The Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) is a hub for engagement, dialogue, collaboration, and the celebrations that enrich lives and the community in the northern peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area. For over 70 years, the PJCC has worked to inspire a sense of community in San Mateo County. The PJCC is open wide to all, embracing the diversity of culture, opinion, religion, and identity in its community, and striving to make the PJCC an accessible space where it feels safe to be oneself. The PJCC offers programs for all ages, including early childhood, youth and teen programs, adult and cultural arts programs, senior adult activities, Jewish life and learning programs and a full complement of fitness, wellness, and aquatics programming both indoors and out. The PJCC is at the center of a multicultural community where everyone is welcome.
The PJCC seeks a dynamic and inspirational CEO who is a strategic and visionary leader – one who can execute on that vision and see beyond the walls of the current footprint of the organization; a professional with a proven track record in fundraising, a community partner, relationship builder and collaborator; and who possesses excellent staff and operational management skills. The CEO will lead the PJCC out of the pandemic, and into a new era as the premier destination for Jewish life in the northern and mid-peninsula.
About the Peninsula JCC
Guided by Jewish wisdom and experience, the PJCC celebrates diversity, promotes healthy lifestyles, and inspires personal growth and connection. It is a closely connected, thriving community anchored in Jewish principles.
Founded by a group of enthusiastic Jewish community members, the PJCC was brought to life in a rented home in Burlingame in 1948 and quickly became popular among many San Mateo County residents. With demand for the Center growing, the Center was moved to a storefront in San Carlos. By 1960, due to the Peninsula’s increasing population, the Board of Directors searched for a new home yet again. In 1963, the PJCC purchased and opened a much larger facility on a 4+ acre site in the Belmont hills where it remained for the next 40 years. In Belmont, the PJCC operated an expanded and broad range of programs in response to growing and diversifying community needs. However, by 1993 membership was once again exceeding capacity and a search for a more spacious home for the Center began. A lease was signed with the City of Foster City in 1998, and the plan to build a new campus was born. The PJCC proudly opened its new 12-acre home in Silicon Valley’s Foster City in May 2004. Joining the PJCC on this tremendous 12-acre campus are the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School and the Jewish Community Federation.
The PJCC’s home is an approximately 240,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, including the 50,000 square foot Byer Athletic Center, which houses an Aquatics Complex with indoor and outdoor pools, kiddie pool, and whirlpool, outdoor turf fields, playgrounds, exercise studios, full-court gymnasium, and an outdoor functional fitness park. It includes an award-winning and highly sought-after licensed early childhood and afterschool facilities with an organic garden and playgrounds, and a plan to create outdoor natural playscapes. The Nest provides parents with opportunities to connect with other parents and access parenting resources. Its 8500+ (pre-COVID) members of all faiths and backgrounds enjoy programs ranging from arts and culture to adult learning, from family programming to Jewish celebrations and education, involvement in social action opportunities focused on making a positive impact in the local community. The PJCC promotes Jewish values and offers a welcoming environment where people can connect with one another, forming lasting relationships to enhance their lives and benefit the community.
About the Foster City/Northern Peninsula Jewish Community
The Jewish community numbers approximately 25,000 on the Northern Peninsula; 475,000 in the Bay Area. The Bay Area contains the 4th largest concentration of Jewish people in the U.S. It has been a relatively stable population over the last few years. It is a very diverse, mobile, and highly educated community, with young adults and baby boomers as the largest age cohorts in Jewish households. The Wornick Jewish Day School shares the campus with the PJCC, with over 200 students in grades TK-8. There are an abundance of synagogues in the area, including orthodox, conservative, reform, reconstructionist and independent. The PJCC is one of seven JCCs in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area is known for its natural beauty, technology, and innovation. Foster City is ideally located between San Francisco and the heart of Silicon Valley. San Francisco is a 30-minute drive north from Foster City. San Jose is a 30-minute drive south. The San Mateo bridge connects Foster City with the East Bay. The beautiful pacific coast is less than 30 minutes to the west. Lake Tahoe is a 4-hour drive to the east. It is one of the most desirable locations in the U.S.
Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership
The CEO will be a warm and engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence, and manages through a positive approach. The CEO must be a highly accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies from the most seasoned lay leaders to new young leadership, professional staff, general members, and those not yet engaged. The CEO will lead efforts directed toward the continuation and enhancement of community among individuals, agencies, synagogues, and other religious organizations in the Northern Peninsula area. A forward thinking, energetic individual, the CEO will promote a culture of innovation and inclusion and be a change agent to create on-going excitement for the PJCC in the region.
Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership
The CEO will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the PJCC and robust, engaged and involved community going forward. The CEO will actively engage with other Jewish and secular community organizations, working to support existing collaborative programs and to envision new ways to work together. The CEO must see the big picture and be able to think outside the box - managing current issues while thinking about evolving business models in both the near and long term and well beyond the walls of the PJCC.
Proven Ability in Fundraising and Resource Development
The CEO must engage and steward donors and seek gifts of significance. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, the CEO will establish strategies and direct forward-looking practices in donor development to enhance and improve the community’s potential. Highly visible in the community, the CEO will reach out and cultivate new potential donors at all levels, including seeking grants from local and State government, foundations, and support from local businesses.
Demonstrates Skill in Operational Management
The CEO provides leadership to all aspects of the PJCC operations and is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the PJCC. This includes an understanding of the physical plant, technical support systems and running the various businesses of the PJCC. Visibility and skilled responsiveness to members is essential. The CEO will be decisive in action, adaptable and accountable.
Displays Sound Staff Management Skills
The CEO will create and nurture a culture of positivity and productivity in the work environment, inspiring, engaging and empowering the professional staff of the PJCC. Through selecting, developing, and motivating staff, the CEO will foster innovation, teamwork, and collaboration to ensure that best practices and cutting-edge programs are the norm.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of strategic leadership and management experience in JCCs, Jewish communal organizations, business, and/or non-profit sectors. An advanced degree is preferred.
• Proven ability to build strong and lasting partnerships with Jewish, corporate, and other organizations, including other religious organizations, and engage key stakeholders and audiences.
• Demonstrated track record of fundraising success, including knowledge of and participation in individual donor development, planned giving, grant procurement, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship, and special events.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach and manage staff and develop high-performance teams and set and achieve strategic objectives.
• Ability to develop and drive both short-and long-term strategy for the organization.
• Dynamic Leader to serve as the public face of the organization.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to work with financial data to make key decisions.
• Appreciation and real commitment to diversity; works easily with a broad range of people across all aspects of diverse cultures.
• Past success working with a Board of Directors, committees, and volunteers with the ability to cultivate existing relationships and develop new ones.
• General knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, practices, and tradition.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.
Qualified candidates can apply for this position at jccworks.com/Peninsula – please include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.
Deadline to apply: June 1, 2021 – sooner is preferred