For 80 years, JVS Boston (JVS) has helped tens of thousands of individuals with barriers to economic success secure financial independence through training, education, and employment services. As a nationally recognized leader in the workforce development field and the largest provider of adult education and workforce development services in the region, JVS plays a key role in the poverty alleviation strategy for the greater-Boston area. In order to reach people in need of assistance on their pathway to meaningful employment and financial independence, JVS targets its services to a diverse clientele representing over 90 nations and speaking 50 languages. This group is primarily made up of low-income individuals who are unemployed or underemployed and low-wage workers in need of career advancement services. Many have multiple support needs ranging from limited English proficiency and a lack of education to disabilities, criminal records, and a lack of childcare and transportation.
JVS was founded in 1938 by the Associated Jewish Philanthropies, (now Combined Jewish Philanthropies) to help Jewish refugees fleeing Eastern Europe find employment. JVS has maintained a close and mutually beneficial partnership with CJP. JVS’s long-term status as a partner agency of CJP reflects an aligned philanthropic strategy, close collaboration on numerous programs, and a strategic advantage for both human services organizations.
After completing a $6 million Capital Campaign and moving to a new Center for Economic Opportunity in 2015 in Boston’s financial district, JVS spearheaded the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Project, the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success initiative to focus exclusively on workforce development. Pay for Success, also known as a Social Impact Bond, is a partnership between government, private investors, and social service agencies to address critical social issues. This ambitious $15 million project allows JVS to scale their proven workforce development model and serve 2,000 immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts. Learn more about Pay for Success at https://www.jvs-boston.org/pay-for-success/.
Under the leadership of Jerry Rubin, President and CEO, JVS has become a widely recognized and highly respected workforce development agency. The current strategic planning is focused on positioning the agency for its next stage of growth. Through The Catapult Papers, a series of essays written by Rubin about workforce development published by the Boston Foundation, JVS has been recognized as a model workforce development agency. Learn about Project Catapult and read the essays at https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas/jobs/catapult.
Learn more about JVS Boston at https://www.jvs-boston.org/.
JVS Boston operates on a budget of over $15 million, of which half derives from public and half from private sources. While over 90% of individual donor support comes from the Jewish community, the vast majority of JVS’s clients are not Jewish. There is considerable potential for discovery and engagement of more high net-worth individuals (Jewish and non-Jewish) on a local and national scale, as well as myriad opportunities for new and expanded partnerships with the foundation and corporate communities. JVS is well equipped for a talented, incoming Chief Development Officer to take on these areas of untapped potential.
There is significant Board and leadership investment and prioritization of building the organization’s philanthropic capacity. This commitment was reinforced with the recent completion of a 5-year strategic plan, under which fundraising grew significantly. The continued investment in growing the development department and fundraising operation is core to the organization’s national growth strategy.
To support the ongoing expansion of services and reputational momentum in the field, JVS is seeking a strategic, forward-thinking, and experienced Chief Development Officer. With key responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive and long-term development plan, the CDO will bring a sharp sense of vision and know-how to refine and build a sustainable, robust development function comprised of a diverse set of strategies. Reporting to Jerry Rubin, the President and Chief Executive Officer, the CDO will be a member of the executive team and supervise a development team of 6, as well as work closely with the Resource Development Committee.
In addition to managing a portfolio of his/her own, the CDO will be charged with growing the development department capacity and operations in the areas of major gifts, foundations, and corporate partnerships. In addition, this person will have the opportunity to work with staff and volunteer leaders to expand the national donor base, as well as the non-Jewish donor base.
Finally, as a member of the executive team, the CDO will play a role in shaping the evolving JVS organization, contributing to the overall vision and strategy for organizational growth, culture, and success.
Strongly preferred but not required:
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Development Guild DDI
For more information about JVS, visit the JVS website.