DEPARTMENT: Lay Leadership Development
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Lay Leadership Development
The Jewish Federations of North America ("JFNA") consist of 146 Jewish Federations and dozens of Network communities which collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually to support flourishing Jewish life and the needs of the Jewish people in their home communities and around the world. The Jewish Federation system, among the top 10 charities on the continent, leads the largest network of volunteer and professional leaders who build and sustain Jewish communities that are healthy, safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive, educated and engaged, involved in the broader community, and deeply connected to Israel and the global Jewish people.
JFNA’s Lay Leadership Development strategy and department helps drive the vision of Flourishing Jewish Communities by developing those who can lead across the community through complex and challenging times. Our work complements and partners deeply across JFNA to ensure consistency with all leadership networks represented within JFNA and in the field.
About National Women’s Philanthropy:
Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the National Women's Philanthropy ("NWP") of the Jewish Federations of North America is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our North American communities, Israel, and the Jewish people. We believe that the future well-being of the global Jewish community is inextricably linked to the power of women's philanthropy, the fastest growing phenomenon in fundraising today. We represent hundreds of thousands of donors around the world; over 18,000 Lions of Judah and over 4500 Lion of Judah Endowments - all of which comprise an annual campaign of over $200 Million a year and pledged endowed assets in excess of $700 Million. Women philanthropists are the leaders and community-shapers of the world.
Women’s Philanthropy Campaigns in the Federation system are the fastest growing components of the Annual Campaign, now representing 23% of the total campaign. Women today hold 40 percent of global wealth, and across nearly every income level, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute research shows that women are more likely to give—and, on average, give more—than men, and by 2030, women will control as much as two-thirds of wealth in the U.S.
The Associate Vice President for National Women’s Philanthropy will set a vision and architect an overarching strategy and framework that will build upon the excellence of National Women’s Philanthropy across the Federation system and wider Jewish community. The ideal candidate has a track record of innovation within a legacy institution.
The Associate Vice President (AVP) will lead the women’s philanthropy team, including growing and guiding the NWP board and the menu of signature annual touch points and experiences to ensure consistency, continuity, and excellence in the leadership and philanthropic pipeline for the Jewish community. The AVP will also work in collaboration with and across departments and the field focused on leveraging the power of women’s philanthropy as an engine for change, innovation, and growth in the Jewish community. The AVP will be a senior member of the Lay Leadership Department team responsible for building on Federations’ potential as the largest and most scalable platform in the North American Jewish community for volunteer leaders and philanthropists today.
- Create a strategic vision for the future of National Women’s Philanthropy within JFNA and across the Federation system, leveraging research and data to drive decision making
- Cultivate and steward existing and rising senior leadership in support of the Federation and Jewish community’s lay leadership pipeline
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward senior level philanthropists at the National and Global level related to Women’s Philanthropy
- Design best-in-class online/in-person experiences for female identifying philanthropists
- Supervise the National Women’s Philanthropy team and manages the team’s budget
- Works in collaboration and concert with the NWP board chair in leading the NWP board
- Identify best practices in women's philanthropy, provide thought leadership on giving trends, share and scale best practices techniques to drive growth, advise on fundraising strategy and philanthropic engagement
- Represent and promote National Women’s Philanthropy to internal and external stakeholders – including local Federation professionals, current/prospective lay leaders and philanthropists, thought-leaders, and institutional partners
- Partner with local Federation professionals to provide strategic consultation focused on strengthening the local pipeline of women’s leadership and philanthropy.
- Establish year-over-year success indicators and benchmarks
- Develop strategy for evaluation, continuous improvement, and participant satisfaction
- Convene and manage the senior leaders in NWP to help guide the strategy for the future of the department
- Minimum 10 years’ professional experience showing progression of increased responsibility in the spaces of leadership, fundraising, other non-profit, or similar agency in or outside of the Jewish communal world.
- Expertise in philanthropic and leadership development – ideally in a Jewish or other socially-conscious nonprofit
- High level of comfort and knowledge of fundraising and campaign best practices
- Expertise in creating experiences that speak to philanthropic leaders across the spectrum of giving
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills – people-person– relationship-builder with track record of customer service and a deep understanding of the lay/pro partnership
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills as well as the ability to effectively articulate JFNA’s mission in this arena to all relevant constituencies
- Strategic capability to see the big picture and connect the dots across multiple stakeholders
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively within and across teams
- Strong interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills
- Inspires results and is results-driven, strategic thinker
- Excellence in building and managing teams
- Ability to travel approximately 20-25%
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Our compensation philosophy strives to be both externally competitive with nonprofits of similar size and internally fair in our pay practices. The following represents the target offer range given the scope and experience expectations for this role.
- The hiring salary range for this role is $155,000 - $175,000
We are open to professionals with a variety of experiences and from various locations.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Shayna.Kreisler@JewishFederations.org
JFNA is committed to supporting local Jewish Federations and to identifying the best talent for the system. If a current Federation employee is hired for this role, we will work with the local Federation to ensure appropriate timeline and communications strategy. We welcome initial confidential inquiries to learn more about the role; however, current Federation employees who move to a finalist round of interviews will be asked to communicate with their Federations about their candidacy.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.