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Chief Program Officer
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096

Principal Responsibilities:


Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Program Officer of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston is a new position which has the primary responsibility for leading and providing on-going development and supervision of many of the Department Directors whose programs are critical to the J's mission.

In this critical and exciting position, the CPO is responsible for providing strong visionary, creative and thoughtful leadership to many programming areas of the J and for driving the function of collaboration, creativity and innovation throughout the agency.

Through this work, the CPO is responsible for working with many of the Department Director professionals to develop and implement clear action plans and systems needed to build and develop strong programs. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, the CPO is also charged with working cross collaboratively with other members of the Executive Leadership team, and with lay leadership, the Board of Trustees and staff to make sure that all the programs under their purview work seamlessly within the larger J ecosystem.


Minimum Qualifications:


This position description is based upon material provided by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, an equal opportunity employer.

Agency Information:

Opportunity for Impact

The mission of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston is to develop and strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish values and enrich the Jewish community and the greater community.


Established in 1936, the Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center (the J), has enabled families and individuals to come together for friendship, affiliation and socialization in a safe and welcoming environment. With an operating budget of $17 Million the J has been serving the Greater Houston Jewish and secular communities through a wide-array of year-round programs, arts and culture, and well-equipped fitness facilities.

The cultural highlight is the annual Jewish Book and Arts Festival, which attracts up to 5,000 people. Collaborative partnerships with the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, United Way of Greater Houston, Jewish Family Service, Seven Acres, congregations, theatres, universities and other businesses and organizations in the Greater Houston community facilitate the J's multitude of programs and services. Included are cultural events, such as lectures in conjunction with Rice University's Jewish studies program, a Jewish film festival, theater and an Israeli dance workshop.

The J is committed to enriching the lives of its members and its community of different ages, lifestyles, ethnicities and levels of religious observance. From broad offerings in Early Childhood, Teen, Family Engagement, and Adult Education Programming; Adult Wellness; Arts & Culture; Senior Services to a kosher caf?, the J is the center of Jewish life and experiences in Houston.

In the past few months, since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, more than $20 million has been raised by the Jewish Federation for relief efforts. Repairs to the physical structure of the J from Hurricane Harvey are well underway with support from community partners to quickly repair the J's facilities and critical infrastructure. The J has been and continues to be thriving and open for business during this period of rebuilding!