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Executive Director

Boston Workers Circle
Boston, MA
  • Expired: November 19, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

Boston Workers Circle (BWC) seeks a new Executive Director to lead and manage our vibrant Boston area secular Jewish community. Located in Brookline, BWC is a nonprofit organization that works to be: 

  • A caring, democratically-run community and home for secular Jewish life. 
  • A voice for progressive Jewish values and social change. 
  • An arts, culture, and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture. 
  • A community where, whatever one’s Jewish background, whatever the faith, ethnic, racial, or gender diversity of one’s family, children and adults feel welcome and participate fully at all levels of the organization. 



  1. Build an equitable community that is actively working against racism, with representation and leadership from BWC members who identify as Sephardic, Mizrachi, Ashkenazi, Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, working-class, low-income, poor, immigrants and people with disabilities. 
  2. Be a powerful & strategic activist voice for justice in the Boston & Jewish communities.
  3. Work together to cultivate an intergenerational community based in chesed, loving kindness. 
  4. Grow our organizational capacity and resources to meet the increasing demands of our community 



Boston Workers Circle(BWC), an affiliate of the National Workers Circle (WC), is at an important juncture in its 117-year organizational history, as we work towards integrating new strategic directions with our historical mission and roots. With a membership of approximately 600 adults and their families, 90 children in our Sunday School, a full-time staff of five, and a team of part-time teachers. Much of our work moves through active volunteer committees. All staff report to the Executive Director, who reports directly to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.  


Our current work includes: building and sustaining our secular Jewish community; providing education for children and adults in multicultural Jewish history and culture; implementing ritual and holiday celebrations of all kinds and offering strong and vibrant Yiddish programming, including language classes, arts and a chorus; mutual aid; organizing for social action on issues ; racial and economic justice, immigrant justice, worker’s rights, justice in Israel/Palestine, and Jewish/Muslim solidarity; and continuing to build a strong youth and young adult voice and a next generation of leaders for our community. 


As a predominantly white and Ashkenazi organization, we are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization through deepening our understanding of our journeys as Jews, both how we have been impacted by and participated in structural racism, and are working to align our policies, practices and activism accordingly.



  1. Experience with operations and management of small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations 
  2. Experience managing growth and change processes 
  3. Passion for social, economic, and racial justice work 
  4. Understanding of Jewish secular and multicultural life, and familiarity with progressive Jewish spaces 




  • Provide leadership to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Support staff working with committees (Executive, Finance, Personnel, Equity and Inclusion and Fundraising).
  • Provide leadership on developing and implementing BWC’s strategic priorities
  • Oversee member-led leadership and volunteer activities 
  • Build relationships throughout the organization; develop new leadership and activists at all levels of participation. 


  • Partner with the Deputy Director to provide leadership on fundraising and development, with a commitment to growing revenue over the next five years. 
  • Cultivate close relationships with key donors.
  • Provide financial oversight; partner with the Treasurer to set priorities; manage bank account balances and payroll; and provide supervision to staff on budget development and monitoring, accounts payable/receivable, liaising with the accountants/auditors, and working closely with the Finance Committee.


  • Serve as the primary liaison with the national WC office
  • Build collaborative working relationships with local and national Jewish and progressive communities to advance our social justice agenda; 
  • Serve as or support staff designee that serves as BWC’s representative on the Jewish Community Relations Council. 


  • Supervise staff including team management, leading regular meetings, goal setting, development and monitoring of work plans to incorporate strategic vision and priorities; identify areas for improvement and professional growth. 
  • Foster a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie among staff. 
  • Partner with the Personnel Committee chair to set priorities and support ongoing work
  • Collaborate with staff to identify, mobilize and support volunteer leaders.


  • Work with staff and member leadership to identify and develop new program initiatives, cultivate new leadership, and create opportunities for integrating new perspectives. 


SALARY: $82,000 - $90,000 


Applications will be reviewed as they come up. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 17, 2022 No phone calls or letters, please. 


BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Boston Workers Circle


Boston, MA
02118 USA



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