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It is our goal to provide and support a work culture that encourages diversity, facilitates understanding of perceptions, and builds a cohesive work environment. We are fully committed to providing opportunities for professional employee growth within the Agency through ongoing recruitment strategies, educational opportunities, skill identification and enhancement, opportunities for promotional advancement, skill utilization regarding program and service development and ongoing evaluation of services and policies. see more

JVS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Margaret Chapin, HR Specialist at 617-399-3236 mchapin@jvs-boston.org, or Lee Ann Bennett, HR Director at 617-399-3121 lbennett@jvs-boston.org. TTY number is 617-451-1496. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

We appreciate your interest in working for Jewish Vocational Service. Available positions are listed below.



Chief Development Officer

Organization Overview:


JVS is one of the largest workforce development organization in New England. For 75 years, JVS has helped people secure financial independence through educational and employment services. In 2012, JVS empowered more than 18,000 individuals through more than 36 services, including educational testing, skills training, English for Speakers of Other Languages, job search training, career counseling, Adult Basic Literacy and Adult Diploma Program instruction, citizenship education and financial literacy, as well as partnering with employers to help fill vacancies and provide the education their employees need to ascend their career ladders. JVS targets most of its services to economically disadvantaged adults, the majority of whom are unemployed jobseekers or low-wage workers in need of career advancement. JVS operates on a budget of $10 million.


Today, JVS is today poised to significantly expand its impact. With a new strategic plan, JVS plans to pursue programs that serve new geographies and populations, as well as engage in innovative partnerships to offer cutting edge services. In the coming years, JVS will seek to continue to offer the excellent programs that have shaped its reputation, as well as innovate and experiment with new initiatives to move into the next phase of its growth, diversify its offerings, and serve even more constituents.


Position Overview:


To support its ongoing growth in program development and capital investments, JVS is seeking a highly strategic, forward-thinking, and experienced Chief Development Officer. Reporting to the CEO, this hire will be a member of the senior executive team and supervise and mentor the fundraising team, as well as partner with and guide the resource development committee of the Board to build philanthropic strength. With key responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive and long-term development plan, including leading a $3-6 million capital campaign, the CDO will bring sharp sense of vision and know-how to build a sustainable and robust development function comprised of a diverse set of strategies. This hire will also bring direct experience in identifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors, including securing funding from major donors, foundations, and corporations personally. S/he will be equally comfortable working behind the scenes, teeing up opportunities for cultivation with high-potential donors, as well as representing JVS in the philanthropic community personally. Finally, as a member of the executive leadership team, the CDO will play a role in shaping the evolving culture of JVS, contributing to the overall vision and strategy for organizational growth. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and motivated leader to help a well-established and highly effective workforce development organization grow to a new level and achieve its potential for greater impact.




o Lead the design, strategy, implementation, and refinement of a multi-year strategic fundraising plan for all philanthropic revenue; design and implement specific strategies comprised of diverse revenue sources and resulting in annual and multi-year donations.

o Oversee local and national prospect management from identification to stewardship; personally build appropriate relationships with high net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations, that result in meaningful levels of support for existing programs, new initiatives, and innovation efforts.

o Prioritize and leverage fundraising time and effort of Chief Executive Officer and the Board, identifying and implementing ways to enlist and motivate them to participate in fundraising activities.

o Lead a $3-6 million capital campaign to fund tenant improvements for new office space.

o Provide supervision and mentorship for JVS' development team comprised of a VP of Development, Development Associate, Volunteer Manager, part-time Communications Manager, as well as outside consultants. Create an environment of accountability, motivation, professional growth and high productivity.

o Evaluate, refine and/or re-design information systems, practices and policies to support fundraising program. Ensure high functioning of systems to accurately maintain and update donor and prospect records.

o Provide accurate projections for budgetary and financial reports, and monitor/report on performance against plan and budget.

o Represent JVS externally at meetings and speaking engagements as required.

o Lead the creation and implementation of marketing strategies and materials to support development efforts.

o Gain first-hand knowledge of JVS' programs, including visiting program sites, in order to understand and articulate the activities, stories, and impact of each program.

o Serve as a key member of the senior executive team, contributing to overall organizational strategies and representing the priorities of the development function. Participate in promoting an organizational culture that is evolving from short-term, reactive planning to long-term, strategic thinking.




o Significant experience leading and growing successful development departments including building major gifts, foundations, and corporate partnership strategies. Experience raising funds for a complex multi-program organization and familiarity with government funding sources is a plus.

o Experience with capital campaigns.

o Demonstrated ability to think strategically while executing tactically; strong project management and execution skills.

o Exceptional relationship building and interpersonal skills, with the ability to represent the organization passionately to potential funders, communicating inspiring stories about program results, as well as listen and respond to the interests of a variety of stakeholders.

o Ability to innovate, develop new strategies, and drive creativity and inventiveness within the organization's fundraising strategies.

o Solid marketing and communications skills to support development efforts.

o Proven ability to inspire, coach, and influence direct reports, senior leaders, Board members and other volunteer leaders.

o Strong staff management skills, with the ability to foster a sense of team accountability and high performance.

o Flexible and adaptive work style, with the ability to uphold a high degree of personal accountability, as well as exercise solid judgment and proactively address problems as they arise.

o A solid grasp of fundraising systems, including an understanding of ways to optimize the usage of a donor database application (Raiser's Edge is preferred.)

o Understanding and genuine passion for workforce development issues.

o Ability to thrive in a dynamic, mission-driven, and collegial culture, as well as model enthusiasm for an organizational shift to be more goal-oriented, forward-thinking, and innovative.

o Experience in Jewish community-building or philanthropy is not required.

o Bachelor's degree required.


