The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a results-driven, entrepreneurial non-profit organization headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts, is seeking a Community Builder to help create, implement, and promote PJ Library programming in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. This professional will both expand the reach of PJ Library and deepen the engagement of families in Jewish life. The position is based in New York City.
PJ Library®, an award-winning international Jewish family engagement program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), strengthens Jewish identities and serves as an outreach and family engagement vehicle, using bedtime story books as its core. In partnership with hundreds of philanthropists and Jewish organizations, PJ Library delivers the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month to families raising Jewish children.
PJ Library in New York
In North America, the PJ Library program operates in most cities through one partner organization that runs the program at the local level and funds part of the cost of the program. New York is unique, in that many partner organizations have been implementing the program to families living in select neighborhoods. These organizations have brought PJ Library to over 20,000 families raising Jewish children. In order to scale the program further, PJ Library is launching a new model, with one central administrator, "PJ Library in New York." This new administrator will be responsible for the administration of PJ Library across all of New York's five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester.
Reporting to the Engagement Officer for PJ Library in New York, the position will help create, implement, and promote PJ Library programming. As a critical part of the team, the Community Builder role will execute a programmatic engagement plan for the New York Metropolitan area, as well as support the development and coordination of relationships with partner organizations. To start, regional focus will serve Harlem.
Working with the Engagement Officer to develop and coordinate all aspects of the PJ Library in New York engagement plan, this position will increase the number of high quality Jewish engagement opportunities through both direct programming and programming with local partners. Duties include but are not limited to: Direct Programming
- Organize and facilitate frequent on-the-ground family programming (often on weekends), including story-times, parenting workshops, family holiday gatherings, etc
- Launch and grow parent networks and local communities of families
- Partner with local parents to create family engagement opportunities
- Initiate and nurture relationships with Jewish and secular partners and spaces for above programs, such as parks, libraries, and bookstores
- Identify and utilize local talent and content providers to create high-quality events
- Develop ongoing relationships with PJ Library families in-person and online
- Coordinate and develop relationships with Jewish communal agencies, synagogues and secular institutions to ensure output of high quality family engagement programs
- Together with NY engagement team, build professional development strategy to serve partner organizations in the field
- Help coordinate trainings and convenings for program partners
- Continue marketing efforts to reach and enroll new families in PJ Library, as well as invite current subscribers to more programs
- Work with the New York Engagement Team to offer a balance of programming by geography, population and timing throughout the year
- Participate in goal-setting and evaluating New York engagement programming
- Be available for general assistance for PJ Library in New York, including preparing materials for events, answering parent inquiries, helping at conferences, etc.
- Deep understanding of and/or experience with parenting, early childhood, and family life
- 4-8 years of programming experience and/or program coordination, ideally serving families
- Commitment and passion to support a diverse array of families with young children and Jewish communal professionals, with a pluralistic perspective
- Highly engaging personality and capacity to build community
- Knowledge of Jewish life, calendar, and customs and ability to communicate them in inclusive and accessible ways
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Impeccable organization and follow-through with ability to prioritize multiple concurrent projects, focus on detail, and deliver timely and accurate results
- Ability to create, implement, and evaluate an ongoing series of multi-sensory experiences for families with children from six months to eight years
- Availability to represent and enthusiastically promote PJ Library at community events, including many weekends and select evenings
- Creatively, flexibility, maturity, and collaborative spirit
- Capacity to excel in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong proficiency in Excel, Word, and Outlook
- Programmatic experience in the New York metropolitan area
- Bachelor's degree or higher
- Knowledge of the New York Jewish community and Jewish organizations
For more information about the organization, visit www.hgf.org and www.pjlibrary.org.
Duration: Full-time, with option to go part-time (please indicate on cover letter)
Location: New York, New York
Salary: Commensurate with experience
To Apply: Please email cover letter and résumé to: email@example.com. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are invited to apply.