Full Time

Director of Planning- Indianapolis

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis 6705 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis IN

Position Description
JFGI Mission: The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is the central philanthropic, planning and community relations organization of the Jewish community. The Federation and its agencies, in cooperation with the synagogues, function to promote the general welfare of the Jewish community and to ensure the creative survival and continuity of the Jewish people.

With an Annual Campaign of $3.9 million dollars and Endowment funds of approximately $85 million; the Federation supports and enriches the lives of Jews locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world. We provide funding to a number of local and regional agencies, many national and overseas partners, and numerous independent programs that provide deeper connection and create Jewish community in Central Indiana. The Federation resides on and manages the operations of a 40-acre campus, and programs funded by the Federation create life-sustaining and life-changing impact, while inspiring and engaging members of the Indianapolis Jewish Community.
The Indianapolis Jewish Community completed its first Jewish Community Study in 2017- the results of this effort have lead us to recently publishing a strategic plan for the Jewish Federation. These two efforts will drive the focus of the Jewish Federation for the next few years.

Position Overview
This position works to strengthen the Jewish Federation and community by assessing the most pressing local and international needs, and identifying the services and programs that will enhance the well‐being of fellow Jews. The Director will work closely with the leadership of the Jewish Federation and professional experts, collaborating with community partners and being proactive to community issues. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director is responsible for integrating the results of the 2017 Jewish Community Study and the 2019 JFGI Strategic Plan into the next three to five years of planning for the Jewish Federation. This person will act as a liaison to the campus “shared services” efforts that are responsible for marketing, IT, transportation, security and maintenance. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and implement and manage the planning and allocation strategy for Federation
  • Ensure the 2017 Jewish Community Study has been considered and integrated in Federation programs and plans
  • Act as liaison to National and International Partners
  • Build bridges of cooperation between organizations and communities, resulting in the efficient sharing of resources and information
  • Collaborate with other staff as needed to implement programs and events
  • Build strong relationships with the agencies, synagogues, schools, and organizations that serve our Jewish community and by collaborating in the development and implementation of Federation strategic plans
  • Recognize and assess new and emerging needs within the Jewish and general communities to understand the impact on the institutions serving those needs and determine appropriate responses, if any
  • Staff committees and collaborate with volunteer leaders to make decisions to allocate resources from the Annual Campaign to the organizations and programs that most effectively serve the community’s greatest needs
  • Identify direct funding opportunities that match specific organizational needs beyond those addressed by the Annual Campaign
  • Develop, maintain, and foster effective long-term relationships with key stakeholders and partners
  • Effectively manager Board governance and relationships with the Board of Directors

Skills, Knowledge & Experience Required

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Communal Studies or related field
  • Preference with be given to professionals with Master’s Degree.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with deep knowledge of Judaism, Jewish community, and a personal commitment to Jewish values and knowledge of Jewish traditions
  • Ability to engage and connect with Jews of all backgrounds
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field
  • Ability to speak and articulate the Federation’s mission
  • Experience in volunteer training and management
  • Strong analytical/organizational and technology skills
  • Demonstrates experience in effectively leading and managing a team
  • Demonstrates a collaborative work style
  • Ability to maintain a strong working relationship with management team and a variety of external stakeholders, including current and prospective partners and volunteers
  • Demonstrates strong Interpersonal and people skills with the ability to cultivate and maintain long-term relationships
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision(oversight); take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Demonstrates strong project management skills; ability to manage and complete multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed under pressure in a dynamic environment and comfortable with change and working in undefined situations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics are representative of an office setting. The work environment is usually fast-paced with constant stimulation and mobility. This job requires high energy and interaction with staff, volunteers and donors. Expectations are that the individual will present a professional appearance and behave in a professional manner at all times. Physical demands are primarily limited to operating general office equipment to include computers, telephones, office equipment, bending, lifting, and on occasion program set up.

Interested, qualified candidates should forward resumes, cover letters along with 2 references (including your relationship and contact information) and examples of your previous work to careers@jfgi.org .

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.