About

Our Mission

The mission of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is to assist youth in achieving their full potential through innovative, impactful programs.

Like most non-profit organizations, our Board of Directors plays a critical role in defining vision and acting as the governing body for policy. Additionally, and most importantly, our Board is the pivotal driver behind our fundraising efforts. We are always seeking strategic thinkers to join our Board and continue expanding the impact we have on the Jewish and LA communities. The sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that comes from being a Board member can be seen on the faces of Board members as they beam with pride at our Scholarship event, knowing their individual efforts are paying off in helping serve over 1,500 children each year.

Our Current Board of Directors as of June 20, 2024. The Board President, Officers, and Board of Directors listed are voting members.

BOARD PRESIDENT

Sandy Sigal

CEO

Cari B. Uslan

OFFICERS

Shoshana Himmel, VP
Alexander Kozakov, VP
Jonathan C. Lurie, VP¹
Aaron Cohen, Treasurer
Lauren Kurzweil, Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Abrams
Robert C. Aronoff
Joey Behrstock
Melissa Corleto
Lloyd “Eric” Cotsen
Jonathan David
Alyson Mischel Ein
Richard Feldstein
David A. Fenton
Eric Fingleson
Manny Flekman

Jo Fogel
Cara Heckenberg
Samantha Herman
Debbie Hiller
Scott R. Isdaner*¹
Mark Kuperstock*
Randy Levine
Steve Miller
Dennis Mogerman
Marc Mostman
Matthew Nelson*

Heidi Praw
Danielle Pullman
Dan Rosenson*¹
Stephen M. Saltzman*¹
Thomas R. Schiff
Michael H. Sendowski¹
John Shane¹
Lee I. Silver*¹
David Smith
Aron Solomon
Gary Stern

Zachary Streit
Karl M. Sussman*¹
David L. Swartz*¹
Scott Tiano
Jennifer Toplitzky
Rachel Wagman
Robert A. Waldorf*¹
Lewis M. Wallensky
Marshall J. Wax¹
Gary Weinhouse
Andy Wexler

* Past Board President
¹JBBBSLA & FCBW Board Member

EXECUTIVE

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Bennett

Christopher Bennett

Director of Operations

FINANCE

Anthony Binley

Anthony Binley

Controller

DEVELOPMENT

Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy
Talia Capozzi

Talia Capozzi

Vice President of Development
Doris Horning

Doris Horning

Director of Grants Management
Aly Graiwer

Aly Graiwer

Development & Event Specialist
Amanda Rykoff

Amanda Rykoff

Donor Relations Manager
Cammy Kelly

Cammy Kelly

Development & Event Coordinator

MENTORING

Megan Koehler, LCSW

Megan Koehler, LCSW

Vice President of Mentoring Services
Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT

Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT

Match Support Coordinator
Leslee Komaiko

Leslee Komaiko

Mentoring Specialist
Diana Krause-Leemon

Diana Krause-Leemon

Mentoring Specialist & Event Coordinator
Devorah Servi

Devorah Servi

Mentoring Specialist
Cristina Alonso

Cristina Alonso

Mentoring Specialist

TEEN TALK

Kendra Singer

Kendra Singer

Teen Talk Program Director
Lauren Veillette

Lauren Veillette

Teen Talk App Training Coordinator

COLLEGE ACCESS + SUCCESS

Carina Garcia

Carina Garcia

Director of College Access + Success

OUTREACH

CAMP BOB WALDORF

Simon Hansen

Simon Hansen

Camp Director
Ben Farris

Ben Farris

Assistant Camp Director
Alfred Aguilar

Alfred Aguilar

Executive Chef
Javier Cervantes

Javier Cervantes

Camp Program Director
Davina Valenzuela

Davina Valenzuela

Program Counselor
Sofia Varona

Sofia Varona

Registration and Outreach Manager
Guadalupe Muñoz Zaragoza

Guadalupe Muñoz Zaragoza

Registration and Outreach Associate
Lynn Duston

Lynn Duston

Facilities Coordinator
Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp

Facilities Technician
Elvis Torres

Elvis Torres

Facilities Team Member

JBBBSLA Inclusion Statement
JBBBSLA actively acknowledges and embraces the richness and full spectrum of the community. It is our commitment to create an environment where all voices will be heard and treated with respect. These standards are expected of our leadership, staff, and volunteers as JBBBSLA builds its diverse constituency with full acceptance, irrespective of gender, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, level of Jewish observance, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation.

