Our client is the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), www.jps.org the nation’s oldest Jewish publisher. They seek a full-time strategic-thinking, technically skilled, highly organized and results-oriented Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief to lead a venerable organization into the next stage of its long history.
The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the educational mission of JPS, for fundraising and communication, and for the sound administration of JPS.
The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the publishing program of JPS, including all manuscript acquisitions, developmental editing, and supervising the managing editor.
The Executive Director:
- Develops the strategic plan with the Board of Trustees, which will guide the Society.
- Cultivates and secures major gifts for title subsidies and unrestricted giving for general budgetary needs, and manages donor relations.
- Motivates and interacts with an engaged Board of Trustees that supports the Society. A key priority of the new Executive Director is to recruit new trustees and strengthen the board in its ability to lead.
- Promotes the Society in dynamic and creative ways through our website, social media, seasonal newsletters, virtual-learning opportunities and special events, and has primary responsibility for and directly maintains these platforms.
- Ensures that business operations are conducted in a fiscally and ethically responsible manner and works with our office manager/accountant to prepare an annual budget and financial reporting.
- Develops the publishing program with the Board of Trustees, which will guide the Society
- Meets with prospective authors to solicit proposals and acquire manuscripts.
- Guides the development of manuscripts through peer review and structural editing.
- Works in close concert with the managing editor and UNP to bring books to publication.
- Provides marketing support to our authors in conjunction with our partner press, and represents the Society at the JPS exhibit booth at national conferences, such as SBL (Society for Biblical Literature), AJS (Association of Jewish Studies), CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis), RA (Rabbinical Assembly), URJ Biennial (Union for Reform Judaism), USCJ Biennial (United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism).
The ideal candidate for this position has a deep knowledge of Judaic studies; a love of Jewish books combined with strong administrative and editorial skills; is aware of trends in Jewish scholarship and synagogue education; is adept at building relationships with prospective board members and donors, and has a mastery of modern communication skills.
- We envision that the new Executive Director will perpetuate JPS’s mission to promote Jewish literacy in new ways that take full advantage of cutting-edge educational technology and content.
- Candidates should be highly motivated to serve the Jewish community and be a self-starting, “roll-up-your-sleeve” organizer who is skillful at and not afraid of the nitty-gritty aspects of communications, fundraising, and marketing.
- At the same time, the Executive Director should be a highly-collaborative person with a proven track-record of building relationships with multiple stakeholders- including trustees, staff, authors, and donors.
- Applicants should preferably be based in the mid-Atlantic area, with ready access to Philadelphia and New York. Flexibility exists to work primarily from home, with travel to 5-6 major annual conferences and various educational and fundraising events.
- This position is full-time with generous vacation leave; other benefits, such as pension and health insurance to be determined by the candidate’s need.
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