Director of Content, PJ Library



The Opportunity

HGF is seeking a Director of Content who thinks strategically, communicates with clarity, leads a professional team, and shares a love of Jewish stories. A deep understanding of Judaism and Jewish education, global Jewish communities, Jewish identity formation, and the Jewish philanthropic landscape will be a valuable asset as they lead the international team tasked with creating and curating the high-quality Jewish content which forms the core of the PJ Library program.

The Director will play an integral role on the PJ Library management team and lead the evolution and articulation of the program's content strategy. More than 250 unique titles bearing the PJ Library logo are distributed annually across a growing number of markets, each an opportunity to engage the next generation with Jewish life.

The Director of Content will build upon an already successful framework, advancing content and programmatic goals of:

  1. Guaranteeing that each program participant receives an excellent, varied collection of books.
  2. Enhancing PJ Library books with a constellation of content in print, digital, and audio formats.
  3. Growing and supporting an increasingly diverse group of skilled creators telling Jewish stories.
 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage the following teams and activity areas:
    • Book Selection
      • Provide oversight to the committees responsible for curating monthly English-language lineups for PJ Library (ages 0-8) and PJ Our Way (9-12).
      • Maintain open and collaborative relationships with directors and content leads for programs in other regions, including Israel, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, and the Former Soviet Union.
    • Publishing and Creative Development
      • Overseeing PJ Publishing (PJ Library's in-house book imprint), digital and audio content, print products, music, and future innovations.
    • Author and Illustrator Stewardship
      • Strengthening and actively expanding our international network of experienced and emerging storytellers and publishers.
  • Work with trustees and stakeholders to articulate a dynamic content strategy.
  • Support the content team in identifying and pursuing partnerships with external organizations to advance this strategy.
  • Steward the program according to the PJ Library and PJ Our Way content frameworks.
  • Partner with the Managing Director to lead diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Partner with PJ Library engagement and marketing teams to support their goals of connecting families to Jewish community and increasing the number of families engaged through the program.
  • Work with the team to develop an effective approach for manuscript commissioning, internally and in partnership with third-parties.
  • Actively use and monitor Content team usage of Salesforce database.
  • Support fundraising efforts as needed. This will likely include 1:1 meetings, group presentations, and contributing to grant proposals and reports.
  • Represent PJ Library externally, including media requests and at professional gatherings.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director to set and manage the annual program budget and track income and expenses.
  • Regularly report program activity to the Managing Director and HGF Board of Trustees, as requested.
  • Foster a supportive and collaborative work culture across the content team.
 

Skills and/or Experience Required

  • Deep knowledge in the areas of Jewish tradition, text, and the breadth of Jewish practice
  • 10+ years of non-profit management or related experience
  • A strong commitment to PJ Library's goals
  • Familiarity with global Jewish communities, inclusive of Israel
  • Experience in leading and managing a team, including remote staff
  • Experience in public speaking and engaging with external stakeholders including funders
  • Skill in strategic planning and strategy implementation
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), including superior public speaking ability
  • Ability to work collaboratively and foster teamwork
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • A history identifying and leveraging data to inform key-decisions
  • Demonstrated success in maintaining meaningful lay leader and donor relationships
  • Preferred to have the following:
    • Existing relationships with Jewish educational and communal organizations
    • Experience with Salesforce CRM
    • Familiarity with children’s book publishing

To Apply

Email a letter of interest addressing your interest in and qualifications for this role as well as your resume to Wendy Wilsker at wwilsker@boyden.com. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
 
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are invited to apply.