The Associate Director is responsible for the conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of JFCS Holocaust Center programs under the supervision of the Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center. They are a strong public speaker and will represent the Holocaust Center at local events, domestic, and international conferences.

The Associate Director has a strong background in Jewish history, tradition, and the Jewish community. They have an in-depth knowledge of Holocaust education and commemoration. They will work to increase the involvement of students, educators, volunteers and donors.

The Associate Director will provide leadership and assist the Holocaust Center’s Director in the management of staff, volunteers, and student interns. They understands and works to fulfill the mission, goals and objectives of JFCS, within the limitations of Agency resources, and in compliance with JFCS’ standards of performance.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Community Education

The Associate Director works in partnership with the Holocaust Center staff to provide interactive and meaningful Holocaust education to more than 20,000 students and adults annually.

  • Facilitates, organizes, and does outreach for community education programs in the Bay Area and on occasion around the country. Works in partnership with community groups and individuals to ensure successful event implementation.
  • Networks with schools, teachers, and school districts to grow the impact of the JFCS Holocaust Center.
  • Leads the conceptualization, outreach, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Yom HaShoah, a community wide commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day for more than 400 community members.
  • Conceptualizes and teaches workshops for students and teachers.
  • Works in partnership with the Holocaust Center’s Director on the outreach, planning, and implementation of the Day of Learning annual conference and other community programs as assigned.
  • Gives public presentations and serves as an expert resource for the larger community on Holocaust Center programs. Represents the Holocaust Center at domestic and international conferences.
  • Leads the planning and facilitation of future Legacy Study Tours to Germany, Poland, and Israel. Staffs the Legacy Study Tours (7-24 day trips).
  • Works with the JFCS Development staff to meet with funders, cultivate future funding opportunities, and submit grant applications.

Speakers Bureau Development

The Associate Director will assess the needs in the community and conceptualize educational opportunities to address Holocaust education in the post-survivor era in partnership with JFCS Holocaust Center staff.

  • Recruits, develops, and facilitates an innovative training program for second and third generation decedents of the Holocaust.
  • Recruits, develops, and facilitates an innovative training program for local survivors of genocide.
  • Oversees the development of unique audiovisual presentations for each new member of the Speakers Bureau.
  • Works in partnership with staff to develop curriculum to compliment and supplement new members of the Speakers Bureau.
  • Maintains a relationship with current and potential members for the Next Generation Speakers Bureau training program. Works closely with each member to ensure successful programming.

Program/Agency operations

  • Serves as the interim Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center when the Holocaust Center’s Director is not available.
  • Works to meet budget and service goals.
  • Fosters a spirit of teamwork and unity among agency staff that allows for cultivating ideas, expeditious resolution of conflict, and the appreciation of diversity, cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working together to enable each employee, the Holocaust Center, and JFCS to succeed.
  • Supports and works cooperatively with other JFCS programs, as needed and appropriate Attends required agency meetings and collaborates with agency staff on related projects as required. Maintains good working relationships with all staff to help the whole JFCS organization operate as a positive, coordinated unit.
  • Complies with the JFCS Policy and Procedures Manual, Workforce Computer Use and Security Policy, and IT Professional Policy Manual, as well as agency policy and procedures for health and safety standards of all JFCS facilities.
  • Meets Agency standards for performance by delivering all work to a high standard.
  • Undertakes other duties and special assignments within the department as may be assigned by the Holocaust Director.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • Walking, standing, twisting, and bending for brief periods of time.
  • Occasional reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms.
  • May be required to lift up to 10 pounds.
  • May be required to ascend/descend stairs.
  • Regular use of hands requiring dexterity in using the telephone, computer keyboard, mouse, or calculator.
  • Visual ability to read documents and computer monitor.
  • Exposure to low to moderate noise levels characteristic of working in an office environment.
  • The person in this position requires effective communication with clients, JFCS staff, and outside customers and/or vendors. Must be able to exchange accurate information in varying situations.


  • A BA degree in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, Education, or related subject plus four years working in related fields required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in management, directing programs, and public speaking.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and organizational skills;
  • Experience in working with volunteers and members of the community.
  • Proven ability to work independently and make sound judgments on a day-to-day basis regarding assigned and ad hoc duties.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in marketing, communications, and outreach.
  • Fluency in online digital media literacy skills and comfort with integrating the use of Internet and other social media technologies required.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office productivity suite required, including familiarity with the functions and features of Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
  • Available to work occasional nights and weekends for JFCS-related events.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and to respond flexibly and resourcefully to the workload fluctuations inherent in the position.


This is a full time, salaried, exempt position with benefits. Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays; paid vacation and sick leave; 403(b) plan; life and disability insurance. This position is located in San Francisco, and does not offer relocation packages.

Application Process

Please submit cover letter and resume to with Associate Director in your subject line.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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