Employment - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia


Do you share our mission?

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia serves children, adults, seniors and families with a diverse array of services. We are committed to serving the community–particularly our most vulnerable members–during times of challenge and crisis throughout their lives.

Our team is comprised of dedicated, caring and experienced social workers, care managers, prevention specialists, chaplains and other professionals.  The common denominator we share is our commitment to enhancing the lives of the families, children and individuals we support.

We are looking for passionate, energized and skilled professionals who share our goals and want to make a meaningful difference every day. By joining JFCS you become part of an organization with a tradition of service excellence, a tradition guided by Jewish values within a diverse community.  JFCS offers the opportunity to learn and grow in an ever-changing landscape. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.

Equal Employment Opportunity

JFCS supports and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to provide equal opportunities in any term, condition or privilege of employment to all associates and potential associates on the basis of their merits and ability to perform, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizen and veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, or any other prohibited factor.

Applying for a job at JFCS is simple

  • Identify the job best suited to your background and expertise from the positions listed below
  • If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying, send an email to careers@jfcsphilly.org

Job Opening

JFCS Kitchen Manger 

The JFCS Teaching Kitchen Manager reports to the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center Program Director and ensures the goals of the Teaching Kitchen are realized through a variety of ongoing educational and therapeutic experiences for individuals that are served in JFCS programs.  The Manager will manage all aspects of the kitchen and work in a team approach with directors, volunteers, and associates of JFCS to maintain robust programming and create new and innovative programming.  The Kitchen Manager will also manage a kosher run kitchen under the direction of the Keystone Board.

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  • Strategically innovates and creates a vision, in line with the agency mission, to meet the goals of the kitchen so that it translates into successful and innovative programming
  • Develops and delivers quality programming which meet the needs of all client populations served by JFCS (includes people with disabilities and mental health issues, older adults, adolescents, families, etc)
  • Develops and facilitates curricula for various kitchen programs
  • Works in a team approach with directors of all departments to maintain existing programming and create and develop new programming
  • Works in partnership with Program Directors to assess program quality and effectiveness
  • Works in coordination with the Volunteer Coordinator/Director to determine when volunteers are needed for kitchen programming and oversees the volunteers during programming
  • Oversees and maintains the cleanliness of the kitchen
  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining kitchen inventory and supplies needed for all programming
  • Manages kitchen calendar and is responsible for coordinating all programs happening in the kitchen
  • Works together with outside consultants, when necessary, to provide programs, including providing supplies and support for the consultant (i.e. dietician)
  • Proactively collaborates and sources information to grow and add programming with partnered providers (internal and external)
  • Responsible for maintaining kashrut of the kitchen according to the standards of the Keystone Board and works together with rabbi and mashgiach to ensure the appropriate level of kashrut
  • Participates in developing policies and procedures for the kitchen as required
  • Attends regular supervision and team meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Social Services field required, relevant teaching experience may be considered in the absence of a degree
  • 2-3 years of teaching or educational instruction or similar social service experience desired
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a commercial kitchen setting, a plus
  • Ability to be an innovative thinker and make responsible assessments for new business while feeling comfortable taking risks
  • Shows good independent judgment and the ability to be self-directed
  • Proven ability as an effective communicator and relationship-builder
  • Able to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and positive environment where clients and visitors feel safe and accepted to expand their knowledge base, skill development and self-confidence
  • Able to identify, plan, implement and manage effective and efficient programs related to cooking and teaching, responding to identified needs set forth by the Enrichment Center Program Director and other Program Directors
  • Able to build and adapt curriculum for teaching individuals with different needs and abilities to make cooking a skill contributing to their self sufficiency
  • Ability to be a creative thinker in regard to engaging all populations that JFCS serves in the development of cooking experiences
  • Demonstrated experience to be organized and able to work within a budget
  • Must have a detailed understanding of and ability to maintain kashrut in kitchen and food settings
  • Contributes to the overall well being of the Agency by participating in strategic planning and other ongoing efforts to maximize the Center’s benefit to the communities we serve
  • Extensive background, knowledge and skill in program development and delivery
  • Knowledge of emerging and innovative techniques in relation to teaching individuals with a range of abilities
  • Ability to assess client populations in order to provide the appropriate nutritional approach to cooking.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and innovative; to see beyond” what exists” and express what “could be”
  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals of various ethnic and religious groups and to understand the meaning of cultural competency
  • Exhibit an understanding of mental health disorders and the physical, psychological and social needs of JFCS clients
  • Able communicator who can rapidly assess his/her audience and adjust message to best suit each listener; sound listening skills; ability to inspire and mobilize his/her team to move in a unified direction
  • Capable and concise presenter of cooking techniques
  • Capacity of working with team members at all levels as well as with board and lay community
  • Ability to establish good working relations with other professionals both internally and in the community.
  • Ability to supervise volunteers, practicum students, or interns that participate in programming
  • Ability to work in partnership with local organizations, schools, and universities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and utilize agency supports appropriately
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision making


  • This position will be based in JFCS’ Bala Cynwyd office.
  • Proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications is required.
  • Must be physically able to stand on feet for several hours at a time
  • Must be physically able to reach above head, bend down at the knees, pivot and move materials up to 50 pounds from the floor to a height of 3 to 5 ft standing on the floor.
  • As a condition of employment employee must pass a criminal background check and any other security clearances required
  • Employee must have a valid driver’s license, access to independent transportation, and have automobile liability insurance for any vehicle owned or operated.
  • Employee must also have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive and provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance at time of employment.  Employee must maintain a valid driver’s license and carry liability insurance as a condition of continued employment.
  • Employee must be available to work some Sundays and evenings and flex time as needed for programs.

