Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) Bay Area Director
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the San Francisco Bay Area is on the leading edge of community relations and public affairs for the Jewish community. JCRC represents the organized Jewish community in complex community and government relations, legislative affairs, and inter-ethnic and inter-faith relationship building efforts. We seek a Bay Area Director for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), a strategic initiative of JCRC.
JCL recruits, trains and supports nearly 300 volunteer reading tutors and matches them with 1,000 young students in 60 underserved public elementary schools in the East Bay, Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula to help ensure that all children can read by the end of the third grade. Limited literacy means limited opportunity for too many of California’s public school children who are unable to read at grade level. Studies show that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational development.
Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) Bay Area Director
To effectively execute a strategic external affairs and advancement effort for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and to direct the overall operations of the project, ensuring that the financial and programmatic goals are realized.
Reports to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Associate Director. Works closely with the Director of Finance and Administration on financial systems, budgeting, grant tracking and reporting, and in coordination with the Grants Manager on grant and report creation, fundraising strategy and planning.
Number of Staff
2.5 staff plus two contract learning specialists
Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan that secures philanthropic foundation, corporate and individual support.
- Identify, solicit and steward prospective and existing funders.
- Work collaboratively with the grants manager to oversee and ensure funders are provided timely, accurate, holistic understanding of the project, its aims and accomplishments through letters of inquiry, grant reporting and proposals.
- Write and/or edit thank you letters, newsletters, mail appeals, e-blasts, progress reports, etc. that reflect accurate, professional and sophisticated information about JCL.
- Work with the Director of Finance and Administration to develop an annual budget, maintain accurate accounting of expenses and income, forecast cash status, and ensure compliance with a policy of cash reserves.
- Work with JCL staff to ensure accurate, timely, and thorough database management of donors, grant makers, donor relations, and contributions.
Program Management and Supervision
- Supervise JCL professionals in the development of annual benchmarks for tutor recruitment, placement, and support, as well as number of schools served and parents trained and engaged.
- Supervise JCL professionals in the development and execution of strategies to meet these goals and evaluation tools to measure success.
- Lead regular team meetings to ensure communication and coordination among JCL professionals and contractors, the realization of measurable goals, successful programming, satisfaction among JCL’s stakeholders, troubleshooting, and cohesion among the JCL team.
- Oversee the coordination and execution of tutor support efforts to ensure JCL brand consistency, including at tutor trainings and support workshops, annual conferences, fundraisers, and community building/appreciation events.
- Supervise the management of the donor, tutor, and constituent database.
- Conduct annual performance reviews of all JCL employees.
Marketing and Communications
- Seek out speaking opportunities to promote JCL in Jewish and public venues to increase volunteer recruitment, funding, and other participation opportunities.
- Work with JCRC’s marketing director and JCL staff to ensure timely, accurate, and sophisticated web and social media presence.
- Work to ensure timely, accurate, and sophisticated collateral that can be used for outreach and engagement.
- Seek opportunities to promote JCL and inspire others. Use stories of impact and volunteer profiles to raise JCL’s profile in the Jewish and broader community and engage more volunteers and donors.
- Work with JCL staff to oversee the creation and dissemination of regular, branded, high-quality electronic communication, including holiday themed.
- Facilitate the annual assessment of student progress.
- Facilitate the annual assessment of teacher, tutor, and principal/school satisfaction with the JCL program.
- Develop and compile program metrics including statistics, quantitative and qualitative data and testimonials.
- Prepare annual reports for funders and other stakeholders, ensuring thorough reporting and documentation of the data in all marketing, fundraising, and communication materials.
Lay Leader Engagement
- Manage and support a sophisticated Advisory Council to enhance JCL’s external relations efforts. Work with the Council to identify and solicit prospective funders, raising JCL’s profile in the community, and implementing strategies to increase volunteer recruitment and other strategies to strengthen the JCL program.
JCRC is an equal-opportunity employer that provides a fast-paced, dynamic environment whose mission is to pursue a just society and a secure Jewish future. We foster collaboration, celebrate individual and collective accomplishments, and seek highly organized, dedicated, and talented professionals to be part of our team. Our office is located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
Compensation and Benefits
In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we provide a generous compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee flexible spending health care and dependent (cafeteria) plan, pre-tax transit pass program, an employee-contributed vision insurance plan, early closure for Shabbat and Jewish holidays, days off for Jewish holy days that fall during the work week, and – most significantly – a collaborative and friendly work environment.
Qualified and interested candidates are invited to email a cover letter and resume to:
Hallie Baron, Associate Director
Closing date for applications: May 31, 2019