OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT
The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (the JCC) is looking to hire its next CEO to lead at a time of opportunity and transformation for the JCC. The CEO will be a visionary who helps fully reopen the JCC building in the fall and imagines what the JCC's role in community building will be in the future. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be a thought leader who will bring an entrepreneurial spirit and use his/her creative and innovative talents to grow this institution that has become "the community's living room." The CEO will continue to transform the JCC towards a strong, sustainable, and innovative future as a center for Jewish life where the community gathers to raise families, build friendships, enhance health, learn, participate, and grow.
The CEO will have the opportunity to define how the JCC uses a combination of virtual and in-person programming to attract and serve both the local community and a potentially national and/or global audience. A key priority for the CEO of the JCC is to maximize programmatic impact and grow its revenue base in order to sustain and strengthen programming needs of the community. A primary role for the CEO will be to actively build relationships with funders, donors, and partners, playing a leading role in the fundraising activity of the organization.
The CEO will embrace the JCC's core value of being deeply rooted in Jewish wisdom, understand the importance of Israel to the JCC community, and be open and welcoming to all members of the community who choose to benefit from its programs and services. The CEO will also be a strong and inspiring communicator whose interests, creativity, and curiosity will put the organization at the center of community conversations, attract members, develop partners, and enhance participation in order to continue to grow, meet new opportunities, and overcome challenges.
The JCC's new CEO must be an inclusive leader who recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. This will be of critical importance as the JCC has embarked on its own internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion journey; the CEO will need to chart a path forward, ensuring that the community, staff, and Board leadership are partners on this journey.
This is an opportunity for an inspirational and visionary leader as well as a strong executive manager and organization builder. A priority for the CEO will be to think through the organizational culture, structure, systems, and technology that support the entire JCC enterprise.
The CEO has 8 direct reports, oversees a budget upwards of $36 million (pre-COVID), and is responsible for setting the tone of the entire JCC and its day-to-day operations, establishing a strategic vision, speaking on behalf of the institution on key matters, and laying out a roadmap for the future.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
Resource Development and Fundraising
Organizational Culture and Talent Development
This position description is based upon material provided by MMJCCM, an equal opportunity employer.
Together with our community, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (JCC) creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape.
The JCC imagines Jewish life that is diverse and engages meaningfully with its values, culture, and ideas in everyday lives.
The founders of the JCC came together in 1990 to envision a unique center for Jewish life in Manhattan that would bring people from all walks of life together to learn, raise their families, stay healthy, work to improve our city and develop lifelong friendships through an active engagement with Jewish values, community, and tradition. This new JCC would be a place that would welcome and respect the pluralistic nature of our community and where people could grapple with how to live a Jewish life in a modern world.
Its initial programs say much about the vision of the founders. A robust literacy program in NYC public schools brought volunteers and public-school children together to strengthen their reading skills. A program was created for the LGBTQIA community to ensure that they felt welcomed at the JCC. A Sunday sports league was created especially for Sabbath-observing children who could not play in the existing Saturday leagues. Ulpan, Jewish learning, and mindfulness classes were offered to a community that was eager to explore Jewish texts. Computer classes and discussion groups were created for older adults. By 2000, the JCC without walls had significantly grown, offering more than 400 programs a year.
The JCC's Samuel Priest Rose Building, at 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, opened two days after 9/11, welcoming its first nursery school class. Through its modern design, the 137,000-square-foot, 11-story, state-of-the-art building included a health club and swimming pool, a nursery school and auditorium, art studios and classrooms, a Beit Midrash and art gallery. The building allowed innovative programming to flourish, welcoming upwards of 3,500 people each day.
The JCC supports its programming through a combination of philanthropy and revenue earned from membership, tuition, and programs. Having a building in the heart of the Upper West Side Manhattan brings the community together and enables much of the wonderful programming the JCC offers. Members pay dues that grant access to the health club, gym and pool and constitute an important revenue stream. In addition, the nursery school and camp are critical functions for building community and revenue creation.
Since its opening, the JCC has created a number of groundbreaking programs through the prism of Jewish values that have since taken root across the city, the country, and internationally. programs that have since taken root across the city, the country, and internationally.
In June 2016, the JCC launched Camp Settoga, a 21-acre wonderland in Pomona, NY, marking its 10-year anniversary in out-of-city day camping (previously located at the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds) but now in an amazing "forever home" just 25 minutes over the George Washington Bridge.
In January 2017, the JCC expanded its campus by opening JCC Harlem, a community space on West 118th Street. An initiative of the JCC, JCC Harlem is a collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York.
In February 2018, following the presentation of an unprecedented gift from the Meyerson family, the JCC was renamed the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.