Full Time

YOUTH PROGRAMS SPECIALIST AND DIRECTOR OF DISCOVERY CLUB

JCC Greater Boston 333 Nahanton Street, Newton MA

Background:
JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization where families can access a wide range of learning, fitness, camping, and enrichment resources while connecting with a vibrant local Jewish community. Serving more than 50,000 people each year, we engage more Jews and the people in their lives than almost every other Jewish institution in Boston combined. It’s an exciting time for the organization. We offer employees competitive benefits as well as discounts to many of our programs and services.

JCC Greater Boston’s Department of Family Engagement and Jewish Life is dedicated to supporting children and families through unique programs and services via formal and informal experiences. Programming connects to Jewish life and identity as well as the visual and performing arts, sports, recreation, personal well-being, parenting support, and community building. This includes a robust youth programming slate that is anchored by the Discovery After School Club.

The Discovery Club program rethinks informal Jewish education and a child’s after school experience by providing a different way for children in grades K-3 and their families to engage with Jewish content and connect with their Jewish identities. Discovery Club started as a series of enrichment classes three years ago, and it has since adapted into a three day per week afterschool program that combines everything the JCC has to offer to kids ages 5-10. The program has moved from its initial start-up phase into a phase of growth, establishment, and expansion. There is room for creativity and shaping of the program in the years to come.

In September 2019, the JCC Greater Boston will open a brand-new family wing as part of the all new Winn Family and Wellness Center. The space includes three new program areas as well as the Playspace, a 2,500 square foot area designed for kids ages 0-8 years old to explore both gross motor and creative play. This position will be a key member of the family engagement team at JCC Greater Boston.

Position Summary:
Youth Programs Specialist and Director of Discovery Club will be a dynamic, multi-faceted role. Grounded in a passion for creating amazing experiences for kids in the context of a Jewish community, the Specialist/Director will have the opportunity to do work which is creative, impactful and highly valued.

The position has a strong entrepreneurial aspect – the Specialist/Director will create the curriculum, hire/manage a team of instructors and oversee the delivery, providing the children with wonderful memories and new skills. In addition, the Specialist/Director will work closely with Marketing and will manage program registration. As the program leader, he/she/they will also utilize their strong administrative strengths through his/her/their planning, coordinating and reporting skills and execution. Relationship management will be a key to their success – building collaborative relationships with the internal JCC Greater Boston team as well as children and parents.

The JCC Greater Boston is a fun place to work with a great team of committed professionals. The Youth Programs Specialist and Director of Discovery Club will be joining the JCC Greater Boston at an exceptionally exciting phase in our evolution – where our vision for family programs is strong and commitment high. We seek someone with passion, great ideas and discipline to co-create the future of wonderful Youth programs at JCC Greater Boston.

Key Responsibilities:
• Oversee Discovery Club and youth enrichment classes, both of which involve high logistics coordination with many moving pieces
• Work with marketing team to identify and connect with families of children in targeted age group; oversee and coordinate outreach, recruitment, and program registration in order to grow program enrollment
• Join a newly created family and youth team led by the Head of Family Programming to plan and deliver programs and services for kids and families at JCC Greater Boston
• Hire, train, and supervise talented instructors and program staff who can combine enrichment activities with Jewish value-based experiential learning
• Develop and implement enrichment classes and curriculum for elementary aged children (ages 5-10)
• Point person for work with the transportation company that brings kids to the JCC from local elementary schools
• Create and maintain relationships with outside partner organizations to enhance the after school program with community service projects, outdoor learning and more
• Work with internal staff to acquire a Large Group and School Age license from the Department of Early Education and Care
• Communicate with parents and families enrolled in programs
• Collaborate and work across departments at the JCC: Early Learning Center, Aquatics, Health and Wellness, and Camping
• Responsible for program budget and budget predictions for upcoming years
• Evaluates program success, makes necessary adjustments, and reports to senior leadership on program efficacy

Additional Responsibilities:
• Staff presence at large JCC and community events
• Reports on youth programming and the Discovery Club to the JCC’s Development Team and provides necessary data/information
• Responsibilities are subject to change as the program and position evolve and is evaluated moving forward

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

• An innovative informal educator with experience infusing Jewish values in every aspect of their work
• Experience in child development, planning, and implementation of programming for children
• Leadership and project management skills
• Exceptionally strong relationship builder capable of developing meaningful connections with students, their parents, and internal and external program partners; strong customer service skills
• Desire to transform contemporary Jewish education for kids and their families
• Passion for elementary aged learning
• Requires a creative self-starter who wants to continue pioneering an innovative new program model
• Experience with afterschool programming and licensing preferred

Working Conditions and Physical/Mental Demands Specific to this Position:
• Position requires a combination of weekday, weekend, and evening work; the afterschool program runs until 6pm on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
• Requires ability to work in environment with many stakeholders

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to discoveryclub@jccgb.org. No phone calls.

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Preferred.