Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of The Desert
The Jewish Federation of The Desert is the central communal organization for the Jewish population for the Coachella Valley and is dedicated to promoting the values and quality of Jewish life. It is committed to fostering a continuity of Jewish life for future generations. The Federation is further committed to the unity of the Jewish people worldwide, the strengthening of the state of Israel, and the helping of Jews in need wherever they reside. Each year, we fund a community wide network of organizations to care for people in need in Israel and around the world.
Surrounded by four picturesque mountain ranges, greater Palm Springs encompasses nine cities, including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage Cathedral City and Indian Wells. The Coachella Valley has one of California's largest Jewish communities, estimated at 35,000 and with over 350 days of sunshine, there is a wonderful offering of outdoor recreation, golf, tennis and hiking. Though the area is somewhat politically conservative, it is nevertheless renowned for being a community that is known for its inclusion of gays and lesbians as part of a diverse community. In mid-2000, Palm Springs city officials and business leaders discussed making an unofficial declaration of Palm Springs as a "hate-free zone" as a sign of local pride to celebrate the city's tolerance. The area residents enjoy a very high quality of life.
The Jewish Federation of The Desert is seeking a strategic executive with strong fundraising, business leadership and staff management skills to serve as its CEO. A proven and visionary leader who can work collaboratively within the community, with donors, agency leaders, Board members, lay leaders, staff, volunteers, etc. This individual must be able to collaborate, mediate, and build consensus. As a thoughtful leader who is driven by innovation and creativity, the ideal candidate will thrive in bringing constituents together, engaging multiple perspectives, aligning mission and strategy around common goals, and translating mission and strategy into action through successful execution.
Reporting to the Chair of the Board, the CEO will play the lead role in articulating the vision for the Jewish community that will excite and engage the community. Critical to the future is the successful identification, cultivation and stewardship of new donors, identification of other sources of financial support including grants, government support and corporate sponsorships, and the creation of opportunities for new leadership to emerge. The CEO will serve as the voice of the Jewish community to the public.
? A proven record of fundraising, including planning, donor prospecting, solicitation, and
? Ability to translate vision into objectives, strategies activities and deliverables.
? A strong commitment to Judaism, the Jewish people, and the welfare of the State of Israel. Understand the issues of Jewish life locally, nationally, and internationally.
? Successful track record for leadership, including the management of staff, volunteers and financial management of a complex organization. Ability to delegate is highly desired.
?Ability to develop and steward trusted relationships with donors and prospects positioning the Federation as the venue for fulfilling their philanthropic objectives.
?Connect with and understand people of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds, and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions.
? An entrepreneurial spirit who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder relationships.
? Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to engage in difficult but critical conversations, are necessary for success in this position.
? Ability to inspire, lead, grow, and empower the staff and a dedicated, committed Board and lay leadership is required. Integrity, strategic thinking, critical inquiry, time and people management, and sound judgment are essential to success in this role
? BA Degree, MA preferred
? At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in Jewish communal or similar setting.
A highly competitive package, consisting of a base salary range of $175,000 to $190,000 and benefits will be assembled commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.
To apply, please submit a current resume and cover letter to [email protected]