The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is focused on philanthropy and community engagement throughout the region with a vibrant network of people, agencies, programs, and services that maintain and strengthen the Jewish community. JFGI is the connection to the entire Jewish community—in Indianapolis, in Israel, and around the world. On an annual basis, JFGI considers local community needs and global responsibilities and allocates funds accordingly. With $90 million in assets under management and an annual campaign in excess of $4M annually, JFGI supports its community and meets its needs, no matter how far-reaching.
The next leader of JFGI will have the unique opportunity, with the full support of the JFGI Board, lay leaders and staff, to lead, facilitate, develop, and execute an ambitious and innovative strategic plan to drive key efforts.
o Engage the Board, lay leaders, agencies, staff, and community members in a broad conversation and planning effort focused on the direction of JFGI and its future role in the community, culminating in a three-year strategic plan.
o Engage in a comprehensive effort to expand the breadth and depth of all financial resource development opportunities to increase the level of funding for agencies, programs, and community partners.
o Rethink, renovate, redevelop, and resource the current Federation campus north of downtown Indianapolis so that it meets the needs of the Indianapolis Jewish community now and for decades to come.
o Build upon the momentum of JFGI’s engagement efforts to ensure community members, particularly the next generation of leaders, prioritize JFGI as they allocate their philanthropic time, talent, and treasure.
o Strengthen and build a culture of collaboration and excellence across the organization and among agencies and other partners to ensure the successful delivery of the community’s key priorities.
We seek a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively within the community, including with donors, agency leaders, Board members, lay leaders, staff, volunteers, and many others. 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. Experience working with and successfully engaging multiple diverse constituents will be important.
The successful candidate will be a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic donor and stakeholder relationships. This person must be able to engender trust and relate to stakeholders in a highly professional, honest, transparent, and caring manner. Their career should be noted by the ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant leadership style.
The ability to inspire, lead, grow, and empower the staff and a dedicated, committed Board and lay leadership is required. Energy, a desire to continuously learn and grow, and the ability to be a good listener are important personal attributes. Integrity, strategic thinking, critical inquiry, time and people management, and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to engage in difficult but critical conversations, are necessary for success in this position. As a key spokesperson for JFGI, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on all relevant subjects in a clear and transparent fashion. An understanding of the federated approach and literacy of financial reporting, budgeting, and investment portfolio management are important.
The ideal candidate will be able to gain an understanding of the cultural and historical dynamics of a community. Connecting with and understanding people of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds, and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions, are required skills. The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which they have worked by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism, and social activities.