The Youngstown Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a welcoming and vibrant presence in eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania. The mission of JCC is to create and maintain a standard of excellence in the areas of social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for its members of all ages in a Jewish environment. In providing these services, the JCC continually strives to develop and strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish values and enrich the quality of life for its members as well as the greater community. The JCC offers programs for all ages, including an early learning center that serves children 6 weeks to 12 years all under one roof, adult, teen and school-age children’s programs, cultural arts, social events, opportunities for volunteers and senior outreach, and fitness and aquatics services. The JCC seeks an executive director who possesses excellent strategic and management skills with a proven track record in building staff and community. The executive director will be part of an integrated community leadership team under the umbrella of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. The position is currently open and available for the right candidate to begin by January 1, 2021.
Executive Director Competencies
Demonstrates Skill in Operational Management
The Executive Director provides leadership to all aspects of the JCC operations and is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the JCC. This includes an understanding of the physical plant, technical support systems and running the various businesses of the JCC. Visibility and responsiveness to members is a strong value. The Executive Director will be decisive in action, adaptable and accountable.
Displays Sound Staff Management Skills
The Executive Director will create a culture of positivity, productivity and collaboration in the work environment, inspiring, engaging and empowering the professional staff of the JCC. Through selecting, developing and motivating staff, the Executive Director will foster innovation, teamwork and partnership to ensure that best practices and cutting-edge programs are the norm.
Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership
The Executive Director will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the JCC and a robust, engaged and involved community going forward. The Executive Director will actively engage with other Jewish and general community organizations, working to support existing collaborative programs and to envision new ways to work together. The Executive Director must see the big picture - managing current issues while thinking long term.
Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership
The Executive Director will be a warm and engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence and a positive approach. The Executive Director must be an accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies from the most seasoned lay leaders to new young leadership, professional staff, general members and those not yet engaged. A forward thinking, energetic individual, the Executive Director will promote a culture of innovation and be a change agent to create on-going excitement for the JCC in the community.
Represents the Organization in the Community
The Executive Director will build coalitions and collaborations within the Jewish and general community. Through relationships with funding bodies and interpreting the mission of the JCC in the broader community, the Executive Director will build bridges that enhance the overall work of the JCC in the community.
Exhibits Financial Acumen
The Executive Director will oversee all financial matters of the JCC, including annual and long-term budgeting, ongoing financial performance and financial strategy. The Executive Director will work to ensure that revenues and expenses are consistent with the approved budget.
The ideal candidate will have:
· Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with 6+ years of strategic leadership and management experience in JCCs, Jewish communal organizations, business, and/or non-profit sectors. An advanced degree is preferred.
· Proven ability to build strong and lasting partnerships with Jewish, corporate, government and other organizations, and engage key stakeholders and audiences.
· Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach and manage staff, develop high-performance teams and set and achieve strategic objectives.
· Strong analytical skills and ability to understand financial data to make key decisions.
· Ability to develop and drive both short-and long-term strategy for the organization.
· Dynamic Leader to serve as the public face of the organization.
· Appreciation and real commitment to diversity; works easily with a broad range of people across all aspects of diversity.
· Past success working with a Board of Directors, committees and volunteers with the ability to cultivate existing relationships and develop new ones.
· Knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, practices and tradition.
· Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
A competitive compensation package including relocation is available for the successful candidate.
Qualified candidates can apply for this position at jccworks.com/Youngstown – please include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.
Deadline to apply: November 15, 2020 – sooner is preferred
About the Youngstown JCC
Since 1953, the JCC has been the serving the cultural and recreational needs of the Jewish community. The JCC currently has an annual operating budget of $3 million. The 63,000 square foot Main Campus facility houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 25-yard indoor heated pool, gymnasium, deluxe health club with sauna, steam, and whirlpool, outdoor pickleball courts, a large pavilion, and much more. An outdoor ice-skating rink will be opening this winter. A wide range of group exercise classes and cultural arts programs engages a broad and diverse group of members. The Early Learning Center, summer camp, dance studio, School of Visual Arts and School of Music are also housed there. The Logan Campus, about three miles away, has a beautiful outdoor pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a pavilion, and event tent. The JCC has about 1200 units of membership. The JCC is seen as a leader in the Youngstown community, developing many strategic partnerships and producing innovative programming in many areas.
The JCC sits on an 18-acre campus that includes Heritage Manor nursing home, Levy Gardens Assisted Living, Jewish Family Service, the Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation, the Youngtown Area Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council and a Jewish adult group home. These organizations and their staff work cooperatively and collaboratively under the Jewish Federation umbrella. The community has invested over $1 million over the last four years to continually upgrade the JCC facility.
About the Youngstown Jewish Community
The Youngstown area has a population of approximately 70,000 people, with 250,000 people residing in the surrounding five counties. The Jewish population is approximately 1300. It is home to four synagogues, including one Reform, two Conservative and one Orthodox synagogue. Akiva Academy, a K-8th grade Jewish Day School, serves over 150 children, approximately 15% of whom are Jewish. It is a close-knit Jewish community where there is something for every age and every interest, and is considered to be warm, welcoming and inclusive for newcomers.
About the City of Youngstown
Compared to other metro areas of similar size, the cost of living in Youngstown is much lower. Home costs, utilities, food expenses and medical costs all fall well below the national average, with the quality of life rated highly. Housing costs are less than half the national average. Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown is still reflective of the steel industry's history. But this Rust Belt city is in the midst of a cultural and economic renaissance that combines rich historical tradition with the zeal of a new generation. The median age in Youngstown is 44.
The area is seeing a resurgence of business in its downtown area, including restaurants, bars, galleries and local shops. The strong work ethic the region is known for is helping to make the revival happen. Home to many museums, theaters, outdoor fairs and festivals, Youngstown is transforming itself from its Rust Belt origins into a welcoming community on the Mahoning River.
Typical of most Midwestern cities, Youngstown's residents are friendly and regularly gather to celebrate their community. Highly regarded Youngstown State University, just minutes from the JCC, brings over 12,000 students and NCAA Division 1 sports, which gives Youngstown a “college town” feel. Beautiful Mill Creek Park is one of the largest metropolitan-owned parks in the country.