Josie Kotliar is JVS' New Grants Director

JVS is pleased to announce the hiring of Josephine Kotliar as the agency’s new Grants Director.

 “The reason that JVS is so exciting is that the agency’s leadership and quality of their programs,” says Kotliar. “They are open to innovation. JVS’ history and consistent performance are a grantwriter’s dream.”

“You grow your business by knowing your consumer and listening and then providing innovative programming and responses that resonate,” she continues. “I think that’s what JVS does.”

In a career spanning more than 15 years, Kotliar has designed and developed grants for city, county, state, federal and corporate agencies. She has extensive experience administering a portfolio of programs in the arenas of workforce development, economic and small business development, human services and education. One of her earliest projects was a $1.2 million CHARO first year grant to procure operators for city workforce development network for the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department (CDD).

During her six years as Development Director with Managed Career Solutions (MCS), the agency’s revenue grew by more than $9 million and Kotliar’s leadership team was responsible for expanding program services from a local city WorkSource contractor to include federal, state and county funded programs for WIA youth, veterans, small business economic development, GAIN/GROW assessments and two county funded WorkSource Centers.

Kotliar has worked for the Chicana Service Action Center, CHARO Community Development Corporation and the Career Planning Center where, in addition to grant management, she oversaw the Family Development Network and Childcare Entrepreneurial Training Program. The facility eventually became part of JVS. Most recently Kotliar worked with the Los Angeles Urban League, preparing operational plans and developing foundation and government proposals.

She has written and secured grants for a variety of programs of services including a High Wage High Growth Emergency Medical Transportation, multiple programs for the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, and the City of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services. In 2005, Kotliar was one 13 to be awarded a Department of Labor President’s High Wage, High Growth Job Training initiative. The $1.2 million Stand & Deliver grant for the Los Angeles CDD helped provide a new model for transitioning out of school and out of youth work to careers in the health care industry.

“Josie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of workforce development,” says JVS COO Claudia Finkel. “We are proud of the work and impact of JVS for over 82 years in the LA community and we look forward to the value that Josie will add to our grants team and program development. 

Kotliar replaces Madeleine Brand who left the agency in August after five and a half years of service.