President and Chief Executive Officer

Location: Columbia, MD 21044
Position President and Chief Executive Officer
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Degrees: BA
Organization Type Federation

President and Chief Executive Officer – Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC)

Position Overview
The Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC) is seeking a President/CEO who will relish the opportunity to take this growing, diverse community to the next level. They will be a strategic thinker, who will oversee operations, and who will be the primary driver and promoter of its mission. The new professional leader will need to ensure the short- and long-term health of the organization by scanning the ever-changing landscape, and positioning JFHC to adapt and thrive. They will recognize strengths and opportunities, demonstrate an ability to shift resources as needed, and will be able to translate vision and strategy into practical and tangible action plans.

The President/CEO will also oversee all fundraising and be responsible for securing the necessary resources for JFHC. They must have the experience and skills to develop and leverage a range of community relationships, while continuing to nurture JFHC’s strong existing partnerships within the Jewish community.

Key Areas of Responsibility
● Provide strategic leadership in partnership with lay leaders throughout the organization.
● Collaborate with the Board of Directors to define the organization’s short and long-term goals.
● Work with the Board and the Development Director to execute all fundraising.
● Foster a culture of excellence, openness, positivity, and teamwork among staff, volunteers, and the Board, so that each may be informed and enhance the other’s work.
● Be alert to potential new programs, partnerships, and strategic opportunities, and work with the Board and the Program Director to decide how to move forward on them and to adapt to changing circumstances.
● Be the face of the Federation to the community, and the key responder to antisemitism in it.

Community Relationships:
• Develop collegial and constructive working relationships with leaders and members of Howard County Jewish organizations.
• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with other faith organizations and civic leaders in Howard County and Maryland.
• Serve as professional spokesperson for JFHC as required or defer to lay leadership when appropriate.

Financial & Personnel Management:
• Provide leadership to ensure goals are being met and priorities are achieved, and that staff understands their roles and responsibilities.
• Oversee the hiring and performance of the JFHC staff.
• Oversee, guide, staff, and report to the Board on the performance and effectiveness of JFHC programs.
• Develop, implement, and monitor an annual operating plan and budget for the organization.
• Ensure financial controls are in place and supervise all financial activity of the organization.
• Oversee the relationship with The Associated and/or other firms with respect to contracted services they provide to the JFHC.
• Control organizational expenses and monitor performance against budget.

    Resource Development:

• Develop and oversee annual campaign strategy and implementation with the Development Director.
• Oversee, develop, and execute special campaigns and legacy giving programs.
• Research and write grants with staff for JFHC programs when applicable and relevant.
• Manage corporate sponsorship relationships and opportunities with the Development Director.

   Board Development & Governance:

• Assist nominating committee with Board recruitment and orientation for new Board members.
• Lead, manage and support strategic planning processes when appropriate.
• Ensure that compliance with all Bylaws, policies, guidelines, and record keeping are accurate and timely.


• Establish and maintain relationships with government officials and other community leaders to advocate on behalf of Jewish causes and values.
• Coordinate closely with and provide staffing for the Jewish Community Relations Council to ensure a coherent and consistent presence in communicating with elected and appointed officials, the media, and with leaders and members of the Jewish community.
• Provide an “Israel” presence at community events when requested or required.

Qualifications & Experience
● Five to eight years of experience working in Jewish Federations or other non-profit fundraising organizations, including supervisory experience
● Experience and demonstrated success in nonprofit management and fundraising, including identifying and securing public and private grants
● Experience working effectively with a Board to carry out the mission of an organization and develop strategic direction
● Demonstrated ability to be the principal spokesperson with external stakeholders
● Experience with CRM software, preferably DonorPerfect
● Strong knowledge of and commitment to Jewish culture, values, traditions, and celebrations
● An established record of successful coalition-building with community stakeholders
● Evidence of success in developing and managing an annual operating budget
● Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

Desired Competencies & Skills
● Passion for the mission
● Outstanding skills in building, cultivating and stewarding relationships
● Able to connect with people, build coalitions, maintain a positive attitude, and enjoy working with a diverse and wide range of stakeholders
● Flexible and creative thinker, nimble with innovative approaches to solving problems and overcoming challenges
● Superior written, spoken, and organizational skills
● Skilled in the tools of current multi-media communication

Compensation & Benefits
Salary Range: $115,000-130,000 annually. Salary commensurate with experience.
The Jewish Federation of Howard County offers a competitive package, including health insurance, 401(k) employer match, employer-paid life insurance and long-term disability, flexible spending plan, and a complimentary membership to the Jewish Community Center. We make work/life balance a priority offering generous paid holidays, vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

Application Process
Electronic submissions are preferred. Qualified Candidates apply here: Click here to apply

Please submit cover letters including salary requirements to resume at in addition to your online application.

About the Jewish Federation of Howard County
Our MISSION - Support and serve the Howard County Jewish community and connect the local community to the State of Israel and Jews throughout the world.
Our VISION - Be the dynamic, integrating resource in Howard County by promoting the well-being of the Jewish community as a whole, in partnership with other Jewish-based and community organizations.
Our STRATEGIC PURPOSE - Build community by caring for, supporting, and enriching Jewish life in Howard County. The Federation welcomes all people who identify Howard County as their Jewish community to participate in, volunteer for, or donate to Federation activities and programs.
To learn more about the JFHC, visit

Note: This job ad is not intended to be all-inclusive, but to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed.