The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, CT (FJP) is seeking a dynamic visionary who will continue to strengthen and grow our diverse community. The Executive Director should be an enthusiastic advocate for the FJP’s mission, building and maintaining trusted relationships with all sectors of the community. The Executive Director must be a strategic thinker who can build community culture and develop lay leadership through strong listening skills and a spirit of collaboration. S/he must be willing to get involved hands-on to ensure success and must have proven fundraising experience.
The Executive Director will consistently demonstrate a passion for and commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values, Israel and the work of Federation and will be a respected and articulate spokesperson for the Jewish community.
The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board and is accountable to the Executive Committee and the Board. S/he will manage and empower a staff that currently consists of two full-time (development professional, executive assistant) and three part-time (bookkeeper, programming, publicity) employees. S/he will be responsible for managing and growing the FJP annual campaign, which currently is roughly $1 million.
The Executive Director of the FJP is also the President of the local Jewish Community Foundation, which holds assets of approximately $4 million, including a combination of institutional and donor advised charitable funds. The President oversees a small Board of Directors with financial expertise and is responsible for working with this Board and the investment management company to ensure appropriate management of funds and investor communication.
Below are factors that Federation leaders have identified as critical to the success of the Executive Director and our community. Note that they are not in any particular order as they are collectively seen as essential to achieving our FJP mission.
Inspires and builds commitment and leadership: The Executive Director provides a Federation vision and messaging that inspires and fosters engagement, participation and commitment across the breadth of our stakeholders. S/he can positively and effectively communicate in large gatherings and individually with community members. S/he identifies volunteers and ensures they are provided meaningful avenues for participation and engagement. S/he cultivates volunteers’ skills and knowledge to develop them as future lay leaders.
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships: The Executive Director must be a highly accomplished relationship builder who is open, accessible and comfortable with diverse groups. S/he is a warm and engaging leader who listens to all viewpoints and will successfully position and represent the Federation. S/he builds coalitions and partnerships with agencies, synagogues, organizations and leaders to identify and promote opportunities for collaboration in service of shared interests.
Effectively manages business and staff: The Executive Director builds and requires a culture of respect, empowerment, and accountability. S/he supports individual and collaborative efforts to achieve objectives and is responsible for staff development. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to manage an organization’s financial and operational needs.
Proven ability as a fundraiser: The Executive Director provides leadership and strategic direction for financial resource development including building relationships, stewarding donors and soliciting/closing gifts across the community. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, s/he will focus on engaging and re-engaging donors, tapping the significant potential of the Upper Fairfield County community. The successful candidate will have a proven record of developing appropriate fundraising strategies for donors of all giving levels (including unaffiliated and former donors).
Demonstrates a passion for, and knowledge of the Jewish world and Israel, and acts in accord with Jewish values: The Executive Director demonstrates a passion for and a commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values and the work of the Federation and the Federation movement. S/he is an articulate spokesperson for the Jewish community, speaking effectively and easily about Jewish culture and issues. The Executive Director is a role model, an active participant in the Jewish community, and is comfortable with all religious streams.
The ideal candidate will have:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with strategic leadership and management experience in Federation, business, government, academic and/or non-profit sectors
Proven fundraising ability
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated understanding of financial management.
A proven record of building trusted relationships with a variety of constituencies and stakeholders, including working with a board and sensitivity to the volunteer-professional partnership
Experience in successfully managing professional staff and other personnel
Enthusiasm about the Federation’s mission and the ability to inspire others to create a community dedicated to that mission
A competitive compensation package (salary and benefits) is available for the successful candidate
This position is available in late 2021.