Responsible for setting the vision and operational plan for the Mandel JCC cultural arts programs. Manages day to day department needs, which includes oversight of year-round book festival events, The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, and ad-hoc cultural arts programming.
The Director will make decisions that blend and balance mission fulfillment, community demand for entertainment/learning opportunities and financial sustainability.
Duties and Responsibilities
Create a 2-3 year vision for the Mandel JCC Arts and Culture department that includes the promotion and creation of cultural arts programs that are strategically aligned with the interests of the community and the mission of the agency.
Manage all elements of the Mandel JCC Book Festival and The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival including the curation, development and coordination of high quality events and programs.
Negotiate, prepare, administer and monitor contracts and agreements with book publishers, speakers, agents, authors and others involved in the delivery of adult cultural arts programs and activities.
Manage both the book festival and film festival committees and recruit new volunteers that represent new programmatic elements of the department.
Responsible for the creation and oversight of the department budget.
Work with the Development department to identify potential corporate sponsors for the department and provide information on programming impact for existing sponsors.
Develop and deepen partnerships with Jewish and secular arts and culture stakeholders with an interest in serving the Jewish community.
Coordinate cultural arts programming and activities with other JCC departments as well as outside agencies.
Serve as the spokesperson for all arts and culture programs at the Mandel JCC, and represent Mandel JCC in discussions on arts and culture (literary and film).
Prepare and present department and program reporting on an ongoing basis.
Five or more years of experience in cultural arts or related program development; knowledge of local arts community a plus
Seven or more years of managerial experience
High energy person with an entrepreneurial spirit and a flexible, creative and collaborative disposition.
Collaborative team player who can interface with varying levels of professionals and outreach and network across cultural and ethnic groups
Exceptional oral communication skills and strong written communication skills.
Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple projects with attention to detail and follow-up.
Excellent communications skills and volunteer management that spans internal and external markets
Experience in the creation, implementation, and management of event and departmental budgets
Must be available for evening and weekend events as needed.
About Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches
The Mandel JCC is non-profit based in both Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The mission of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life.
The top priorities of the JCC are:
Connecting families to Jewish life
High-quality Jewish cultural arts
Connecting people to Israel
Reaching out to the broader community
The Mandel JCC Book Festival showcases Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish content. In so doing, the Festival promotes awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people; strengthens community consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; and provides a community forum to stimulate dynamic and provocative dialogue.
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival strives to bring the finest examples of cinema from around the world to South Florida. The chosen films are as diverse as our community. Some focus on Jewish issues, others spotlight Jewish achievement and valor; still others document Jewish culture, arts, and history.