The Madison Jewish community -- like Madison itself -- is warm, growing, and vibrant. There are four congregations which provide diverse religious and cultural experiences: Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Chabad. In addition, the community has many rich Jewish communal organizations, including Jewish Social Services, The University of Wisconsin (UW) Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW Hillel, and Chabad of UW.
The Jewish Federation of Madison (JFM) is responsible for both the funding and delivery of services to the Jewish and greater Madison area community. JFM operates a summer day-camp serving 1000 children, a year-round full-day preschool, a Hebrew high school, and year-round community programs. JFM also owns a $600,000 community building, a 154 acre $4 million community campus, and a 5,500 square-foot aquatic center. For more detailed information about Madison’s Jewish community, please visit our website, www.JewishMadison.org.
Madison is a culturally vibrant community. It is the state capital and home to the state’s flagship university. Although the metropolitan area is 500,000 (and growing), the City feels like a dense, urban area. Fueled by growth from private sector spin-offs from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and from large, stable companies like American Family and Spectrum Brands, Madison continues to grow its already thriving economic base. Madison is frequently named to “best cities” lists (see: http://www.visitmadison.com/media/rankings/). As a home hub of the “creative class,” Madison continues to be a fun, vibrant, accessible, and progressive place to live, work, raise a family, and make a life. To see all that Madison offers please visit http://www.visitmadison.com/
JFM seeks an Executive Director with a proven record of excellence who has the vision and leadership to guide, build, and strengthen the organization. The Executive Director’s initial task is to lead the lay leadership through a comprehensive strategic plan that accurately forecasts the future needs of JFM, and then teams with the lay leadership to bring the plan to fruition.
Working closely with the President of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director reports to the Board. The Executive Director will oversee and direct all operations of JFM, including governance, business management, hiring and supervision of personnel, fundraising, programming, community relations, and Israel and overseas relations. The Executive Director will be the recognized leader and spokesperson, representing the Madison Jewish community in JFM-related matters.
The Executive Director must possess the following skills to achieve success in the position:
- Inspires others and builds commitment through strong leadership
- Builds trusted relationships among staff, lay leadership, community leaders, and the community at large
- Critical thinking skills
- Demonstrates the highest degree of integrity and credibility
- Welcomes and acts upon constructive feedback from lay leadership, staff, and community
- Has excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excels at prioritizing, multi-tasking, and problem solving
- Dedicated to excellence
- Self-aware, with an understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses
The successful candidate will be:
- A leader with strong strategic planning skills who can lead the organization through a thorough visioning process
- An effective and dynamic fundraiser, with a proven record of success
- A good communicator, who listens well, manages time commitments, and projects an outgoing personality to represent JFM as its spokesperson and community leader.
- Passionate and knowledgeable about the Jewish community, with a keen understanding of the Jewish people and the needs and welfare of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world
- Knowledgeable of fiduciary responsibilities, financial operations of non-profit organizations, and general legal and governance requirements
- A strong leader and a good team player who is able to successfully work with and mentor staff, help them set and achieve goals and objectives, and evaluate results according to professional standards
- A collaborator with strong community relations skills who can develop and steward relationships of trust with donors, prospects, community agencies, synagogues, and the greater Madison community
- Excels at prioritizing, multi-tasking, and creative problem solving.
- An energetic self-starter with highly developed interpersonal skills who can relate well to staff, volunteer leadership, donors, and Madison’s diverse community at large, to engage individuals in the work of JFM and cultivate future leaders
- A strategic thinker and planner with organizational expertise to successfully develop and implement the strategic direction of JFM through vision, planning, and implementation
- Able to effectively oversee the management and maintenance of a complex facility
- Preferred knowledge of Microsoft Excel and donor database software.
JFM provides a competitive package for the successful candidate.
We ask that interested candidates submit a cover letter (if you’d like) and resume to EDSearch@JewishMadison.org. Additionally, please answer these questions:
1. To the extent it is not already covered in your resume, describe your background (e.g. your Jewish journey; your career journey).
2. Why are you interested in this position and in leaving your current position (if applicable)?
3. What is your familiarity with the organized Jewish community?
4. What is your experience leading a strategic planning initiative or change process? How did you manage staff, volunteers, and resources that resulted in its success? If you were ever responsible for a change process that was not successful please discuss the experience and what were the lessons learned?
5. When was your last visit to Israel and for what purpose? Describe the impact your Israel experiences have made on your professional and Jewish journeys.
6. Describe how you have managed people including how you have worked to build and motivate high performing staff teams. Provide concrete examples from your experience to explain.
7. Describe your leadership style. Provide concrete examples from your experience to explain.
8. What is your philosophy on working with volunteer leadership? When have you been successful and not been successful and why?
9. Describe your work as spokesperson for an organization. What is your experience representing your organization to the Jewish community and the general community? What work have you done to create collaborative and cooperative relationships with other organizations in your community? Provide concrete examples from your experience to explain.
10. Describe your business and operational experience. How do you develop and manage budgets, internal communications, employee matters, etc.? Provide concrete examples from your experience to explain.
11. Describe your experience in financial resource development. How do you cultivate and steward relationships with significant and high net worth donors? If you are directly responsible for fundraising, how much did you raise in your last campaign? What have you done to grow philanthropic capacity in your current or most recent relevant position/role? Describe how you have planned fundraising campaigns including both the creative elements as well as operational elements.
12. Please let us know if you have ever been a candidate for a position or considered for a professional opportunity at this Jewish Federation or any of its related agencies in the past. If so, please tell us the agency, position, date and outcome.
13. Please add anything else you feel would advance your candidacy.