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Jan, 18, 2018

Jewish Federation Of Western Massachusetts Seeks Experienced Leader, Community Builder and Fund Developer as New CEO

0 Mimi Alonso

Are you an energetic, forward-thinking business or organizational leader with top management and financial skills, a “big picture” perspective, a professional image, and a strong knowledge of, and familiarity with, Jewish customs, traditions, and values? If so, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM), located in the bucolic city of Springfield on the banks of the Connecticut River, may want to hire you as their new Chief Executive Officer.

Accountable to the Board of Directors and elected Board President, and managing the Federation’s partnerships with numerous Jewish organizations, the new CEO’s responsibilities will include the dynamic leadership of both professional staff and volunteers, with a focus on attracting, motivating, and retaining quality personnel. The successful candidate will also have prime responsibility for developing and implementing the annual operating plan and budget, as well as a long-range strategic plan.

Central to this process will be the continued success of the Federation’s extensive fundraising program, including its key planned giving division, the Jewish Endowment Foundation, established in 1972. Current JEF assets stand at some $40 million. Building a strong relationship with individual, foundation, and corporate donors are essential to the long-term success of JEF as well as several other Federation philanthropic entities.

The JFWM CEO is additionally expected to be a solid community builder, creating strong relationships with all the Federation’s key stakeholders and constituencies, including synagogues, other agencies, government bodies, and the community at large. To this end, he or she will serve as a primary spokesperson for the Federation.

To meet these varied responsibilities, the Federation seeks an individual with at least seven years of progressively responsible positions managing a complex organization, either for profit or not for profit. Prior Federation or Jewish Foundation experience is desired.

The successful candidate should have strong experience in fund development, including annual campaigns, grants, stewardship, individual gift solicitation, and endowment development.

He or she should also be familiar with the wider world of organized Judaism, local, national, and international, and be a strong advocate for Israel.

The Springfield area features easy access to major East Coast cities and many recreational opportunities, including hiking trails and Vermont’s famed ski slopes. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the city is home to major corporations and colleges, including Amherst, Smith, and the University of Massachusetts. Opportunities for Jewish life include synagogues, day schools, and a JCC. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is headquartered in nearby Agawam.

If you meet the listed requirements and are interested in this position, submit a cover letter and resume to carin@sageviewconsulting.com.

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