The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut (JFEC), founded in 1975, serves a large area with diverse congregations. The Federation is at the center of Jewish community life in eastern Connecticut. JFEC is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the 2019 retirement of the current Director who has held the position since 1984.
Governance: JFEC work is guided by a Board of Directors and supported by three full- time and six part-time staff along with many volunteers.
Funding: The JFEC has an annual budget of about $500,000. It receives between $20,000 to $50,000 a year in grants, raises $250,000 to $300,000 in contributions with the balance of funds needed being sourced from Endowments.
JFEC Activity Scope:
- Plans, promotes and helps support community programs
- youth programs
- senior services
- Fundraises in support of Federation programs
- Supports Israel and ties to our Partnership Region of Afula/Gilboa
- Hosts 2 Israeli “Young Emissaries” for 10 months each year
- Provides social services to the Jewish and general communities
- Fosters community relations
- Promotes several area congregation and Hillel activities
JFEC involvement in the Jewish and general communities:
- Supports a Holocaust Resource Center that provides education and anti-racism programs in the public schools.
- Publishes The Jewish Leader, an award winning bi-weekly newspaper
- Engages as a member agency of the United Way, which supports the Federation’s Senior Services and Crisis Intervention programs and community food pantry
- Holds membership in the local FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, distributing community-wide utility assistance dollars
- Organizes an annual Jewish Film Festival
- Administers regional Jewish Community High School
Executive Director Key tasks:
- Work with the JFEC President and Board to ensure that the Federation meets the needs and desires of the Jewish community
- Staff, develop and support professional and volunteer positions.
- Recruit lay volunteers to help with programs
- Organize the Federation annual fundraising campaign, including written materials, training, special programs, and direct solicitation
- Lead the community in providing cultural, educational, and social activities for both the Jewish and general community
- Advocate for and encourage close ties with Israel and our Partnership region of Afula/Gilboa
- Support and help coordinate Hillel programs at Mitchell College, the Coast Guard Academy, and Connecticut College
- Cultivate and actively maintain relationships with key community, political, religious, media and institutional leaders
- Help achieve sufficient community participation so that program activities on all levels can be realized
- Organize annual or bi-annual Missions to Israel
- Work with United Way including attendance at Council of United Way Agency Executive meetings
- Manage annual allocation requests and monitor outcomes.
- Facilitate Rabbis meetings to coordinate community programs
- Serve as point of contact and spokesperson for local news outlets and other community organizations, e.g. The Day and Norwich Bulletin newspapers, the Rotary Clubs.
- Support area economic-development efforts especially with regards to addressing inquiries regarding Jewish community programs
- Work with the Coast Guard Academy to facilitate educational exchanges with Israel
- Contribute as needed with daily tasks to ensure the efficient functioning of the Federation
Qualifications: This position requires a broad range of abilities. The Executive Director must be energetic, with the ability and the desire to promote the vibrancy and unity of the Jewish Community. Priority will be given to candidates with potential to lead the organization and recruit and manage community volunteers to help develop and carry out programs and fundraising. The individual selected will be knowledgeable in all things Jewish and be active in cultivating and participating in the Eastern Connecticut Jewish community and its institutions.
Application: Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter including relevant education and employment history to email@example.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential. The position will remain open until filled. The current Director will be available to help in leadership transition. Questions may be addressed to Gabe Stern, Chairmen of the JFEC Executive Director Search Committee at the email address above. We invite applicants to visit our website: http://www.jfec.com.