Full Time

Community Connector

Combined Jewish Philanthropies 126 High Street, Boston MA

Passion. Purpose. Impact.  CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Together, we're helping struggling families find financial stability, making Jewish learning relevant and inclusive, connecting the next generation to Jewish life, and so much more.  Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make Greater Boston’s Jewish community a welcoming home. It’s this energy and commitment that drive CJP’s mission. We are one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking a Community Connector.


Summary of Position:

Young Adult Community Connectors will utilize a relational methodology in helping to implement and coordinate the overall young adult agenda. With a focus on CJP’s engagement pipeline, community connectors will work with a combination of partner agencies and young adults to help realize our vision of:  “A strong network of young adult organizations and experiences which catalyze and sustains meaningful increases in the number of young adults who participate in Jewish life. This network also collaboratively moves participants towards a sense of “belonging”, such that they self-report an increased feeling of connection and/or attribute choices to their ongoing involvement in Jewish life in Boston, Israel, and/or around the world.” Young Adult Community Connectors will report to and work closely with the AVP of Young Adult and Teen Engagement. 



Essential Functions:

The role of Young Adult Connector will be responsible for the following areas:


  • Serve as liaison to organizations in Greater Boston working in the young adult engagement area to maintain an accurate and current “landscape map” of young adult opportunities.
  • Work in conjunction with members of the Young Adult Philanthropy team as well as the Grant Oversight team to design and administer community impact grants.  This includes recruitment of agencies, communication, grant agreements, follow up and stewardship with relational partners. 
  • Promote a practice of “radical hospitality” and inclusion by staffing both internal CJP events, and focusing on personal connection.
  • Develop a system of community wide hand-off / follow up for individuals who have participated in either internal or external Jewish community offerings.  This will include an individual portfolio of young adults as well as work done in partnership with community agencies to help them develop and implement a plan of relational follow up.
  • Management of micro-funding opportunities to build organic micro-community among YA’s to fill gaps and offer young adults the opportunity to self-design.
  • Direct a learning cohort of organizational leaders who understand each other's work and successfully collaborate.  Particular attention will be placed on establishing tools to assess and respond to emerging mental health needs in the YA community.
  • Working in conjunction with young adult philanthropy, create a comprehensive digital strategy focused on amplifying the awareness of all offerings available to young adults to both broaden and deepen connection.
  • Work closely with CJP’s data and impact team on “project baseline” to collect YA data across our agency partners and establish a baseline of engagement to measure against.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation. 


Minimum Requirements:


  • BA degree


  • 1-3 years’ experience in management or relational engagement
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Experience with process improvement a plus


  • An understanding of non- profit organizations
  • Experience working with synagogues, agencies, and funders
  • Interpersonal skills, relational work
  • Consultative and diagnostic skills
  • Advanced time management and analytical skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and project management software
  • Training design and development skills
  • Communication skills: written and oral
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes and shifting priorities
  • Self-reflective
  • Active listener
  • Sense of humor
  • Imaginative, out-of-the-box thinker
  • Problem solver
  • Desire to learn; open to mentoring and coaching
  • Team player


  • Willingness and availability to travel for local meetings and to work extended hours as necessary
  • Familiarity with relational engagement
  • Capacity and interest in connecting with YA’s, educators, clergy, staff and lay leadership.
  • Passion for young adult engagement and Jewish community



  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods, much of which will be working at a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds.

CJP offers that rare opportunity to tap your skills, talents, and experience to benefit a greater good while you grow professionally. You will work in a dynamic environment, with a diverse group of individuals who share your commitment and enthusiasm. Together, you will make a difference for Jews and non-Jews in Greater Boston and worldwide. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and a collegial, family-friendly work and team environment.


For more information about CJP, go to www.cjp.org.


Please use this link to apply: https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6178095.careers?ShowJob=403094980


CJP conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.


CJP is an equal opportunity employer.People with disabilities, women, veterans, black, indigenous and people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.