About the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine

The mission of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine (JCA) is to enhance and promote Jewish life and continuity locally, in Israel and throughout the world, and to generate the financial resources to develop, provide and support diverse programs, education and services in order to accomplish these goals.


Located in Portland, Maine, the JCA, a combination of Portland’s Jewish Community Center and Federation since 1999, is a member of JCCA and JFNA. The JCA is home to a NAEYC -accredited preschool, ACA-accredited summer camp, Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, Jewish Family Services (JFS), PJ Library, an Annual Community Campaign, and cultural events. The JCA is a place where people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds come together to build community.


Just two hours north of Boston, Portland is the cultural and economic hub of the state of Maine. Maine, “Vacationland,” is known for its rugged coastline, wilderness, and four-season outdoor recreation. Portland has a dynamic working waterfront: shipping, fishing, cruise ships, markets, boutiques, museums and galleries are some of the uses. Portland is also a food, microbrew and art destination, attracting visitors and locals year-round. There is a strong Buy Local movement, fostering local economic, artistic, and non-profit growth. The city is growing as a result of excellent national accolades and its rich history as a refuge community. The Maine College of Art, the University of Southern Maine, and University of New England are all located here. See www.visitportland.com or www.portlandmaine.com for more information.


As we prepare to move into a new 19,000 square-foot facility in July 2017, the JCA is readying for growth to engage Southern Maine’s Jewish Communities of approximately 10,000 individuals. We have worked to lay the foundation for our expansion with revitalized programming, dedicated and well-trained staff, a commitment to service, and a strong business plan. The preschool expects enrollment to increase by 36%, adding infant and young toddler classrooms. JFS's food pantry - a federally recognized site of the Emergency Food Program - expects to increase distribution from 1000 to 1200 pounds per month. JFS is also slated to be the largest distributor of free diapers in the state. Our vision for the future requires a dynamic and creative leader whose energy and perspective will help engage the Jewish Community in new ways, strengthen existing ties, and convene new partnerships throughout Southern Maine.



The Executive Director is the primary advocate for the JCA’s mission and values, the principal agent in building and sustaining the organization’s vision, and the leader in giving shape to the services that the JCA offers Southern Maine. The Executive Director is responsible for professional leadership and day-to-day management of the organization, staff and assets. The position requires responsibility for ensuring the financial soundness and fundraising success of the organization. The Executive Director must inspire involvement and commitment, build and maintain trusted relationships, demonstrate a passion for, and knowledge of, the Jewish world and Israel, and act in accord with Jewish values.




  • Represent the JCA to the broader community as the public face of the organization.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with leaders of other organizations to deepen community ties.
  • Represent the Community Relations Council in responding to issues related to Israel, anti-Semitism, and appreciation of diversity and principles of religious freedom.

Strategic Planning:

  • Work with the Board of Directors and senior staff to shape short- and long-term goals.
  • Identify high-growth opportunities that will enable the JCA to significantly scale programming, operations, facilities, and staff.
  • Direct a multi-year budget planning process that supports the strategic vision. With Board and staff, prepare the annual budget and meet financial targets.

Organizational Management:

  • Hire, develop, and retain a high-performing team that aligns with JCA goals and produces exceptional programming.
  • Oversee staff benefits, training and education, job performance evaluations, promotions and terminations.
  • Ensure a safe and secure working environment compliant with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations.
  • Oversee all Board committees with the Board President. Work with the President to support Board development and retention and staff retention.
  • Expand the participation of community volunteers.

Program and Facilities Oversight:

  • Oversee programming, including Jewish Family Services, preschool, youth camps and afterschool, adult education, and special events.  Manage operations to ensure financial feasibility of programs and activities.
  • Guide programming strategies and messaging to maximize community participation.
  • Oversee facility and Center Day Camp operations, including maintenance and strategic investment.


  • Lead the organization’s development effort through donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Regularly meet with donors and find innovative means to expand donor base.
  • Identify and nurture major donors.
  • Identify grant opportunities and cultivate relationships with key foundation personnel.
  • Grow the Annual Community Campaign.


  • Strong commitment to Judaism and the advancement of Jewish communal life and vision of a vibrant, diverse, inclusive community. Commitment to building an organizational culture that reflects Jewish principles.
  • Demonstrated capacity to innovate and support organizational change and growth. Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Experience in nonprofit management, governance, and fundraising, including understanding relevant laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability in: recruiting, managing and training staff and volunteers; public speaking; oral and written communication; attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts and grants from foundations and individuals.


Salary $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits package includes paid leave, health insurance and programmatic discounts. Learn more about the JCA. www.mainejewish.org


Interested and qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resumé to:
Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
Attn: Bette Novick, Search Committee Chair
57 Ashmont Street
Portland, ME 04103
or searchcommittee@mainejewish.org