Employment at the J

The Stroum Jewish Community Center is a 501c3 non-profit agency dedicated to serving the Jewish and general community of Greater Seattle. The Stroum Jewish Community Center is an equal opportunity employer (ECE). The SJCC inspires connections that build community and foster Jewish continuity. Our staff consists of driven and team-oriented individuals. Our organization is membership-based; we continuously acquire new members and focus on retention of existing members by delivering outstanding service at every touch point.

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Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040

Current Job Openings

Facility Engineer + Manager

The SJCC is seeking a motivated, team-oriented, skilled professional to oversee the advanced maintenance and repair needs of our 92,000 s.f. building and to ensure a safe and efficient environment for all employees, members, and guests. Performing a balance of hands-on and office work, the Facility Engineer + Manager plays an important role in the strategic growth of the SJCC by tending to large and small details that make the building feel “like home” to so many.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Routine inspection of the property, identifying damage or early warning signs, and assessing repair options.
  • Ensuring repairs are completed in a timely, cost-effective manner.
  • Prioritizing maintenance and repair issues based on safety/security first, then customer experience/organization image.
  • Creating and maintaining a “life expectancy” inventory of major systems and developing and implementing a plan to replace/upgrade systems when systems approach failure that will minimize down time.
  • Overseeing Maintenance Supervisor and team, including budget, supply inventory, room set-ups and take-downs, efficient storage, etc.
  • Managing emergency processes, procedures, and regular training for employees.
  • Ensuring compliance with government requirements (examples: health department, fire department, ADA, etc.).
  • Acting as first point of contact for facilities issues at all times.
  • Supervising Maintenance Supervisor and managing vendor/contract relationships.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; and five or more years of experience in facilities management; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Prior experience and/or current skills must include: working knowledge of plumbing, electrical, landscaping, aquatics, and fitness center operations; strong vendor network and ability to leverage vendors and negotiate fees for best possible outcome for the SJCC; experience in creating and managing budgets; ability to work successfully with staff, members, and the community at large.


To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rinat Friedman, Office Manager.

Director, Finance and Administration

The Director, Finance + Administration (DFA) is a strategic thought-partner and hands-on leader who provides leadership, direction, and day-to-day management and/or implementation of key functions, including: finance, accounting, legal, technology, and some general business operations. Working closely with the CEO, COO, and management team, the DFA develops and implements policies, practices, and plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives, building and maintaining efficient and effective systems to optimize agency financial performance in concert with mission delivery.

Key responsibilities are in the following areas:

Financial Management

  • Oversee and lead annual budget process, monitoring progress and changes and working with department heads to ensure budget goals are being met
  • Ensure timely availability and accuracy of monthly financial information to support operations and business plans of each department; review monthly and annual financial statements to confirm completeness, and to identify trends, exceptions, and opportunities, and consequently collaborate with department heads/management team to adjust accordingly to meet strategic objectives
  • Build and/or present dashboards, presentations, reports, etc., for various stakeholders
  • Partner with program owners to build financial models, analyses, and projections to recognize potential revenue and cost-saving opportunities
  • Manage – including evaluating, updating, and implementing – all finance-related business policies, accounting practices and systems to improve efficiency and financial controls
  • Oversee and/or manage organizational cash flow and forecasting; ensure that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational needs
  • Ensure compliance with Federal, State, local and any other financial, tax reporting and regulatory requirements



  • Analyze organizational needs and recommend technical and personnel solutions
  • Update, document, ensure training on, implement, and enforce IT policies and procedures
  • Act as liaison to SJCC’s IT consultants regarding systems design, modifications, or trouble-shooting



  • Work closely with external partners, including vendors and consultants
  • Assure all contracts comply with legal guidance; ensure compliance with all contracts entered into by SJCC
  • Evaluate and maintain adequate insurance coverage to meet evolving needs; ensure policies are renewed/replaced on time and that claims are filed/resolved; manage relationship with carriers and agents


The DFA supervises employees in the Finance Department, including Account Services Manager, AP Accountant, and Payroll Specialist, as well as the (currently contracted) IT services provider.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in accounting or related field from four-year College or University is required, plus five years of related experience at the management level is required. Previous and/or current skills must include: knowledge of payroll practices and procedures; excellent communication, organizational, prioritization and analytical skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team; strong supervisory and interpersonal skills.

Working knowledge of Blackbaud Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint is required. Knowledge and ability to learn new systems, programs, and technology in a timely manner is required.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rinat Friedman, Office Manager.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Director of Marketing and Public Relations (PR) is responsible for all marketing and promotional efforts for SJCC activities, events, and programs. With agency-wide strategic goals as the guide, this position sets marketing and PR strategy, and has direct oversight for all design, content development, publication, and distribution across marketing and media channels. Additionally, this person will set a Public Relations strategy and manage all PR resources to support the growing presence of SJCC across the region. The Director of Marketing and PR is an integral partner in the senior management team, linking the various agency elements in to a unified and compelling story.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive broader and deeper community awareness of and engagement with SJCC programs, events and activities.
  • Devise a broad promotional strategy, inclusive of all marketing and PR and complete with a schedule, market segmentation, channel strategy, resourcing plan to meet the needs of the various SJCC programs.
  • Guide and manage the graphic design, production and publication of all print and digital marketing materials.
  • Identify, contact and engage key media contacts to promote the SJCC story to existing and broader audiences.
  • Supervise social media efforts and contracted or internally employed resources.
  • Act as direct liaison with social media/marketing agencies and any external graphic designers, providing direction and information regarding designs, programs, classes, and events, to ensure aesthetic appeal with attention to details of grammar and accuracy.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university in communications, journalism, or related field is required. Five to seven years of experience with copywriting, editing, media relations, broadcast e-mail, and mail house management along with three to five years of experience in a senior-level administrative position, with experience supervising professional teams, required.

