Full Time

Executive Director - Lexington, KY

The Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass Lexington KY

The Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass is seeking an Executive Director
(40 hours/week)


Fundraising and Financial Resource Development

  • Implement the Annual Campaign cycle to realize the fundraising increase goal; maintain process effectiveness and efficiency
  • Work with lay leaders to identify, train, motivate, and manage solicitors
  • Recognize, thank, and provide communication conduit from major donors
  • Cultivate current and potential major donors; identify opportunities, develop cultivation and ask strategies, work with lay leadership to conduct meetings
  • Explore and recommend additional (non-donor) sources of funding (grants and corporate sponsorships)

Organizational Management and Leadership

  • Work with board members and staff to develop and implement a strategic plan
  • Organize roles and responsibilities to align allocated resources with JFB objectives
  • Supervise and evaluate staff, hiring as needed, and develop employee policy handbook
  • With Board involvement, lead development, documentation, and execution of strategy and business plan for JFB
  • Manage expenses within budget; identify cost effective ways to execute the business plan and deliver programs and services
  • Maintain productive working relationship with President and Board consistent with JFB values and professional/lay division of responsibilities (to be developed)

Programming and Services Delivery Oversight; Program Management

  • Work with Board and other community organizations to help determine where JFB will provide alone, provide with others, or not provide
  • Oversee staff and support volunteers in delivering programming and services consistent with budget, mission, and strategy
  • Coordinate evaluation of effectiveness of delivered programs and services in order to continually improve
  • Where appropriate, identify other organizations that can augment our budget and capabilities to provide programs and services
  • Coordinate programing, providing overall management (conception and development, logistics, marketing, financing, on-site direction) of cultural, holiday, educational, and social programming.

Community Relations

  • Act as initial point of contact for inquiries coming from inside and outside the community regarding Jewish community in Lexington
  • Coordinate communication to the community; lead circulation of Shalom, emails, JFB statements, and other communications consistent with JFB mission and communication policies
  • Work with JFNA and within guidelines of communications policy (to be developed) to advise and recommend to Board when and how to communicate to major donors, JFB community, and  Lexington community at large in response to events, issues, and questions
  • Enhance the unity of the Jewish community and larger community in Lexington
  • Work with JFNA and local Community Relations Committee to respond to local, state, national and international events as necessary


  • Excellent financial resource development skills--strategy development and implementation, use of communication tools, donor cultivation and relations, major gift solicitation, campaign leadership and management
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral
  • Knowledge and passion about issues affecting Jewish communities and Israel--ability to inform, engage, and inspire others around these issues in non-partisan way
  • Consensus-building--ability to understand, work effectively with, and promote unity among local Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations
  • Interpersonal skills--emotional intelligence, diplomacy, ability to work in partnership with JFB volunteer leaders and Board members
  • People and resource management skills--ability to manage, motivate, and develop the team; resourcefulness with community assets
  • Leader development--ability to identify, involve, engage, and develop potential future lay and professional leaders

Located in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region (the “horse capital of the world”), Lexington is a thriving, progressive city of 310,000.  Lexington’s vibrant Jewish community, in addition to JFB, boasts three congregations (Conservative, Reform, and a Havurah, a Chabad house, and active B’nai B’rith, Hadassah, and Hillel chapters.  Home to several universities and colleges, including the University of Kentucky and its Judaic Studies program, and close to state and national parks, Lexington offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.  Lexington enjoys a flourishing diversified economy through its horse farms, creative, retail, and manufacturing businesses, and cutting-edge medical facilities.  The Cincinnati and Louisville metropolitan areas are within easy reach as Lexington sits at the intersection of I-64 and I-75.  Bluegrass Airport offers direct non-stop connections to fifteen destinations including New York, Washington D. C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

The salary range for the position is $55,00 to $65,000, based on experience, matching IRA contributions and health insurance are also provided.

Candidate should submit resume and cover letter to the search committee at eblock3375@gmail.com.