The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM) cares for Jews in need and the entire community and creates vibrant Jewish life in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Israel and around the globe. Through community building and fundraising efforts, JFWM supports vital educational and social service programs. Grounded in the values of justice, repairing the world, and Jewish unity, JFWM connects to a community that pursues social justice, fights hunger and poverty, rescues and resettles people in danger, and strengthens Jewish life.
JFWM seeks a dynamic leader to guide the overall successful leadership and management of the JFWM and the Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF). The successful candidate will be responsible for all planning, development, fiscal and staff management, board, and community partnerships. With accountability to the Board of Directors and its elected Board President, the successful candidate must be a relationship builder and a collaborative and energetic leader. A successful track record of development and community building is essential. Prior Federation or Jewish Foundation experience is desired.
About the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts
The mission of the JFWM, as the Pioneer Valley’s central Jewish communal organization, is to ensure the continuity and well-being of a vibrant Jewish community in the Pioneer Valley, Israel, and the world. Guided by the values of Torah (Jewish learning), Klal Yisrael (the responsibility of each Jew for another), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice, righteousness, and philanthropy), the Federation, together with its local and worldwide partners, educates and advocates for and supports Jews locally, nationally, and internationally, by planning and evaluating strategically, raising and allocating funds, and developing, inspiring and providing leadership.
The JFWM was established in 1924 and is an intermediate-sized Federation. Through a network of agencies, synagogues, organizations, and personnel and volunteers, JFWM provides programs and services for people of all ages. It centers its work on community building and fundraising efforts in order to foster values of justice, repairing the world, and Jewish unity. JFWM is an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA), a network of Federations that collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually and protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide.
A division of JFWM, the Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF) is the planned giving division of the JFWM. Established in 1972, it serves to manage donors’ and agencies’ charitable funds, and provides grants and allocations in support of JFWM’s mission. JEF also allocates funds to local Jewish agencies and organizations, synagogues, Israel, and to support Jewish communities around the globe. The organization’s donors have also established Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment Funds and Lion of Judah Endowment funds to support the JFWM’s annual campaign, as well as established Donor Advised Funds to manage charitable giving. JEF currently has over $40m in assets.
About the Jewish Community of the Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley Jewish community includes an estimated 23,000 Jewish individuals residing in 12,200 households. Jewish households contain 30,100 individuals and include both Jewish and non-Jewish adults and children. The Pioneer Valley has a population of approximately 200,000 across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties and the cities of Springfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, and Amherst. It is a close-knit warm community with strong intergenerational relationships and very open to welcoming and inviting in newcomers. The community enjoys an affiliation rate of about 25%. It is home to nine synagogues, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Chabad synagogues. There is one Lubavitch religious school (K-12) in the community serving families of all traditions and backgrounds. There is a growing Jewish community in the upper valley, just 15-20 miles north of Springfield with a Jewish Day School (Lander Grinspoon Academy). Abundance Farm, an award-winning Jewish food justice farm, outdoor classroom and community building space is located in Northampton. It is a beautiful urban oasis for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. The Farm is a unique collaboration at Congregation B'nai Israel with the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy. The JFWM recently completed a demographic study which will inform future directions of programs and services for the community.
About the City of Springfield
Springfield MA, the largest city in the Pioneer Valley and in which the JFWM is located, is on the banks of the Connecticut River, with easy access to southern Vermont (1.5-2 hours), the Berkshires (1 hour) which has numerous cultural activities such as Tanglewood - the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hartford (30 minutes), Boston (1.5 hours) and New York (2.5 hours). It is close to beaches and mountains, with many outdoor opportunities. Springfield is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, the Springfield Symphony, the National Yiddish Book Center, and Six Flags Amusement Park. There are many open green spaces, outstanding colleges and universities, and cultural opportunities that include a vibrant live music scene. The two largest employers are Bay State Medical Center and Mass Mutual Insurance Company. Hartford, which is only 30 minutes away, has as its largest employers CIGNA, CVS/Aetna, Travelers, Prudential, and United Healthcare.
The communities surrounding the city of Springfield have many renowned educational institutions including Amherst College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College and Smith College. Hartford Bradley Airport is 20 minutes from the city of Springfield and has both domestic and international flights.
Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership
The Executive Director will be a warm and engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence and a positive approach. The Executive Director must be a highly accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies from the most seasoned lay leaders to new young leadership, professional staff, and those of the greater community. A forward thinking, energetic individual, the Executive Director will promote a culture of innovation and be a change agent to create on-going excitement for engagement in the community.
Proven Ability in Fundraising and Resource Development
The Executive Director must engage and steward donors and seek gifts of significance. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, the Executive Director will direct cutting-edge practices in donor development to enhance and improve the community’s potential. Highly visible in the community, the Executive Director will reach out and cultivate new potential donors at all levels.
Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership
The Executive Director will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the community. The Executive Director will actively engage with other Jewish and general community organizations, working to support existing collaborative programs and to envision new ways to work together. The Executive Director must see the big picture - managing current issues while thinking long term.
Demonstrates Skill in Operational Management
The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the JFWM. This includes the development of an annual operating plan, an understanding of technical support systems and the design and implementation of all development activities. The Executive Director will create a positive working environment through inspiring, developing, and motivating staff, and will foster innovation, teamwork, and collaboration. The Executive Director serves as the primary spokesperson for the JFWM and the community. The Executive Director will be decisive in action, adaptable and accountable.
The Executive Director must have knowledge and familiarity with Jewish customs, traditions, and values. A willingness to support the global objectives of the JFWM and be a strong advocate for Israel are essential.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with 7+ years of strategic leadership, development and management experience in Jewish Federations or other Jewish communal organizations, business, and/or non-profit sectors. An advanced degree is preferred.
• Proven ability to build strong and lasting partnerships with Jewish, corporate, government and other organizations, locally and nationally, and engage key stakeholders and audiences.
• Demonstrated track record of fundraising success, including annual campaigns, grants, individual gift solicitation, stewardship, and planned giving.
• Ability to build trust and be a diplomat in solving community issues.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach and manage staff and develop high-performance teams and set and achieve strategic objectives.
• Ability to develop and drive both short-and long-term strategy for the organization.
• Dynamic Leader to serve as the public face of the organization.
• Knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, practices, and tradition.
• Outstanding analytical, verbal, and written communication skills
A competitive compensation package including relocation is available for the successful candidate.
Qualified candidates can apply for this position – please include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.
Deadline to apply: June 7, 2021 – sooner is preferred