Executive Vice President/Executive Director
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien
The Executive Vice President (“EVP”)serves as the executive director of the Federation and is responsible for providing overall leadership and guidance to its central role in fostering and building inclusive, thriving Jewish community in the greater Stamford, New Canaan, Darien area as well as supporting Jewish communities in the Diaspora and Israel. The EVP serves to implement Federation’s mission statement and promote the values expressed therein. Working with and for the Executive Board of the Federation, as well as with the Board of Trustees, the EVP is responsible for matters related to governance, policy development and implementation.
The EVP has administrative oversight and overall responsibility for the management, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of all Federation initiatives and operations, as directed by the Executive Board.
Financial Resource Development:
Implement a strategic total financial resource development model that integrates Annual Campaign, future giving, capital and other special campaigns and fund raising initiatives.
Serve as the lead professional in the cultivation and solicitation for all streams of Federation income including taking a direct role in the solicitation of major contributors, potential major contributors and corporate gifts.
Remain current in cutting-edge financial resource development practices. Explore and implement new and creative fundraising opportunities.
Oversee the administration of database management and recording of all gifts as part of standard Fund accounting practices and in accordance with the auditor’s requirements.
Oversee the budgetary process and the monitoring of expenses and budgetary compliance.
Community Planning and Development:
Foster an inclusive approach to community growth and development with constituent Jewish organizations and their representatives, as well as with other community and governmental organizations and agencies.
Strengthen the Federation’s role as a convener and steward of the Jewish community and its processes. Maintain a commitment to building inclusive community through sensitivity to the diversity of the constituency.
Provide direction and support for a long term community strategic planning processes, and its current focus on services to diverse constituent organizations and synagogues.
Work collaboratively with sister Federations in Fairfield County to build alliances and promote efficient use of resources.
Cultivate relationships with relevant local, county, state, and federal government authorities to secure funding and support for Jewish communal initiatives.
Community Relations and Education:
Represent the Jewish community, together with the Federation President, to the Jewish community and other communities of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, including electronic and print media.
Promote awareness and support for issues and matters of importance to the Federation’s mission and vision.
Develop relationships in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities to facilitate and ensure overall success of Federation and Jewish community interests and engagements.
Support the development and implementation of an effective, integrated marketing, public relations and communications plan to promote greater understanding of and support for the Federation’s work.
Oversee the growth, development, training and recognition of lay volunteer engagement.
Governance/Board of Directors:
Recommends policy development and provides professional advice, training opportunities and support for the Board and its committees; provides administrative support to assure smooth functioning; assists in recruitment, training and development of board members; and exercises broadly delegated powers in accordance with the policies and practices established by the Board and in consultation with the Federation President and Executive Committee.
Manage operations according to Federation By-laws and review such By-laws and, where appropriate, make recommendation for changes to improve functioning of Federation.
Fiscal and Administrative Management:
Provides fiduciary oversight of the Federation; working with the Finance committee and CFO, presents the annual Federation budget; and provides oversight to ensure the appropriate usage of funds by recipients and that Federation activities and expenses are managed within proper budgetary restraints.
Creates a positive work environment that values its employees, their training and professional development, and promotes teamwork; recruits, hires, trains, annually evaluates, and, if necessary, dismisses employees.
Administrative supervision of all direct reports and, through the organization’s hierarchy, over all staff.
General direction received from the Board of Directors through its President and Executive committee, as provided under the By-laws. A formal performance review will be conducted annually.
Commitment to core Jewish values, including sensitivity to, and respect for, modern Jewish diversity.
Knowledgeable about the organized Jewish international and national communities and global Jewish issues, able to interpret, communicate and integrate them into local programming and fundraising.
Demonstrated ability to:
Several years of increasing responsibility and experience - including the last three years in a senior leadership role - that provides demonstrated success required for this position.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Good computer and social media literacy.
An engaging, outgoing personality.
High personal integrity and sound personal and professional ethics.
High level of interpersonal and collaboration skills.
Commitment and vigor to implement an ambitious vision for Federation success with a team-based approach to leadership.