Career Opportunities at the JCC

Thank you for your interest in working for the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS. The Lawrence Family JCC is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Openings

Early Childhood Education Director
Fitness Instructor
Communications Associate
Part Time Receptionist/Customer Service Desk Representative
Various Pool Positions

Position Title: Early Childhood Education Director

Summary of Duties:

The Early Childhood Education Director is responsible for providing overall professional planning, leadership, supervision, and management, of every aspect of the Early Childhood Education program, ensuring that the program continues to be recognized as one of the top ECE programs in the area, maintaining the high level of quality and success in alignment with LFJCC’s mission, values, and educational vision. The ECE Director is a dynamic, hands-on leader who nurtures Nierman Preschool families and cultivates a strong sense of engagement among students, parents, and the greater LFJCC family while serving the educational, emotional, physical, social, recreational, and spiritual needs of the children and families. The ECE Director creates school-wide programs, oversees Shalom Baby/PJ Library (programs for families with children 0-8), is involved in community-wide activities representing the JCC, and functions as an integral member of the JCC senior management team.

Essential Duties:

  • Create and actively promote a comfortable, nurturing, and inclusive environment in which every child, teacher, and member is treated with dignity, respect, and compassion in a friendly, personalized manner
  • Create and actively promote a comfortable, nurturing, and inclusive environment in which every child, teacher, and member is treated with dignity, respect, and compassion in a friendly, personalized manner
  • Demonstrate leadership to inspire parents, children, and staff to engage fully in the program
  • Ensure consistent compliance to Community Care Licensing regulations including staff qualifications, teacher/child ratios, and health and safety requirements
  • Develop and implement a vision for excellence in early childhood education based on best practices and maintain the high quality standards of the ECE Department in all of its aspects
  • Determine, mould, assess, and evaluate, the philosophy and direction of the ECE program in conjunction with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Preschool Parent Committee
  • Oversee day to-day operations of a developmental, play-based program
  • Develop and manage annual budget throughout the year
  • Design and implement registration process including marketing, enrolling, record-keeping, communications, Registration Day, and auditing
  • Maintain an effective management structure for the preschool
  • Create and oversee fund-raising programs such as Hanukkah Happening
  • Create annual school calendar, class schedules, and staff schedules and provide adequate coverage for all aspects of the ECE program
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with preschool families, including the facilitation of a strong, proactive communication system
  • Supervise the professional and administrative staff including recruitment, hiring, firing, professional development and evaluations, including formal classroom observations
  • Organize, train staff, practice with students, and implement security training for the preschool in coordination with the security director
  • Plan, facilitate, and promote teacher trainings, in-service experiences, and professional staff development that encourage creation of educationally and developmentally sound programming, classroom management concepts, and the social/emotional development of children
  • Create unique and innovative curriculum and programming that integrate Jewish values and content
  • Coordinate with OT and school counselor to observe and screen children identified with challenges and follow-up with parent – staff team meeting to offer recommendations, referrals, and create school IEP as appropriate
  • Meet with parents and teachers regarding articulation of students to public and private kindergartens, including completing recommendations
  • Foster and develop partnerships within the Early Childhood and local community
  • Actively partner with other departments to ensure proper coordination and overall success of LFJCC and participate in agency-wide activities and programs
  • Maintain the highest quality of courtesy, friendliness, and service excellence toward members, visitors, and other staff
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned

Other Duties:

  • Supervise Shalom Baby and PJ Library (a Jewish/ interfaith outreach programs serving families with children ages 0 to 8)
  • Help identify and seek grant opportunities to support preschool programming
  • Supervise Camp Keshet (preschool component for Camp Jaycee summer camp) professional staff
  • Support Camp Jaycee (JCC camp program) professional staff as needed
  • Participate in community-wide projects and programs as assigned
  • Other responsibilities deemed appropriate and necessary for the position


  • 5 or more years of experience in Early Childhood Education preferred in Early Childhood Education field including pre-school administration, supervisory experience, and overseeing large programs
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or related field with all units required by Licensing for ECE supervision
  • Strong Judaic background with knowledge and appreciation of Jewish culture including Jewish holidays, customs, life cycle events, and values, with ability to create curriculum and special programs
  • Ability to support teachers’ understanding of and learning about seamlessly integrating Jewish traditions and values within an educational context
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborating with other educators, coordinating, coaching, mentoring, inspiring, and supervising educators
  • Positive experiences in establishing sincere, welcoming, and meaningful interactions, and problem solving skills with parents, teachers, and children
  • Proven ability to lead professional development efforts and support educators within a teaching and learning environment that promotes lifelong learning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask the pedagogical, relational, and administrative responsibilities of program direction and coordination
  • Self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision
  • Firm understanding of early childhood educational theories and ability to develop a program consistent with a specific philosophy
  • Ability to plan and implement programs, agendas and meetings
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to problem solve and multi-task in in quick paced, environment
  • Experience managing a multi-million dollar budget

Working Conditions:

  • Hours of Work as stated in hiring letter
  • Unspecified evening and weekend hours as designated in the school calendar or hiring letter or designated by supervisor
  • The JCC is a fast-paced environment that requires a high focus on customer service and the security of our members. Staff members are expected to provide the highest quality of service possible.

While performing the duties of this job, the ECE Director must be able to move easily around the classrooms, playground, gymnasium, building, deck, swimming pool, and far field. Due to the nature of the job, it is necessary to be able to sit on early childhood equipment, including the floor and rug and to be able to regularly reach and bend; the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle and feel objects, keyboard; reach with hands and arms; communicate and move around the building. It may be necessary to be able to pick up a 45 pound child.