Previous experience and/or current skills must include: brand management; ability to work with high attention to detail; stellar customer-service orientation with a high level of professionalism with a strength in diplomacy and discretion; proficiency with project management and effective organizational skills; ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team; managing multiple projects to achieve program and project goals; and the ability to handle multiple tasks effectively and successfully work within deadline-driven environment.

Computer Skills:
Experience with design software (Photoshop and InDesign) is required. High competency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and digital/social media tools is required.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Office Manager Rinat Friedman.

Youth & Recreation Coordiantor

The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the SJCC’s direct instruction/services for youth recreational classes/programs/camp and adult and youth sports leagues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, organize, and supervise seasonal youth league programs; recruit players and coaches; train coaches; officiate games, coordinate banquets, order equipment/uniforms; schedule games/practices as needed, etc.
  • Evaluate available recreation/sports opportunities for school-age youth and conceive, develop and implement new leagues/classes to fill gaps.
  • Teach a minimum of 3 recreational enrichment classes per session, or as assigned by the Director, School Age Programs + Enrichment.
  • Assist in coordinating other youth enrichment classes.
  • Administer Adult Sports Leagues (softball, basketball, etc.): register players; assign captains; supervise team “drafts”; schedule games, officials, scorekeepers; order supplies; supervise games.
  • Work as part of the J Camp team during school breaks, family camp, and summer camp.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing department to create recreation/leagues marketing plan that includes class descriptions, website content, communication strategies/channels, and development and distribution of collateral.
  • Perform all necessary administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to phone calls, emails, recruitment of new participants, and other program-related duties.
  • Manage inventory of recreational and sports league equipment, ensuring that amount of equipment is sufficient for both SJCC and rental needs and that equipment is in good working condition.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position supervises scorekeepers and manages the contract with the Referees and Umpires associations. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Office Manager Rinat Friedman.

Seattle Jewish Film Festival Intern

Seattle Jewish Film Festival – the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest, one of the largest of its kind in the country and in our region – is looking for a motivated, dynamic intern to support this highly anticipated annual community and cultural arts event. SJFF is a cornerstone of Stroum Jewish Community Center’s community building mission and a cinematic celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity and culture for everyone in the region. You will play a supportive role on SJCC’s Arts + Ideas team preparing for the 24th annual festival, running March 23 – 31 & April 6-7, 2019. You will gain experience planning the event and working in a large non-profit and arts organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Support Festival Program Coordinator as needed, including but not limited to:
 Research films and contact film distributors
 Database entry
 Emailing, managing and tracking submissions and committee reviews
 Researching potential guest speakers/artists/sponsors
 Assist with film/event promotions and outreach
 Additional support for cultural arts, year-round film and cultural arts programs and programming staff as needed

 6 – 10 hours per week in office
 Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills
 Good team player who takes initiative
 Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
 Knowledge of Photoshop or Illustrator is a plus
 Comfortable with PC and Macintosh computers
 Customer service experience

 This is a paid internship at the rate of $16.00/per hour
 Credit can be arranged with your advisor/professor upon request

To apply: submit applications to Lori Ceyhun, Arts + Ideas Program Manager.

Kidstown Youth Counselor

The Youth Counselor is responsible for facilitating and implementing educational and recreational services while providing a safe environment for campers/children in Kidstown, Summer Camp, or any other SJCC venue where childcare is being provided. This position is the primary caretaker for campers, ensuring that campers have a safe, secure, happy, and fun-filled camp experience.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Lisa Bienstock, Director, School Age Programs and Enrichment.

Welcome Desk Attendant

The Welcome Desk Attendant is responsible for providing stellar customer service to members and guests of the SJCC. Duties include greeting members and guests as they arrive in the building, providing tours of the facility and answering questions about membership, and ensuring proper security protocols.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Welcome Desk and Cafe Manager Amanda Penland.

Lifeguards/Swim Instructors

The SJCC accepts lifeguard/swim instructor applications on an ongoing basis. Applicants must have Red Cross certification in lifeguard training, first aid, CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens.

Contact Aquatics Manager Jenny Petty or call 206-388-0821

Early Childhood School Teachers

The Early Childhood School at the SJCC on Mercer Island seeks passionate, reflective, collaborative, and inquisitive individuals dedicated to the field of Early Childhood Education. We are currently hiring both full and part-time teachers.

We offer a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid time off, on-site fitness facility, substantial paid planning time each week, weekly team meeting time, and excellent internal and external professional development opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications: degree in early childhood education, elementary education, child development, child psychology, or general psychology as well as experience in the field.

Interested teachers should direct their resume and cover letter to Shayna Giuliano, ECS Associate Director. An additional sample of documentation that you have created on the work of young children is highly encouraged.

On-Call Sound Technician

The SJCC needs a sound technician to be on call for presentations and events in our auditorium. For more information, please contact SJCC Cultural Arts Director Pamela Lavitt or call 206-388-0832.


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