Program Director, PJ Library
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago - Chicago, IL

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The Program Director, PJ Library, directs the PJ Library program in Chicago, ensuring strong enrollment in the program and managing a full calendar of events for young families, in collaboration with other community organizations. The Program Director is responsible for maintaining a strong connection between partner organizations and PJ Library Chicago. The position is a member of the Young Family Engagement Team and supports other related initiatives as appropriate.

  • Directs the local PJ Library program, with a focus on subscribing and maintaining an enrollment of 6,000 eligible families annually. Serves as the primary contact for PJ Library families and manage the PJ Library database.
  • Supervises the Young Family Engagement, Program Associate, to execute a full schedule of family, friendly, inclusive programs celebrating Jewish life and assists with staffing of events.
  • Identifies and executes on opportunities to more deeply engage PJ Library partner organizations (synagogues, preschools, JCC, etc.) with programming and/or capacity-building opportunities.
  • Provides oversight for the production of the month Shofar, JUF’s newsletter geared to families with young children and manages PJ Library’s social media presence (currently Facebook & Pinterest.) .
  • Working with the AVP, Young Family Engagement, manages the PJ Library budget and participates in financial resource development activities in support of PJ Library.
  • Develops and staffs a PJ Library Ambassadors Program, building volunteer support of PJ Library to support marketing and event planning efforts.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in Jewish communal/early childhood
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically and opportunistically
  • Impeccable organization and follow-through; self-starter
  • Supervisory experienced required
  • Positive attitude about Jewish family life
  • Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage, and traditions as well as resources for families with young children; Professional commitment to pluralistic Jewish community
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Suite of Products
  • Ability to work occasional Sundays (approximately 6-8 times/year)