To Apply:


Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, to Jerry Rubin, CEO, at http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0KG000000YrnMhMAJ&tSource. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Jewish Vocational Service is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities, making it an organizational strength in meeting our mission statement. Diversity offers a variety of views, approaches, experience and actions for use in strategic planning, problem solving and decision making.


About Commongood Careers:


JVS has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Chief Development Officer. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm for the nonprofit sector. With robust networks, deep search expertise, and a range of service offerings, Commongood Careers is provides a smarter way for the nation's leading nonprofits to make high-impact hires. Since its founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led over 700 searches for 250 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced nonprofit search firms in the country. Click here to learn more about nonprofit jobs at Commongood Careers.




Jewish Vocational Service seeks a Career Coach to work collaboratively with the Caring for our Seniors: a CNA Certification Program specializing in Long-term Care team and to assist program graduates in finding employment and identifying and locating suitable support options for participants.  Also responsible for the professional development curriculum including teaching a class twice weekly focused on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job searching, and health care career exploration. This person will identify suitable employment options for participants, run a twice weekly job search group for program graduates and build relationships with prospective employers.  


o  Minimum of one year’s work experience in human resources, career coaching, client advocacy and/or workforce development is required;
o  Demonstrated ability in relating to clients of diverse backgrounds, especially those with barriers to employment required;
o  Experience building and maintaining employer partnerships for potential job placement required;
o  Highly computer proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and internet searches required;
o  Comfortable presenting information in a classroom setting required;
o  Strong Interpersonal, written and oral communication skills required;
o  Knowledge of social, residential, financial, and support services in the Greater Boston area preferred;
o  Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask required;
o  Ability to work as part of a team required;
o  Demonstrated ability to work independently required;
o  Bi-lingual, bi-cultural a plus;
o  Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment required.



BA/BS in Human Services or related field



JVS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities.  By providing and supporting a work culture that fosters and builds upon diversity and its strengths, JVS will better serve our local communities and continue to provide quality services.



Please send cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org.  Please indicate in your cover letter the resource where you saw this listing.  People with disabilities, people of color, females, Veterans, Hispanic/Latino/Latina and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.





The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist works collaboratively with each member of the JVS team to provide the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers.  The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist will be the initial contact for phone inquiries as well as walk-in customers. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist will quickly develop an understanding and knowledge of all JVS programs and be able to answer basic questions about JVS services.
The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist directs inquiries to appropriate staff, manages the waiting area, greets JVS guests, and performs data entry and other clerical duties. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist also provides general office support for all staff on the fifth floor.


o 2-4 years  administrative assistant-related experience required;
o Excellent customer service skills with ability to interact with and assist a multi-cultural customer base, including those with low levels of English proficiency and limited educational backgrounds required;
o Prior experience working in a non-profit with like demographic highly preferred;
o High-level computer skills with strong data entry and keyboarding skills required;
o Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, active environment required;
o Demonstrated ability to work independently required;
o Bi-lingual a plus.


8:30 AM-4:30 PM work hours; full-time, benefitted position


HS diploma, GED or successful completion of Office Assistant Training required.
Associate Degree or higher a plus.  


JVS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities.  By providing and supporting a work culture that fosters and builds upon diversity and its strengths, JVS will better serve our local communities and continue to provide quality services.


Please send cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org.  Please indicate in your cover letter the resource where you saw this listing.  People with disabilities, people of color, females, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.



Employment Specialist



JVS is seeking a part time Employment Specialist to provide comprehensive job development services to program alumni and participants for the Bridges to College program. The Employment Specialist will be responsible for meeting job placement goals and outcomes. This individual must have strong networking, outreach, and coaching capacities as well as a strong commitment to the program mission and goals.




o Two to four years of related job development experience.

o Strong organizational skills, including strategic planning and creating systems of work.

o Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, think independently and be a problem solver when challenges arise.

o Excellent phone skills, including a willingness to cold call organizations in order to build a strong network of employer partners.

o Ability to coach and counsel a diverse population of program participants.

o Flexible and adaptable with an ability to readjust plans quickly to handle new problems or concerns.

o Proficient in Microsoft Office and data management required.




BA/BS degree and related experience required.




Please send cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org. Please indicate in your cover letter the resource where you saw this listing. People with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latino/Latina and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.


Anticipated Opening ESOL INSTRUCTOR - Part-time

Jewish Vocational Service seeks an experienced ESOL Instructor to develop and deliver customized ESOL courses designed to raise the level of English fluency as it relates to participants' work and professional development. Assists students in obtaining the language skills needed to perform successfully in the workplace. Creates and delivers contextualized instruction designed to ensure that participants have the most relevant language and communication skills needed in the workplace, as identified by both the employer and the participants. Develops and modifies contextualized curriculum and daily lesson plans for courses, delivers classes to participants, evaluates the academic progress of individual students on a scheduled basis, tracks outcomes, creates documents for submission to their Supervisor, funders or evaluators, and attends strategic meetings with the PCL Incumbent Division team.




o 2-5 years of ESOL teaching experience with adults;

o Interpersonal, communication and organizational skills;

o Strong written and oral communication skills;

o Presentation and facilitation skills;

o Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills;

o Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse group of clients at all levels of the organization;

o Knowledge of adult learning theory;

o Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Education or related field required.


SPECIAL WORK CONDITIONS: This is 6-12 hours per week. Hours and schedule yet to be determined. Access to reliable transportation.


APPLICATION: If interested and qualified, please forward your cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org. Please indicate in your cover letter the source where this ad appeared. People with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latino/Latina and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.



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