POSITION: Assistant Director, Programming and Community Engagement, Families with Young Children
DEPARTMENT: Birth Through High School
SALARY: UNION RANGE GRADE 16: $71,114 to $100,106 Budgeted Salary: $78,000- $80,000
UNION: Grade 16
TIME-LIMITED: DECEMBER 31, 2024 (EXTENSION DEPENDENT ON GRANT FUNDING)
Reporting to the VP of Early Childhood Engagement, this role is responsible for conducting evolving engagement strategies to connect families with young children to diverse, creative, and meaningful Jewish life and expression across Los Angeles and beyond, with an emphasis on our Immersive Experiences menu of opportunities.
The Assistant Director will lead time-bound special projects, collaborate on all areas of the Birth through High School (BTHS) Immersive Experience portfolio and additional community-building activities including, but not limited to, City-Wide Festivals, creative Jewish gatherings, and other related BTHS experiences.
As a network weaver, this position is responsible for building, nurturing, and maintaining relationships with community leaders with a focus on Families with Young Children, creating a strong organizational pipeline for BTHS and Federation. This position will create, implement, and promote a programmatic engagement plan for this demographic.
Immersive Experiences Portfolio
• Lead opportunities for families with young children, including pre-, during, and post-initiatives specific to each experience. This includes, but is not limited to, PJ Library Family Camp Retreats and MOMentum Moms Israel experiences.
• Work with the VP of Early Childhood Engagement to craft strategies for Federation’s immersive trips and implement all components of the trip experience — including timelines, systems, communications, budgets, resource allocations, staff recruitment and training, trip implementation, and post-trip engagement programs.
• Work with local organizations as required for recruitment and implementation for all immersive experiences.
• Work with the Program Assistant for Families with Young Children on the coordination of relevant administrative functions for Immersive Experiences
• Staff and attend all immersive experiences for families with young children requiring travel.
• Create and conduct a listening campaign with past Immersive Experience alumni to report on their experiences, needs, and desires pre- and post-trip in order to better customize these opportunities.
• Utilize a customer relationship management system to track relationships and event participation, and to leverage data to evaluate impact.
• Organize and facilitate family programming (often on weekends), including story times, parenting workshops, and family holiday gatherings as needed.
• Foster relationships with families with young children through one-on-ones, community gatherings, immersive experiences, PJ Library programming, and other special community building projects — including micro communities, city-wide festivals, and other experiences.
• In partnership with the VP of Early Childhood Engagement, develop and implement an outreach plan to identify, build, and sustain relationships with key groups and organizations representing diverse communities to enhance family engagement within those communities.
• Develop strategic relationships, provide regular, ongoing training in trending and relevant topics, and foster connections across the landscape of providers for families with young children (including Jewish communal agencies, synagogues, and secular institutions) to facilitate collaborations and resource sharing, and to promote high-quality family engagement.
• Initiate and nurture relationships with Jewish and secular partners and spaces for BTHS department programming, such as play spaces, parks, libraries, and museums.
• Work with the PJ Library national office as needed.
• Access program partners locally and nationally.
• Create, implement, and evaluate an ongoing series of multi-sensory experiences for families with children from birth through 12 years.
• Work with the L.A. Families with Young Children Engagement Team (L.A. jBabies Community Connectors) to offer a balance of programming throughout the year.
• Assist LA jBabies Community Connectors as they build parent networks and micro-communities.
• Identify and utilize local talent and content providers.
• Participate in evaluating Los Angeles engagement programming.
• Continue marketing efforts to reach and enroll new families in PJ Library
• Develop, create, and organize social media postings.
• Partner as needed with other Federation strategic initiatives.
• Be available for events and meetings outside normal working hours, as well as general assistance for Families with Young Children, including preparing materials for events, answering parent inquiries, etc.
• Be available to supervisor for additional assignments, including assisting with the annual Campaign.
PREFERRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR POSITION:
• Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred.
• 3–5 years of direct programming experience, ideally serving families raising Jewish children
• Comfort with community organizing techniques and relational engagement methodology, including an understanding of grassroots movements and online community building.
• Knowledge of and passion for Los Angeles Jewish community and fostering creative cultural discovery and expression
• Commitment and passion to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Ability to anticipate needs and eager to proactively offer support to the team.
• Ability to interact effectively with participants, donors, and partner organizations.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
• Curiosity and growth mindset, with an eagerness to learn new things and to take and implement feedback.
• Experience working with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems or related database systems.
• Knowledge of Jewish life, calendar, and customs, with the ability to communicate them in inclusive and accessible ways.
• Familiarity with Israel travel
• Impeccable organization and follow-through with the ability to prioritize multiple concurrent projects, focus on detail, and deliver timely and accurate results.
• Availability to represent and enthusiastically promote PJ Library at community events, including weekends and select evenings.
• Creativity, flexibility, maturity, and collaborative spirit
• Capacity to excel in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Proficient in mobile technology, social media, and digital trends for families with children under 12
• Strong proficiency in Excel, Word, and Outlook, and able to learn and adapt to multiple databases.
• Access to a car and ability to work weekends as required.
• A hybrid work model will be implemented for certain positions during transition back to worksite(s). This position must report to the worksite on non-remote workdays, as determined by the Federation.
• All staff and building occupants must be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination status will be required. Please disclose if accommodation to the Federation’s vaccination policy is sought for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.
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