Full Time

Executive Director - Jacksonville

Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida Jacksonville FL

The Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida (“JFFNEF”) is a fundraising organization supporting the local and global Jewish community by:

  • Funding local and overseas partner agencies
  • Forging strong connections with Israel and helping Jews across the Diaspora
  • Supporting fellow Jews in need
  • Inspiring the next generation to embrace Jewish identity and value Jewish education
  • Providing programs and services designed to engage the local Jewish community

 The Foundation, created in 1995, merged with the Jewish Federation in January 2018. The programs and services provided touch the lives of Jewish and non-Jewish people of all ages living in Jacksonville, Israel, and more than 70 countries throughout the world. Federation also funds trips to Israel for the younger members of the community with the Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program. The Federation is also a member of the Partnership2Gether region of Hadera. Over 15,000 Jews live in the areas of Nassau, Duval, and St. John’s Counties. US New and World Report ranks River Garden as the best senior home in Florida. The Jewish Community is home to the Jewish Community Alliance, Jewish Family and Community Service, the Martin J Gottleib Day School, and the Torah Academy of Jacksonville. In addition, there are six shuls in the area, representing all denominations and Chabad.

The community of Jacksonville has a rich history of arts and cultural activities with museums, galleries and performing arts venues. From NFL Football to college football, minor league baseball, professional surfing, and more, there are many ways to enjoy sports in the community. The area is well known for its world class beaches, abundant parks and extensive waterways. Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the country. Jacksonville is also home to several top medical systems including the Mayo Clinic and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Residents enjoy a high quality of life!

The leadership of the JFFNEF seeks a dynamic executive with a proven record of accomplishment in fundraising to lead the organization as it moves to realize its vision for the future.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Federation and Foundation, implementation of all planning efforts, fiscal management, staff management, fund development, board development, and building community partnerships. With accountability to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate must be an action-oriented relationship builder and a collaborative and energetic leader. A proven record of accomplishment of fund development and community engagement is highly desired.

Essential Functions and Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide inspiring, creative, and dynamic leadership.
  • Ensure the development of an organization committed to the attraction, motivation, and retention of quality staff and community lay leaders.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and constituencies, including agencies, synagogues, individual donors, governmental bodies, private foundations and other not for profit organizations, both Jewish and secular.
  • Direct the development and implementation of an annual operating plan and budget that ensures the organization’s objectives are met. In conjunction with the Board, develop organizational long-range strategic goals and objectives consistent with the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Ensure all administrative operations are effectively managed including: Finance, Human Resources, Insurance/Risk Management, and Information Technology.
  • Oversee all fund-development activities, including stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation of major individual, foundation, and corporate donors, to meet annual revenue goals and endowment needs of the organization.
  • Ensure there is a process in place to identify, prioritize and fund community needs.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson to the public and facilitate ongoing efforts to educate the community and promote the organization.
  • Maintain an excellent working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees. In conjunction with the Board President, develop an active and committed Board of Directors who govern the agency’s strategic activities, develop its organizational capacities, and strengthen its role in the community.
  • Engage and build a pipeline of new volunteer leaders and donors.
  • Create and implement innovative strategies to attract new families and donors.


  • Strong and diverse experience in all aspects of fund development including annual campaigns, grants, individual gift solicitation, stewardship, and endowment development.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain partnerships between individuals, governmental and non-governmental organizations, corporations, and foundations, both locally and nationally.
  • Must have knowledge and familiarity with Jewish customs, traditions, and values.
  • Knowledge of the organized Jewish community, locally, nationally, and overseas.
  • Ability to build trust and be a diplomatic honest broker in solving community issues.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience managing within a complex organization. Prior Federation or Jewish Community Foundation experience is desired but not mandatory.
  • Successful track-record of strong leadership and management of organizations.
  • Outstanding analytical, financial, and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Decisive visionary with a "big picture" perspective, detail oriented and well versed in organizational systems.
  • Flexibility in dealing with the evolving needs of the community, staff, and lay leadership.
  • BA degree is required, graduate degree preferred.

To Apply

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to: carin@sageviewconsulting.com