We recognize that the diversity of the community we serve must be reflected in every aspect of our organization for JBBBSLA and Camp Bob Waldorf to have the greatest impact. Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion is vital to our mission and is essential for our success.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Department: Youth Mentoring
Status:  Full-time (38-hour work week), Exempt Professional, Non-Union Employee
Agency Location: Based in Los Angeles
Working Location: Based in Los Angeles – combination of remote and office-based

Summary

Reporting to the VP of Mentoring Services, the Community Engagement Manager leads and drives recruitment initiatives for the Youth Mentoring (YM) Program. Their efforts should yield Jewish Bigs and Littles in sufficient numbers to meet our match goals. As a dynamic brand ambassador, the Community Engagement Manager identifies individuals, groups and institutions likely to benefit from information about the YM program for both participants and volunteers. They work to cultivate widespread visibility for the agency, cultivating long-term, sustainable community partnerships through effective collaboration efforts, particularly within the Jewish community. They tell the agency story in compelling ways, using multiple avenues of communication in order to strategically draw new constituents to JBBBSLA. The Community Engagement Manager retains a deep understanding of the agency’s overall needs, develops and maintains strategic plans, and collaborates effectively with both internal and external partners for ongoing success.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:                                        

 Strategic Planning and Outreach

  • Develop innovative strategies for recruitment of Bigs and Littles that yield the numbers needed to reach YM match goals.
  • Effectively track potential and existing connections in the Los Angeles Jewish Community and conduct regular follow-up.
  • Identify diverse leads in the community, plan regular outreach activities, and develop strategic partnerships with community leaders and organizations.
  • Coordinate with Program Manager and develop an effective outreach plan to ensure appropriate follow-up with incomplete enrollments and with Bigs who complete matches and don’t immediately reenroll.
  • Maintain familiarity with community resources for children/families and develop strong working relationships with youth and family service providers.
  • Establish a presence at community and volunteer events for recruitment and visibility opportunities.
  • Make meaningful contact using a variety of techniques, including in-person meetings and presentations, recruitment fairs, tabling opportunities, web-based applications, phone, email and videochat.

Internal Collaboration

  • Work closely with the YM team to fully understand recruitment needs, remain cognizant of changes over time, and target efforts accordingly.
  • Coordinate with Program Manager/Enrollment Team to refer qualified children/teens, families and volunteers in a streamlined manner, and conduct appropriate follow-up.
  • Leverage the support of existing volunteers, donors and board members to create new leads.
  • Partner with JBBBSLA’s marketing and communications staff and/or contractors, ensuring mutual understanding of needs and resources.
  • Develop strong internal relationships and communication in order to effectively coordinate external engagement activities.
  • Leverage recruitment opportunities related to Big Impact Group LA (BIG LA).
  • Maintain a deep understanding of agency’s overall needs and engagement opportunities in order to leverage stakeholders’ interests in other areas of the agency (e.g., as donors, committee or board members, volunteers for our camp or College Access & Success, etc.).
  • Collect and analyze data around targeted metrics to share progress with YM Program, the Development Department and others as requested.

Youth Mentoring Committee (YMC) Leadership

  • Serve as the agency lead for the recruitment arm of the Youth Mentoring Committee (YMC), assisting with the committee’s development and oversight.
  • Work with YMC Chair to develop and execute effective strategies using this group of diverse stakeholders, leveraging their resources and providing support for members’ participation.
  • Develop a system to ensure committee members have easy access to information about our outreach network, including recent developments and current status, in order to facilitate streamlined communication and coordinated outreach.
  • Ensure that members’ efforts and referrals are recognized and receive prompt follow-up.
  • Provide monthly data/reports to the YMC with targeted metrics so progress is transparent and inspiring.

External Relations and Community Partners

  • Discern and promote suitable opportunities for external organizations to become involved with JBBBSLA in mutually beneficial ways.
  • Establish collaborative alliances and sustainable partnerships for agency visibility, leading to increased enrollment of children and adults in YM, especially with faith-based organizations.
  • Assist in developing MOUs for new partnerships, as needed.
  • Nurture our existing community relationships so that they gain traction and deepen over time.
  • As needed, provide training for community partners around identifying and speaking to prospective children and families who could benefit from agency programs.
  • Serve as agency liaison for Big Brother Big Sister of America’s Recruitment Across the Federation (RAF)
  • Serve as agency liaison for Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ Special Needs Collaborative.

