Full Time

Executive Director - Knoxville

Knoxville Jewish Alliance Knoxville TN

About our organization:
The Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) is a dynamic and inclusive organization dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community in the greater Knoxville, Tennessee area and throughout the world. KJA is a single organization that oversees both the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and our local Jewish Federations of North America affiliate. We are a unique organization that is successful, thriving, and financially solvent. KJA supports Israel and teaches our community about Israeli culture, art, history and society. We lead our community’s collective community relations and advocacy efforts, and secure and maintain the resources we need to be protected and safe. We work to support the success of all of our community partners and organizations – recognizing that we are our strongest together when we are also strong individually.

Our programs for children and families include a preschool, summer day camp, and BBYO. We oversee Hillel at the University of Tennessee for college students. Through Jewish Family Services, we provide a variety of resources to support individuals and families. Our 25,000 square foot facility on 13 acres in West Knoxville houses the Allen Rosen Aquatic Center with tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a fenced baby pool; a gymnasium, meeting rooms, a stage, community archives and offices. The AJCC facility is home to our local Hadassah, Greater Knoxville Jewish Men's Club, and the Knoxville Jewish Community Family of Funds.

Position Overview:
The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is seeking a highly motivated and visionary leader to serve as the Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization's operations, including strategic planning, program development, facilities management, fundraising, community outreach, administration and staff supervision and management.

Key Responsibilities:
Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to set organizational priorities and objectives.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans to advance the mission and goals of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.
  • Provide visionary leadership to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the organization.

Facilities Oversight and Management

  • Work in partnership with Board of Directors, other volunteers, and professional staff to ensure KJA’s physical grounds and all structures are maintained and operating well.

Program Development and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all programs and services offered by the KJA.
  • Identify emerging needs and trends within the Jewish community and develop innovative programs to address them.
  • Foster a culture of excellence and continuous improvement in program delivery.

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Oversee fundraising efforts to secure financial support from individual donors, foundations, and other sources.
  • Actively seek out grant opportunities; work with appropriate staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to diversify funding sources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors and stakeholders to ensure ongoing support for the organization.
  • Manage the organization's budget and financial resources effectively and transparently.

Community Engagement

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and ambassador for the Knoxville Jewish Alliance within the local community and beyond.
  • Cultivate relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and other organizations to enhance collaboration and support for the KJA's mission.
  • Represent the organization at community events, meetings, and forums.

Staff Supervision and Development

  • Supervise a team of staff and volunteers to support the organization's programs and operations
  • Recruit, hire and terminate staff as needed.
  • Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities to staff members.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work environment that values diversity and teamwork.


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in nonprofit management, Jewish studies, or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit management or similar field, preferably in a leadership role.
  • Strong understanding and respect of Jewish culture, traditions, and values.
  • Quantifiable success in fundraising, donor relations, and financial management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and implement innovative programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, with experience managing staff and working collaboratively with a board of directors.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references to President@JewishKnoxville.org.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience.

The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of employment. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.