The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is pleased to announce that Sarah Welch will be assuming the newly established position of Vice President of Workforce Development Services, effective August 2, 2021. In this role, Sarah will serve as the lead staff for NJHSA sponsored initiatives, trainings, advocacy efforts and other program offerings related to the workforce development service arena of NJHSA member agencies. She will also assume primary responsibility for the implementation of the NJHSA US national Jobs Initiative, which is being established with dedicated grant funding.
Reuben Rotman, NJHSA CEO, shares that “The Network is thrilled to welcome Sarah and, with her leadership, is well poised to launch the US National Jobs Initiative to connect those in the Jewish community and others who have been impacted by COVID related job loss with access to an extensive continuum of services via virtual platforms, regardless of the requesting client’s home location”. Rotman further noted that this initiative represents the first of its kind in an effort to build an integrated virtual network for national service delivery.
The NJHSA US National Jobs Initiative will be administered in partnership with 20 US NJHSA member agencies and coordinated by NJHSA, in partnership with Jewish Federations of North America and with collaborating support from JPRO Network. The Network is most grateful for generous grant support provided by a collaboration of funders including a two year grant of $1.75m from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and an additional leadership grant from Crown Family Philanthropies to launch the US National Jobs Initiative. Additional funding support is also being provided by a group of anonymous funders.
Sarah comes to NJHSA having served for the last 7 years as Director of the Career Development Center at Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, PA. At JFCS Pittsburgh, Sarah oversaw a dynamic workforce development center, assisting over 2,000 unemployed, underemployed, career transitioning individuals. Additionally, she managed an annual budget of approximately $1.6 million with significant growth, fund diversification and strong fiscal management. Sarah received her Masters of Human Relations with an emphasis in Organizational Human Resources from the University of Oklahoma.