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JCC Association of NA
Date Posted: 01/27/2023
Location: New York, New York
Salary/Wage: $120,000 - $140,000 a year
Work Arrangement: NOT_SPECIFIED


Position Summary

The Sheva Center serves JCC early childhood programs which are the largest platform of Jewish early childhood education in North America, touching thousands of young lives annually. The foundation of the Sheva Center’s work is the JCCs of North America Early Learning Framework built on seven core elements of early childhood education and encompassing seven Jewish lenses. The Sheva Center empowers early childhood center leadership teams and classroom educators through a diversity of professional development opportunities in order to position JCC early childhood education centers as examples of excellence. The Director of the Sheva Center will build on over a decade of innovation to create a vision and strategic direction for the Sheva Center in concert with the direction and priorities of JCC Association.

The Sheva Center Director is a JCC Association Vice President who reports to the JCC Association Executive Vice President and leads and manages all aspects of the department, including supervision of the Sheva Center team, implementation of the Early Learning Framework, mentorship and pedagogical support for early childhood educators and leadership teams, and collaboration with early childhood professionals in strengthening the field of early childhood Jewish education. The Sheva Center team includes the Director of Family Engagement and the Program Associate. The team collaborates with other departments to further JCC Association goals.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Develop the Vision and Direction for the Sheva Center

  • Understand the trends and latest research in early learning.
  • Assure that the Early Learning Framework remains current and relevant.

Build and Support the JCC Early Childhood Network

  • Build trust-based relationships with early childhood directors to understand their motivations, concerns, and needs in order to set priorities for engaging and lifting the field.
  • Ensure appropriate supports, needs, and consultation requests are met for our early learning centers.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to convene the field to provide for ongoing learning and development regarding best practices to advance the field, including regional conferences and workshops, and regular study and learning cohorts.
  • Implement systems to connect early childhood professionals to each other for peer support and inspire them to grow their practice.
  • Create ongoing methods and touchpoints to stay connected with the field.
  • Partner with JCC Executive Directors to advance the work of the Sheva Center and its philosophy.

Partner across JCC Association and with the Jewish Early Childhood Education Field

  • Plan for, and participate in, JCC Association conferences, as appropriate, to maximize the impact of the Sheva Center.
  • Serve as the champion of the Sheva Center with JCC Association’s professional and lay leaderships as appropriate to maximize support and knowledge of the work of the Sheva Center.
  • Understand and support the role of Israel in the North American early childhood centers.
  • Partner with organizations outside JCC Association to advocate for our field and bring new and cutting edge opportunities for the field.
  • Represent JCC Association at continental conferences or meetings of early childhood professionals.
  • Work in partnership with JCC Association development staff to seek funding partners for grants to support Sheva Center operations and special projects.



Ideal candidates for this position will bring a visionary and dynamic perspective to advance the Sheva Center’s current work and establish its strategic direction. They will thrive on building relationships with early childhood educators and professionals through reflective, empathetic listening and serving as a trusted guide who is open-minded and open-hearted. Ideal candidates will simultaneously be inspirational communicators and continuous learners. They believe deeply in child-centered learning and are passionate about supporting early childhood educators and professionals to create meaningful experiences for children and families. They share a commitment to advancing and enriching North American Jewish life, particularly with regard to advancing early childhood Jewish education and family engagement as a means to building our Jewish communities of the future.


  • A masters’ degree in early childhood education.
  • 7-10 years’ Jewish early childhood experience, including pedagogical and director roles.
  • Familiarity with the work of the Sheva Center and experience at a Jewish Community Center preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish traditions and values.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment within and between organizations.
  • Experience supporting grant funding requests.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience preparing and working within a budget.

Application Instructions:

Qualified individuals are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to Irina Khomina, JCC Association’s human resources director, at

Additional Information:

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Paid vacation
  • Eight paid federal holidays, up to 13 paid Jewish holidays, and early closing for Shabbat, and three Jewish holidays
  • Sick leave, family leave, medical leave, jury duty leave, and bereavement leave
  • Flexible medical and dependent care benefits
  • Pre-tax salary deductions for transit
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement plan

Additional Information:

JCC Association staff currently work in a hybrid environment. Remote candidates are encouraged to apply. This position requires frequent travel to JCC Association offices in NYC, individual JCCs for consultations, and various conferences.

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