Full Time

Chief Talent Officer - JFNA

Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”): The Jewish Federations of North America represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Jewish Federation system, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, builds and sustains flourishing Jewish communities in North America and protects and enhances the well-being of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.


JFNA has identified the enhancement of Professional Leadership as critical to their strategy of helping Federations to build flourishing Jewish Communities. By identifying excellence in recruiting and professional development as fundamental to Federation's success, JFNA seeks to elevate its importance throughout its system and the broader Jewish community. JFNA is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of professional leadership at every level, planning for succession, and developing and retaining excellent professional talent as individuals grow in their professional careers.

JFNA views this as a unique opportunity to greatly expand this work. JFNA and its predecessors have a history of providing professional development programs and services to Federations and their professionals. In recent years, through its Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence, programs such as onboarding new CEO's, executive coaching, and its professional development institute among others have been valued by participants. The Chief Talent Officer (CTO) will build a department that will build upon these advancements, research and learn from   successful programs throughout the Jewish, nonprofit, academic and  business communities, and design programs and resources to assist Federations in modeling best practices and innovation in talent and career development. The CTO and their team will also work in close collaboration with all JFNA teams in order to bring content and expertise to Federation professionals, as well as in close partnership with JFNA’s new lay leadership development department to ensure alignment between efforts to strengthen the lay and professional talent pipelines.

Transforming the talent pipeline in Federations is an urgent task. An immediate challenge for the new CTO will be to develop methods and systems for the identification, recruitment, and preparation of the next generation of Federation CEO's for communities of all sizes. By working with high performing professionals who aspire to lead Federations and supporting those who are new in their positions, JFNA seeks to build cohorts of Federation executives who are well prepared to meet their community's challenges. Ultimately, a goal is for Federations to be among the "best places to work" where professionals can follow career paths to grow in their communities and throughout the system.

The CTO will oversee a lay leadership committee of the JFNA Board of Trustees that will be tasked with supporting and guiding the work of JFNA’s enhanced professional talent strategy, and will also work with senior JFNA leadership to identify, cultivate, and approach funders to support key elements of this work.

Successful candidates will bring a depth of experience in the core areas of this work in the nonprofit, public or private sector. S/he will be knowledgeable about trends, best practices and resources and have the creativity required to use them to develop JFNA's programs and services. S/he will have designed and implemented programs in these areas and have successfully recruited and lead professional teams with diverse skills and expertise. Experience with a national organization and one with multiple affiliates and constituents will be favorable.

The CTO must understand the Jewish communal landscape and the unique role that Federations play as leaders in their communities.

In this new position, the CTO will be tasked with being a thought leader, innovator, and strong voice throughout the community in support of developing inspired, talented executives for Federations and the Jewish community. S/he will be a member of JFNA's Leadership Team and work collaboratively across all JFNA teams, with Federations across North America, and with partners who have expertise and success in designing and implementing talent programs.


  • Lead the development of ideas and strategies to create a new culture of excellence in recruiting and professional development throughout the Federation system.
  • Research best practices in talent development and professional development from all sectors and design programs that introduce and model those practices.
  • Partner with organizations that have successful models or talent and professional development to advance the work of JFNA and Federations in these areas.
  • Develop and steward relationships with key lay leaders and funders to support and enhance the work of the department.
  • Seek to foster an environment that nurtures executive leadership and builds communities and standards of excellence for professional leadership in Federation across the country.

The CTO will be a professional with experience in the field of talent development and who is ready to step up to the challenges of building and leading a department.  S/he will design a unique, state of the art model of talent development that positions the Federation system as a leader in the field and an employer of choice in the Jewish community.

The ideal candidate for Chief Talent Officer will bring:

  • Proven experience as a visionary and strategist – ability to marry aspirational ideas with achievable goals and benchmarks
  • Expertise in talent management professional development which meet contemporary best-practice industry standards
  • Proven success in areas of recruiting, professional development, and organizational development
  • Skill in introducing and integrating new concepts and practices in organizations
  • Ability to inspire support and resources for innovation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in national organizations or those multi-site affiliates or member/chapters
  • Willing to travel domestically for meetings and conferences.

This position description is based upon material provided by the Jewish Federations of North America, an equal opportunity employer.

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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, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.