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Vice President, Engagement Job

Employer Name: Combined Jewish Philanthropies SpiderID: 8855200
Location: Boston, Massachusetts Date Posted: 8/5/2019
Wage: Category: Executive
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Job Description:
Passion. Purpose. Impact. CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Together, we're helping struggling families find financial stability, making Jewish learning relevant and inclusive, connecting the next generation to Jewish life, and so much more. 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 a Vice President (VP), Engagement.

The Vice President of Engagement (VP) is a new position at CJP, created to ensure that all of CJP’s activities and communications focus on the experience of “the customer” – that is, individual members of our community who are engaged (or not yet engaged) with CJP and with Jewish life in Boston. Reporting to the President and CEO, the VP will bring aspects of CJP’s new Strategic Plan to life, and will be responsible for three main deliverables: 1) Understanding the backgrounds, interests and needs of our diverse Jewish community; 2) Translating that knowledge into actionable strategies and innovative programs which will support CJP’s goal for more Jews to be engaged more deeply and broadly in Jewish life both in Greater Boston and with CJP; and 3) Developing a rigorous approach to measuring the overall depth and breadth of engagement and satisfaction with Jewish life across the Greater Boston Jewish community.

The VP ensures that, across the organization, the voice of the Greater Boston community members is heard and considered in all of CJP’s actions, communications and decisions. S/he develops and implements strategies both within CJP and across the community to dramatically increase the engagement of all segments of our community, to ensure that our overall community and CJP are inclusive of and hospitable to the diverse voices and experiences of the 300,000 members of our community. S/he leverages innovative work within existing institutions across the Greater Boston Jewish community. Where appropriate, s/he initiates and oversees innovative opportunities to serve as on-ramps to participation in Jewish life; and, oversees CJP’s work to connect community members to new and existing programs and institutions, and to facilitate individuals’ and cohorts’ movement across experiences and over the course of their Jewish lives and Jewish journeys.

The VP tracks and monitors trends in Greater Boston Jewish demography and American Jewish life more broadly to ensure that our organization has a nuanced and cutting edge understanding of our community and anticipates changes in that community in the coming generations.

As a member of the Executive Team, the VP will think strategically (enterprise-wide) and work across CJP in partnership with all areas of the organization; will manage direct relationships with partners and donors where appropriate; will communicate clearly and compellingly to all stakeholders – both inside and outside the organization; will be an excellent manager of people and able to attract, retain and develop top professional and volunteer talent; will be able to nimbly and effectively develop, implement, evaluate, adapt business strategies and plans.


• Work closely with SVP Strategy and Impact, SVP of Philanthropy and other CJP leadership to ensure alignment in all CJP activities.
• Work closely with SVP of Strategy and Impact to oversee efforts to improve community-wide engagement with Jewish life, including: convening partners, building coalitions, forging common agendas, organizing community awareness, initiating grants and leveraging resources.
• Engage with and develop strong relationships with partner organizations and agencies to better understand their needs and the opportunity to innovatively collaborate to improve engagement in Jewish life.
• Spend significant time outside of the organization with and around the volunteers, donors, community to gain an increased understanding of their backgrounds, interests and needs.
• Identify, convene and mobilize individuals and cohorts to address issues within the community and work towards solutions.
• Work closely with Executive Team and VP of Marketing to ensure that CJP’s voice and overall communications are maximally engaging the entire Jewish community.
• Build CJP’s organizational competencies for two-way communication with our community – in person and through other vehicles (digital, print, etc.) to ensure a more consistent experience of CJP across different segments of our community.
• Collaborate with internal front-line stakeholders to assess their perspective on what’s missing and what’s needed for the community, donors and volunteers.
• Assess and learn from current initiatives and models for donors, volunteers and the community, and partner cross-functionally to develop new ways of thinking and acting throughout the organization to increase engagement.
• Identify, create and test new models for engagement both in CJP and across the community.
• Partner with the SVP Strategy and Impact to ensure the Capacity work is having impact on the experiences of the ‘consumer.’
• Lead CJP in measuring and tracking participation in Jewish life and its impact on individuals.
• Ensure appropriate mechanisms (including data and information) are in place for understanding and mapping the various segments of our community.
• Work across CJP to ensure shared language and understanding of our various market segments, including geography, age cohorts, religious backgrounds, and other key demographic groups (e.g. Russian Speaking community, Israeli community, LGBTQ community and more).
• Deepen understanding of, and oversee measurement process of our market and community, including demographics, patterns of affiliation, and overall trends relating to community, identity, sociology, and other in order to identify focus areas and appropriately measure shifts and to share our data and knowledge with the community for external benefit
• Participate as a member of CJP Executive Team.
• Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

Job Requirements:
• BA in related field with MBA or equivalent graduate work preferred
• Minimum of ten years of successful experience working in a complex, matrixed organization and a community with many stakeholders.
• 5-7 years’ experience in a similar position, responsible for overseeing, driving, promoting and measuring successful customer acquisition and engagement strategies, including minimum of five years working on a senior management team
• Significant knowledge and experience with customer segmentation and leveraging a robust constituent database; knowledge and understanding of data, research, measurement
• Experience working in a matrixed organization, managing agile project management teams that include both formal and informal reporting lines
• Ability to work across the organization and to align others around shared understandings of the community and its various segments
• Understanding and analysis of customer experiences and growing customer engagement, including data and tracking, communications, feedback and organizational change, segmentation
• Innovative thinker – identifying and creating new models for engagement both in CJP and across the community
• Understanding of trends in Jewish life and the various market segments that make up the Greater Boston Jewish community
• Sophisticated understanding of the broader context, sociology and trends of American Jewish life preferred
• Expertise or deep knowledge of one or more of CJP’s strategic impact areas preferred
• Deep understanding of communal ecosystem
• Strategic planning and systems thinking
• Ability to engage and support the business on numerous fronts relative to strategic performance management and risk management.
• Outstanding relational skills; ability to establish rapport and gain trust of others
• Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal), and understanding of cutting-edge approaches to two-way communication with the customer
• Ability to actively listen and encourage the open expression of ideas and opinions; shares knowledge and expertise openly
• Ability to analyze problems and opportunities and their impact on the business
• Demonstrated experience leading and motivating cross-functional teams, managing direct reports and managing people informally
• 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

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, 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.

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required: 10 or more
Education Required: MBA
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance, Casual Dress, Company Cafeteria, Other Benefits

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Laura Desrosier Company Type:
City: Boston
State: Massachusetts
Zip: 02110
Web Site:

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