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Job Title: Director of Community Impact

Date Last Updated: 10/18/2012
Job ID #: 10472

Role/Job Category:†Community Planning & Resource Allocation
Organization Name:†Minneapolis Jewish Federation


†Director of Community Impact
Minneapolis Jewish Federation

The Federation mission is to build community, care for the welfare of Jews everywhere and maximize participation in Jewish life.† With a focus on community, leadership engagement and development and financial resource development, the Federation is able to serve as a central resource to support the Jewish community locally and internationally.

KEY FACTS & FIGURES:††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Minneapolis and its suburbs are home to approximately 35,000 Jews; and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has historically conducted one of the most successful Community Annual Campaigns in the country.† Supporting more than 50 partner agencies and programs throughout the local, overseas and global community; the Community Annual Campaign raises over $10 million from 5,500 donors.† The Jewish Community Foundation, the planned giving and endowments branch of the Federation, has over $68 million in assets with 800 funds under management.† While the Community Annual Campaign remains the Federationís principal fundraising effort, the Federation leadership continues to develop new strategies for outreach and engagement as well as cultivation and solicitation in order to raise additional resources to meet community needs today while planning for the future.

Minneapolis is a vibrant business and economic hub, with the corporate headquarters of 19 Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries.† It is known for its strong educational system; a diverse and strongly supported arts community, including, some of the finest and most extensive theater outside of New York; and one of the best designed and maintained park systems. Minneapolis is home to four professional sports teams as well as the University of Minnesota. It is a community that brings its highly educated children back home to settle and build their own families.

An affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation is part of a network of over 160 Federations through the U.S. and Canada.

POSITION SUMMARY:††††††††††††††††††††††
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Community Impact (DCI) will serve on the Leadership Team and coordinate a comprehensive approach for the community planning process, including developing methodologies to ensure implementation of five Community Strategic Priorities.†

The DCI will strive for excellence and innovation to continue to position the Federation as the prime agency for Jewish community planning, funding, and convening of Jewish organizations to meet community priorities and create a vibrant Jewish life in Minneapolis and overseas.† In addition, the ideal candidate will have the experience, composure, and communication skills to forge strong relationships with community organizations, donors, lay leaders, and other key stake holders. The DCI will also serve in the lead role of establishing and stewarding relations with and serving as the liaison with the local Jewish agencies and synagogues around our planning and allocations process and collaborative initiatives.

The DCI is responsible for the reorganization and alignment of the Community Impact committee structure, funding requests and allocations process for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

This is a full-time, management position, which supervises two direct reports, including the Assistant Director of Community Impact and an administrative assistant.


  • Oversee all strategic planning, research, and local, national, and overseas grant making functions of a major non-profit organization with annual campaign revenue over $10 million, a foundation exceeding $65 million in assets and annual philanthropic impact of over $15 million.

  • Coordination of a dynamic volunteer network of close to 150 individuals.

  • Collaborate with the Financial Resource Department and Marketing and Communications Department to ensure coordinated planning, program development and integration of priority needs into the Federationís overall operational and development plans.

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of local beneficiary agencies and programs, and overseas beneficiaries and maintaining an active and direct relationship with staff of Federation partner agencies.

  • Manage relations with community foundations, including grant writing and ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of funded programs.

  • Develop and present proposals to current and prospective donors that meet both their philanthropic interests and identified community needs.†

  • Promote fundraising messages, solicit gifts, identify and cultivate opportunities for directed giving, and promote the linkages between strategic planning, community priorities and fundraising achievement.

  • Spearhead major research and planning initiatives, including large-scale demographic research, new program creation, and the development and improvement of funding policies and mechanisms.

  • Lead targeted crisis-management efforts to address the financial and programmatic health of funded agencies.

  • Contribute to a team culture of collaboration, creativity and productivity.

  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer to develop a menu of funding opportunities consistent with Board and CEO strategic priorities.


  • Minimum of five years experience working in a mid-to-senior level management position, including continuous professional experience in community planning, programming, grant making, development and/or program management.

  • Bachelorís degree required; Graduate degree in Public Administration, Management, Jewish Communal Service or related field experience preferred.

  • Ability to relate easily to volunteer and professional leadership at all levels of the Federation and its partner agencies and program providers.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

  • Creativity and interest in seeking new professional challenges.†

  • Strong management and leadership skills, including demonstrated success developing high-performing, empowered teams in a culture of accountability and discipline.

  • Proven record in establishing and stewarding long-term trusted relationships with clients, donors and volunteer leaders and agencies and institutions.

  • Models a personal commitment to the Jewish community, Jewish values and a proven commitment to broader civic and community issues.

  • Flexibility for evening meetings and other professional commitments.

  • Diplomacy and patience, along with a sense of humor!

A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.

Desired Education Degree/Level:†Bachelor's

Career Level:†5-10 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job:†JFNA - MCLE - RW
Contact Title:†Consultant
Preferred Contact Method:†E-mail
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