Miscellaneous

  • As needed, facilitate Information Sessions for prospective volunteers and parents/guardians.
  • Perform other duties as required in support of program or agency operations.

Skills required

  • Research: Able to identify individuals, groups and institutions likely to benefit from information about agency programs and or volunteer opportunities.
  • Outreach: can make meaningful contact with constituents using the full breadth of communication modalities.
  • Relationship-building: Proven success in building and maintaining relationships.
  • Sales: skilled at “selling” agency programs and volunteer opportunities with authenticity; appeals to and engages constituents.
  • Organizing: effectively mobilizes individuals toward a common purpose.
  • Public speaking: engages diverse audiences in discussion about the needs of JBBBSLA and the community, and how they might dovetail with personal growth and satisfaction.
  • Diplomacy: Capable of discussing clients’ needs in an honest and respectful manner and recognizes the need for balancing individual and agency interests.
  • Time management: leverages responsibility to colleagues with that of community partners; organizes and manages time effectively.
  • Strategic thinking: considers and analyzes long-term goals so as to develop a plan with informed intentionality.
  • Leadership: comfortable and competent motivating individuals and groups.

Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate with a strong belief in the Mission and Vision of JBBBSLA, as well as the following:

  • Minimum Bachelors’ degree
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of successful sales, customer service, and outreach/campaign experience.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning, project management and cultivating resources.
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations and working knowledge of the LA Jewish community.
  • Proven success in developing rapport with individuals and groups from diverse sectors and building and maintaining relationships.\
  • Ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment.
  • Significant exposure to child, teen and volunteer populations with a general knowledge of child development.
  • Experience developing and executing events/activities.
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-orientation, and ability to work within a budget.
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) about opportunities in an engaging manner that appeals to various populations and engages community partners.
  • Strong computer skills (medium to intermediate level) to include MS Office Programs, comfort learning a new database and researching opportunities on-line.
  • Must have car, valid driver’s license, and meet state required automobile insurance minimums.

Successful applicant will work three days in-person in our Los Angeles office and two days remotely, year-round. This is not a fully remote position.

Must be able to work some evening/weekend hours and have some flexibility with schedule (related to outreach calendar). Position will involve occasional travel to develop community relationships and participate in off-site, recruitment-related activities.

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a compensation package that includes a competitive salary range, and other benefits, including:

  • Hybrid-remote schedule
  • Short Fridays: we close early on Fridays every week (3:30 PM)
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave plus three additional personal days
  • Paid federal and Jewish holidays (avg. 13-19 paid holidays per year)
  • 5% matching 403b retirement plan (after one year)
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid long-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary 403b retirement plan (immediate)
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Account (FSA) / Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Pet Insurance discounts

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get to work with a fantastic team of people who truly care about the work that we do, in a position that has much potential for growth.

  • Job Type: Full-time Exempt
  • Salary: $66,560 – $70,000 per year

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to (jobs@jbbbsla.org), and please enter Community Engagement Manager in the SUBJECT line. NO PHONE CALLS; NO EMPLOYMENT OR STAFFING AGENCIES.

Financial Reports

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles takes great pride in its financial stewardship as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Tax ID #95-1691009.

Click below to view our recent financial reports:

The Foundation For Camp Bob Waldorf

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf was established in 1962 to provide ongoing operational funding for Camp Bob Waldorf. Thanks in part to The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, more than 60,000 underserved children have attended our camp and its existence ensures that the camp will remain open for many generations to come.

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf is a California 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID 95-6127224) that operates as a restricted endowment fund. The Board approves monthly allocations to cover camp operating expenses, and also raises money to fund camp programs.

For more information on The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, please contact Aly Graiwer at development@jbbbsla.org or (323) 456-1151.

“Camp Bob Waldorf changed my life when I was 8 and 9 years old and had no idea what direction my life would take. The Foundation ensures that the camp is here for kids like me forever!”

Sandy Sigal, JBBBSLA Board President, VP of the Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, and former camper

Publications

JBBBSLA is proud to share information about our programs and our people through an annual Impact Report and a quarterly “Snapshot.” Please click the image below to view our 2023 Impact Report.

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