Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Date Last Updated: 12/20/2012
Job ID #: 10623

Role/Job Category: Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of Ottawa
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Status: Full-Time


Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation of Ottawa

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is looking for a charismatic leader with superb interpersonal skills to engage and excite the imagination of donors, build a community environment of collaboration and attract and engage the next generation of community leaders. The CEO will be a dynamic and passionate leader with strong fundraising and management skills to lead this vibrant community into the future. 

The community is searching for a leader who, above all else, will inspire the Jewish community and build commitment to the Federation’s mission. The CEO will 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 community, campaign and leadership.

S/he must have a strong commitment to Judaism and Israel, with compassion for and understanding of the needs and welfare of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world.

The CEO must have the ability to attract and nurture donors from all economic levels, as well as foster relationships with younger and unengaged members of the community.

The CEO reports directly to and works closely with the Chair of the Federation board of Directors.  There are 8 senior managers reporting directly to the CEO.

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and a dynamic city of nearly a million people. It is located in the province of Ontario at the Quebec border, and is a city steeped in the richness of Canadian history and culture. The main economic driver in Ottawa is the federal government and related services. Home to world –class museums, galleries, and live performance, there is always something to discover. Ottawa is an active city all year round. Summer offers an impressive number of outdoor hiking, biking and walking trails that connect all of the neighborhoods and suburbs. In winter, Ottawa boasts the world largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; ski resorts, cottages and wilderness are within an hour’s drive. Being the capital means housing many embassies, consulates and missions, adding an international character to the city, with many cultures mingling and mixing to bring an impressive variety of restaurants and cultural diversity that is second to none. 

Ottawa’s Jewish community
Ottawa and the National Capital Region are home to approximately 15,000 Jews, an ever growing Jewish population.  We have a mix of diverse age ranges with a large baby boomer population and many children and young adults; close to a third of the people in our community are under the age of 25. The community has a central campus in the west end of the city that houses: the Soloway Jewish Community Centre; Hillel Lodge, a 120 bed long-term care facility for seniors; the Ottawa Jewish Community School, a K-12 day school; Cheder Rambam, a Chabad day school; and the offices of various Jewish organizations, including Tamir, which provides community-care services for adults with developmental disabilities, and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.


Leads and Manages Change
The CEO will be a forward-thinking individual who promotes a culture of innovation and creativity, and is eager 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.

Inspires Others and Builds Commitment
The CEO will demonstrate a passion for and commitment to Jewish life and Jewish values and will have an understanding of and appreciation for the mission and work of the Federation. The CEO will inspire engagement, participation and commitment from multiple stakeholders.

Builds Trusted Relationships
The CEO will build and maintain trusted relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the Chair of the Federation board of directors other senior volunteers, major donors and prospects, agency executives and synagogue and other community leaders within and outside of the Ottawa Jewish community. The CEO is expected to identify shared interests, manage expectations and consistently deliver on commitments. S/he 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.

Fundraising Skills
The CEO will understand communal needs and funding opportunities. S/he will engage and excite the imagination of all donors and develop and steward trusted relationships with donors and prospects, positioning the Federation as the venue for fulfilling their philanthropic objectives.  The CEO will demonstrate a working knowledge of multiple income streams and philanthropic vehicles - planned giving and endowment - and will successfully close gifts. 

Integrity and Credibility
The CEO will demonstrate openness, accessibility and accountability. S/he will take responsibility for decisions and consequences. The CEO will place the federation’s goals above own self-interest. 


The successful candidate will be:

  • A collaborator who can develop and steward relationships of trust with donors, prospects, community agencies and synagogues and who demonstrates respect and appreciation for the diversity of practice within the Jewish community
  • An energetic self-starter with highly developed interpersonal skills who can relate well with staff, volunteer leadership, donors and the community at large and who can represent the interests of the Jewish community to the broader community with a non-partisan and non-political approach
  • An outstanding communicator and listener
  • An outstanding manager able to work with staff in mentoring, setting goals and objectives.  Able to evaluate and motivate staff, drive performance and operate a complex organization
  • A fundraiser with demonstrated ability to increase financial resources and philanthropic capacity through multiple vehicles, including planned giving and endowments, as well as through traditional annual giving and major gifts
  • A proven track record of success in Jewish or other non-profit organizations or a combination of strong business and Jewish volunteer leadership experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA or other graduate management degree preferred

COMPENSATION:  An attractive and competitive package is available
CONTACT: Interested individuals should submit their cover letter and resume to



Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

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