Jewish Vocational Service Inc


Boston, MA   |
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Jewish Vocational Service Inc

EIN: 04-2104357


Our mission: Empowering individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop and retain productive workforces. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonsectarian organization founded in 1938, today JVS is among the largest providers of adult education and workforce development services in Greater Boston, serving a diverse clientele representing over 100 nations and speaking more than 80 languages. JVS targets the majority of its services to economically disadvantaged adults, most of whom are unemployed job-seekers or low-wage workers in need of career advancement.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Ms. Kira Khazatsky

Main address

75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02110 USA

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Subject area info

Adult education


Financial counseling

Immigrants' rights

Human services

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

Unemployed people

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NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

JVS works to address the employment needs of employers, immigrants, refugees, low-income earners, and individuals with disabilities. We seek to increase the economic stability and mobility of those we serve and diversify the talent pipelines and workforce of key industries across greater Boston.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Pathway Training

JVS offers free, intensive college transition programming that equips adult learners, primarily low-wage non-native English speakers employed in low-wage positions, with the skills needed to enter college, attain a post-secondary certificate or degree, and move into a related career. The program allows for direct transition into credit-bearing college courses, preparing individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to secure a career pathway job in high-demand fields.

Currently, two program pathways are offered: Biotechnology and Substance Addiction Assistant. Each pathway has three components: 1) pre-college courses delivered by JVS instructors; 2) certificate courses delivered by our educational partner; and 3) ongoing academic and career coaching delivered by JVS staff to help graduates secure credential-related employment. Students also receive financial education, which includes one-on-one financial counseling and goal setting.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

JVS operates two skills training programs that provide individuals with industry-specific skills and credentials, so they can enter high-demand career pathway jobs. The Nurse's Aide Training program is designed to qualify participants to work as skilled caregivers and pass the Certified Nursing Assistants’ exam. Our Pharmacy Technician Training prepares participants to pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and enter positions within retail or hospital pharmacies. Participants graduate with real world, industry-specific skills and the benefit of JVS’s strong employer partnerships, giving them an advantage over other job seekers. The Nurse's Aide and Pharmacy Technician programs offer a proven track record of high completion, placement, and job retention rates, as well as strong starting wages for graduates. Collectively, the programs achieve an 85% completion rate and placement rate of 84%, with at least 95% of graduates retaining their jobs for at least 90 days.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Immigrants and migrants

JVS's Refugee Employment Services for recent arrivals include pre-employment vocational ESOL classes, job search and job placement, vocational skills training, computer training, college transition, and post-placement coaching. Refugee employment programs consistently achieve annual job placement and retention rates for participants of well above 80%.
The Vocational Training Partnerships (VTP) program combines short-term, intensive industry-specific skills training with vocational English language instruction. VTP programs are developed in consultation with employer partners in four areas: Hotel/Hospitality, Food Service, Healthcare Cleaning, and Bank Career fields. Training includes vocational internships at employer partner sites or employer-led presentations and workshops, and one-on-one job readiness training and job search support. The program offers a proven track record of high placement and retention rates, as well as strong starting wages for graduates.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Unemployed people

Transitions to Work (TTW) addresses the disability employment gap by equipping young people, ages 16-35, with disabilities (e.g., intellectual, physical, emotional, or those on the autism spectrum) with skills to build job readiness and compete for jobs through training and internships. TTW reverses the traditional approach to disability employment services by starting with the employer; it is designed to meet the employment needs of young people with disabilities and change the culture of the employment community. The model creates strong employer partnerships to raise awareness about inclusive hiring practices and recognize young adults with disabilities as qualified candidates. Sessions take place at the employer site and focus on workplace readiness including, trainings on topics such as soft skills, customer service, and job search training such as resume development and interview preparation. Staff work with graduates, alumni, and employers to ensure employment and job retention.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Financial Opportunity Center provides clients with free financial coaching and resources. Financial services are embedded into existing programs and are offered to clients regardless of program enrollment. Services include one-on-one financial coaching sessions, workshops, free tax preparation through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax site, a Savings Tracking Template that allows clients to visualize and track savings on their own, and an on-demand financial literacy video library which includes videos on topics like savings, credit, and income.

Financial coaching consists of an initial coaching session which assesses each client’s educational and employment history, their relationship with money, and financial needs and goals. Following this initial session, clients participate in four additional and develop a spending plan and balance sheet, review their credit report and score, receive referrals when appropriate, and track progress toward their financial goals.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Unemployed people
Low-income people
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work


4-Star Charity, Charity Navigator 2016

4-Star Charity, Charity Navigator 2018

4-Star Charity, Charity Navigator 2019

4-Star Charity, Charity Navigator 2020

4-Star Charity, Charity Navigator 2021


Exemplary Workforce Partnership Award 2012

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

1 of 6 high-performing workforce development organizations in Mass. 2011

Root Cause

P/PV: a national longitudinal study of JVS occupational training programs 2010

Public/Private Ventures

2020 Annual Conference Pillar of Excellence Award 2020

Network of Jewish Human Service Agency

Top Rated Charity 2023


4-Star Rated Charity 2023

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Among participants with employment as a short-term goal. Job placements have been impacted by COVID-19-related effects on the labor market, and some of our students chose to delay their career search

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This # has fluctuated due to the availability of jobs in industries our clients typically find employment in, as well as ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of clients who received financial coaching.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the organization include increasing the number of clients participating in high-touch programming, receiving 1:1 financial coaching, and securing employment with household-sustaining wages.

