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 gleam 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
Jonathan David
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
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

Randy Schwab

Chief Executive Officer

FINANCE

Elsa Halpern

Elsa Halpern

Senior Accounting Clerk

DEVELOPMENT

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Executive Vice President
Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Director of Development
Doris Horning

Doris Horning

Director of Grants Management
Lauren Rosenblum

Lauren Rosenblum

Development Assistant

PROGRAMS

Megan Koehler, LCSW

Megan Koehler, LCSW

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

Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT

Match Support Specialist
Shelby Ilan

Shelby Ilan

Enrollment and Matching Specialist
Irene Saiger

Irene Saiger

Enrollment and Matching Specialist
Sarah Gronlund-Jacob

Sarah Gronlund-Jacob

Mentoring Specialist
Erica Karran

Erica Karran

Match Support Specialist

OUTREACH

Ashley Waterman, MA

Ashley Waterman, MA

Director of Community Engagement
Leeron Tzalka

Leeron Tzalka

Outreach and Events Associate
Amanda Rykoff

Amanda Rykoff

Outreach Coordinator

COLLEGE SUPPORT AND ALUMNI

Carina Garcia

Carina Garcia

Director of Scholarship and Alumni Programs

CAMP BOB WALDORF

Zach Lasker

Zach Lasker

Director
Rose Levenson

Rose Levenson

Assistant Director
Alba Arzu

Alba Arzu

Camp Registrar
Sofia Varona

Sofia Varona

Assistant Registrar
Rick Vargas

Rick Vargas

Registration Intern
Eddie Martinez

Eddie Martinez

Facility Manager
Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp

Assistant Facilities Manager
Lynn Duston

Lynn Duston

Maintenance
Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore

Chef and Hospitality Manager

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.

JOB OPENINGS

Position Title: Office Manager

POSITION SUMMARY:

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) is currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Office Manager, who will play a key role in helping the agency maintain its office services, culture and team environment. The Office Manager works with the CEO and Executive Vice President to support all office needs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Assist the Chief Executive Officer with their daily schedule and duties, to include managing calendars, commitments, and other supporting arrangements.
  • Work with CEO to coordinate all materials for board meetings, attend board meetings and take minutes, coordinate communication to board members including RSVPs for meetings, order and coordinate dinner for meetings.
  • Planning and managing all logistics for all staff and manager meetings.
  • Organize office operations and procedures including office correspondence and maintaining filing systems.
  • Manage payroll worksheets and communicate with Controller to ensure that all JBBBSLA staff are paid correctly and answer staff questions about compensation and benefits.
  • Assist management team with job postings and hiring procedures.
  • Liaise with facility vendors, including cleaning, catering and security services.
  • Responsible for coordinating office celebrations for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
  • Manage the inventory of office supplies, ordering additional supplies as needed and ensuring that costs are appropriately managed.
  • Maintain office facilities, technology, and equipment by assisting with procurement and routine maintenance and upkeep.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree and a minimum of 4 years of experience working in an administrative support or office support environment.
  • Proven and successful track record of managing multiple responsibilities and tasks.
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills for a variety of projects and ability to interact with a variety of different personalities.
  • Advanced skills in all Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint required.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and values of the organization. Passionate about helping children in Los Angeles.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Cari Uslan: cuslan@jbbbsla.org

Position Title: Program Director, Camp Bob Waldorf

POSITION SUMMARY:

Optimize the life-changing power of camp! Our Program Director plays a leading role in the creation of an environment for campers that is safe, fun, interactive, and driven by our core values. To reach this goal, the Program Director stewards program development throughout our full year season of summer sessions, weekend retreats, and community engagement initiatives.  All team members of Camp Bob Waldorf and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters work together to help children and young adults reach their full potential.

AT OUR AGENCY

Camp Bob Waldorf and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles enrich the lives of youth throughout Greater LA with the tools and support system they need to thrive from elementary school to college and beyond, driven by the values of community, inclusion, identity, and respect. Our residential Jewish and non-sectarian camp programs, weekend retreats, outdoor backpacking trips, college scholarships, and mentoring activities provide over 1,000 underserved children each year – regardless of their family’s financial ability – with a safe, nurturing environment where they learn to be creative, responsible, and thoughtful individuals.

