Program Director

JVS Career Services | Cincinnati, OH, United States

Posted Date 12/06/2021

Cincinnati Friendship Circle Program Director

The Friendship Circle is seeking a full-time staff member to spearhead the organization, currently in a pilot stage. This exciting position will work closely with the founder and Executive Director in this unique opportunity to build this program from the ground up.

Ideal candidates will possess strong communication and organizational skills with a desire to work in a fast-paced, small team environment with a high level of initiative as well as collaboration. Candidates must take initiative, be self-motivated, detail oriented, and able to work flexible hours as needed to occasionally accommodate evening and Sunday events. Candidates should be comfortable representing The Friendship Circle to the public and working for Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish organization.

The Friendship Circle is a community program that brings teenage volunteers together with children who have special needs. Through safe, fun, educational, and meaningful programs, the Friendship Circle uplifts the lives of our special children and their families, allowing them to grow, learn, bond, contribute, and celebrate themselves. Through interactive, educational programming for teens and young adults, the program also aims to build character, confidence and increase awareness of the special needs community.

The program manager will oversee all aspects of the program.

Position Type: Full time, including some evenings and weekends, Hybrid (partially remote)

Responsibilities of the program manager include but are not limited to the following:

Community Outreach

  • Recruit families of children with disabilities that may be able to benefit from Friendship Circle
  • Publicize and recruit for events
  • Meet interested families to discuss programs and events and help participants register
  • Recruit and expand the volunteer pool particularly teen volunteers
  • Match volunteers with program participants to develop and foster friendships
  • Attend industry and community events to recruitvolunteers, network with potential donors,and spread the word about Friendship Circle


  • Plan and execute programs and events to ensure effective operations; tasks may include hiring staff, buying supplies, booking entertainment, ordering food, tracking attendance
  • Manage communications with parents, volunteers, and donors
  • Manage database of participants and volunteers

Marketing & Development:

  • Manage all organizational marketing including donor engagement
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to explore potential funding and grant opportunities.

Leadership Skills

  • Passion for working with youth
  • People person: Passionately believes in people
  • Organized: Can oversee multiple operations; accountable
  • Dedicated: Has the drive to do whatever it takes to “get it done”
  • Ability to plan strategically

Ideal Qualifications

  • Experience working with youth in either educational or recreational setting
  • Experience in the special needs and inclusive programming field
  • Experience in community outreach and marketing
  • Experience in planning and executing programs within a charitable organization
  • Experience working with volunteers and staff with a wide range of abilities
  • Superior verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office, internet, social media, office productivity and publishing tools
Assistant Director | Associate | Business Manager | Engagement | Events Management | Programming | Regional Director
Organization Type
Community Centers | Other | Outreach | Synagogue

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