The Director of Inclusive Programming will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, which will support JCC Association’s strategic plan, currently in development. The Director will lead our initiative and partnership with Beit Issie Shapiro.
• Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually.
• JCC Association, through the Sheva Center, supports over 125 early childhood centers across the continent with over 30,000 children and 5,000 educators.
Seven JCCs have been chosen as pilot sites to lay the foundation for this work for the first year or so of the initiative. The goal of this first year will be to identify scalable models and to present this work to the entire field with ongoing virtual communication.
The partnership initiative has four main objectives:
• Increasing cultural awareness and creating a shared language across the field of Jewish Community Centers
• Increasing collaboration and partnership with parents and families in our early childhood centers
• Implementation of the training and skills development including the development of curriculum for training the educational staff, recreational services staff and families on inclusion
• Evaluation and measurement of the entire process as an ongoing process to improve and promote the goals throughout.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Ensure that our Jewish lenses will guide our JCC Association and our Jewish Community Centers to underline the basic belief of including all people in Jewish community life.
• Build a structure that will promote the process of reaching the main objectives of the partnership.
• Identify and develop partnerships (Beit Issie Shapiro, local partners, academia, professionals, etc.) and determine what roles they will play in the process and how they will work together.
• Develop a sensitivity and advocacy for inclusion and a shared language.
• Develop curriculum for training the educational staff, recreational services staff and families on inclusion in our JCCs.
• Determine and employ an evaluation strategy that includes a platform for documentation of the process including knowledge, success stories, case studies, marketing etc.
• Work with the Sheva Center Director and Chief Development Officer to identify and have conversations with potential funders.
• Acknowledge throughout the development of the inclusion process that the end goal is a holistic approach to inclusion.
• Experience with project management and leadership of innovation processes in organizations
• Knowledge of management processes and training / guidance processes
• Experience with partnership development and community engagement
• Acceptance and embracing of diversity
• Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
• Solid organizational skills are key to direct this project
• Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Excellent oral and communication skills
• Ability to act independently as well as collaboratively with diverse teams
• Decision-making, good judgment and public relations skills are important
• Experience exercising discretion and confidentiality with sensitive information
• Creativity and the ability to be flexible is necessary
• Desire to continued growth and learning
• Knowledge of assistive technology is a plus
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Master of Education in Special Education
• Work experience of 5 years or more in early childhood development
• Minimum of three years of experience as an administrator
• Familiarity with the North American Jewish community
* Please note that this position is currently available for two years but there is a possibility for extension.