Full Time

Program Manager, Community and Jewish Life - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

POSITION TITLE:      Program Manager

DEPARTMENT:          Community and Jewish Life

REPORTS TO:           Chief Community and Jewish Life Officer


The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) consist of 146 Jewish Federations and dozens of Network communities which collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually to support flourishing Jewish life and the needs of the Jewish people in their home communities and around the world. The Jewish Federation system, among the top 10 charities on the continent, leads the largest network of volunteer and professional leaders who build and sustain Jewish communities that are healthy, safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive, educated and engaged, involved in the broader community, and deeply connected to Israel and the global Jewish people.  


The One8 Foundation has engaged JFNA’s Community and Jewish Life division to lead the build-out of the ‘Mini Moon’ pilot, a new program concept. Mini Moon will offer immersive, US-based experiences to local cohorts of young couples with at least one Jewish partner and who are early in their committed relationship. The purpose of Mini Moon is to create warm, nurturing communities of couples who build families with meaningful connections to Jewish life, one another, and the Jewish people. One8 also led the creation of Honeymoon Israel (HMI), which has served more than 2,700 couples through Israel travel and learned that immersive experiences for local groups of couples impacts how the couples incorporate Jewish identity and community into their families and lives. Those findings led to this exploratory effort; an alternative program to HMI that could be more relevant and/or accessible to various couples.


The Program Manager will have the unique experience of working alongside the Chief Community and Jewish Life Officer to develop this innovative entrepreneurial pilot from the ground up. The position will be housed at JFNA, as JFNA also serves as a fiscal sponsor to support the project. Mini Moon was conceived of by the One8 Foundation and will remain an independent brand.


Essential Functions

  • Serve as a critical staff member project managing the design and implementation of the program and managing substantial logistics to ensure success.
  • Oversee implementation timeline for the Mini Moon pilot following up proactively and ensuring high quality deliverables.
  • Manage identifying, procuring, and ongoing communications with consultants supporting the project, including for measurement and evaluation, branding and marketing, content development, and facilitators. Manage all associated timelines and deliverables with consultants.
  • Administer logistics for two to four immersive retreats, including researching locations, venue and travel bookings, food/catering, ordering and assembling of materials, and booking consultants.
  • Manage all aspects of program recruitment. Create application materials, track applicant pipelines, schedule interviews, and correspond with prospective and accepted participants in a professional manner.
  • Track project budget, process reimbursements, invoices, and payments.
  • Support the development of the program strategy, content design, and branding.
  • Interface with a broad range of stakeholders, including Community and Jewish Life team members, staff in other departments, One8 Foundation staff, vendors and participants.
  • Travel and staff up to four domestic immersive retreats during the pilot, with the possibility of staffing alumni test programs.
  • Develop pre and post trip communications to participants.
  • Additional program support as needed.
  • Be a ‘Mini Moon’ expert by maintaining a high-level of knowledge of the project's goals and programming.


Key Competencies

  • Prior administrative, coordination, or office experience required; background in project coordination or project management preferred.
  • Strong prioritization skills and adaptability, able to manage shifting priorities on multiple projects.
  • Outstanding detail-orientation, proactivity, problem-solving skills and follow-through.
  • Self-motivation and team-orientation, capable of working on one’s own as well as within a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; business writing experience, patience, and customer-orientation.
  • The ability to stay calm and composed in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong computer skills: Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite required, experience with Padlet and/or Canva, and using a work management platform like Asana or Monday a plus
  • Passion for Jewish life in North America and program innovation.
  • Willing to travel domestically.


Work Environment

This individual will have a cubical in JFNA’s NY Headquarters for in-person work hours. The majority of work is still being conducted virtually. Open to remote work location.


Other Duties

As a nonprofit, JFNA is focused on allocating resources in the most effective manner and aims to run a lean operation. At times employees may be asked to wear multiple hats or take on additional duties to fill the needs of the organization or their department. Additional duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 


Compensation and Benefits:  JFNA offers a comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, vision, FSA), including a defined contribution plan, generous vacation policy, paid legal and Jewish holidays, life insurance, generous parental leave policies and flexible remote work practices.  Our compensation philosophy strives to be externally competitive and internally fair.   Additionally, we offer voluntary learning programs throughout the year in subjects of interest to our staff.


Salary range:  $75,000 - $90,000This position is a grant-funded position,


Federation Applicants: JFNA is committed to supporting local Jewish Federations and to identifying the best talent for the system. If a current Federation employee is hired for this role, we will work with the local Federation to ensure an appropriate timeline and communications strategy. We welcome initial confidential inquiries to learn more about the role; however, current Federation employees who move to a finalist round of interviews will be asked to communicate with the Federation about their candidacy. 


Please submit a resume and cover letter to: ResumesCommunityJewishLife@jewishfederations.org