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

Camp Director

The Camp Director is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, year-round vision for J Camp, which includes summer camp, school breaks, and school’s out days.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director, Programming to create a three- to five-year vision/strategic growth plan for J Camp, consistent with the SJCC’s current strategic plan.
  • Devise and implement comprehensive summer and year-round camp experiences for children ages 3-15, ensuring that J Camp meets the highest standards of camp and care, assuring that J Camp remains a premier camp offering in the Puget Sound region.
  • Collaborate with Early Childhood School and Kidstown leadership to ensure continuity of care, content, and quality among the three programs.
  • Develop and implement meaningful year-round camp connections (e.g., X-camp, reunions, family camp, school break days/camps, etc.).
  • Lead in the outreach and promotion of J Camp.
  • Establish and nurture positive relationships with children and families, building and cultivating community across and beyond J Camp.
  • Manage to business goals, including but not limited to budget compliance, sustainable enrollment, and appropriate staffing models.
  • Oversee the administration of the entirety of camp programs, including but not limited to: logistics, scheduling, budgeting, relationships with vendors, supplies/purchasing, communication with families, program development, promotion, recruitment, retention, tracking, staff management, etc.
  • Collaborate with SJCC’s marketing team to formulate and determine delivery strategy for a viable, intentional promotion/marketing/outreach campaign for J Camp.
  • Work with the Development team to engage camp families as donors to fuel camp growth.
  • Celebrate community through rich, multi-media documentation
  • Guide, coach, and mentor counselors, inspiring them to take ownership of and pride in the important role they play in their campers’ transformative experiences at camp.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Program Manager Anna Fein.

P.E. Assistant

The P.E. Instructor for Exceptional Students is responsible for creating and delivering individualized physical education instruction for exceptional students who attend Yellow Wood Academy (YWA). Instruction is either one to one, or in groups of two or three students per instructor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach individualized physical education programs for exceptional students either one on one or in groups of two or three.
  • Ensure student safety at all times.
  • Listen to the desires of the students and meet their needs based on preferences.
  • Report to both SJCC and YWA on any progress reports required by either party.
  • Track instruction hours.
  • Clean up any areas or equipment that is used during the session.
  • Escort students walking between the school and SJCC as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Director, Advancement

The Director, Advancement is responsible for crafting, implementing, and overseeing a strategic and comprehensive development plan for the agency that supports consistent achievement of the Stroum Jewish Community Center mission and vision, and attainment of its financial objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of annual development goals and strategies from all sources of philanthropic support.
  • Work closely with Board members, executive leadership, and outside consultants to devise a five-to-ten year development strategy.
  • Attend and participate in Executive Committee and Board meetings.
  • Serve as lead staff for the Board of Directors’ Development Committee.
  • Participate on the SJCC senior leadership team, playing a major role in determining strategic priorities and monitoring the budget and performance of the SJCC’s financial resource development efforts; provide key metrics and standardized reporting.
  • Work with Controller to develop 10-year financial projections across various scenarios.
  • Partner with the Finance team to develop and monitor annual development budget and revenue projections for contributed income.
  • Create a culture of philanthropy and ambassadorship, in conjunction with the SJCC Board of Directors, with donors and prospects.
  • Identify and activate donation opportunities across programs.
  • Foster relationships to cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from a personal portfolio of major donors and prospects, and guide the CEO and lay leaders to do the same.
  • Partner with the Marketing team to develop strategic donor communications, including a comprehensive fundraising brand position, various campaign communications, fundraising collateral, and annual case for support.
  • Participate in relevant community events to meet and engage prospective donors.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter 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.

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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