Full Time

Executive Director - Lexington

daniel@jewishlexington.org Lexington KY

Reports to: President, Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass
Salary Range: $90,000 - $105,000

About Lexington
With a Jewish population of around 2500, four small congregations (Reform, Conservative, Chabad and Havurah), Hadassah, B’nai B’rith, and a desire for closer cooperation between organizations, the right professional can help guide this Jewish organization and community into an exciting era of growth. Reporting to the Co-Presidents and the Board of the Federation, the ED will work with a talented and committed corps of volunteers and a very small but dedicated staff team.

The Bluegrass region of Kentucky is known for its beautiful rolling hills, horse farms and bourbon. Lexington, “The Horse Capital of the World,” boasts a dynamic and diverse cultural scene with an array of local food options, a vibrant downtown, natural and green spaces, and loads of southern tradition and charm. A rich academic center and healthcare hub for the Commonwealth, Lexington is listed in National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Best Places of a Lifetime” and is home to the University of Kentucky and many prominent businesses.

Position Summary:
The Executive Director is responsible for growing the impact, influence and sustainability of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass (JFB) by tenaciously leading fund development and promotion of Jewish philanthropy throughout Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. The ED must be a leader and manager who is adept at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility. The ED must be an outstanding communicator who is able to convey effectively the mission and activities of JFB to diverse constituencies and successfully engage those constituencies in fund development and the work of JFB.

The ED must work effectively in partnership with staff, board, donors, Jewish leaders, Jewish organizations and the community at large to further the goals and objectives of JFB. The ED is charged with enhancing the engagement and participation of the Board of Directors. The ED leads the implementation of JFB’s vision and strategic direction, manages the organization’s day-to-day activities and operations, while building a more sustainable future for the organization and local Jewish community. Passion for the Jewish faith, culture and people is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Fund Development

  • Develop and implement a fundraising strategy that will enable JFB to realize its potential for a vibrant, sustainable future with an emphasis on endowment building and legacy giving
  • Support all aspects of JFB’s fundraising activities including: annual campaign, individual/family giving, young donors, out-of-state donors, planned giving, legacy giving, endowment building, foundation grants, special projects and any other development efforts
  • Delight and amaze current JFB donors
  • Cultivate and retain new JFB donors
  • Create and maintain a Young Leadership Circle
  • Nurture existing relationships with foundation funders, and work to develop new ones
  • Relate to our Jewish community’s disadvantaged residents, as well as its wealthiest and most educated with equal care and attention

Strategic and Organizational Leadership

  • Provide overarching leadership and direction to all operations of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass
  • Provide leadership and support to the Board of Directors with a focus on the social, cultural and educational needs of the Jewish community, as well as the financial resources to meet those needs
  • Provide leadership and support to staff to ensure that programmatic and operational needs are met, and to encourage employee job satisfaction and growth of skills and talents
  • Staff the Community Leadership Council (former Presidents Council)
  • Prioritize and respond to opportunities and demands
  • Review and/or identify program initiatives in collaboration with staff and Board
  • Implement policies, procedures, goals and objectives as established by the Board
  • Develop short and long-range targets and strategies
  • Develop and manage staff work plans and schedules
  • Develop and manage budgets for the organization

Board Relations and Development

  • Respond to the identified needs of the Board of Directors for deeper engagement, education and participation with JFB, with a focus on enhancing the Directors personal involvement in fund development and individual/family giving
  • Cultivate and maintain a strong working relationship with the Executive Committee and Board
  • Consistently inform, invigorate and make best use of the Board
  •  Work in partnership with the Board to design and implement the policies, priorities and strategic direction of JFB
  • Widen the network of Jewish community organizational leadership including the development of Board and volunteer recruitment strategies

Communications and Marketing

  • Learn the community and key constituencies in Lexington and Central Kentucky
  • Establish a strong brand identity for JFB
  • Lead the development and execution of a high quality strategic communications plan to reach Jewish Lexington and the broader community, including print, web and social media to foster communication, build bridges and create deeper understanding of JFB programs and services, and Jewish community service

Community Relations + Engagement

  • Strengthen current relationships and build new ones within the Jewish community and among Jewish organizations, including rabbis, congregational leadership and others involved with the welfare of the Jewish community
  • Nurture a culture of cooperation with affiliated agencies, synagogues and other Jewish organizations throughout Central Kentucky
  • Strengthen current relationships and build new ones between the Jewish community and the broader community, including civic, business, nonprofit, faith and public sector leaders in Lexington and the region to support the goals of JFB
  • Develop strong relationships on behalf of JFB with regional, national and global agencies involved in Jewish community services and Israel advocacy

Program Services

  • Work to maximize the effectiveness and success of all JFB programs within the community, including, but not limited to Jewish Family Services, Camp Shalom, PJ Library, Shalom News and Community Relations Committee
  • Ensure educational programming is offered to children, teens, adults and seniors
  • Work to develop and promote new programming within the community
  • Oversee the community-wide calendar for all Jewish organizations

Minimum Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will:

  • be an experienced leader, with a minimum of 7 years in for-profit or non-profit leadership position(s) with a demonstrated track record of success;
  • have 5-7 years of experience in fund development, including legacy gifts and endowment building;
  • hold experience with word processing and spreadsheet software, some knowledge of bookkeeping software such as Quickbooks, and a working knowledge of database and CRM software;
  • possess a Bachelor’s degree at minimum. A Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.

To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to daniel@jewishlexington.org


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