Executive Director

Position Description 

A HISTORY OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS 

The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (“JFWM”) was established 97 years ago and is an intermediate-sized Federation that cares for people in need and creates  vibrant Jewish life in Western Massachusetts, Israel, and around the globe. Through a  network of agencies, synagogues, organizations, and personnel and volunteers, JFWM  provides programs and services for 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.  

A division of JFWM, the Jewish Endowment Foundation (“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 (“PACE”) Funds and Lion of Judah Endowment (“LOJE”) funds to support the JFWM’s annual campaign, as well as  established Donor Advised Funds (“DAF”) to manage charitable giving. JEF currently has  over $40m in assets. 

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: 

JFWM is looking for a dynamic leader to be responsible for the overall successful  leadership and management of the JFWM and the JEF. The successful candidate will be  responsible for all planning, fiscal management, staff management, development, 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  highly desired. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Build strong and sustainable relationships with donors, staff, volunteers, and the  community.  
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and constituencies,  agencies, synagogues, individual donors, governmental bodies, private  foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations.  
  • Direct the development and implementation of an annual operating plan and  budget, including long-range strategic planning to ensure the organization’s  objectives are met. In conjunction with the Board, develop organizational goals and  objectives consistent with the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Design and implement all development activities, including the annual campaign,  planned giving, the cultivation and stewardship of major and corporate donors,  foundations.  
  • Manage a portfolio of major donors.  
  • Review community priorities and develop new programs to meet the changing  needs of the community. 
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for JFWM to the public and facilitate ongoing  efforts to educate the community.  
  • Must have knowledge and familiarity with Jewish customs, traditions, and values.  • Demonstrate a willingness to support the JFWM and be a strong advocate for  Israel. 
  • Maintain an excellent working relationship with the Board of Directors and its  committees. With the Board President, develop an active and committed Board of  Directors who govern the agency’s strategic activities. 
  • Work with the various programs and committees, including NextGen; Rachel’s  Table; PJ Library; the Community Relations Committee; The Israel Desk;  Women’s Philanthropy, and others.  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of fundraising, including annual campaigns,  grants, individual gift solicitation, stewardship, and planned giving. 
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain partnerships between individuals,  governmental and non-government organizations, corporations, and foundations,  both locally and nationally.  
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Jewish customs, traditions, and values. 
  • Ability to build trust and to be a diplomat in solving community issues.
  • Extensive experience managing a complex organization (private or not-for-profit).
  • Outstanding analytical and written/verbal communication skills. 
  • The ability to be a visionary with regard to the evolving needs of the community,  staff and lay leadership. 

BA degree required, graduate degree preferred  

LOCATION OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Resting along the banks of the Connecticut River, in the southern Pioneer Valley located  in Western Massachusetts, is the region’s economic hub. Several companies are  headquartered in the metro Springfield area, including Fortune 500 financial services firm  MassMutual, Baystate Medical Center, which is the largest medical center servicing  Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties as well as the Albany, NY region.  Cooley Dickinson Hospital is located nearby in Northampton. Higher education  institutions, including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College,  Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with several other  universities and colleges, attract college students, creating a vibrant and diverse  population. There are many options for Jewish life, including various synagogues, day  schools, and an active Jewish Community Center. Western Massachusetts is the  birthplace of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library. 



All recreational and employment opportunities that the Pioneer Valley offers are within  reach of other major East Coast metro areas. Springfield is less than an hour from the  Berkshires, two-and-one-half hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Boston, roughly 30 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut, and 90 minutes from Vermont ski resorts and the  Connecticut and Rhode Island Shores.  

Salary commensurate with experience.  

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to ExecDirSearch@Jewishwesternmass.org