JVS identifies and recruits clients with immigrant/refugee history, are low-wage earners, or identify as individuals with disabilities. Through skills-based training, English language courses, financial coaching, and career mentoring, JVS provides clients with pathways to employment and economic stability. Additionally, through employer partnerships, JVS is able to equip clients with the industry-recognized skills needed to succeed and advance in careers. Furthermore, employer partnerships increase the job quality and workplace environment for those we serve, resulting in a more equitable and diverse workforce.

JVS has more than 85 years of experience in helping immigrants and refugees prepare to enter and succeed in the workforce. Our partnerships with employers, community organizations, and local colleges guarantee programs and services support and meet the needs of our diverse clientele. Continual assessment and research support the work we do, allowing JVS to remain flexible and offer services that benefit our clients.

To date JVS has 250 employer partners and serves approximately 10,000 clients annually.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.25 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Jewish Vocational Service Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Jewish Vocational Service Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $518,211 $524,717 $1,080,506 $6,707,406 -$1,044,083
As % of expenses 3.5% 3.3% 6.8% 38.7% -5.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $341,907 $327,643 $773,825 $6,209,478 -$1,659,340
As % of expenses 2.3% 2.1% 4.8% 34.9% -8.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,991,303 $16,590,034 $16,920,624 $21,644,492 $20,368,529
Total revenue, % change over prior year 16.2% 3.7% 2.0% 27.9% -5.9%
Program services revenue 17.7% 20.7% 24.8% 16.5% 19.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 55.3% 53.7% 44.6% 51.9% 48.6%
All other grants and contributions 26.3% 24.8% 30.0% 30.1% 30.2%
Other revenue 0.6% 0.7% 0.5% 1.4% 1.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,745,872 $15,669,752 $15,928,226 $17,319,107 $20,213,413
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.1% 6.3% 1.6% 8.7% 16.7%
Personnel 69.5% 68.8% 70.5% 71.5% 69.8%
Professional fees 9.4% 11.3% 8.7% 8.9% 11.5%
Occupancy 12.5% 12.1% 12.6% 10.7% 10.1%
Interest 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.0% 2.0% 2.2% 2.0% 1.7%
All other expenses 6.3% 5.6% 6.0% 6.8% 7.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,922,176 $15,866,826 $16,234,907 $17,817,035 $20,828,670
One month of savings $1,228,823 $1,305,813 $1,327,352 $1,443,259 $1,684,451
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $1,956,909 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $814,602 $0 $630,362
Total full costs (estimated) $16,150,999 $17,172,639 $18,376,861 $21,217,203 $23,143,483

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.3 4.7 5.3 5.5 3.9
Months of cash and investments 6.7 6.1 6.7 9.2 6.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 1.7 2.9 6.1 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,017,834 $6,186,721 $7,078,731 $7,894,322 $6,510,695
Investments $4,210,946 $1,722,662 $1,780,078 $5,434,276 $4,640,463
Receivables $3,311,244 $3,894,126 $4,366,173 $4,969,030 $5,690,984
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,690,652 $1,707,415 $2,522,017 $2,902,157 $3,532,519
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 34.7% 45.9% 43.3% 54.7% 62.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 32.3% 27.2% 31.8% 13.8% 15.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,802,538 $3,130,181 $3,904,006 $10,113,484 $8,454,144
Temporarily restricted net assets $6,218,434 $6,653,695 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $16,534 $16,534 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,234,968 $6,670,229 $6,623,804 $7,698,411 $7,813,628
Total net assets $9,037,506 $9,800,410 $10,527,810 $17,811,895 $16,267,772

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
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President & CEO

Ms. Kira Khazatsky

Kira is responsible for the overall direction and management of JVS Boston and leads its leadership team. Working closely with the executive team, Kira defines and implements the agency’s strategic plan and mission. Previously, Kira served as the COO & Chief Program Officer and was responsible for programmatic leadership that reinforces JVS’s mission and values and demonstrates the agency’s commitment to our customers and clients. Kira served as the VP of Academic and Workplace Training and worked with the state’s top employers as well as public and private funders to identify, design, and implement critical workforce development services, including the Adult Diploma Pathway, Bridges to College, and Business Services. A Russian immigrant herself, whose family sought out JVS’s services in the 80’s, Kira began her career at JVS in 2006 as a workplace instructor and marketing assistant. She has a BA from Clark University and a MA in Adult & Organizational Learning from Suffolk University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Jewish Vocational Service Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Jewish Vocational Service Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Abby Flam

Atrius Health and Beth Israel Lahey Health

Term: 2022 - 2024

Catherine Bromberg

Massachusetts Hospital Association

Douglas Newman

McGladrey LLP

Howard Brick

Senscio Systems

Michael S. Grill

Fairlane Properties, Inc.

Richard Yanofsky

Holland & Knight

Claudia J. Gilman

Novara Global Consulting LLC

Susan Houston


Marjorie Glazer

No affiliation

Richard Heller

Legal SeaFoods, LLC

Joseph Zeff


Ellen Segal

No affiliation

Abby Flam

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Atrius Health & Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians

Ben Inker


Jay D. Rosenbaum

Nixon Peabody LLC

Jennifer Rosenbaum

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Mark Stein

Morgan Lewis

Campe Goodman

Wellington Management Company LLP

Dwight Clarke

Strategic HR

Yamileth Lopez

Scott A. Goffstein & Associates

Celina Miranda

Hyde Square Task Force

Jordana Mirel

Eaton Vance

Gordon Owades

No affiliation

Jacob Rosenfeld

State Street Corporation

Rabbi Noah Cheses

Young Israel of Sharon

Molly Galler


David Gibbs

University of Tennessee College of Law

Dean Hara

Jane Matlaw

Judith Obermayer

MIchelle Rhodes-Volpe

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Simas

HarbourVest Partners

John Simon

Arrowstreet Capital, L.P.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.


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