Project Director, Jewish Teen Foundation

Reports to Director of Youth Philanthropy


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community and develop innovative strategies that result in deep and lasting impact.

Our vision is a vibrant, connected, and enduring Jewish community that is a force for good locally, in Israel, and around the world. Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The Federation seeks highly motivated individuals with a variety of skill sets to build the next generation of Federation engagement. We are especially interested in forward-thinking, collaborative, and open-minded candidates who are willing to take risks, possess a high level of integrity, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.


The Jewish Teen Foundation Project Director is a full time Federation employee, responsible for running the Jewish Teen Foundation program, specifically the Philanthropy Track. This includes facilitating meetings, supporting the teen fundraising and grant making efforts, mentoring and training a group of teen foundation leaders and preparing them to lead various meetings, and lastly, serving as a community liaison between the Teen Foundation, the Federation, and the Jewish community. This position is also responsible for communication and relationship building among grantees, parents, and other stake holders.


Oversee the training and activities of the Jewish Teen Foundation Board - Philanthropy Track, ensuring that the goals and mission of the Jewish Teen Foundation are carried forth. Duties will include:


  • In partnership with Marketing, perform outreach and recruitment of applicants
  • Build, adapt, and implement philanthropy/grant-making curriculum model developed by the Director of Youth Philanthropy and enhanced by the Jewish Teen Foundation Leadership Council, the Advisory Committee, and fellow Project Director 
  • Alongside the Director of Youth Philanthropy and the fellow Project Director, contribute to the building and executing of the new Leadership Council
  • Convene all meetings of the Jewish Teen Foundation Board, including leadership council meetings, requiring ongoing evening and weekend work
  • Collaborate to build, coordinate, and staff the JTF Training Conference (weekend-long)
  • Work with Leadership Council members to prepare them for leading activities at the conference
  • Assist in the curriculum building and speaker selection for the conference
  • Oversee any other youth-related activities that may be initiated by the Foundation (special recognition events, leadership conferences, volunteer days, fundraisers, etc.)


  • Attend weekly team meetings with the Director of Youth Philanthropy along with the other Teen Foundation Project Director to coordinate programs and keep abreast of regional and national opportunities for teens in the field
  • Communicate regularly with teen foundation members, their parents, and grant applicant organizations
  • Meet bi-weekly with teen board Leadership Council members to plan upcoming meeting agendas and logistics and to further the work of the Foundation
  • Provide additional leadership training for upcoming meeting leaders
  • Secure and set up/break down meeting space and work with the Leadership Council to provide refreshments, agenda, and materials for each session
  • Work with members to collect necessary evaluation data and compile reports to the funders through the Federation, to the Federation Board, and to other funders, etc.
  • In collaboration with the other Project Director, facilitate the grants process: work with agencies and/or individual youth advocates to craft appropriate proposals
  • Prepare for and attend bi-monthly supervision meetings with the Director of Youth Philanthropy
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Diller Teen Fellows and Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative
  • Assist with Federation-wide events and programming - as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution
  • Master’s degree desirable


  • Experience in the informal Jewish education arena
  • Experience in nonprofit development arena, including gift solicitation, donor stewardship, and donor relationship tracking and management
  • Management and program events planning experience is desirable
  • Knowledge of the local Jewish community is desirable
  • Excellent communication skills with both teens and adults and be able to serve as the liaison between the youth foundation members and Jewish community professionals
  • Well-rounded knowledge of philanthropy and service and how the process works, including strategic grant-making, needs assessment, fundraising, allocation of funds and evaluation
  • An understanding of the role of philanthropy regarding justice, inequality, and privilege
  • Knowledge of Jewish textual and ethical underpinnings of philanthropy: Tzedakah, Gemilut Hasidim, Tikkun Olam, Maimonides Hierarchy of Giving, etc.
  • Strong administrative ability, such as good time management and organizational skills; including accurate and timely preparation of reports
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative, innovative, flexible, and patient
  • Able to work in partnership with funding sources as deemed applicable
  • Able to work as part of a larger team of professionals doing the work throughout the area
  • Familiarity working with foundations and other funding sources a plus


Please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and will be kept strictly confidential.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, holidays (including Jewish), and retirement plan.

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.



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Jewish Community Federation
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105