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Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Chief Executive Officer (Search closed))

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The Federation seeks a professional leader with a vision for Jewish community and Jewish life, and the ability to build relationships throughout the community by sharing this vision in a compelling and meaningful way. This is a unique opportunity for a professional to lead and build an organization where relationships with the community agencies are strong, and where the community of lay leaders is committed to growing, building and diversifying the number of community members who want to engage with The Federation and its important work. The Jewish community of Greater Washington DC has very strong assets and resources and its leadership is committed to guiding a new CEO through a smooth transition to continue to build and develop this prestigious community.

The Federation’s strong senior lay leadership team has spent time in conversation with many stakeholders in the community, and is clear about their priorities for selecting a new professional leader. Through these conversations, The Federation leaders have determined that fundraising will be the highest priority for the new CEO. S/he must be able to manage a portfolio of the community’s leading donors by stewarding relationships with people of wealth and influence. S/he will also assume responsibility for building and leading a professional staff who are charged with maintaining, and stewarding relationships with current and prospective donors, and with the next generation of donors from multi-generational families who have been the historical foundation of The Federation's support.

Enhancing fundraising strategies, and ensuring successful fundraising plan implementation with both the professional staff and lay leadership, will be a key focus for the incoming CEO. S/he will be actively involved in developing strategies in partnership with both professional staff and lay leadership that result in renewed growth of The Federation's annual campaign, and will lead the efforts to build The Federation’s endowment as well as designated campaigns.

The new CEO must be a community leader who will continue to engage and strengthen relationships with agencies, organizations, synagogues and other professionals in the community, with the goal of enhancing collaboration and innovation to meet the needs and challenges of growing Jewish life locally and abroad. The Federation has created several transformative and impactful new initiatives for community members by providing social connection, networking, and leadership development opportunities to further goals in Israel advocacy, philanthropy, and more. The new CEO will be metrics driven and accordingly prioritize, maintain, and expand existing programs by increasing opportunities to build and strengthen connections to Jewish life. S/He will continue to steward philanthropic advancement and a deepening of Jewish knowledge to ensure that these communal values endure.


CEO candidates will have a significant history of fundraising success and a proven capacity to build trusting relationships with major donors and their families. S/he must be able to sharpen and articulate the vision of The Federation, and can communicate their ideas, experience and knowledge in a manner that is engaging and compelling.

The new CEO must be a skilled organizational leader who can provide leadership to The Federation staff and Board of Directors. S/he must be an experienced manager, able to build and lead a staff of professionals in varied fields. S/he must also have the skills to support and manage the work of the Board and its committees and to ensure both good governance and meaningful volunteer leadership opportunities.

The new CEO must be a strong communicator, internally and externally. As a senior community professional, s/he will serve as a convener and bridge-builder who will work to foster dialogue and planning community-wide. S/he must able to present complex issues clearly and effectively as to build consensus around plans of action.

The successful CEO must have the skills and experience required to lead a complex institution that operates within an ever-changing organizational and communal environment. An important responsibility of the new CEO is to maintain and grow an inspired team of professionals and lead them through changes in The Federation’s vision, priorities and operations. The CEO will continue to grow an already strong workplace culture that maximizes the skills and passions of the professional staff in their work with volunteers and the community.

The new CEO will have to be able to lead the Federation in developing strategies to adapt to an ever-changing philanthropic landscape. S/he will have extensive experience in balancing the responsibilities of organization management with the external responsibilities of community development, relationship-building, and work with key stakeholders. The CEO should have experience working with a COO, CDO and CMO and other senior team members who, in partnership with the CEO, are responsible for day to day operations, program administration and finance.
Finally, the CEO must understand organizational and political aspects of Jewish life locally, nationally and internationally and the ability to effectively engage and impact those systems and processes. S/he must model and command respect throughout all segments of a diverse Jewish community.