Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo
The Federation is seeking a strong and collaborative leader for this closely knit Jewish community located on the banks of Lake Erie, in northwestern Ohio.
With stable leadership and a sound financial base, the new CEO will have the vision and drive to take the organization to the next level. Playing the lead role in articulating the vision for the community and building for the future, this collaborative and persuasive Jewish professional leader will engage and inspire the community around issues of Jewish life, locally, nationally and internationally.
S/he will cultivate volunteer leadership by partnering with the dedicated and knowledgeable community volunteers, particularly in educating and inspiring the next generation through relevant messaging and programmatic initiatives.
S/he will have a significant track record in fund development as well as in attracting and stewarding high net-worth individuals and others with untapped potential including the affinity and other appropriate cohort groups.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is the community convener and central address for the Jewish programmatic, cultural, educational, social and philanthropic initiatives both locally and globally.
This functional Federation shares a 30 acre campus with various agencies that it manages and supports including the JCC-YMCA (the first successful merger of its kind), Toledo Jewish Community Foundation, Department of Jewish Programs, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Senior Services, Pelham Manor (HUD senior housing is not located on the campus), Jewish Community Relations Committee and the Toledo Board of Jewish Education. Representing the richness and diversity of Jewish ideology, the Federation supports collaborative programming among the three synagogues, Chabad, and the Federation itself. Two of Toledo’s three synagogues share their campuses with the Federation.
In 2011 Federation acquired property to establish a Hillel House at the University of Toledo and maintains a Bowling Green University Hillel as well. With a longstanding reputation for developing dedicated community leaders, Federation raised over $1.2 million from a pool of nearly 1,000 generous donors in 2011. The Foundation is valued at over $28 million. The Federation currently has a staff of 30 with 9 reporting directly to the CEO. For more information about the Toledo Jewish community, visit www.jewishtoledo.org.
Toledo, Ohio has had a Jewish community since the early 1800s and currently has a Jewish population of approximately 3,000. Situated one hour from Detroit, the greater Toledo area is home to the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, and is less than an hour from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan. Cultural opportunities include a world class art museum, symphony, opera company and a zoo. Once a booming manufacturing city that fed Detroit’s auto industry, Toledo still maintains a formidable glass and automotive industry, in addition to rebuilding and re-branding itself as a center for “green technology”.
CEO SUCCESS FACTORS:
Inspires Others and Builds Commitment
The CEO will demonstrate a passion for, and a commitment to, Jewish life, Jewish values and the work of the Federation and the Federation movement. S/he will inspire engagement, participation, and commitment from multiple stakeholders, and will be perceived as a leader of the Jewish community. S/he will work with the Board and its committees to manage a governance structure that fosters effective partnership and maximizes results. The CEO will serve as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of program, finance and agency policy and governance.
The CEO will lead, manage and develop the professional team responsible for planning integrated financial resource development including endowment development that supports the overall mission of the Federation, particularly the development of strategies in relationship to major supporters.
S/he will be Federation’s lead fundraiser, and as such, will engage and steward donors, close gifts of significance and also identify and implement innovative collaborative fundraising efforts servicing Federation and its beneficiaries.
Builds Trusted Relationships
The CEO will build and maintain trusted relationships with a range of stakeholders including volunteers, major donors and prospects, agency and community leaders. Managing expectations, the CEO will consistently deliver on commitments.
The CEO will serve as one of the primary representatives and community spokespersons for Federation, with private and public funders, and with national and international Jewish organizations, partners and beneficiaries.
The CEO will promote and advocate for support of Israel to the Jewish community and the community at large through a balanced and non-political approach using educational, cultural and other initiatives.
The CEO will strengthen community relations through organizational and professional networks and relationships. S/he will oversee the Federation’s Toledo Jewish News staff to ensure continued relevance, fiscal viability and broad distribution.
Leads and Manages Change
The CEO will be a forward thinking individual who promotes a culture of innovation and creativity, and is not afraid to try new approaches, ideas and services. The new CEO will be a leader in the community and a collaborator among the agencies and synagogues.
Integrity and Credibility
The CEO will be open, accessible and accountable. S/he will demonstrate fairness and honesty in personal behavior and organizational decisions and will take responsibility for decisions and consequences. The CEO will place the Federation’s goals above her/his own self interest. The CEO will oversee the work of the staff to enhance Federation operations and ensure that Federation’s story, message and positions are effectively developed and disseminated to the Jewish and general communities.
Business Management Skills
A results-oriented professional, the CEO will partner with volunteer and other professional leadership to shape and achieve the organization’s goals and objectives and communicate progress on an ongoing basis. S/he will be fiscally astute and will be involved in managing the budget and discussions of Federation finances toward the goal of good fiscal decision-making.
Bachelor’s degree with strategic leadership and management experience in business, government, academic, non-profit sectors and/or Jewish community or another transferrable management setting. Successful track record of working with a board and sensitivity to the volunteer-professional partnership. The successful CEO must be committed to and enthusiastic about the Federation’s mission, and inspire others to create a community dedicated to that mission.
A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Sandra Leshaw (Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org), who is conducting the search on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Ohio.