Birmingham Jewish Federation
Chief Executive Officer
Located within an area ranked high on livability and natural splendor, Birmingham’s thriving
Jewish community is poised for dynamic leadership. A strong base of assets will promote the
success of visionary ideas, and opportunities for authentic engagement will be welcomed with
eager participation. The time is ripe for an innovative and connective Birmingham Jewish
Federation CEO. Three of the congregations are newly led by engaging and energetic young
Rabbis. All of the vital Jewish agencies and synagogues are eager to work collaboratively toward
a common vision. Numerous longtime stakeholders have laid a strong foundation for growth,
and active next generation members have identified fertile programming and involvement
opportunities. The energy and excitement are palpable. The Birmingham Jewish Federation
proudly offers the right leader a strong platform to indelibly impact its Jewish and general
communities now and for years to come.
About the Birmingham Jewish Federation
The Birmingham Jewish Federation (BJF) is the Jewish Community’s central fundraising, community relations and community development agency. The BJF is dedicated to enriching Jewish life, supporting Israel, helping all people in need, and building a better Birmingham.
The BJF raises $2-3M annually investing in agencies and programs throughout Birmingham, overseas and Israel. In addition to the CEO, the BJF includes 5 staff members.
For more information about the BJF, go to https://www.bjf.org/
The Position of CEO
The Birmingham Jewish Federation seeks a passionate CEO with strong community building, fundraising, strategic thinking and management skills to lead a vibrant community of roughly 6500 Jewish people. The CEO will oversee all federation operations, including governance, hiring and supervision of personnel, fundraising, programming, relationships with Birmingham’s diverse Jewish institutions, relationships with the broader community and its civic leadership, and partnerships in Israel and elsewhere globally.
The CEO will be the recognized professional leader and spokesperson for the Federation. S/he will cultivate and further strengthen Birmingham’s Jewish community by working with federation volunteer leaders to fill the lay leadership pipeline, while fostering and maintaining strong collaborative partnerships with the community’s other Jewish institutions. The CEO will work with the Board and other key community stakeholders to create a supportive, energized environment where new ideas, programs and services can incubate and grow, while the financial health and prosperity of the organization-driven by innovative current and long-term financial resource development strategies-can be secured for the future.
About the Collaboration Agreement
The Birmingham Jewish Federation and the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) have been sharing staff and resources for approximately two years under an existing agreement set to expire in December 2019. In July 2019, both Boards approved a new collaboration agreement that will take effect when the CEO begins working at the Birmingham Jewish Federation. Under the new collaboration agreement, the CEO will work with the LJCC Executive Director and Board, providing input regarding vision and strategy for the LJCC. The Agreement also expressly allows the CEO and LJCC Executive Director to share staff and other resources by mutual agreement. The hope is that the new CEO, working closely with the board of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, the LJCC board, and the LJCC Executive Director will continue moving the collaborative efforts taking place between these organizations forward.
The CEO’s Responsibilities
Strategic Vision and Community Builder
- Model and foster a positive and collaborative environment within the organization and in the greater Birmingham Jewish community.
- Understand and embrace the ability to engage members of the affiliated and non-affiliated Jewish community.
- Nurture a culture of cooperation with affiliated agencies, synagogues and other organizations throughout Birmingham. Build the Federation’s role as an innovator, resource developer, thought leader and a facilitator of strategic partnerships, programs and initiatives.
- Take a leadership role in advancing the strategic vision and leadership for the organization, the Board, staff and the community.
- Assess the current landscape and continue to expand the position of Federation as a central leader in the Birmingham Jewish philanthropic community and the wider Birmingham community.
- Foster an attitude of professionalism, respect and enthusiasm among the staff and the staffs of the other Jewish and communal organizations.
Financial and Marketing Acumen
- Overall oversight of financial matters including annual and long- term budgeting, ongoing financial performance and financial strategy.
- Understand how to acquire and organize data and apply metrics in order to drive accountability and results.
- Develop marketing and engagement strategies to achieve expansion of The Federation’s reach and further the accomplishment of its mission.
- Create a marketing approach/plan intended to raise the Federation’s profile, engage community and drive connection to the Federation.
- Lead the BJF professional team responsible for planning financial resource development with the community, with emphasis on the development and execution of effective strategies in order to increase both funds received and number of donors.
- Be personally active year-round in building relationships with major donors, including stewarding and soliciting these major contributors (and new donors) to the annual campaign, endowment and special projects.
Lay Leadership Development
- Work with the Federation Board to shape, focus and prioritize future plans for the Board and its committees. Help plan Board meetings and agendas with Board President.
- Partner with the Board President and its designated committees and staff to cultivate, recruit, and retain effective placement of, and maintain relationships with, top lay leadership and leadership prospects.
- Explore and provide opportunities for effective lay leadership education and development.
The CEO’s Experience
- Experience in building strong relationships with professionals and lay leaders; understanding how to collaborate and listen.
- S/he must be outgoing, people oriented, enthusiastic, and a leader by example
- Strong strategic thinking skills and ability to create, communicate, and implement a vision.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills with an overriding culture of transparency internally and externally.
- Excellent interpersonal, political and diplomatic skills, along with the ability to lead and partner with integrity and inspiration. Flexibility and openness to working with professional and volunteer leaders community-wide.
- Creative and innovative leader; demonstrated success in developing, empowering and leading staff, resulting in high performing teams.
Demonstrated Passion for and knowledge of the Jewish world and Israel
Must understand the issues affecting Jewish life locally, nationally and globally. Be able to effectively communicate the complexities of Israel and its geopolitics to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
This position description is based upon material provided by Birmingham Jewish Federation, an equal opportunity employer.
Sarah Raful Whinston, Search Consultant
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