Chief Operating Officer

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford | West Hartford, CT, United States

Posted Date 11/01/2022


Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (JFGH) is a trusted community nonprofit established over 70 years ago to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in Greater Hartford, Israel and throughout the world that is cared for, connected and engaged. This is accomplished through diverse volunteers and professionals who spend countless hours understanding and planning for community needs, raising critical funds, supporting social services and Jewish education, securing Jewish institutions, combating antisemitism, allocating communal resources, engaging with Israel, building bridges of understanding with individuals and groups beyond the Jewish community, convening our community, welcoming newcomers, and actively promoting Jewish engagement. Federation’s annual campaign and total financial resource development have grown over the last three years with total financial resource development (FRD) now exceeding 6.4 million dollars. 

Our Jewish community of over 30,000 has been welcoming scores of new members and the region has consistently been touted by the New York Times and others as a great place to relocate to with rich cultural institutions, excellent schools and universities, scenic, affordable communities and close proximity to New York and Boston. Our Jewish community includes vibrant, diverse synagogues, two day schools, a kosher grocery, senior Jewish living, Jewish camps and an outstanding Jewish Community Center.


JFGH is seeking a highly motivated, outcome focused, strategic COO to support the vision of an outward facing CEO, manage internal operations, and lead select “big picture” strategic initiatives of JFGH. Our successful COO candidate will provide a strong day to day leadership presence to a high performing professional team. The COO will be a strategic partner to the CEO and will oversee the smooth and efficient operations of JFGH in order to achieve the organization’s strategic vision. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: project management, goal setting, strategic planning and implementation, governance and Federation lay leadership development.


The COO will serve as an internal leader of the organization and will be a consistent leadership presence for all members of the JFGH professional team. The COO will motivate the team and ensure resources are available to maximize their performance. He/she will oversee our organization-wide goal setting and evaluation system for all employees with clear expectations and metrics. The COO will lead the team in improving and overseeing the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and policies and fostering a positive and impactful work culture  

The COO will work in partnership with the CEO and Board of Directors to implement and evaluate the agency’s strategic plan and annual operating plan as well as overarching community plans and priorities. He/she will ensure that resources are properly deployed, and plans executed in support of the work of the C Suite managers and aligned with agency goals. Results will be regularly and systematically evaluated, ensuring progress is being made and goals are met. He/she will support the CEO, Board of Directors, management team, and staff in their efforts to achieve JFGH’s strategic vision.

Working with the senior management team, the COO will ensure requisite policies, processes and procedures are in place and recorded for all functions of JFGH including but not limited to governance, finance, personnel, technology, impact measurement and evaluation, programming, database, volunteer tracking, etc.

The COO, working with the Special Assistant to the President, will coordinate and manage all issues related to the governance structures of JFGH. This includes ensuring the right board and committee structure(s) and people are in place to implement strategic and operational goals of JFGH. The COO will help set the annual meeting (governance) agenda and help develop board meeting agendas as well as work with appropriate staff to write necessary board resolutions and reports.

The COO will also supervise staff directing the agency’s allocations functions and will build positive relationships with local and national agency partners with the goal of achieving greater collaboration, transparency and accountability. The COO shall have collaborative responsibility for creating within the federation staff and the community, a spirit of cooperation and service to the community.




JFGH’s future COO is:

· A collaborative hands-on executive leader with 10+ years of experience in business, government or non-profit sectors.
· Experienced in navigating complex, multi-faceted organizations and systems..
· Experienced in developing and implementing strategic and operating plans.
· A strong leader with proven experience in motivating and inspiring high performing professional teams.
· Sensitive to the diverse needs of staff and can provide clear guidance, expectations, require accountability and provide regular and consistent feedback.
· Systems focused and continuously strives to create and improve internal systems that help JFGH achieve its vision.
· Data savvy with proven experience in making data-driven decisions and creating actionable metrics.
· Financially astute with an understanding of organizational finances and investments.
· An outstanding communicator and writer who values the input of others and understands the importance of transparency in building credibility with staff and key stakeholders.
· An energetic self-starter with highly developed interpersonal skills allowing him/her to relate well to staff, lay leadership, donors and the community at large.
· Willing to take on any task to move the priorities of JFGH forward.
· Committed to Jewish life and community and has a passion for JFGH’s mission.


Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters preferred.

Full Time
Chief Operating Officer | Community Organizing | Community Outreach | Community Planning
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Retirement Plans | Dental | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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