PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is an international Jewish engagement program which sends free Jewish books monthly to children from age 6 months to 8 years. PJ Library supports and partially funds PJ Library programs nationwide, including PJ Library in the Bluegrass.
PJ Library in the Bluegrass, in Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass (JFB), enhances Jewish engagement of local PJ Library families through programs, in-person support, and social media communication.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop ongoing relationships with PJ Library families in-person and online.
- Encourage growth of supportive community and parent networks.
- Coordinate Shalom Baby program, congratulating and supporting families with new babies.
- Plan and implement direct programming as well as programming with local partners in Jewish and wider secular community, for families and parents (e.g. story-times, holiday celebrations, parent gatherings).
- Identify and utilize local talent and content providers to create high-quality events.
- Initiate and nurture relationships with Jewish partner organizations in the Jewish community. Encourage mutual support of shared Jewish engagement goals of Jewish organizations.
- Oversee work of operational aspects of the program such as subscription management and enrollment requests.
- Work with Director of Marketing, Outreach, and Engagement to develop and utilize media and social networking strategies for outreach and ongoing engagement.
- Work with Executive Director and fundraising lay-leaders on fundraising and donor relations strategies.
- Work with Executive Director to monitor the PJ Library budget for subscriptions and programs.
- Work with and support JFB team on other JFB projects as appropriate.
- Create and/or oversee PJ Library Committee, parent group, and fundraising committee. Encourage volunteer engagement of parents and other community members.
- Represent PJ Library at outreach programs throughout the community, connecting with families.
- Incorporate other creative engagement opportunities (e.g. Matzah Mania, grandparent outreach, creation of social network group, lending libraries etc.).
- Communicate with national PJ Library office regarding programming, operational issues and services.
- Track and report on PJ Library activities to the JFB board and PJ Library/HGF.
- Share best practices with other communities.
Education, Experience and Skills:
- Bachelors or Masters Degree in related field such as Social Work, Jewish Education, Jewish Communal Service, Early Childhood Education or Family Engagement, or commensurate experience.
- Passionate professional with experience in Jewish engagement, education, families with young children and/or programming.
- Familiarity with local Jewish community and wider community.
- Active understanding of the Jewish world, religion, calendar, traditions, and values.
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills. Excellent ability to communicate successfully with families, volunteers, staff members and community organizations.
- Committed to engaging all denominations and members of the local Jewish community.
- Ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proficient organizational skills, proficient computer skills, and detail-oriented.
- Use of transportation to travel to program events and meetings
- Position includes some evening and weekend attendance at programs, meetings and events.