Noise level, toys on the floor and clutter are normal to childcare environments. Some programs and responsibilities will occur in other parts of the campus or at off-site venues not owned or under the control of the LFJCC. The ECE Director will be regularly required to use office equipment.

Direct Reports:

  • Assistant Directors
  • Program Coordinator
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Shalom Baby Coordinators
  • Teaching Staff


Position Title: Barista

The Café Barista is a core staff member of the LFJCC café, responsible for embodying Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Vision, Mission, and Values. The Barista works with the café team and is integral part of the café as a community gathering place. S/he is responsible delivering excellent service and product to the Café customers. S/he expands and deepens passion for the café and the community by ensuring unequaled quality and customer service. Providing the café with a reliable support base. The Barista drives for results as s/he provides great food, coffee, smoothies with great customer care. This position reports to the Café Manager.

Essential Duties
• Lead excellent customer service through in-the-moment coaching, role modeling.
• Calibrate and supervise staff to ensure product freshness and uncompromising quality standards.
• Reliably reporting for scheduled shifts and being available periodically for extra hours for events in the evening or weekend.
• Ensures that customer feedback and concerns are relayed to the Café Manager within a timely manner, handling them with initiative where possible.

Other Duties:
Manage cash according to LJFCC cash handling policy.

• A minimum of one year of experience in a high quality food service or retail provider with high customer service standards and/or related experience and training.
Skilled coffee making experience preferred.
• Consistent demonstration of ability to provide excellent customer service and passion for quality.
• Consistent demonstration of ability to successfully nurture a community feel and allegiance to the café and the J. • Consistent demonstration of performance that embodies LFJCC Mission, and Values.

Working conditions and characteristics:
This is a social café setting with constant interaction with the public and on-going interruptions.

Physical Requirements:
Standing for up to 5 hours at a time. Ability to lift 25lbs to 30lbs. In return for all of this, you will receive a respectful work environment and a sense of accomplishment, as well as a sense of belonging to a community based institution. Paid time off for sick leave in accordance with California labor law. We also offer the benefits of Membership to the J to all part time employees. This includes a state of the art gym and an use of the Olympic swimming pool. As well as discounts up to 25% for programs.
We encourage applicants of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. LFJCC will consider for employment all qualified applicants.

Apply to:
Please – no phone calls and only principals need apply.


Position Title:  Part Time Receptionist/Customer Service Desk Representative

Job Description:
The JCC is a busy community center in La Jolla that provides quality fitness, childcare, cultural and artistic events. The Customer Service Representative will be providing courteous and prompt service to members and guests of the facility.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Excellent customer service
• Assist all JCC departments
• Strong organizational & administrative skills
• Able to multi-task with a high volume of phone calls
• Fun & friendly

Job Requirements:

• Professional & friendly
• Strong Customer Service Skills
• Must be able to answer multi-line phone
• Creative thinker
• Demonstrate ability to & solve problems
• Excellent writing, grammar, and punctuation skills
• Strong public speaking skills
• Basic computer skills, working knowledge of (Word, Excel, Showare)
• Excellent time management, organizational & communication skills
• Strong ability to work well with co-workers, supervisors & members of the community in a team environment
• Able to work flexible hours, which may include weekends, evenings & must be punctual

Salary: $10.75/hour – Evening and weekend shifts available
Free gym membership
Email resume and cover letter

Position: Swim Instructor

Reports to: Assistant Aquatics Director
Salary: $11-14 Hourly

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, the swim instructor is responsible for planning and teaching private and group swim lessons for members and non-members of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Friedenberg Olympic Pool.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Be familiar with American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim levels and other Red Cross water safety courses and know how to use course materials effectively.
• Adapts teaching approaches to the age, experience and ability of participants so they can meet course objectives.
• Communicate regularly with participants to ensure they are aware of progress
• Complete records and reports in a timely manner; each month, midway thru lessons submit a list of current swimmers levels in order to assist in scheduling.
• Cannot miss more than one lesson day per session.
• Must teach lessons in the water unless approved by Assistant or Aquatics Director.

Other Duties:
• An understanding of facility characteristics, rules, policies and procedures.
• Attend in service trainings as scheduled.
• Perform pool related maintenance duties.
• Submit course records at least once a year in order to maintain WSI certificate. (This is your responsibility).
• Complete additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

• Current Certificates required- American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or equivalent.
Note: All Certificates Must be submitted along with applicants resume, front and back images are required of each document.
•  Responsible to keep all licenses up to date.
• Minimum of 1 year previous swim instructor experience

Physical Demands:
• Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
• Ability to see and hear individuals and alarms in pool/pool area.
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
• Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
• Ability to perform activities which require sustained concentration and attention.

Application Review: Applications will be reviewed and ranked in comparison to other individuals that are applying for the position. Qualified individuals will be invited to the next step, Aquatics Department Director oral interview.
Oral Examination: Candidates, who successfully pass the application review process, will take the Aquatics Director’s oral examination.
Performance testing: After the oral examination, all applicants must pass a pass/fail performance test.
Should you fail any part of the performance test, only one retest will be permitted on the same test date. Testing will be administered to all qualified applicants and shall include the following factors: Swimming approximately 25 yards of each swimming technique: Butterfly stroke, Backstroke, Breastroke and Front Crawl.
Personal History Background Investigation: Personal and employment references will be contacted; background investigations will include applicant’s credit history, driving and criminal background.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
41267 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Open Positions

We are always accepting resumes for the following positions:

Lifeguard ICamp Jaycee StaffFitness Center AttendantLifeguard

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