What’s It Like to Work at a Non-Profit?

AfterCollege and JCCSF

What gets you out of bed in the morning? If there’s a cause you feel really passionately about, you might want to consider working at a non-profit. In order to help you understand more about non-profits (and how their working environment is different from for-profit organizations), we talked to three people who work at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF).

The JCCSF has been providing educational, cultural, social, recreational, and fitness programs to the Bay Area community since 1877. No two people have the same background or job description, but the one thing they all have in common is a dedication to the JCCSF’s mission and core values and a genuine love for what they do.

JCCSF by the numbers

  • 1.5 million visitors every year
  • 42,000 square feet in the state-of-the-art fitness center
  • 17,400 hot kosher lunches served to needy seniors each year
  • 2,075 summer campers
  • 1,065 students learning to swim
  • 300 people on staff
  • Nearly 160 classes offered per week in the fitness center
  • Around 100 performances and lectures put on each year by the Arts & Ideas department
  • 7 core values (Jewish Inclusiveness, Spirit, Torah, Welcoming Strangers, Justice, Repair of the World, and Friendship)

jccsf careers

JCCSF People

Claire McCabe is a Marketing Outreach & Box Office Associate in the Arts & Ideas Department at the JCCSF. Watch Claire’s interviews here.

Alan Scher is the Program Manager in the Youth & Family Department at the JCCSF. Alan supervises the Havurah Youth Center and after-school program. Watch Alan’s interviews here.

Chris Howell is a Production Technician in the Events Services Department at the JCCSF. He helps ensure the audio and lighting for all performances runs smoothly. Watch Chris’s interviews here.


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