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

Development Director

THE OPPORTUNITY – Join the leadership team of the Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle. The SJCC leadership team is seeking a dynamic Development Director to drive the organization towards its goal of generating $2 million a year in annual giving and laying the groundwork for a comprehensive campaign and planned giving program. Success will only be achieved by hiring an individual who possesses a powerful drive to use his/her relationship development skills to match the philanthropic goals of potential donors with the SJCC’s high quality programs and services for every age and stage of life.

The successful candidate will have a wealth of examples of how he/she cultivated individual, foundation and corporate gifts of $50,000 or more through diligent, creative relationship development efforts.

For the past several years, the J’s annual fundraising results have remained relatively flat, but the opportunities for growth are significant. The Development Director will work with a committed leadership team, board, development team and program staff that understands how important a culture of philanthropy is and provides the necessary resources to increase results. He/She will be expected to further foster this culture of philanthropy by enhancing a donor centered approach to fundraising goals that nurtures loyalty and encourages engagement through a comprehensive relationship-building program of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.


  • Develop and deliver a clearly defined major donor fundraising strategy, including short and long-term measurable key performance indicators and growth goals for each member of the team, and yourself
  • Grow and lead the fundraising team, employing a coaching mentality to support team members’ goal attainment and ongoing professional development
  • Personally manage and grow a diverse portfolio of major donors (including individuals, family foundations, and partners) for the SJCC
  • Lead the creation of annual revenue pipeline, working closely with program staff to create a cohesive and integrated plan that includes a robust plan for the region
  • Work with Development team to plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events for major donors throughout the year
  • Support the Sr. Manager, Development, in the development and execution of the major donor fundraising strategy for annual fundraising special events
  • Support the creation and major gift strategy for new fundraising initiatives
  • In collaboration with the Marketing & Public Relations team, develop creative and impactful content and reporting that connects major donors with our work and their impact, to increase renewal rates and gift size
  • In partnership with Sr. Manager, Data Solutions, drive fundraising best practices, including systems utilization, prospecting, donor reporting, analytics, and donor communications. 



  • 8+ years of successful nonprofit fundraising experience with a focus on major gifts
  • 5+ years’ experience growing and leading teams
  • A proven record of securing donations from a diverse mix of individual donors and foundations
  • Demonstrated experience raising $2 million annually
  • Experience in building and managing a development department and mentoring development staff toward increasing levels of success
  • Consistent track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams
  • Success in soliciting and closing 5- and 6-figure gifts from individuals
  • Demonstrated ability for handling multiple, complex fundraising initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to drive innovation, change and growth, and be a detail-oriented implementer who can mobilize small teams to translate strategy into results
  • Superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills, including the ability to inspire and hold accountable diverse internal and external stakeholders (including funders, peers, direct manager and reports, board members and supporters)
  • Strong understanding of technology and information systems pertinent to the role (Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge a plus)
  • Strong understanding of major donor fundraising best practices
  • Strong knowledge of Jewish culture
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in relevant field of study preferred
  • Ability to participate in evening and weekend events


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

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.


The Controller is responsible for directly overseeing all components of the finance and information systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in all aspects of agency fiscal management, including oversight of day-to-day financial operations such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll, business transactions, and financial reconciliations.
  • Develop and implement internal controls, structure, procedures and documentation for all financial transactions such as cash receipts, cash disbursements, financial recording, and payroll recording.
  • Prepare and review monthly journal entries and timely monthly close process.
  • Develop, review, and produce reports on monthly cash flow projections, cash management, and monthly financial statements.
  • Help prepare and oversee the development of budgets and budget information. Assist program owners with timely budget reports and management.
  • Leverage technology to efficiently manage the Agency’s finances.
  • Prepare materials to facilitate and oversee the annual audit process, annual federal tax return and other regulatory filings and procedures.
  • Be available for Budget & Finance Committee and Board meetings.

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

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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