Careers/Leadership Center

Job Title: Executive Director

Date Last Updated: 6/28/2013
Job ID #: 10123

Role/Job Category: Other
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of Howard County
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Status: Full-Time



Howard County, Maryland - where you can enjoy a rich quality of life with an abundance of places to go, people to meet and landscapes to see. Great restaurants, shopping, recreation, history and people are some of the attributes that make this county an ideal place to live and work.   Howard County is located in the central part of Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It is considered part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.  The main population center of Columbia/Ellicott City was named 2nd among Money magazine's 2010 survey of "America's Best Places to Live.”  A great community deserves great schools, and the Howard County Public School System is a recognized source of local pride.  As one of the most highly-regarded in the Nation, it outperforms every other public school system in Maryland. The flourishing arts community, with its abundance of local theatres, music venues, and exhibit halls, has received a National Award for County Arts and Leadership and the public library system was ranked first in America among Great Public Libraries. If it's sports you want, you'll be thrilled to know that Howard County recently received two national awards from Sports Illustrated for having the best athletic facilities and most abundant program offerings for residents of all ages.  It’s no wonder families, as well as businesses, are choosing to make Howard County the place they call “home”.

The Jewish community of Howard County, according to a recent community study, is home to approximately 20,400 people living in approximately 7500 households of which 17,200 (84%)  identify as Jewish.  In the past decade, the overall size of the Jewish community has grown nearly 10%, and the median age is 50.

The Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC) is a “functional Jewish federation” in that the organization is responsible for both the funding and delivery of services to the community.  Among the many services and programs supported and offered by the JFHC are:

  • jGroup: Engaging programming for our Senior Community
  • Shabbot Tots
  • Rosh Hodesh: It’s a girl thing!
  • BBYO affiliation
  • Teen involvement at the AIPAC policy conference
  • Religious School Scholarships
  • Hospice Program
  • Jewish Emergency Network
  • Jewish Community Services

JFHC programs are overseen by 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff, including 1 administrative support employee.

The Jewish community of Howard County is warm and welcoming and inclusive. Volunteer opportunities abound for anyone interested in becoming involved.  There are seven congregations covering the major denominations.  Thirty percent of the Jewish community is comprised of interfaith families.  Six percent of the Jewish population are current donors to the Annual Campaign.  The JFHC  raised $680K in 2010, representing a 6% increase over the previous year.

The Position:

The Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County will be a dynamic senior professional with a track record of excellence in organization management and fundraising and a strong Jewish passion to lead this vibrant, sophisticated community.  The next Executive Director will bring vision and creativity to partner with a dedicated corps of volunteer leaders and professional staff.  

Among the challenges for the next executive are:

  • Developing compelling branded messages for both the JFHC and our newly created JCC – HoCo, a JCC “Without Walls”
  • Generating integrated financial resource development strategies that lead to sustained growth of donors and dollars
  • Creating leadership development engagement activities to ensure JFHC and community continuity
  • Designing programs and activities of the highest quality that attract and engage a wide participant base whether wholly JFHC, JCC - HoCo or in collaboration and partnership with others
  • Initiating outreach and in-reach efforts to attract and engage both affiliated and unaffiliated constituencies


Business/organization management and administration

  • oversight of finances and financial management (in conjunction with the Board Treasurer)
  • professional and support staff supervision, development, and assessment
  • preparation and implementation of an annual business and marketing plan

Financial Resource Development

  • annual and special campaigns
  • planned gifts and endowment
  • major gifts

Donor Development

  • stewardship of current donors
  • cultivation and stewardship of new donors

Volunteer Leadership Development

  • volunteer deployment
  • board development and training
  • identification and cultivation of new volunteer leaders

Community Relations

  • articulate the issues and concerns of the Jewish community to the greater Howard County community
  • represent the Jewish community at forums, in coalitions and community consortia
  • serve as the chief spokesperson for the Jewish community to the media
  • work with the Howard County Board of Rabbis

Programs and Services Development and Delivery

  • create new and innovative approaches to Jewish communal, social, cultural, recreational and educational activities
  • Israel education and advocacy, health and human services


  • Knowledge of and ability to provide excellent business and organization management including strong financial, human resources, and facility management
  • Grasp of the issues of Jewish life locally, nationally and internationally
  • Insight into how Jewish communal life operates locally, nationally and internationally and how to effectively engage in and impact those systems and processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of the strategies for building and maintaining a viable financial base
  • Awareness of the fiscal and legal standards and requirements of non-profit management
  • Clear working knowledge of Jewish values and practices so as to be credible and respectful in a range of venues
  • Ability to translate vision into objectives, strategies, activities and deliverables
  • Management of a complex organization under changing conditions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial resource/donor development skills
  • Ability to develop, cultivate and steward trusted and trusting relationships
  • Knowledge of teamwork and collaboration techniques
  • Ability to promotes a productive work environment
  • Working knowledge of and ability to use appropriate technologies and their resources

Other Qualifications: 

  • BA degree, graduate degree and 3-5 years of experience in public administration, non-profit management or related field preferred
  • Passion for and knowledge of Judaism, Jewish issues, Israel and global Jewish community
  • High energy and engaging personality
  • High standards of conduct and ethics

Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 2-5 yrs. experience

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