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AVP, Jewish Life Stages

Passion. Purpose. Impact. CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. Ranked by BBJ as Massachusetts’ largest non-profit organization – CJP is a philanthropic investor and mobilizer of people, resources, and skills that make a bigger difference locally and globally. We focus on making Jewish life and learning accessible to all individuals and families in Boston and beyond. We thoughtfully invest in the care and well-being of all community members. And we provide stability and growth to nonprofit organizations and institutions that underpin our community. Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners, and leaders who help make Greater Boston’s Jewish community a welcoming home. It’s this energy and commitment that drive CJP’s mission. We are one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking an Associate Vice President, Jewish Life Stages Engagement.

The AVP, Jewish Life Stages Engagement (AVP) is responsible for grant making to local and national organizations working, often collaboratively, to increase both broad and deep Jewish engagement across ages and stages of life. Through this work, the AVP will help to articulate a vision for a diverse, thriving, connected Jewish community of the future, and will ensure that CJP is investing in the organizations, ideas, and innovative solutions to help our community achieve that vision.
The AVP leads a team of people who each have a portfolio of cohort-based engagement organizations located here in Boston, as well as national organizations with a local presence. With their team, the AVP works to ensure that CJP’s resources are granted proactively to organizations focused on: the cohorts of families and school aged children; teens; campus; young adults and pre-parents. CJP also works closely with grantees to ensure successful and meaningful handoffs between ages and life stages, most especially across organizational partners. The AVP will also focus on ensuring successful outcomes related to both breadth and depth of engagement within and across these organizational partners.
Finally, the AVP will provide leadership for some of CJP’s Strategic Investment Priorities, or areas of particular focus where we are working towards transformational change in our community that requires collective impact work across our community (i.e., working with partners towards a large, shared goal).
The successful candidate is a strategic thinker excited to oversee a large grant portfolio; this person also has a love of Jewish life and a desire to see more people engaging at all life stages. This person will be excited about having impact through relationships, partnerships and grant making (not direct programming) and be able to see key connections and opportunities for team members to work even more collaboratively, and to ensure our organizational partners are providing opportunities that meaningfully engage a wide range of people in their work and then partner successfully to help people move on as they transition to a new life stage


·    Grant-making: review portfolios annually, support partners to clarify goals and objectives and make recommendations for millions of dollars’ worth of grants annually
·    Convene organizational partners regularly, and support team to do so
·    Lead a team of portfolio managers, each focused on a different age and life stage and help to draw critical connections between their work
·    Provide leadership for CJP’s Strategic Investment Priorities around Families with Young Children (with a Senior Director of Families reporting to them) and Spark, CJP’s multi-year engagement experience inclusive of cohort learning and a large mission to Israel geared towards young adults
·    Serve as a resource to other CJP teams across the organization on Young Adult needs and opportunities. To do this, stay abreast of current trends locally and nationally for Young Adult engagement.
·    Partner with Development colleagues to raise resources for Spark, Families with Young Children work as well as Cohort Engagement more generally
·    Liaise with national partner organizations.
·    Work with external partners to develop innovative new opportunities for cohort engagement.
·    Serve as the face of the organization with various stakeholders.
·    Partner with the AVP of Measurement and Evaluation to determine how to best measure the impact of this work.
·    Work in close and effective collaboration with Strategy and Impact leadership and the Jewish Life team
·    Serve as one of the primary recruitment teams for all cohort engagement activities across the organization.
·    Build, strengthen, and maintain relationships with multiple internal and external constituencies to support implementation of strategies.
·    Work with Development and Donor Relations as needed to strategize about donor proposals and stewardship.
·    Strategize and implement new initiatives arising out of strategic planning.
·    Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.



·    B.A. or equivalent; MA preferred


·    7-10 years of related experience
·    5-plus years management experience
·    Strong track record of effective:
o  project management
o  working with lay leaders
o  working in highly matrixed organization
o  management of staff
o  grant making a plus


·    Strategic and Systems Thinking, including budget management and grant making
·    Outstanding relational skills
·    Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal), and understanding of cutting-edge approaches to two-way communication with the customer
·    Demonstrated experience leading and motivating cross-functional teams, managing direct reports and managing people informally
·    Ability to establish rapport and gain trust of others
·    Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to integrate this commitment into grant making and all aspects of work
·    Naturally curious, listens perceptively and conveys awareness
·    Ability to convene people around shared problems and mobilize toward solutions
·    Highly collaborative
·    Understanding of different models of philanthropic strategy and impact
·    Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes and shifting priorities
·    Ability to successfully work / engage in for-profit and non-profit arenas a plus
·    Knowledge of the Greater Boston cohort community
·    Comfort with all aspects of budget management
·    Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook, and other internet technologies
·    Proficiency with database management software.


·    Availability for evening and/or weekend events/meetings
·    Requires access to a car and the ability to travel to outside meetings and sites
BUDGETED SALARY RANGE: $160,400 – 200,500
WORK SCHEDULE: CJP staff work a hybrid work schedule where Tuesdays and Wednesdays staff work in the office; on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays staff may work remotely.
CJP offers that rare opportunity to tap your skills, talents, and experience to benefit a greater good while you grow professionally. You will work in a dynamic environment, with a diverse group of individuals who share your commitment and enthusiasm. Together, you will make a difference for Jews and non-Jews in Greater Boston and worldwide. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and a collegial, family-friendly work and team environment. 
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CJP conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
CJP is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, women, veterans, black, indigenous and people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.