Harold Grinspoon Foundation,
Director, PJ Library

New York


PJ Library®, an award-winning international Jewish family engagement program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), strengthens Jewish identities and serves as an outreach and family engagement vehicle, using bedtime story books as its core. In partnership with hundreds of philanthropists and Jewish organizations, PJ Library delivers the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books each month to families raising Jewish children ages six months through eight years.

PJ Library in New York

In the New York metro area, PJ Library is committed to connecting families to Jewish life through the power of PJ Library books, resources, and innovative engagement programs. Thanks to the generosity of several funders, including UJA Federation of New York, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and PJ Library Alliance funding partners, nearly 27,000 subscribers currently receive the gift of PJ Library each month. We plan to expand the program to more than 40,000 subscribers over the next three years.


The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), a results-driven, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts, is seeking a Director to lead PJ Library in New York, which covers New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. The position will be based in Midtown East in New York City. The Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer of the HGF in Agawam.
This entrepreneurial role is unique because of the strong starting point the program has in New York, with more than 27,000 subscribers currently engaged and many partner organizations already running programs.

The Director will build upon an already successful brand and program, with the goal of significantly growing the number of participating families in the New York region over the next three years, while increasing the number and quality of Jewish family engagement programs available for PJ Library families across the region. To accomplish this, the Director will be expected to work autonomously while collaborating closely with the HGF office in Agawam to utilize available resources and maintain alignment with the organization.
The ideal candidate has the ability to expand the program, fundraise to sustain and grow it, manage a staff, manage a budget, and develop and grow engagement opportunities across the region.



Fundraising and Financial Management (estimated 35% of time):
- Build a fundraising strategy, raise funds, cultivate and steward donors, manage the budget, and track expenses.

- Collaborate with development staff (both in NY and at the HGF) to lead solicitations to grow a multi-million dollar budget.


Strategic Oversight and Management (estimated 25% of time):
- Execute a myriad of high-level and operational tasks, including representing PJ Library in New York as a member of the national PJ Library management team.

- Utilize previous experience in running an organization or large program, growing its size and scope, managing a team (currently 8 staff members), overseeing operational issues, and interacting with a large group of constituents and customers.


Managing Partnerships and Relationships (estimated 20% of time):
- Promote the mission of PJ Library and the importance of engaging Jewish families with young children.

- Serve as the PJ Library in New York key spokesperson to community partners, organizations, and religious institutions and at conferences and other community/fundraising events.


Engagement (estimated 10% of time):
- Set and oversee appropriate programming goals and strategies for NY boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester in coordination with the New York Engagement Officer.

- Ensure alignment between New York engagement strategies and overall program strategy implemented by the national PJ Library staff.


Marketing and Communications (estimated 10% of time):
- Continue the development and oversee a marketing/outreach strategy to attract new families to subscribe to the program, especially in underserved neighborhoods and among unaffiliated Jews. This will include event sponsorships, brand partnerships, and social media or advertising campaigns.

- Oversee communications with subscribers for the purpose of connecting them with each other and local opportunities to get involved with the Jewish community, as well as all communications with donors, partners and stakeholders.


- Demonstrated fundraising success.

- Proven ability to execute.

- Experience in managing a team.

- Experience in strategic planning.

- Excellent interpersonal skills.

- Excellent communication skills (written and oral).

- Ability to work collaboratively and foster teamwork.

- A commitment to the mission of PJ Library.

- Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

- Excellent professional references.


Dara Klarfeld, Managing Director
Marlene Mlawski, Associate
Tani Weissman, Junior Associate

Please submit a resume and cover letter
Email: pj-nyprogram@drgnyc.com
Fax: 212-983-1687

This search began in August 2017 and is currently active. This position description is based upon material provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, an equal opportunity employer.