Job Title: Executive Director

Date Last Updated: 3/29/2013
Job ID #: 10308

Role/Job Category: Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
Location: Maitland, Florida
Status: Full-Time


Executive Director
Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
Maitland, FL

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) is seeking an experienced, transformational, and entrepreneurial Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization and build on its 65 year history of nurturing a collaborative, multi-generational Jewish community that is unified, connected, and engaged in preserving, promoting, and supporting Jewish life at home and overseas. The right candidate will have the opportunity to leverage two years of Board and professional focus on revitalizing JFGO, setting the stage to take advantage of new and exciting opportunities in the community to enhance the vision for Jewish life across Central Florida.

The Position 
The Federation’s ED will be a leader in the community, cultivating trusted and authentic relationships and developing significant donors and funding sources to further build on the strong fundraising foundation already in place.   The ED will be responsible for oversight of all Federation functions, including facility management, fundraising and strategic planning efforts.

The Executive Director will be an effective community relationship builder, reaching out to all sectors of the community, including senior volunteers, major donors and prospects, agency, synagogue and community leaders as well as potential community participants.  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.

The successful candidate will be innovative and proactive in embracing the latest and most effective and efficient means of cultivating development that is relevant both to coming and past generations. This will include building on the community’s recent decision to join in a regional alliance between the Orlando, Tampa and Pinellas Jewish Federations designed to leverage regional cost savings, fundraising initiatives, and awareness.

The Executive Director will have overall responsibility in the following areas:


  • Work with the Board and its committees; manage a governance structure that fosters effective partnership leading to maximal results.  Ensure that meetings are properly arranged, communicated and useful, organized and conducted productively.  Work with leadership to develop the skills and knowledge required to build agreement on issues. Identify opportunities for volunteer leadership to capitalize on their skills and abilities including donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Manage the business of regional alliance activity in the new alliance created between Orlando, Tampa and Pinellas.
  • Serve as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of program, finance and agency policy and governance.  Provide and articulate vision and create a climate for its responsible stewardship.
  • Cultivate, recruit, build and maintain effective relationships with top volunteer leadership and leadership prospects.

Financial Resource Development

  • Lead the professional team responsible for planning integrated financial resource development including endowment development, in cooperation with the Tampa Orlando Pinellas (TOP) Jewish Foundation that supports the overall mission of the Federation, particularly the development of strategies in relationship to major supporters of the Federation and next generation donors.

  • Attract and steward high net-worth individuals and connect with younger and unengaged donors.

  • Develop positive relationships with current donors and provide stewardship to the donor cultivation process. Lead the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and campaign leadership.

  • Involve all professional staff and appropriate volunteer leadership in the strategic development process to utilize their expertise and cultivate their support.

  • Oversee the overall relationship with relevant boards and committees involving staff and volunteer leaders as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community agencies and other Jewish institutional stakeholders including the identification and implementation of innovative collaborative fundraising efforts. 

Community Planning & Development

  • Be able to lead and manage change, work collaboratively in shaping the organization and community vision.
  • Take responsibility for integrated community planning efforts that support the mission of the Federation, particularly the development of short term and long term strategies in relation to synagogues and other community organizations. 
  • Manage the overall relationship with relevant boards and committees involving staff and volunteer leaders as appropriate.


  • Working closely with the Finance Director and volunteer leadership, oversee fiscal responsibility for the Federation.  Regularly evaluate the management and status of the agency’s financial resources.
  • Oversee the Board and staff process for developing the Federation’s annual budget.

Business Management

  • Ensure implementation of sound fiscal business practices and budget management.
  • Oversee the work of the staff to enhance the operation of the Federation. Recruit, hire, train motivate, and supervise a staff that can effectively carry out its functions.

Community Relations

  • With the Federation President and Community Relations Chair, serve as one of the primary representatives and spokespersons for the Federation throughout the community, with private and public funders and with national and international Jewish organizations, partners and in the community at large.
  • Engage in community relations through organizational and professional networks and relationships
  • Promote community needs and priorities in support of fundraising efforts.

Top Candidates will have demonstrated success and understanding in the following:

  • Business and functional management skills and/or previous successful experience leading a nonprofit organization
  • Track record of fundraising success
  • History of developing strong trusted relationships with a variety of key stakeholders including major donors, donor prospects, and agency and community leaders, both professional and volunteer
  • Proven ability to promote a culture of creativity, collaboration and forward thinking
  • An understanding and appreciation of organized Jewish community life and the mission of the federation system.
  • Strategies for building and maintaining a viable financial base
  • Fiscal and legal standards and requirements of non-profit management 
  • Working knowledge of Jewish values and practices and credibility and respect within a range of venues. 
  • Proven ability to translate vision into objectives, strategies, activities and deliverables

Personal Qualities and Style

  • Communicates Effectively
  • Dedicated to Excellence
  • Integrity and Credibility
  • Presence
  • Balance
  • Continuously Learns

The Organization
Founded in 1947, the mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) is to provide the resources, planning and commitment necessary to promote Jewish identity and strengthen Jewish life in Central Florida, Israel and throughout the world. 

JFGO has recently signed on to an historic agreement with the federations in Tampa and Pinellas. The newly-formed Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Federation Alliance is a regional model that will be the first of its kind in the country.

Each of the three federations will remain fully autonomous with separate governing boards, separate identities, separate fundraising and they will continue to be strictly separate financial entities, but they will also seek out opportunities to collaborate on various initiatives, integrate some back office activities, do some joint programming and potentially share some staffing responsibilities.

The nine-person Alliance Governing Board will consist of the three federation presidents as well as two other lay leaders from each of the communities and the federation executive directors will staff this new board.

The senior staff person for the Alliance will be the Regional CEO, who is also the executive director of the Tampa Federation. The executive directors in Pinellas and Orlando will report to their boards, and work closely with the Regional CEO.

This innovative approach to federation and governance and management is creating a lot of interest and excitement across the country and the new director of the JFGO will have an opportunity to significantly help shape this new regional model.

Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred with several years progressively responsible experience in a Jewish community or another transferrable management setting


A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.



Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

How To Apply
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