Job Title: Columbia Jewish Federation

Date Last Updated: 1/15/2013
Job ID #: 10313

Role/Job Category: Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Organization Name: Columbia Jewish Federation
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Status: Full-Time


Columbia, SC

The Executive Director will be a dynamic and passionate leader with strong fundraising and financial management skills to lead this vibrant community into the future.     CJF is looking for an ED with superb interpersonal skills who can inspire others towards increased philanthropic participation, continue to build a community environment of collaboration and has the ability to attract and engage the next generation of community leaders.

Located in the heart of South Carolina with a population of more than 3,000 Jews and a long tradition of deeply committed volunteer leadership, the Columbia Jewish Federation is searching for a leader with solid business and Jewish communal experience to partner with volunteer leaders and stakeholders to create and articulate a vision for the community.  This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys the challenge of building…building community, campaign and leadership.

The Executive Director is the chief professional officer of the Columbia Jewish Federation, responsible for oversight of all Federation functions and the success of all its fundraising efforts.  S/he must have a passion for Jews in our community and worldwide and the ability to attract and nurture donors from all economic levels, as well as connect with younger and unengaged members of the community. 

Background Information
Columbia, South Carolina is considered a small-sized Federation community, but large in spirit and passion.  It is the proud home of the University of South Carolina, which in recent years has added a Jewish Studies Program and a growing Hillel.   The capital of South Carolina, Columbia has one of the top rated zoos in the country, a “national library of the year,”  the second largest man-made lake in the country with about 500 miles of shoreline, mild winters to enjoy plenty of golf and recreation, as well as enough cultural events to enjoy every night of the week. Please learn more about our wonderful city at

The Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, built with volunteer donations in 2005, is the heart of the community. In addition, Columbia has thriving synagogues including orthodox, conservative and reform congregations.  Jewish Family Service continues to serve the needs of the community with a food shelter, programming and transportation assistance for the elderly, counseling and much more. The Jewish community boasts a strong Jewish cultural arts program, which includes the annual Jewish Film Festival and a passionate Holocaust Education Commission, whose mission is to make sure the Columbia community never forgets the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.  There is also a community mikvah and a S.C. Jewish Historical Society.  For more information about the Columbia Jewish community visit the Federation website at

The CJF staff includes a full time Jewish Family Service Director, part-time community relations assistant and full time administrative assistant. 

The Columbia Jewish community is experiencing a baby boom and is a wonderful place to raise a family. The Fort Jackson army base, University of South Carolina and other economic and cultural attractions are drawing many new families to the capital city.


Fundraising Skills
The ED must take a proactive approach to reinvigorate the annual campaign.  S/he must seek and cultivate relationships with current and prospective major donors as well as build support across a broader section of the community.  Accountable for the fundraising success, S/he must be attuned to donor interests and concerns, possessing outstanding interpersonal skills and convey a deep passion for the mission. The ED will focus on identifying, engaging, re-engaging donors, particularly those emerging as the next generation of community stakeholders.  S/he must be knowledgeable about philanthropy and understand research, trends and opportunities in the philanthropic field.

Business Management Skills
The ED must understand best practices for nonprofit management, implement sound fiscal business practices, exhibit strong management skills and work effectively with a team.  S/he will oversee all operations of the Federation, including, but not limited to:  supervision and training of staff; administration of programs and services; development and management of the annual budget; monitoring income and expenses; ensuring financial integrity and providing financial oversight; compliance with laws, rules and regulations applicable to nonprofit corporations; recruitment; management of Federation committees, serving as staff for and attending appropriate committee meetings.

Community Building
The ED will be a convener of the Jewish community and a facilitator in addressing community issues as they arise.  This individual will excite others to become involved and engaged in the organization.  S/he possesses personal qualities that inspire current and prospective stakeholders including donors, volunteer leaders, agency and synagogue members and professional staff.

Thinks and Acts Strategically
The ED must passionately articulate a vision for the Jewish community and lead the community in developing and implementing the strategic plan to achieve the vision.

Communicates Effectively
The ED has outstanding written and verbal communication skills and is comfortable speaking in public to inspire various constituencies with a vision for communal participation and innovation.  S/he must have outstanding interpersonal skills and market the Federation throughout the community.  This includes overseeing the preparation of the bi-monthly newsletter, campaign brochure, coordinating a community–wide calendar and preparing news releases.

Community Leader
The ED will serve as a representative of the Jewish community to the non-Jewish/civic community and will work collaboratively with Rabbis and volunteer leaders to represent the interests of the Columbia Jewish community to the non-Jewish community. It is imperative that the ED communicate and work closely with the JCC director; this is important for the success and growth of both organizations.  S/he will keep the Columbia Jewish community informed about matters affecting Israel; represent the Federation at local, regional and national conferences, programs and seminars as requested.

Integrity and Credibility
The ED s open, accessible and accountable.  S/he demonstrates and requires fairness and honesty in personal behavior and organizational decisions and takes responsibility for decisions and consequences.  S/he will act as a role model for volunteer and professional leadership.

Leadership Development
The ED will work with the Federation President and the Board to develop leadership in the Jewish community.

The successful candidate will be: 

  • Passionate about Judaism and Israel, with compassion and understanding of the Jewish people and the needs and welfare of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world.
  • An energetic self-starter with highly developed interpersonal skills who can relate well with staff, lay leadership, donors and the community at large
  • An effective and dynamic fundraiser, with demonstrated success
  • A collaborator who can develop and steward relationships of trust with donors, prospects, community agencies and synagogues
  • Knowledgeable of fiduciary responsibilities, finance and accounting operations of non-profits, as well as general legal, reporting and governance requirements
  • An outstanding manager able to work with staff in mentoring, setting goals and objectives.   Able to evaluate and motivate staff, drive performance and operate an efficient organization.
  • A good communicator and good listener.
  • Experienced with a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience, at least 3 of which have been in for-profit or non-profit leadership positions including in strategic planning and management.
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, MBA or other post graduate management degree preferred.

 A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.

 Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to

Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

How To Apply
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Contact Title: Consultant
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