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

Aquatics Manager

The Aquatics Manager is responsible for the safe and efficient management of all SJCC aquatics programs, maintenance and upkeep of the swimming pool facility, and supervision of aquatics staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct and oversee all swim programs, including (but not limited to) group and private/semi-private swim lessons, lifeguard training, water exercise classes, and other aquatics programs, ensuring the highest levels of quality and professionalism in all areas.
  • Stay abreast of the latest trends and research regarding aquatics programs, leveraging new information to review current programs and pool usage and make improvements as necessary.
  • Provide ongoing and specialized training for lifeguards and instructors and assign work, ensuring that the pool is guarded during all open hours; maintain adequate “no-show back up plan” and fill in if necessary. Schedule properly trained lifeguards at the waterfront for boating/lake swim activities in season.
  • Teach, coach, guard, or perform other pool-related duties when necessary, including direction/instruction of PE contracts.
  • Maintain department budget, including (but not limited to) tracking revenue and expense, reviewing payroll reports, approving departmental expenditures, and reviewing credit/refund forms.
  • Work closely with colleagues (e.g., registrar, marketing team, Early Childhood School faculty, Kidstown counselors, etc.) to ensure efficient and effective administration of aquatics programs, for example, collecting fees, scheduling lessons, creating pool schedule and promoting programs, coordinating student shuttling, etc.
  • Meet or exceed Health Department requirements and SJCC standards for chemical balances in the pool and men’s hot tub; maintain accurate documentation and records.
  • Maintain a clean pool and hot tub facility, including ordering chemicals and keeping inventory, water balance, filtration, vacuuming, disinfection of decks, maintaining pumps/motors, etc.
  • Oversee all pool rental contracts and programs to the extent of the contract.
  • Cultivate and sustain partnerships with French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS), Yellowwood Academy (YWA) and others, as appropriate.
  • Assist with various SJCC community-wide programs as needed.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling demands.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To apply, send cover letter and resume to Barrie McAlister, Director, Operations + Facilities.

Leagues Manager (Part-Time)

SJCC’s recreational sports leagues are a fun opportunity for youth and adults to sharpen their skills, get some exercise, and create lifelong friendships (and good-natured rivalries!).  SJCC is looking for a Leagues Manager to run and grow our leagues, which currently include adult and youth basketball and adult softball.  The successful candidate will advance the SJCC’s mission of creating community through our recreational sports leagues, and will strengthen and grow our existing leagues and evaluate and expand the J’s league offerings to meet market demand.  The Leagues Manager is also responsible for establishing and managing a Greater Seattle delegation to JCC Maccabi Games + Arts Fest.

Must have excellent interpersonal and administrative skills; ability to multi-task is critical.  Proficiency with MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required.

Position is part-time; approximately 25 hours a week.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to RinatF@sjcc.org

Giving Initiative For Teens Facilitator

The Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Giving initiative For Teens (GIFT) is a unique and elite experience for Jewish teens who live in the Greater Seattle Area and want to make an impact on their community by building and running a grant-making foundation. Through GIFT, program participants learn about Jewish giving, philanthropy, issues affecting the community, fundraising, and the grant-making cycle. The community has responded positively towards this program and has grown tremendously since its inception. As GIFT enters its second year, we are increasing from two teen foundations boards to three. The Stroum JCC is seeking an engaged and skilled youth educator to serve as a facilitator to implement monthly meetings during the academic year. The facilitator will be supervised and assisted by the Director of the Giving Initiative For Teens. They will be responsible for maintaining active participation by teens throughout the year, developing stimulating and meaningful group experiences, and evaluating each group session. Curriculum will focus on a Jewish grant-making learning experience. The position is anticipated to average of 12 hours a month with group meetings taking place approximately once a month from August to May on Sundays. In the spring, local site visits will take place after school hours for one to two weeks.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Jessica Ost, Program Manager Teen Philanthropy.

