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big sister little sister smilingChief Executive Officer


Organizational Overview

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the nation’s oldest mentoring organizations, transforms lives through friendship. We match children to adult mentors and we introduce adults who have disabilities to new friends in their communities. In this way, and in the spirit of chazak v’nithazaik (strengthening one another), we seek to support and empower individuals and families to engage, to participate actively in the life of their communities, to live inspired and to inspire others. Please explore our web site to learn more about our programs.

History and Current Context

Founded in 1919 to support Jewish immigrant boys, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown to serve more than 300 boys and girls, Jewish and non-Jewish, annually, from more than 90 towns across Massachusetts, as well as almost 200 adults in the Friend 2 Friend program, which matches volunteers with adults who have mild to moderate disabilities. A leader in the mentoring movement locally, nationally, and internationally, we were a founding member of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters movement and are among 400 independent BBBS program in the US. In addition, JBBBS has supported mentoring relationships in Haifa, Israel and Dnepropetovsk, Ukraine through our sister-city initiatives. Throughout the growth and evolution of the organization, our commitment to the values of family and community sustain us.

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is at a critical moment in our history, as our CEO steps down after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Building on a strong base of community and donor support and outstanding programmatic results, we seek a new Chief Executive Officer to collaborate with the Board of Directors and agency leadership to create a vision and strategy for the future, ensure the resources necessary to implement that vision, and build and inspire the dedicated staff in working together to achieve common goals.

Position Summary

The Chief Executive Officer position is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader and experienced organizational manager to lead JBBBS into its next phase of growth and impact. With primary responsibility for overall organizational leadership and management, the CEO will play a key role in developing the organizational strategy and vision, working in close partnership with the Board, staff, and community stakeholders. In order to execute towards that strategy on a daily basis, the CEO will focus on external relations, fundraising, and internal management and leadership.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and internal management for the entire organization, ensuring that JBBBS continues to deliver strong program results, has the funding to support and grow the program, and remains a key player within external networks
  • Play a leadership role, with the Board and management, in developing a strategic plan; translate strategy and vision into annual work plans and support the team in meeting organizational goals
  • Serve as a key partner to the VP, Strategy and Development in setting ambitious fundraising goals, thinking creatively about opening up new funding streams, and ensuring adequate funding to support effective programs
  • Participate actively as a key fundraiser, building and cultivating key funder relationships
  • Oversee all financial and operational functions of the organization, in collaboration with the internal team as well as outsourced vendors for HR and financial management
  • Building on the current team, create a high-performing organizational culture and appropriate structure where team members feel supported, challenged, and respected while being focused on organizational goals and values; maintain a climate that attracts and motivates a talented and diverse staff and ensure that effective human capital management practices are in place
  • Use financial management experience to ensure that appropriate systems and checks and balances are in place, and manage the budgeting, forecasting and reporting processes internally
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors, EVP, and VP of Strategy and Development to strengthen, engage, and grow the Board
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson for JBBBS in the community, building on existing relationships with community members, agencies, funders, volunteers, and others to ensure strong brand recognition
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for partnership in alignment with organizational strategies
  • Serve as JBBBS representative to the national Big Brothers Big Sisters network, continuing JBBBS’ role as a key contributor to the movement
  • Report to and work with the Board and sub-committees to ensure effective management and visionary leadership of the agency


  • Proven success in an externally-facing leadership role, preferably within a nonprofit organization
  • Experience managing change and leading through growth and transition, preferably within a small organization with significant external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or commitment to mentoring, with personal experience as a mentor or professional experience in a mentoring organization preferred
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience, with a successful track record of building authentic relationships with a diverse range of supporters
  • Experience managing departmental and/or organizational budgets and finances with integrity and transparency
  • Demonstrated experience leading staff teams with a high degree of interpersonal and cultural competence and trust
  • Experience partnering effectively with a Board of Directors to ensure strong organizational governance, leadership, and strategy
  • Proven ability to lead thoughtfully and intentionally, gathering input, acting on feedback, making appropriate decisions, and demonstrating maturity and sound professional judgment
  • Demonstrated success building authentic relationships, drawing on a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to develop and sustain relational trust
  • Strong communication skills, including communicating in a compelling, inspirational manner and displaying a commitment to openness, transparency, and listening deeply to others
  • Effective and collaborative leadership style
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

 To Apply 

Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, describing your interest in this role and outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Please submit both documents in either Word or PDF format, and address your cover letter to the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Search Committee. http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0K1600000nJ1xA&tSource=

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. 

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is an equal opportunity employer.

 About Commongood Careers

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Chief Executive Officer. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.


Social Worker

The Social Worker is responsible for screening, matching and supervising matches between volunteers (Big Brothers and Sisters) and children (Little Brothers and Sisters). The social worker acts as a member of a multidisciplinary team in serving clients and families.

Responsibilities (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions) –

  • Interviews parent(s)/guardian(s) and child(ren) to complete assessments and determine the need for and appropriateness of requests for service
  • Interviews and prepares assessments of prospective volunteers and determines appropriateness to serve as a Big Brother or Sister
  • Prepares parent(s)/guardian(s), children and volunteers for matching and assumes responsibility for the supervision of each matched “Big” and “Little”
  • Makes real-time updates to information systems and carefully maintains match records
  • Attends staff, team and department meetings
  • Attends in-services, staffing and other meetings with supervisor’s approval. May be appointed to committees
  • Lead volunteer (and other) discussion groups on a rotating basis
  • Participate in the planning an execution of all agency wide fundraising and other major events
  • Participates in agency and community planning and education
  • Participates in disaster evacuations and fire drills when circumstances warrant
  • Provides selected agency services to identified caseload; refers clients and families to other services as appropriate
  • Maintains prompt and regular attendance
  • Performs other duties as required at the discretion of the Executive Vice President or her assigned

Job Qualifications

  • MSW (LCSW preferred)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in outpatient clinical social services/case management with children and/or adolescents (familiarity with youth mentoring models preferred)
  • Experience in mission-driven non-profits (preferred)
  • Previous experience organizing and facilitating clinical groups (preferred)
  • Strong communication skills including by e-mail, phone and in-person
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity and cultural sensitivity
  • Availability to maintain consistent evening and occasional weekend hours in order to accommodate match meetings and supervise group activities which occur during these times

***Licensed driver with reliable vehicle required.***



Please send cover letter and resume to: Lisa Cohen, Executive Vice President, at lisa@jbbbs.org.