Corporate and Mid-level Donor Manager

The Corporate and Mid-level Donor Manager is an integral part of the Community Engagement Team (CET) for identifying, cultivating, and developing corporate and mid-level donors.  This individual acts as a steward of donor relationships and donations while interacting with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, develop, and steward corporate and mid-level donors
  • Develop strategies to encourage new and increased contributions
  • Interacts with donors, event committees, and other stakeholders
  • Works with the CET to write gift proposals to prospects
  • Works with the CET in creating marketing materials for corporate giving
  • Attends community events and meetings to promote JFCS’ organizational goals
  • Assists the community engagement team in meeting various event fundraising goals

Required Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Hospitality, Marketing, Business, Public Relations or related field strongly preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of fundraising or sales experience, preferably in a non-profit or corporate environment preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to use several types of technology, including PC, tablet, smart phone, and presentation devices
  • Demonstrated ability to use several types of software, especially Office 365 applications, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Solid understanding of processes and systems required to track donor communication and giving
  • Experience managing budgets related to events a must


  • Effective communication skills with the ability to present and write for desired effect
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time with parallel tasks and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on details while managing parallel tasks and priorities
  • Ability to self-start initiatives and work independently
  • Ability to collaborate, manage and work as part of a dynamic team of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to be persuasive and influential
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from organizational leaders and donors as well as the general public
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated good customer service skills

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work some nights and weekend days as required; ability to flex time accordingly.
  • Access to transportation with the ability to work out of center city but travel as needed to other JFCS locations and event venues within the Philadelphia region as required.  Use of car requires a valid driver’s license.
  • All prospective employees must pass a criminal background check and any security clearances required by the department to which the employee is assigned

Older Adults Social Worker/Care Manager

Provide in-home care management and supportive counseling to older adults in the five county Greater Philadelphia area to assist with continuing to live safely in their own homes and age in place.

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  • Provides in-home care management including:
    • In-home psychosocial assessment with the older adult client, involving family caregiver as appropriate.
    • Works collaboratively with the client and caregiver to develop a realistic long-term care plan which links the client to benefits and services that will aid in the client to continue to live safely at home; define the role of the care manager, and how client/family and social worker can implement the care plan.
    • Assists client and caregiver with implementation of the care plan, providing instrumental help, education, follow up and supportive counseling to promote independence.
    • Monitors the client’s situation, via phone calls, emails and home visits, as needed, and adjust the care plan as the client’s situation and needs change.
    • Documents all activity in JFCS EMR database in a timely manner on a daily/weekly basis to ensure accurate up to date information. Record of services aids in funder reporting, client follow-up, information around trends in client needs, and estimation of overall work activity/productivity.
    • Ensures that all appointments are documented in online calendar.
  • Provides care management to individuals, families, and groups as part of the total Older Adults JFCS program. This position includes social work support to individuals living in various community settings, including apartment buildings, homes, etc.
  • Manages a specialized fee for service program (Senior Horizons) for Older Adult clients and families that are seeking recommendations and resources of private pay services to age safely and independently in place.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director of OA to expand Senior Horizons program, referrals, services and documentation.
  • Spend one half day a week as on-site social worker in a naturally occurring retirement community.
  • Connects and accesses client to public entitlements, community resources, and to in-house JFCS services.
  • Develops and implements senior-specific group programming as required.
  • Collaborates with other staff, departments, and external agencies on behalf of client and family.
  • Understands agency fee schedule and demonstrates the ability to explain and implement client fees across all income levels.
  • Participates in Older Adult and IFS departmental meetings and special agency wide training including TIC.
  • Participates in weekly supervision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as requested. 


  • MSW or equivalent degree and experience, LSW required, working towards LCSW license necessary.
  • Prefer 3 years’ experience working with older adults; will consider newer grads with extensive geriatric social service experience.
  • Must be in good standing, maintain any pertinent license(s), and follow guidelines as required by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, and Professional Counselors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and implementation of practices based on the NASW code of ethics.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community resources and benefits relevant to older adults and their family caregivers, and to identify and share new resource information across the agency.
  • Must be computer/technology savvy and have the ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, adjusting agency mission to fit listener to ensure understanding.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships internally and externally with other professionals and community agencies.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and outlook while maintaining professionalism.
  • Ability to take on specialized tasks and manage them within the framework of his/her workload.
  • Expected to take initiative in contributing to the agency and departments development as well as his/her own.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and good common sense in all situations.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to juggle a multitude of tasks when special situations arise that demand attention.


  • Must have a car available, a current driver’s license and insurance coverage and the ability to drive throughout the Delaware Valley area. Must be willing and able to drive to and perform in-house visits with our clients.
  • Driver’s record must be free or citations.
  • Evening/weekend hours as necessary.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@jfcsphilly.org by October 5, 2018

Your email application must include

  • The job title in the subject line (or we will not be able to route your resume)
  • Your cover letter and salary requirements in the body of the email
  • Your resume as an attachment