire). 
  • A criminal background check is required and may include fingerprinting through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) prior to hire. 
  • Familiarity with the different Jewish religious denominations, the Hebrew calendar, Shabbat and Jewish holiday rituals and customs 
  • Familiarity with the Jewish organizations and community of Southern Maine as well as secular children’s organizations and programming strongly preferred 
  • The ability to think and act creatively, be flexible, demonstrate pride of work, and care about the individuals they serve. 

 

Salary and Benefits: $42,000-45,000 Annually depending on experience. The JCA offers a competitive benefits package that includes partial contribution toward individual health insurance, employer paid short and long-term disability and life insurance, and generous paid time off including 12 federal and several Jewish holidays. Programmatic discounts are also available. The JCA is a collegial, familial work environment.  We are dedicated to measurable outcomes and the highest level of programmatic excellence in serving our community. 

 

Interested in joining the JCA? Please send a cover letter and a resume to jca@mainejewish.org. Due to volume, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.