JCC Executive Director

Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation | Tampa, FL, United States

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Posted Date 1/27/2023

Position Summary

The Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation seeks a JCC Executive Director who will grow its membership and programs, be an excellent supervisor and fundraiser, and be one of the key public faces of the organization, focusing on the operations and effectiveness of the JCC on the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Prior JCC experience is required. As a result of the Tampa JCCs being part of an integrated JCC-Federation, some of the typical JCC administrative functions will be managed by other departments, however, the successful candidate will have significant input into the goals and operations of those departments.

The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for overseeing a broad array of fitness, recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs.  The ED will also play a lead role in maximizing membership recruitment, all program fees and other revenues for the JCCs. These include a lead role in charitable fundraising among individuals, families, corporate entities and grant procurement from foundations and all levels of government. In addition, the JCC ED will strive to secure as many corporate sponsorships as possible for JCC programs.

About the Tampa JCCs

The Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation is where the Tampa Jewish community goes for programs and services for all ages. Located on two campuses in addition to a preschool in a South Tampa synagogue, the Tampa JCCs’ mission is to support and enrich the continuity of Jewish life and values in the community, in Israel and worldwide. The Tampa JCC embraces the following values and guiding principles:
• Tzedakah and caring for Jewish causes • Commitment to the survival of world Jewry • Love for Jewish culture, traditions, and learning • Communication that is truthful and open • Respect for others.

The 83,500 square feet of previously vacant space in the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory has been developed into the transformative Bryan Glazer Family JCC. It is approximately 120,000 square feet of community space that is an extraordinary gathering place, providing a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages, including recreation, fitness, education and culture to engage individuals and families and help to meet the needs of a diverse community. The location is in a desirable and highly visible gateway to downtown Tampa and all West and South Tampa areas.
The center opened in 2016 housing, among other components, a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics centervisual arts center operated by the City of Tampa; Senior Center for Active Living; the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator; an area for teens and ‘tweens; a premiere event venue; and community services space, including Tampa Jewish Family Services (food bank and counseling offices).

The JCC on the 33-acre Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus offers programs for people of all ages and is home to the Jfit Gym, fitness and aquatics facilities, a 25-meter junior Olympic swimming pool, four lighted tennis & racquetball courts, an outdoor basketball court and athletic fields. A wide variety of specialty classes, cultural arts events, programs for children, teens and their families round out a full complement of programs and services for the community. The campus is also home to the Preschool NorthTampa Jewish Family ServicesTOP Jewish Foundation and Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences.

About Jewish Tampa

The Jewish population of Tampa is thought to be close to 25,000-30,000. There are five synagogues in South Tampa, three in Greater Carrollwood and one additional synagogue in the University area.  There are several places that offer Kosher food, a new Kosher restaurant and many different organizations and groups, such as Tampa Jewish Family Services, TOP Jewish Foundation, Hillel Academy, Hebrew Academy of Tampa Bay, Torah Academy, TampaBay-Job-Links, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, Jewish War Veterans and Hadassah to name some.

About Tampa

Tampa sits on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center, it’s also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination. Tampa is a cultural hub and is home to a variety of stage and performing arts venues and theaters and museums covering a wide array of areas. The City of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches covering 1,186 acres within city limits, and 41 more in surrounding suburbs covering 70,000 acres. As a tourist destination, Tampa has many attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, and the Florida Aquarium.

Responsibilities & Deliverables

  • Supervision — Develop and lead a staff that works on JCC programs, preschools, aftercare/camp, and membership to ensure that they provide the appropriate training and development to their respective teams, while promoting a respectful and positive work environment.  The ED will also manage the relationship with the external vendor (EXOS) that provides fitness and recreation programs and plays a lead role in recruiting and retaining members. In addition, depending on the successful candidate’s skillset and experience, the ED may eventually be assigned to oversee other departments. 
  • Donor Relations — Be an active leader in the solicitation and stewardship process. Maintain existing relationships and identify new donors and endowments, applying state-of-the-art fundraising strategies, including securing individual and family gifts, corporate sponsorships and government and foundation grants.
  • Community Relations — Represent the Tampa JCCs locally, statewide and nationally within the JCC network, as well as to other relevant Jewish and secular organizations and to the interfaith and non-Jewish communities.
  • Governance & Board of Directors — Attend monthly board meetings and prepare the JCC board reports highlighting any high-level administrative challenges and/or programmatic accomplishments or issues so that the board is kept engaged and informed.
  • Fiscal Oversight — Maintain a balanced budget, meeting or exceeding stated goals and targets.
  • Risk Management — Work with others to oversee and ensure the security and safety of the JCCs.
  • Strategic Planning — Develop and execute plans to grow the JCCs’ membership, programs, funding, and facilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree, an advanced degree is preferred
  • A history of achieving organizational growth and effectiveness in a JCC environment
  • A minimum of five years of senior leadership experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to being inclusive
  • Persuasive communicator with strong English verbal and written communication skills
  • A strong knowledge of Judaism and Jewish culture and respect for their values and customs
  • Excellent entrepreneurial skills and proven ability to innovate
  • Able to build strong teams and develop people, creating a unifying, team-based, principle-based mission and culture
  • Budgetary skills and experience
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of demographics and stakeholders
  • Always demonstrate integrity, honesty, respect, and discretion to everyone
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to master different databases and platforms
  • Drive results with the ability to prioritize, follow through and delegate
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation


Physical Requirements

Ability to sit and move to different places in our buildings as the position requires.  Must drive in between the two major facilities regularly. Computer work will necessitate periods of sitting. There will be a need to work evenings and weekends routinely.

Reporting Relationships

Position reports to the CEO of the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

The Tampa JCCs and Federation is a “DFWP” Drug Free Workplace and an “EEOE” Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected]

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