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 glean with pride at our Scholarship event, knowing their individual efforts are paying off in helping serve 1500 children each year.

Our Current Board of Directors as of January 1, 2018. The Board President, Officers and Board of Directors listed are voting members.

BOARD PRESIDENT

Mark Kuperstock

OFFICERS

Shoshana Himmel, VP
Jonathan C. Lurie, VP¹
Sandy Sigal, VP¹
Matthew Nelson, Secretary
Aaron Cohen, Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert C. Aronoff
Steven Barlevi
Joey Behrstock
Lloyd “Eric” Cotsen
Daniel L. Dworsky
Richard Feldstein
David A. Fenton
Eric Fingleson
Manny Flekman
Glenn S. Goodstein

Marshall B. Grossman
Scott R. Isdaner *¹
Leslie Kavanaugh
Alex Kozakov
Lauren Kurzweil
Aaron Levy
Michelle Mendelsohn
Steve Miller
Marc Mostman
Arnold S. Nelson¹

Brad Rosenberg *¹
Dan Rosenson *¹
Stephen M. Saltzman *¹
Thomas R. Schiff
Michael H. Sendowski¹
John Shane ¹
Daniel M. Siegel
Lee I. Silver *¹
Gelena Skya Wasserman
David Smith

Aron Solomon
Gary N. Stern
Karl M. Sussman *¹
David L. Swartz *¹
Scott Tiano
Robert A. Waldorf *¹
Lewis M. Wallensky
Marshall J. Wax *¹
Brian Weiner
Gary Weinhouse

* Past Board President
¹JBBBSLA & FCBW Board Member

EXECUTIVE

Randy Schwab Chief Executive Officer
Analee Villalpando Director of Operations

FINANCE

Norm “Tony” Lewis CPA Chief Financial Officer
Elsa Halpern Senior Accounting Clerk

DEVELOPMENT

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE Vice President of Development
Peter Gjerset Development Director
Doris Horning Director of Grants Management
Lauren Rosenblum Development Assistant

OUTREACH

Ashley Waterman, MA Director of Community Engagement
Rachael Sander, M.Ed Communications and Outreach Associate
Leeron Tzalka Outreach and Events Associate

PROGRAMS

Megan Koehler, LCSW Vice President of Mentoring Services
Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT Match Support Specialist
Shelby Ilan Enrollment and Matching Specialist
Paul Iskin, MA, LMFT Match Support Specialist
Irene Saiger Enrollment and Matching Specialist
Laura Schickling Mentoring Specialist
Kathryn Vischjager, M.Ed Match Support Specialist

COLLEGE SUPPORT AND ALUMNI

Carina Garcia Director of Scholarship and Alumni Programs
Rachel Silton Scholarship Program Associate

CAMP BOB WALDORF

Zach Lasker Director
Rose Levenson Assistant Director
Emily Lassman Assistant Director
Amalia Shifriss Camper and Community Outreach Director
Alba Arzu Camp Registrar
Sofia Varona Assistant Registrar
Rick Vargas Registration Intern
Dale Sapp Facilities Manager
Brian Sapp Assistant Facilities Manager
Lynn Duston Maintenance

JBBBSLA Inclusion Statement
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles embraces the richness and diversity of the Jewish and secular communities. Our leadership, staff and volunteers are committed to creating an environment where all voices are heard and respected, irrespective of gender, socio-economic status, level of Jewish observance, race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification and/or sexual orientation.

Position Title: Mentoring Specialist

Department: Program Services
Status: Full-time (38-hour work week), Non-Exempt Professional, Union Employee

Join a forward-thinking organization that has been proven to make a positive impact on children’s lives. Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA), celebrating over 100 years of service in the greater Los Angeles area, is seeking a dynamic Mentoring Specialist to join our innovative and collaborative team. JBBBSLA provides mentoring services, teen empowerment programs, college guidance, scholarship support, and year-round camp experiences at Camp Bob Waldorf. JBBBSLA is proud to have achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, their highest level of distinction. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

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Job Summary:

The Mentoring Specialist (MS) is responsible for interviewing, assessing, matching and supporting the volunteers and children that are matched in the one-to-one mentoring program. The MS will ensure child safety, promote positive impacts for youth, foster constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and cultivate a strong sense of affiliation with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles on the part of the volunteers.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct volunteer enrollment interviews.
  • Conduct child and family enrollment interviews, and present child safety information.
  • Prepare written assessments and recommendations based on interviews of volunteers and children/families. All match recommendations and/or approvals are based on the professional judgment of the Mentoring Specialist.
  • Create safe and appropriate match relationships based on a current pool of volunteers and children.
  • Conduct Match Introduction Meetings for new matches, match intervention meetings, and other meetings as needed with match parties.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled Match Support contacts (either in person or through phone or electronic contact) with the volunteers, children and parents/guardians in order to ascertain that the elements of child safety, match relationship development, positive youth development and volunteer satisfaction are fulfilled. Identify and address potential problems and barriers as early as possible.
  • Document comprehensive written summaries of all match support contacts in real-time, web-based contact management software, in order to comply with BBBS standards.
  • Monitor and meet metrics for enrollment and match support goals for length and customer satisfaction.
  • Conduct exit interviews by phone with all parties at match closure. Assess reasons for match closure and re-match/re-engagement potential and conduct re-assessments accordingly.
  • Maintain accurate files and documentation on all volunteers and children/families
  • Utilize the Strength of Relationship survey (SOR) to determine health and progression of the match relationship, and use additional survey tools to determine child’s growth in the program.
  • Identify and promote re-engagement of volunteers as Bigs, board members, donors and in other volunteer capacities.
  • Collaborate and share information and resources with other agency staff and management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services or related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience working with children in a social services environment, and/or understanding of child development and family dynamics
  • Assessment, case management and/or relationship development experience with child and adult populations (and preferably with volunteers as well).
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with confidential information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently, to exercise good judgment, make sound decisions & problem solve.
  • Document comprehensive written summaries of all match support contacts in real-time, web-based contact management software, in order to comply with BBBS standards.
  • Collaborative workstyle with strong interpersonal skills
  • A strong commitment to quality and results
  • Strong computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet-based applications
  • Reliable transportation, valid drivers license, state-required auto insurance minimums and willingness to travel as necessitated by job responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to work on average 1-2 evenings per week and/or some weekends for events or meetings with constituents.

Benefits Package:

Competitive salary, paid vacation and sick leave, paid federal and Jewish holidays, 3 additional personal days, and early Friday closure. Medical/vision/dental insurance, retirement plans (403(b) and Defined Contribution Plan), Life Insurance and Employee Assistance Program.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Megan Koehler: mkoehler@jbbbsla.org.

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 Lauren Rosenblum at (323) 456-1148 or lrosenblum@jbbbsla.org.

“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, 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 statement and a biannual “Snapshot.”