Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is dependent on experience.




1155 Mount Vernon Highway
Suite 800
United States




JumpSpark is a local collaboration of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA), the Atlanta Rabbinical Association (ARA), and the Jim Joseph Foundation. Its objective is to offer compelling and unique pathways to reach Atlanta’s under-engaged Jewish teens and connect them through experiences that bolster their Jewish engagement, connectedness, and values. It operates as an independent start-up with flexibility and independent brand identity.  

JumpSpark is part of the Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative (“the Collaborative”) that is funding initiatives in 10 cities across the US. Those initiatives are all investing in innovative programming to significantly expand teen involvement in active Jewish life. The other cities are Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver/Boulder, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco.


The Executive Director of JumpSpark will lead the community-wide Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative (AJTI), which is completing its first year.  We seek an enthusiastic leader, bridge-builder, and innovator who is excited by JumpSpark’s mission to connect teens through immersive, interest-based experiences, inspired by a Jewish lens, and who is passionate about developing, nurturing, and scaling new approaches to teen engagement that will reverse the increasing trend of teens opting out of Jewish life in their high school years.

The new leader of JumpSpark will join and lead a talented and committed team working to build new models of Jewish teen engagement. The leader will be forward thinking, open-minded, willing to take risks, and committed to excellence. The leader will also be part of a cohort with the leaders from the other 9 cities supported by the Collaborative.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Lead the incubation and development of JumpSpark into a thriving teen program.
  • Lead, motivate, and develop a high-powered team to achieve success.
  • Develop and deepen partnerships with Jewish and secular stakeholders in the community with an interest in teens.
  • Conceive promotional opportunities and execute events to introduce JumpSpark to Atlanta teens, parents, Jewish organizations, and high schools.
  • Facilitate the development and work of the Executive Board and a Teen Board, representing different teen populations across Atlanta (to be formed).
  • Prepare and maintain a multi-year budget.
  • Work with JFGA representative and local and national evaluators to measure the success of the initiative and its impact on Jewish teens in Atlanta over time.
  • Create Professional Development opportunities to support and enhance the effectiveness of experiential Jewish educators and youth professionals, widely recognized as a key to successfully engaging teens.
  • Travel for conferences and work a flexible schedule, which may include some evenings, holidays or weekends.

Duties and Responsibilities- Ongoing

  • Visioning and planning with the JumpSpark team to create relevant, exceptional and innovative programming.
  • Collaborate with the JumpSpark team to execute a comprehensive marketing & communications plan to put JumpSpark on the map with Jewish teens, parents, and organizations.
  • Develop partnerships with other community organizations in furtherance of the mission.
  • Serve as spokesperson for JumpSpark, effectively communicating JumpSpark’s mission and goals to a wide variety of audiences. Represent JumpSpark in community discussions on Jewish teen engagement.
  • Oversee the tracking and measurement of objectives (working with JFGA) and progress towards long-term goals.
  • Provide regular reports to key stakeholders and participate in meetings with funders.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with other Jim Joseph Foundation teen initiative implementers and participate in semi-annual, in person convenings of implementers to share best practices and learning across the 10 cities.
  • Monitor community and national trends and new initiatives in teen education and engagement in order to keep Atlanta on the cutting edge of relevant and innovative teen programming.
  • Supervise a team of three to four professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities-Long-Term

  • Ensure programs continue to evolve and ensure their quality and success (impact, market appeal, long term feasibility, etc.).
  • Imagine and execute a concierge system that guides teens to relevant Jewish programs.
  • Inaugurate Professionals Council composed of Jewish teen professionals that meets regularly.
  • Devise a pricing strategy that will provide a long-term revenue stream for the initiative.
  • Devise a long-term staffing plan and hire additional personnel as the initiative evolves over time.

Characteristics and skill requirements:

This job requires high energy, tenacity, an entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to experiment, and a flexible, creative and collaborative disposition.

  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of people and stakeholders.
  • Infectious excitement about the mission of JumpSpark.
  • An “outside of the box” thinker.
  • Ability to manage up and manage down while interfacing with varying levels of professionals.
  • Exceptional oral communication skills and strong written communication skills.
  • Comfortable working independently and collaboratively.
  • A strategic thinker.
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize and manage multiple projects, with attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Understands teens’ lives - their needs, wants, and pressures. 
  • Able to relate well with teens of all backgrounds.
  • Strong budgeting skills.
  • A team-oriented approach, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and an ability to take risks and learn from challenges.
  • Committed to building and maintaining community collaborations and partnerships.

Experience and education required:

  • Eight to ten years of progressive leadership experience leading a team to achieve success.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, education, or social sciences.
  • Track record of success in launching new programs and program management.
  • Board management experience is a plus.
  • Experience in youth development and experiential learning is desirable.
  • Experience leading an organization through a strategic plan.
  • Track record of success in partnering with community leaders.
  • Experience with program evaluation and measurement tools.
  • Strong working knowledge of marketing and social media utilization.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Jewish culture, traditions, customs and celebrations.
  • Previous informal Jewish educational experiences (camping, youth movements) valued.


This is a full-time, executive level position. Salary is dependent on experience. It includes excellent benefits.


Interested parties should submit their resume and cover letter to Ed Shartar at EShartar@AcadiaAssociates.com.


JumpSpark is administratively part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. MJCCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all its employment practices. The Agency prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment based on race; color; sexual orientation; religion; national origin; sex; transgender; pregnancy; age; disability; marital status; veteran status; or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Excellent benefits included.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Interested parties should submit their resume and cover letter to Ed Shartar at EShartar@AcadiaAssociates.com.