TO DO

  1. Work with the Assistant Director to manage summer programs and year-round retreats, taking primary lead on hiring, training and managing program supervisors and specialty instructors.
    • Recruit, interview, and hire program supervisors and specialty instructors.
    • Empower, manage, and evaluate program supervisors
    • Recruit and manage specialty experts who can offer cutting edge workshops
    • Contract specialty staff for rental groups as needed
    • Work with Director and Assistant Director to develop and implement a variety of opportunities for staff development
  1. Design a schedule of engaging, fun, and safe activities during camp programs, including:
    • Summer sessions that feature sports, aquatics, visual and performance art, ropes course, outdoor adventure, and a range of special programs
    • A series of 6-8 weekend retreats designed to give campers either a taste of our general camp program and/or which explore a specific theme (ex: Social Justice)
  1. Manage camp logistics drawing on skills in organization and budgeting, including:
    • Daily schedule
    • Supplies and equipment
    • Technology
    • Transportation
    • Accreditation with the American Camp Association
    • Staff payroll
  1. Collaborate with the Outreach Director to implement strategies in the areas of camper recruitment and retention, including:
    • Represent the camp at open houses, fairs, and other recruitment events
    • Implement ideas to keep campers engaged during the year through innovative program development
    • Coordinate camper reunion and community engagement programs
  1. Collaborate with Director and Assistant Director on general staff management, program development and evaluation, camp policies, and other projects as they arise.
  1. Collaborate with colleagues at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles to create and implement leadership opportunities for campers and other youth served by our agency throughout the year.
  1. Assist with the continual development of the camp department through professional education, such as ACA conferences, Foundation for Jewish Camp trainings/resources, and offerings through the Jewish Federation.
  2. Participate in additional projects or services as assigned, and as workload permits, to help meet departmental needs.

YOU’LL BRING

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in related field; Graduate degree in education, communal service, social work or a related field preferred.
  • Experience working as a leader and educator in a youth environment
  • Minimum 3-years experience within the field of camp
  • Interest and commitment to promote Jewish values
  • Strong skills in communication, programming, staff management, teamwork, written and verbal expression, creativity, and crisis management.
  • Well developed interpersonal skills, positive energy, sense of self, open mind, and empathy.

ON A TEAM

The Program Director will work closely with all members of the camp department, including the Director, Assistant Director, Outreach Director, registration team, facility staff, seasonal staff, and community partners. They will also interact with other members of JBBBSLA including staff members of the HR department, Development, Finance, and Mentoring Programs.  Additionally, they will interact with board members and donors as seen fit by the Camp Director and JBBBSLA CEO.

SPECIFICS

  • Year-round, fulltime position
  • Benefits include health, dental, vision, retirement plan options, outdoor opportunities, and professional learning
  • Summer season is based in Glendale and other seasons are split between Glendale and the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters office in mid-city Los Angeles

Learn more about our camp community at www.campbobwaldorf.org

Submit resume to Dr. Zach Lasker, Director, at zach@campbobwaldorf.org

Position Title: Teen Talk Program Manager

Position: Teen Talk Program Manager

Status: Full-Time (38-hour work week), Exempt

Location: JBBBSLA Office in Beverly Hills

Help lead a new revolution in teen social/emotional counseling. Teen Talk, an award-winning phone app provides real time social/emotional support for teens, by trained teens, where and when they need it…. on their mobile phones.   Teen Talk was created by a partnership of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, a 104-year-old youth serving organization providing innovative mentoring, camp and teen programming and Teen Line, a 40 year provider of crisis and outreach support for teens. Over the past 1.5 years the app has grown from concept to reality, serving over 15,000 teens. Now is the time to build our Teen Talk team and we need a dynamic Program Manager who can help take Teen Talk to the next level!

The Teen Talk Program Manager will be responsible for supervising, training, and staffing the Teen Talk App. In addition, the Program Manager will utilize their clinical experience and offer therapeutic support and insight when necessary.

Responsibilities/ Expectations

  • Oversee the hiring and training of additional teen trainers to support the growth of the app.
  • Hire additional shift supervisors as needed, as well as manage current shift supervisors on app
  • Oversee and ensure that teens receive the appropriate training to become Teen Advisors on the app
  • Responsible for coordination of teen advisors’ scheduling as well as interviewing new teens
  • Oversight of the app including assuring that teen crisis posts are responded to in a timely manner
  • Work with executive management team, supervisors, and teens to define growth opportunities for app features.
  • Expected to track all App performance (conversations and data)
  • Work with Teen Line Program Director on clinical management of app
  • Report to CEO of JBBBSLA

Qualifications

  • Applicant must have 2 years post licensure experience
  • Licensed MFT, LCSW, PhD, or Psy.D
  • Ability to supervise AMFT or MSW
  • Experience in working with adolescents and with groups (preferred)
  • Exemplary people, planning, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, punctuality, and professionalism
  • A strong commitment to quality and results
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Teaching experience with teens (recommended)

Benefits Package

Competitive salary, paid vacation/sick leave, paid federal/Jewish holidays, 38-hour work week. Medical/vision/dental insurance, retirement plans, disability and life Insurance.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to teentalktrainer@gmail.com

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.”