Vice President for Programs

JCC Greater Boston | Newton, MA, United States

Posted Date 4/15/2022

The Vice President for Programs will lead three core segments of the JCC Greater Boston programming portfolio that includes Camping & Youth Services, Early Childhood Learning, and Health & Wellness. JCC programs support the building of Jewish identities and community, while nurturing belonging, self-confidence, wellness, and personal growth of our participants through experiential and hands-on programming in schools, at camp, and through fitness and wellness services.   This a full time role primarily based at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton and occasionally in the field at Camp Grossman in Dover, and at our satellite Early Learning Centers in Hingham, Brookline, and Sharon.

The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each member of our community. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston core values - Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation - which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish. 



JCC Greater Boston’s Camping & Youth Services includes the JCC’s two day camps: Camp Grossman located at Hale Reservation in Dover, MA and Camp Kaleidoscope, at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, MA. Combined, these camps hire hundreds of seasonal staff and welcome thousands of campers and their families each summer. Additional program responsibilities include the Diller Teen Fellowship, school year vacation week programs, JCC Maccabi Games, as well as potential for tremendous growth and opportunity to expand our offerings to support more youth, teens, and their families in new ways.   

As the largest provider of Jewish preschools in New England through our Early Learning Centers (ELCs), the JCC engages hundreds of families and children annually through a national curriculum, Sheva, that it helped create. The JCC has four ELCs in the Greater Boston area: Brookline, Hingham, Sharon, and Newton, and has identified potential opportunities for growth and expansion to meet current demographic and geographic changes in the regional Jewish community. Families of all backgrounds are welcome to the JCC’s early learning environment, one infused with Jewish culture, values, and diverse traditions. 

The Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, MA offers a range of high-quality health and wellness programs for all ages. Members of the JCC have access to personal trainers, a wide-range of fitness classes, wellness programming, utilization of the cardio center and fitness studios, and a series of other programs. The Fitness Center spaces were completely re-imagined and re-opened in Fall 2019 after a successful capital campaign to build and refine high-quality fitness and programming spaces. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, health and wellness programming is also available virtually through the JCCGB+ platform where live and archived classes are available to traditional fitness center members as well as virtual-only members. 

The JCC seeks to innovate on the many facets of excellent program planning and operations both on-site and within the communities we serve.



The organization will rely on the VP of Programs to apply strategic thinking to not only continue the programmatic excellence of the JCC, but also build external partnerships, and bring in new opportunities and programs to support our community. The VP of Programs will play a key role in leading the organization by helping the JCC make highly strategic programmatic and capital investment decisions that will allow the organization to thrive within a rapidly evolving community and competitive landscape for programs and activities. 

The VP of Programs is responsible for strengthening the operational infrastructure that supports innovation and sustainability across the functional areas of early education, camping & youth services, and health & fitness. As a member of the senior leadership team, the VP of Programs is expected to:

  • In partnership with department leaders and CSIO, direct both annual and long-term strategic planning efforts for camping, early learning, and health & wellness
  • Be creative in identifying new and take leadership in pursuing sustained contributed revenue streams that support the JCC’s mission and vision
  • In partnership with department leaders in Camping, Early Learning, and Health & Wellness, identify annual financial and program impact benchmarks
  • Lead a team of five direct reports including: AVP of Health & Wellness, AVP of Early Learning, Director of Camp Grossman, Director of Camp Kaleidoscope, and Diller Teen Fellows Program Director.
  • Support and foster a collaborative culture and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration
  • Align investments in facilities and operations with strategic priorities
  • Ensure an increasingly data-driven and results-oriented mindset that creates accountability
  • Foster and support an effective, cohesive team of professionals
  • Promote innovation, creativity, and encourage a mindset of continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate the personal qualities of integrity, credibility and dedication to the mission
  • Seek out and foster strategic partnerships with key Jewish, cultural and communal organizations



  • Ten to fifteen years of progressive leadership in non-profit programming and operations
  • Experience in managing budgeting processes including forecasting and analysis 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in support of the agency’s collective mission  
  • Strong commitment to and experience in mentoring and coaching diverse teams, and ability to motivate teams to produce high-quality work within tight timeframes. 
  • Ability to synthesize data for actionable insights and develop quantitative and qualitative programmatic assessments to inform formative and summative evaluations
  • Experience managing a range of program facilities with support from Facilities Teams;
  • Proven relationship builder: track record of growing and leading diverse teams by fostering a community of welcoming and belonging for all; be a great partner to colleagues 
  • JCC Greater Boston requires that new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at time of hire.  The JCC will consider requests for medical or religious exemption that do not pose undue hardship or a direct threat to health or safety



The JCC Greater Boston values include: Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation. The agency provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including: Early Learning Centers, summer camps, health and wellness programs, family engagement programs and cultural activities. The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. 

Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by: 

  • creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships,
  • welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston,
  • supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life,
  • nourishing minds, bodies, and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences, and 
  • expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as whole.



JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff and children very seriously. Over 99% of our staff have been vaccinated. We have aligned all of our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC and the state. Our practices include ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, and use of face coverings when appropriate to promote the health of our staff and program participants.



JCC Greater Boston welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds who meet the requirements specified above. If you want to share your talents with a great team, co-creating a thriving, dynamic organization which is devoted to community building and lasting impact, please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected]


Salary135000.00 - 145000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Community Centers
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