JVS Career Services Announces New CEO

Joni Burton

The Board of Trustees of JVS Career Services is pleased to announce the hiring of Joni Burton as CEO.  Burton brings decades of experience in recruiting, staffing and management.  For the past ten years, she has served as CEO of ERB Solutions, a permanent placement and staffing company that assisted organizations in recruiting top-notch talent.

Burton has a large network of established contacts with Cincinnati employers, along with a proven track record in starting and managing businesses in the employment field. “After all my years in the corporate world, I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community by helping people find jobs and by expanding the services provided by the agency,” said Burton.

As one of her first acts as CEO, Burton has promoted Kim Slaton, an experienced Career Consultant who has also served as Director of Connections and Interim CEO at JVS Career Services, to Managing Director. She will oversee the agency’s career services, which include connecting job seekers with employers and mentors, one-on-one support to clients during the job search process, assistance with preparation of resumes and cover letters, organization of a job search plan, and improving networking and interviewing skills.

Sandy Kaltman, JVS Career Services Board Chair, noted, “We are thrilled to have Joni as our CEO. Under the very capable leadership of our new management, we look forward to working with our community funders at the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Foundation to grow the agency and make Cincinnati the best networked Jewish community for finding jobs.”

With the assistance of a generous capacity-building grant from the Jewish Foundation, JVS Career Services will be able to significantly expand both the types of services offered to job seekers and employers, and the number of clients served. “The Foundation was very proud to partner with JVS Career Services, the Jewish Federation and Cincinnati 2020 in selecting such a skilled and accomplished leader as Joni Burton,” said Jewish Foundation President Beth Guttman. “We look forward to working with her and our community partners on collective efforts to make Cincinnati a more connected Jewish community where people can find meaningful careers and supportive networks.”

JVS Career Services will be taking a leading role in the Jewish Federation’s Cincinnati 2020 Jobs and Networking Initiative. This multi-agency collaboration is designed to help make Cincinnati a Jewish destination and increase its Jewish population by strengthening life-long employment and community connections. JVS Career Services will be working closely with the Federation’s Esther & Maurice Becker Networking and Mentoring Center on shared strategies for networking and for attracting and retaining Jews in our community. Tedd H. Friedman, V.P. of Strategic Planning, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, commented, “Cincinnati 2020 envisions combining our strengths to become the best community in which to build a gratifying career. The Federation looks forward to partnering with JVS Career Services to help community members find and keep jobs and enjoy their careers. Joni Burton’s decades of experience will enable JVS Career Services to partner in a community-wide effort to bring Cincinnati 2020’s vision to reality.”