Development Associate

The Development Associate position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable development and direct fundraising experience in a large, dynamic organization. The Stroum Jewish Community Center provides health and wellness programs, early childhood education, arts and ideas cultural programs, and youth development camps and enrichment classes to the greater Puget Sound community. The Development Associate will work closely with colleagues across the agency, volunteers and members to welcome everyone and cultivate relationships. This role will support data management in development, process philanthropic gifts, and support cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events, in addition to managing a portfolio of donors. All of this work is designed to foster relationships that deepen engagement and activate a culture of philanthropy across the agency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage portfolio, including stewardship and solicitation, of donors up to $2,500
  • Serve as designated development support for programs: Camp & Community Engagement
  • Work with Sr. Manager, Data Systems, to set parameters for prospect ID
  • Craft outreach and engagement strategy
  • Partner with marketing to set communication and marketing plan, complete with content development
  • Oversee production and execution of materials
  • Partner with internal program owners to ID and cultivate stories and identify new philanthropic funding sources (e.g.
    grants, Foundations, etc.)
  • Manage three cultivation/stewardship events each year
  • Support colleagues in executing annual development plan
  • Serve as GIFT program assistant
  • Responsible for accurately recording all gift income, providing donor recognition and acknowledgement, updating
    donor information with both gift and personal history data, and generating accurate queries and reports as needed.
  • Work with stakeholders across departments to ensure integrity and consistency in donor record maintenance (e.g.
    merging duplicate records, updating donor preferences, updating donor addresses etc.).
  • Assist with direct response solicitations and communications.
  • Work with stakeholders across departments to determine donor segmentation strategy for print, email, and digital
    communication; prepare lists for communications and mailings.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Jenna Sytman, Senior Development Manager.

Film Festival Intern (Paid Internship)

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 25th annual festival, running March 19 – 29 & April 4 – 5, 2020. You will gain experience planning the event and working in a large non-profit and arts organization. Learn more 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Arts + Ideas Program Coordinator Lori Ceyhun.

Fitness Center Attendant

The Fitness Center Attendant is responsible for providing customer service within the Fitness Center by answering questions and providing help to members and guests as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure opening tasks are complete before Fitness Center is open for members/guests.
  • Answer questions and help members/guests as needed.
  • Track Fitness Center usage.
  • Monitor usage of the Fitness Center and address any concerns/issues that arise.
  • Clean equipment, floor, mirrors, etc. within the Fitness Center as necessary.
  • Ensure closing tasks are complete after the Fitness Center is closed.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to General Manager of Fitness Josh Cross.

Personal Trainer

The Personal Trainer is responsible for teaching safe exercise technique and proper use of equipment to members and guests while contributing to the overall smooth functioning of the Fitness Center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct new and current member orientations and follow-up meetings.
  • Provide guidance and motivation to members and guests.
  • Ensure safe and proper use of equipment by answering member questions and correcting use of machines/equipment as needed.
  • Compile retention and usage on members.
  • Conduct/teach a minimum of 10 personal training sessions/classes per week.
  • Develop, promote, and conduct programs in the Fitness Center.
  • Conduct health risk appraisals and fitness assessments; create and implement exercise testing and prescription programs.
  • Recruit clients and build individual client base.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to General Manager of Fitness Josh Cross.

J Camp Counselors & Specialists - Summer 2019

For more than 50 years, J Camp has been a staple of summers on Mercer Island. More than 1,000 kids join us for 10 weeks of fun, friendships, exploration, and more! Join this joyful and energetic team for an unforgettable summer.

Rosh Counselors – Lead Counselors with additional camp responsibilities. Extended Care Coordinator, AM Carline Coordinator, Degel Coordinator, Sports Camp Coordinators, Special Events, and Theme Day Coordinators

Lead Counselors – the main counselor in charge of a specific group of campers. Responsible for the supervision and safety of the entire group. Manages the group’s roster, allergy lists, attendance numbers, daily schedule, participation of assigned Counselors-in-Training. Lead counselors also assist specialists with their activities, lead non-specialist activities, and coordinate planned activities.

Co-Counselors & Jr. Counselors – Assist Lead Counselor with all listed responsibilities. Jr. Counselors are under 18 yrs of age.

Specialist – Instructor for a specific camp activity. Responsible for age-appropriate content and lesson plans that align with camp values and theme days.

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 Vance Snelson, Kidstown & Enrichment Coordinator.

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.

To apply, please download application and submit to Barrie McAlister, Director, Operations + Facilities.

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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