Full Time

Chief Executive Officer - Hartford

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford West Hartford CT

Do you have a personal passion for Jewish community, continuity and peoplehood, and are you able to inspire others with it? If so, then the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford is exactly where you should be.

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Since 1945, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford has been the leader in building a dynamic Jewish community in Greater Hartford. With over 2000 philanthropic partners, 500 volunteer partners and 35 partner agencies and synagogues, JFGH strengthens, engages, and connects the community to Jewish life in Israel and around the world.  Through its own and partner agency programs Federation impacts the lives of thousands of people in the local Jewish community, in Israel and overseas. Federation has been recognized as a national leader in developing innovative new programs and bringing the best national initiatives and organizations to Greater Hartford.
JFGH has a $2.4M operating budget, a $4.35M Annual Campaign, and invests over $2M in agencies and programs throughout the Hartford, oversees and Israel community. 25 staff work in the Federation owned Community Services Building which also houses the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.
For more information about JFGH, go to https://www.jewishhartford.org/.

The Position of CEO

JFGH seeks a professional with demonstrated experience and success in five critical areas: strategic thinking and execution, building partnerships, strengthening and developing personal relationships, executive leadership and management and resource development. S/he must be conversant with a broad range of Jewish community issues locally, nationally and internationally, and be familiar with the systems that address these concerns. The ability to craft and articulate a vision, whereby Federation continues to be a significant and essential place for the next generation of Jews in Hartford to socialize, volunteer, and grow community, is a key critical success factor. The charter to grow community, build relationships and enhance the positioning and role of Federation make this opportunity unique.

The CEO’s Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Community Builder

  • Set, foster and model a positive and collaborative environment within the organization and in the greater Hartford community.
  • Understands and embraces the ability to engage members of the affiliated and non-affiliated Jewish community.
  • Develop and nurture a culture of cooperation with affiliated agencies, synagogues and other organizations throughout Hartford. Build Federation’s role as an innovator, resource developer, thought leader and a facilitator of strategic partnerships, programs and initiatives. 

Executive Management

  • Provide and develop 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 Hartford Jewish philanthropic community and the community at-large.
  • Foster an attitude of professionalism, respect and enthusiasm among the staff.

Business and Marketing Acumen

  • Understands how to acquire and apply metrics in order to drive accountability and results.
  • Manage the process for developing Federation’s annual budget, with participation and buy-in by lay leadership.
  • Create a marketing approach/plan intended to raise Federation’s profile, engage community, and drive connection to Federation.

Fundraising and Development Leadership

  • Lead the professional team responsible for planning financial resource development within 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 in building relationships with major donors, including the community’s multi-generational families, and soliciting these major contributors 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 Chair.
  • Partner with the Board Chair, Board and its designated committees and staff to cultivate, recruit, and retain effective placement of, and maintain relationships with, top lay leadership and leadership prospects.

The CEO’s Experience

  • Experience in building strong relationships with professionals and lay leaders; understands how to collaborate and listen.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills and understands how to create and communicate a vision.
  • 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.
  • Professional experience and demonstrated success in all areas of fundraising, solicitation, planning and implementation/financial resource development.
  • Proven ability to create a system where using metrics helps to make decisions and to direct the Federation.

Top 3 Reasons to Work for JFGH

#1 JFGH represents the whole Jewish community.
JFGH is the one organization with no boundary in terms of membership, physical building or religious (or no) observance.  We are partners with all agencies and synagogues.  As a result, we are in a unique position to lead the community, to identify and address current and future needs and to engage constituents.  Yes, JFGH executes its own programs. Yes, JFGH invests money in Jewish organizations in Hartford, Israel and oversees. Yes, JFGH leads groups of all kinds to think strategically about the Jewish future. Yet, the core of this Jewish Federation is in building community. The core of the work of JFGH is to engage and empower the Hartford Jewish community to be strong and meet the needs of individuals in the present and the future.

#2 JFGH understands Leadership.
At JFGH, they understand what it takes to be a great leader and they have the programs to prove it. Lay leadership, professional leadership, and up and coming leaders- JFGH does it all.
#3 JFGH is strategic and forward thinking.
Currently, JFGH has created a task force around the relevancy of the Federation and the future of the Federation in changing times. JFGH is looking deep within the organization to analyze what needs to change in order to remain relevant in the world.

This position description is based upon material provided by Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, an equal opportunity employer.
Sarah Raful Whinston, Search Consultant

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