The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for the overall successful leadership and management of the Jewish Community Board of Akron, Inc. (JCBA). This individual will lead the Akron Jewish community’s efforts to preserve, perpetuate, and enhance Jewish life in Akron. The CEO will continue to build a culture of collaboration among donors, key stakeholders, lay leaders, professional staff, volunteers, and the JCBA’s three constituent agencies: The Shaw Jewish Community Center, The Lippman School, and Jewish Family Service. Outside of the campus, the CEO will serve as the voice of the organized Akron Jewish community, creating and supporting connections and relationships with Summit County organizations, the broader non-Jewish community, Israel, and our overseas partners.
The CEO is accountable to the Board of Trustees and its elected Board President. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a record of accomplishments in fundraising and community engagement. The candidate must be an effective general manager of operations, an action-oriented relationship builder, and a collaborative and energetic leader.
The CEO will be familiar with Jewish traditions and values and understand contemporary Jewish life in terms of demographics, patterns of communal activity, and the roles of Jewish communal institutions and agencies in today’s world.
In each of the following areas, the successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to lead a not-for-profit organization:
- Communicate a compelling vision for the JCBA's role in the local Jewish community and translate that vision and mission into a strategic plan, objectives, activities, and deliverables in ways that engage a broad community constituency
Fiscal Resource Development | Fundraising Skills
- Set the strategic direction and manage the JCBA's financial resource development activities
- Be a successful fundraiser by engaging directly with major donors, building, and sustaining relationships with them and their families, and helping them to realize their philanthropic goals for the community and constituent agencies
- Identify new donors, develop new strategies, and new donor engagement opportunities
- Implement strategies to attract new endowed gifts and strategically utilize existing endowment funds for the benefit of the Akron Jewish community
- Establish a JCBA development team to ensure financial sustainability of the organization and growth of its annual campaign
- Recruit, organize, and inspire fundraising volunteers to engage in donor cultivation and solicitation
- Build personal and trusted relationships with major donors, volunteer leaders, stakeholders, JCBA professional staff, key agency leadership, clergy, and civic leaders
- Take responsibility for integrated community planning efforts that support the mission of the JCBA, particularly the development of short term and long-term strategies in relation to constituent agencies, synagogues and other community organizations
- Articulate and demonstrate passion for the JCBA's mission
- Maintain a positive presence and serve as a dynamic spokesperson in the Jewish and non-Jewish Akron communities
Marketing and Communications
- Initiate and maintain a strong communications program to all constituents in the community, providing honest and transparent updates and messaging
- Oversee the creation of overall messaging and marketing campaigns for the JCBA and its agencies that will result in greater awareness of the benefits that the JCBA and its agencies bring to the Akron Jewish community and Jewish communities throughout the world
Business Leadership and Management Skills
- Work with the Board, its committees, and professional staff to manage a governance structure that fosters effective partnerships
- Work with volunteer and professional leadership to develop the skills and knowledge required to build consensus on issues
- Provide oversight and work collaboratively with the directors of the JCBA’s three agencies to integrate their programming and operations into the JCBA’s overall mission and strategic plans
- Bachelor's or more advanced degree
- A minimum of 7 years’ management experience working for a for-profit, not-for-profit, or a combination of both
- A history of developing strong trusted relationships with a variety of key stakeholders, including major donors, donor prospects, and agency and community leaders, both professional and volunteer
- Proven strategic leadership
- An understanding of the fiscal and legal standards applicable to the management of a not-for-profit entity
- A successful track record of working with one or more Boards and an understanding of the volunteer-professional partnership
- Demonstrated ability to promote a creative, collaborative, and forward-thinking culture
- An experienced fundraiser and/or manager of multimillion dollar campaigns with a track record of successful fundraising accomplishments
- Successful experience leading a not-for-profit organization is highly desirable
We offer competitive benefits and compensation commensurate with experience.
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About the Jewish Community Board of Akron
The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA), located on the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, is dedicated to education, philanthropy, and human services for the Jewish community of Akron and beyond. Its core activities include fundraising, financial oversight, and centralized services, such as campus security, financial resource development, risk management, accounting, marketing, and community relations. The JCBA is affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America.
The JCBA holds an Annual Campaign that raises funds for the three constituent agencies under the JCBA umbrella: The Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron, The Lippman School, and Jewish Family Service. These funds build community and support local Jewish education and programs while also contributing to Jewish life in Israel, the United States, and beyond. The Annual Campaign raises $1.3M through approximately 500 individual gifts. The Akron Legacy Endowment Fund (ALEF) has a current value of about $25 million, including donor advised funds, restricted and unrestricted funds, and custodial funds. The aggregate community budget is $6.8M.
The Shaw Jewish Community Center’s core activities include the operation of The Mandel Early Childhood Education Center and an extensive fitness facility that offers a wide variety of classes and lessons and both indoor and outdoor pools. At this time, there are about 7,000 individual members. The Lippman School is a K-8th grade day school that embraces Jewish traditions and values while offering an international perspective and an engaging inquiry-based model of learning. Currently, 103 students are enrolled. Jewish Family Service of Akron has become specialized to meet the unique and challenging needs of senior adults and those who care for them. The JCBA has outsourced the management and operation of Akron’s Jewish Family Service to Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland but continues to allocate financial support to the organization.
About Akron and the Jewish Community
Surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland and countryside and adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio. It is also the center of "Polymer Valley" and boasts a thriving tech market anchored by the Goodyear Polymer Center located on the renowned University of Akron School of Polymer Science and Engineering campus. Akron houses a business incubator that is among the largest in Ohio. The downtown area hosts a vibrant arts scene, three performance halls, and world-class healthcare. The cost of living in Akron is 21% lower than that of comparable cities. The quality of life in Akron is reflected in the diversity of its neighborhoods, its many family-friendly activities, the affordability of housing, short commute times, and a Midwestern pace of life. Summer brings excitement with the Bridgestone Senior Players Golf Championship, the All-American Soap Box Derby, and concerts at Blossom Music Center, one of the finest outdoor music venues in the country. In addition to having a minor league baseball team, the Akron Rubber Ducks, Akron is less than 40 miles away from Cleveland, with its many sporting, culinary, and cultural attractions.
The Jewish community is estimated to be 1,100 families for a total of approximately 2,000 individuals. Jewish life in Akron revolves around The Shaw Jewish Community Center, The Mandel Early Childhood Education Center, The Lippman School, and the four area synagogues: two Reform, one Conservative, and one Orthodox. Members of the community actively participate as volunteers, donors, Board members, and lay leaders.