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Job Title: Executive Director

Date Last Updated: 6/28/2013
Job ID #: 10836

Role/Job Category: Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Organization Name: Memphis Jewish Federation
Location: Germantown, Tennessee
Status: Full-Time


Executive Director
Memphis Jewish Federation

The Memphis Jewish Federation (MJF) seeks an Executive Director (ED) who will provide the vision and leadership to guide and strengthen the Memphis Jewish community. The Executive Director will oversee and direct all operations of MJF, including governance, business management, hiring and supervision of personnel, fundraising, programming, community relations, and Israel/overseas relations. The Executive Director will be the recognized leader and spokesperson, representing the Memphis Jewish community in MJF-related matters.

Integral parts of this role will be to engage broader segments of the community, work closely with the board, create a sense of team with the staff, attract and engage new volunteer leadership, and work closely with beneficiary agencies and other institutions. The new ED needs to be a proven convener and facilitator of community issues. Outstanding interpersonal skills, ability to execute, a proven track record of successful financial resource development, a philosophy of thoughtful action and strong business acumen are essential.

The MJF has a unique opportunity for a visionary, passionate executive with strong community building experience to lead an amazing Jewish community. Memphis is an extraordinary place to live, raise a family, form friendships, enjoy world-class music, outdoor recreation, professional sports, and live out Jewish

The Memphis Jewish Community is a diverse, vibrant, strongly affiliated community with a long history dating back to 1854. Memphis is nationally known as one of the most philanthropic cities per capita in the U.S.  In the Jewish community, giving is a way of life. The MJF serves as the central coordinating, fundraising, strategic planning and budgeting agency for the Memphis Jewish community. The Federation is a $17 million organization and has a $3 million annual campaign. The Federation provides educational programs to raise consciousness on humanitarian concerns, the Holocaust, and advocacy for the State of Israel. The Lemsky Endowment Fund further enables MJF to build bridges strengthening the bond between Memphis and Israel through a variety of programs and subsidies for travel to Israel. The Jewish Foundation of Memphis, which has assets in excess of $45 million,  partners with most of the city’s local agencies and hundreds of families to assist in charitable giving and endowment fundraising.  

The Memphis Jewish Community Center has over 2,000 family unit members and offers a pre-school program, wellness and sports programming, day camps, and a variety of programming for all ages. The city is  also home to many Jewish communal organizations including Jewish Family Services, the Morris S. Fogelman Jewish Student Center at Hillel of Memphis, which serves both the University of Memphis and Rhodes College, the Jewish Home and Rehab Center, the Jewish Historical Society, BBYO, and many synagogue youth groups. There are seven congregations of various denominations, including religious schools providing Jews in Memphis ample opportunity for both religious and cultural experiences; and Memphis is home to the Bornblum Solomon Schechter Day School, the Margolin Hebrew Academy and the Feinstone Yeshiva of the South.

The city of Memphis is home to Fortune 500 companies FedEx, International Paper, Autozone, and the internationally known St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Memphians enjoy their NBA basketball team the Grizzlies, the AAA St. Louis Cardinals affiliate the Memphis Redbirds baseball team, and the sports teams at the University of Memphis.  Memphis has a long music history and is known as the birthplace of rock n’ roll and the blues. There are also many cultural institutions and museums, including ballet companies, theaters and an opera company to enrich the community. Memphis is the home of the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, a world class zoo, miles of walking and biking trails, and Elvis’ home Graceland. Tennesseans enjoy no state and local income tax and very reasonable housing prices. The cost of living, which is 14% below the national average, contributes to a quality of life in Memphis that is among the best.

For more information, please visit the Federation’s website at:


Inspires Others and Builds Commitment:
The ED must be able to inspire engagement, participation and commitment both inside and outside the organization.  S/he will need to sustain a productive work environment, develop teamwork and collaboration, and garner support for change efforts.

Fundraising Skills:
The ED must be able to attract and steward high net-worth individuals as well as build support across a broader section of the community. S/he must be attuned to donor interests and concerns, possess outstanding interpersonal skills and convey a deep passion for the mission. The ED will focus on identifying & engaging, donors, particularly those emerging as the next generation of community stakeholders. 

Leads and Manages Change:
The ED is forward thinking and collaborative in shaping the organization and community’s vision.  S/he must partner with leadership, agencies, general community and professional staff to promote a culture of innovation and creativity.

Promotes a productive work environment:
The ED is a strong manager who inspires, engages and empowers a high performing professional staff.  S/he supports professional development, ensuring that every employee is contributing to their full potential.

Builds Relationships of Trust:
The ED builds and maintains relationships of trust with a range of stakeholders including the Board, agencies, synagogues, donors, community leaders, staff and others.  S/he successfully positions and represents the Federation in the community.  S/he will manage expectations and consistently deliver on commitments.


The successful candidate will be:

  • Passionate about  the Jewish world and Israel and act in accordance with Jewish values, have compassion for 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  communications and interpersonal skills who can relate well to staff, volunteer leadership, donors, and the diverse community at large, to engage individuals in the work of MJF, cultivate future leaders and represent MJF as its spokesperson and community leader.
  • Knowledgeable and have an understanding of foundations, planned giving and endowments.
  • Knowledgeable of fiduciary responsibilities, financial operations of non-profit organizations, and general legal and governance requirements.
  • A strong leader and a good team player who is able to successfully work with and mentor staff, help them set and achieve goals and objectives, and evaluate results according to professional standards.
  • An effective and dynamic fundraiser, with a proven record of success
  • A collaborator with strong community relations skills who can develop and steward relationships of trust with donors, prospects, community agencies, synagogues, and the greater Memphis community.
  • A strategic thinker and planner with organizational expertise to successfully develop and implement the strategic direction of MJF through vision, planning, and implementation.
  • Experienced, with a minimum of 7 years in for-profit or non-profit leadership position(s), with a demonstrated track record of success.
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, Masters or equivalent preferred

A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to who is conducting the search on behalf of the Memphis Jewish Federation.


Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

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