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 Director of Development will work in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer. The Director of Development will design and execute on a comprehensive and sustainable fundraising strategy for the Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle. The Director will provide results-driven leadership, strategic direction, management, and coordination for all fundraising efforts including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, foundation and corporate support, donor relations, fundraising events, and other special projects. The Director will develop a culture of philanthropy across the organization and growing funds and raising awareness among key stakeholders; and consistent with the mission, vision and values of the SJCC. In partnership with the Marketing department, this position will contribute to brand development and public relations initiatives for the SJCC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work in close collaboration with CEO, President of the Board, Board of Directors, senior staff, and key volunteer leadership to establish and achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Serve as a member of the 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.
  • Identify, cultivate and steward donors. Partner with CEO on major gift development and strategic solicitations.
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies that significantly increase the organization’s support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government funders and other sources.
  • Develop proposals for grants, manage proposal efforts and monitor grant reporting.
  • Participate in annual budget planning process to ensure that fundraising goals and strategy align with the overall organization budget and specific program needs, in partnership with program managers and Director of Finance and Administration.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Development team.
  • Work in close collaboration with the CEO, leadership team and Marketing Department to achieve integrated communication strategies that consistently promote a dynamic brand image that attracts support for the SJCC.
  • Work in collaboration with the Sr. Manager, Data Solutions, for prospect research; oversee the donor database, Raiser’s Edge for donor recordkeeping, gift processing and stewardship.
  • Attend and participate in Board meetings and other related lay-leadership meetings; and serve as lead staff for the Board of Directors’ standing Development Committee.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines or scheduling needs.
  • Participates in relevant community events to meet and engage prospective donors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Program + Operations Manager

The Arts + Ideas Program + Operations Manager is responsible for coordinating and executing the curatorial vision of the SJCC Arts + Ideas and festival programs, including overseeing box office, venue, event, and staffing/volunteer relations and contributing to marketing, sponsorship, and outreach efforts as needed. The position prepares for and manages the day-to-day operations including staffing coordination of all Arts + Ideas programs, including the SeaJAM (Seattle Jewish Art + Music) and Seattle Jewish Film Festivals, and helps curate and support year-round Arts + Ideas cultural programs and supports SJCC community-wide celebrations as required or as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with strategy and manages the operations, administration, and planning of SJCC Arts + Ideas activities, including the annual Seattle Jewish Film and SeaJAM Festivals, box office, and programs.
  • Plans logistics and negotiates contract(s) for festivals, conferences, programs, and events, with respect to budgets, speakers, entertainment, transportation, facilities, technology, equipment, logistical requirements, printing, food and beverage, hospitality vendors, sponsors, and other related issues.
  • Negotiates terms and fees, and executes and administers multiple contracts with facilities, vendors, speakers, entertainers, catering, outside vendors, etc., for service or sponsorship, in accordance with budget constraints and company policies and procedures.
  • Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with contracts and applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Reviews project proposal or plan to determine timeframe, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing projects, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of projects.
  • Manages, plans, and coordinates activities of projects to ensure that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Develop new and maintain sponsors, vendors, in-kind, media, and community and outreach partners.
  • Performs all transactional duties in accordance with the Director’s guidance and oversight
  • Regularly performs work on weekends and evenings as needed or to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Pamela Lavitt, Director, Arts + Ideas and Festivals.

Education Coordinator

The Early Childhood School at the SJCC on Mercer Island seeks a passionate, reflective, collaborative, and inquisitive individual dedicated to the field of Early Childhood Education to act as a full-time Education Coordinator.

The Early Childhood School at the SJCC is a school of excellence where children feel secure and confident, and are nurtured to become deep and creative thinkers. We are inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the RIE Educaring Philosophy, and social constructivist perspectives. We also celebrate Jewish culture and values.

We serve approximately 190 children aged three months to five years across fourteen classrooms. Our faculty is comprised of innovative educators who believe in striving for excellence in Early Childhood Education. Teachers are seen as competent leaders in the school and are invited to participate in decision making, visioning, and the overall development of our school. Our teaching teams develop curriculum around the interests, inquiries, and identities of our children. Relationships are at the center of our community, and we seek individuals with the ability to partner with faculty, families, and the Leadership Team to support the work of our school community.

We are currently seeking a full-time Education Coordinator to supervise two age groups (up to six classrooms) in our school. This position serves as the first point of contact for teachers and families in supporting the needs of the children in our school. The Education Coordinator observes teachers in their classrooms, supports them with provocations and documentation, meets them one-on-one to engage in reflective supervision, and supports them in addressing the individual needs of children and families in their care.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent internal and external professional development opportunities.

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university; three to five years of experience teaching, or experience working in administration in early childhood education; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Knowledge and experience working in a Reggio Emilia-Inspired Program is required.

Prior experience and/or current skills must include: effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; customer-service orientation with specific strength in diplomacy and discretion; ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team; knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and programming, knowledge and experience in the Reggio Inspired Philosophy and Constructivist Approach.

Please submit a job-specific resume and one-page cover letter to Carrie Stull, Director, Early Childhood. An additional sample of documentation that you have created on the work of young children is highly encouraged.

House Manager

The Stroum Jewish Community Center seeks House Manager Staff Members to be a part of the team of two-week film festival. House Managers will experience a variety of tasks and responsibilities to support the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Stroum Jewish Film Festival.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Extend excellent service to internal and external customers
  • Act as a liaison between venue staff and SJCC staff
  • Serve as the primary on-site contact for venue staff and volunteers
  • Greet, orient, and support venue staff and volunteers
  • Manage venue staff and volunteer staff
  • Assign venue volunteer positions
  • Ensure volunteer sign-in sheets are completed and vouchers are distributed
  • Support front of house venue coordination
  • Facilitate smooth seating, clearing and cleaning of houses
  • Ensure a positive experience for all participants
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Lori Ceyhun, Program Manager, Arts + Ideas and Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Group Fitness Instructor

The Group Fitness Instructor is responsible for instructing Group Fitness classes which includes educating fitness class participants about useful and safe exercises that help them achieve exercise goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all programs begin with the appropriate warm-up and pre-stretches and end with a cool-down.
  • Observe students to determine physical capabilities and limitations in order to provide guidance during the class.
  • Instruct and lead groups in beginning or advanced exercise according to schedule.
  • Educate participants on safe techniques and guidelines.
  • Explain and demonstrate techniques and body movements to musical or rhythmic accompaniment.
  • Interact with members before and after exercise sessions and address their questions and needs.
  • Create new routines that support exercise goals of participants.
  • Select music to coordinate with new routines.
  • Demonstrate and teach new routines to peers.
  • Educate participants on various types of equipment used during class.
  • 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 Group Fitness Coordinator Leat Amram.

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.

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.

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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