Full Time

Director, Arts + Ideas - Tidewater

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Virginia Beach VT

REPORTS TO:         Chief Program Officer

Position Summary
The Director of Arts + Ideas is responsible for the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of Jewish and Israeli cultural arts programs, events, exhibits and celebrations of the Simon Family Jewish Community Center/United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. This includes direct responsibility for assigned program support personnel for all programs within Arts + Ideas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works with the Chief Program Officer in long range planning, including business planning and strategic goal setting for arts programming
  • Provides guidance and leadership to Arts + Ideas Committees
  • Works closely with the Chief Program Officer and Director of Marketing to ensure the development, marketing and promotion of programs to maximize participation and financial viability of programs
  • Develops and implements innovative and strategic approaches to arts programming
  • Works closely with Director of Development and Development Associate(s) to solicit donations and fosters donor cultivation, relations and sponsorships, especially those who are patrons of the arts, to develop a strong commitment for the Arts Programming
  • Develops new and expands relationships with organizations and business in the Jewish and greater community that will enhance commitment to and engagement through Arts Programming

Management, Supervision and Program Implementation

  • Responsible for all aspects of development and direct implementation including the branding, marketing plan, fundraising plan and operating budget of:
    • Film Festival
    • Book Festival
    • Israel Today series arts programming
    • Community Israel Fest/Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration
    • Special events and on-going arts programming
    • Outreach programming (i.e. ODU Institute of Jewish Learning and Interfaith Understanding, Beth Shalom Village, JCC Seniors, and JFS)
    • Art Gallery
    • Other programming as developed
  • Follows up or ensures follow-up with new attendees to maximize continuing engagement and participation as well as donor development
  • Prepares yearly budget and maintains fiscal responsibility for all expenditures and income for all programs and services within arts programming
  • Ensures the arts programming activities are coordinated with other JCC and UJFT programs to maximize participation, impact and benefit to JCC members
  • Develops and monitors measurable program objectives and evaluations and provides regular reports on progress and results
  • Coordinates volunteers as needed

Minimum Education/Experience

  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • 5+ years of experience in special events, implementation and management in an arts or Jewish communal agency environment, preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in the areas of staff supervision, program development, budget, marketing, implementation and evaluation
  • Supervisory experience preferred

Required Skills, Competencies and Attributes

  • Strong customer focus, both internally and externally and the ability to foster this attitude and skill in others
  • Highly creative, knowledgeable and current in methodologies and approaches to engage multiple audiences
  • Ability to effectively manage guest artists, presenters, etc.
  • Organized and detail-orientated in the ability to develop, plan, organize and implement programs and services
  • Working knowledge of short and long-term planning, budgeting, and program development
  • Ability to build strong partnerships in an environment of collaboration, both internally and externally
  • Expertise in program research, development, implementation and evaluation
  • Ability to develop and sustain a team approach to program and service development
  • Excellent ability to adapt communication and interpersonal style to various audiences
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
  • Understanding, appreciation and passion for the mission and values of the JCC and UJFT
  • Strong knowledge of Jewish heritage, values, traditions and culture
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required
  • Willingness to perform other related duties as needed, required or assigned


To Apply For This Position:
Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to resumes@ujft.org

Mail to:
UJFT Human Resource Director (Confidential)
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Ste., 200
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required.