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Chief Executive Officer - JVS Boston

JVS Boston
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer - JVS Boston
Job Type:
Executive Director
Job Search Ends:
February 14th, 2022
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Chief Executive Officer

Boston, MA


Who is JVS?

JVS’s mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces.

JVS was founded in 1938 to assist Jewish immigrants struggling to enter the American workforce and support their families. Today, JVS is among the oldest and largest providers of adult education and workforce development services in Greater Boston,serving a diverseclientele from over 90 nations,and speaking 50 languages. JVS helps its clients securefinancial independence througheducational and employment opportunities and has become a partner to many leading employers due to its track record of successful placements of talent. JVS has earned its reputation for continuous innovation, building person-centered and performance-based models to improveoutcomes and increaseprogrammatic effectiveness.

JVS offers over 35 different programs that help people strengthen job skills, access good jobs, become financially literate, and build careerpathways. JVS servicesare respected by employers for delivering mutual benefits in workforce solutions, coupled with increasing wages for individuals. JVS is staffedby a dedicated, talented and versatile team of 200 employees. To learn more about JVS: https://www.jvs-boston.org

What is the role?

The CEO will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for JVS’s vision, staff, programs, and execution of its mission.  The CEO will collaborate with the Board of Directors, the dedicated team of JVS professionals, and employer and community partners in continuing JVS’s track record as the leading provider of workforce development and training in New England. The CEO must be a visionary and inspiring leader who will build upon JVS’s success, maximize impact and increase the visibility of its exemplary services and programming.

The ideal candidate for CEO is an authentic, inspiring, visionary leader who manages with empathy and vulnerability and brings stellar relationship-building, ambitious innovative ideas, and a deep commitment to the JVS mission. This candidate knows how to build and steward deep relationships, inspire passion for the work of JVS with existing and new donors, diversify and strengthen the already committed and dedicated board while communicating a clear vision for this nationally recognized leader in workforce development.

What are the responsibilities?

Vision and Strategy 

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for JVS in service of its mission and to lead the organization in as it tackles the challenges of workforce development presented by the changing workplace and economy.
  • Be a highly visible thought leader and ambassador in the business community, in the political realm, with partner organizations, civic leaders and funders.
  • Collaborate with the board and Executive Team in developing the next strategic plan that explores opportunities for expansion, additional resources, and ensuring that JVS continues to provide best-in-class services.

Programmatic Innovation

  • Cultivate JVS’ culture of innovation, calculated risk taking, and constant search for opportunities to maximize impact. Examples of opportunities in programming include but are not limited to the following:
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of geographic expansion as well growth in life sciences and healthcare. 
  • Identify and implement new models of hybrid education and training.
  • Address the issue of racial inequity and focus on the communities of color that have been most negatively impacted by COVID.
  • Invest in job training that includes wrap-around support services, intensive coaching, as well as technical training, with attention to short-term job training
  • Address the digital divide: advocate for public and private investments in low to no cost broadband access, and easily accessible, affordable tech equipment.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to address adjacent issues that impact our clients, like transportation and childcare.

Institutional Advancement

  • Strengthen, develop and steward relationships with existing funders, new potential funding sources, government agencies and corporate partners. 
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and build upon JVS’s local and national reputation.
  • Improve fundraising effectiveness through analytics, both through data-driven storytelling to demonstrate impact, and data-driven decision making to guide our fundraising efforts.

Leadership and Management: 

  • Promote a kind, supportive, hard-working organizational culture.
  • Emphasize and implement practices that expand diversity at all staff levels and on the board.
  • Nurture a collaborative workplace where Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a guiding principle.  
  • Collaborate with the board, leadership team and staff across the organization to be an employer of choice.
  • Support the roll-out and implementation of new enterprise-wide technology upgrades that improve internal communications, maximize efficiencies and support the hard-working JVS team’s service delivery.
  • Lead the transition from working from home to a new model of home and office work
  • Identify causes of turnover and develop retention plans that include focus on equity, compensation and professional growth opportunities. 

What Qualifications Are Required?

  • Ability to articulate a clear and inspiring organizational vision. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications and diplomatic skills; ability to partner with professional and volunteer leaders and communicate in a manner that exudes collegiality and respect, garners trust, and inspires volunteer leadership and professionals.
  • Successful track record of fundraising, stewarding relationships with funders, board members, foundations, and government agencies; demonstrated ability and/or experience working with volunteers and donors in the Jewish community.
  • Financial savvy and political acumen; the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Understanding and experience with technology as a driver for current and best-in-class programs, engagement, and operations.
  • Outstanding story-telling and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser.
  • Strong manager with a deep commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
  • Proven ability to build a strong organizational culture while overseeing a large and complex team.
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial spirit with an openness to trying new things and paving the way for others to follow.

This position description is based upon material provided by JVS, an equal opportunity employer.


Jessica Hammerman

Senior Talent Consultant



Ami Abramson

Chief Strategy Officer


133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
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