Full Time

Chief Executive Officer - Western Massaschusetts

Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Springfield MA

The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, an intermediate sized Federation, cares for Jews in need and creates vibrant Jewish life in Western Massachusetts, Israel and around the globe.  Through their community building and fundraising efforts, Federation supports vital educational and social service programs. Grounded in the values of justice, repairing the world, and Jewish unity, Federation connects a community that pursues social justice, fights hunger and poverty, rescues and resettles people in danger, supports Israel and strengthens Jewish life around the world.  Through a network of agencies, synagogues, organizations, professionals and volunteers, Federation provides programs and services from youth to seniors.

A division of Federation, The Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) was established in 1972 to manage charitable funds contributed by donors to support the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ (JFWM’s) Annual Campaign, as well as grants and allocations to local Jewish agencies and organizations, synagogues and to support Israel and the needs of Jewish communities around the world. The Endowment Foundation is the planned giving division of the JFWM. Donors also established Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) Funds and Lion of Judah (LOJE) funds which support the Federation’s annual campaign and established Donor Advised Funds (DAF) to manage their charitable giving.  JEF currently has $40m in assets.

Resting along the banks of the Connecticut River, Springfield, Massachusetts, is located on the southern doorstep of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, a region that's loved by outdoorsy types for its natural beauty and abundant hiking trails. Springfield is also the region's economic hub and an academic center. Several companies are headquartered in the metro area, including Fortune 500 financial services firm MassMutual and BayState Medical Center, which is the largest medical center serving Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties as well as the Albany NY region. Meanwhile, higher education institutions like Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke, University of Massachusetts, Western New England University, Hampshire College and several other universities and colleges bring in college students that diversify the region’s population.  There are many options for Jewish life, including synagogues, day schools and an active JCC and the home community of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

All the various recreational and employment opportunities that Springfield offers are within easy reach of other major East Coast metro areas. Springfield is two and one half hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Boston and roughly 30 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut and 90 minutes from Vermont ski resorts and the Connecticut and Rhode Island shores.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall successful leadership and management of the Federation and Endowment Foundation, implementation of all planning efforts, fiscal management, staff management, fund development, board, and community partnerships. With accountability to the Board of Directors and its elected Board President, the successful candidate must be an action-oriented relationship builder and a collaborative and energetic leader. A successful record of accomplishment of fund development and community building is highly desired.

Essential Functions and Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide creative, dynamic leadership to the staff, volunteers, and the community. Ensure the development of an organization committed to the attraction, motivation, and retention of quality personnel
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and constituencies, agencies, synagogues, individual donors, governmental bodies, private foundations and other not for profit organizations
  • Direct the development and implementation of an annual operating plan and budget including long-range strategic planning, that ensures the organization’s objectives are met.  In conjunction with the Board, develop organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission and vision of the organization
  • Design and implement all fund development activities, including cultivation of major individual, foundation, and corporate donors, to achieve annual operating and endowment needs of the organization
  • Review community priorities and develop new programs to meet the changing needs of the community
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for Federation to the public and facilitate ongoing efforts to educate the community and promote the Federation 
  • Provide leadership for all Agency constituents on issues that relate to the agency mission
  • Maintain an excellent working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees. With the Board President develop an active and committed Board of Directors who govern the agency’s strategic activities, develop its organizational capacities, and strengthen its role in the community


  • Strong and diverse experience in all aspects of fund development including annual campaigns, grants, individual gift solicitation, stewardship, and endowment development
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain partnerships between individuals, governmental and non-governmental organizations, corporations, and foundations, both locally and nationally
  • Must have knowledge and familiarity with Jewish customs, traditions, and values.  Ability to demonstrate a willingness to support the Western Massachusetts Jewish community and be a strong advocate for Israel
  • Ability to build trust and be a diplomatic honest broker in solving community issues
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience managing a complex organization (private or not-for-profit).  Prior Federation or Jewish Foundation experience is desired
  • Knowledge of the organized Jewish community, locally, nationally, and overseas
  • Successful track-record strong leadership and management of organizations
  • Outstanding analytical and written/verbal communication skills
  • Energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image
  • Decisive visionary with a "big picture" perspective, detail oriented and well versed in organizational systems
  • Flexibility in dealing with the evolving needs of the community, staff, and lay leadership
  • BA degree required, graduate degree preferred

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to carin@sageviewconsulting.com


Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Preferred and 6-9 years of experience.