Full Time

Executive Director - Lee and Charlotte Counties

Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Fort Myers FL

The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, located in Southwest Florida, is seeking a motivated and dynamic leader focused on cultivating and maintaining relationships within all facets of the community as our next executive director. The ideal candidate will be an effective hands-on leader and a team player with a commitment to, and passion for, the Federation mission, Jewish values and community building.

Our executive director represents and speaks for the Jewish community and works closely with our Board of Directors, partner synagogues and county organizations in an ongoing effort to strengthen and expand programming, social services and fundraising in Lee and Charlotte Counties.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – 110,000.


Responsibilities include:
Board of Directors

  • Maintaining accountability to the Board of Directors.
  • Working effectively with the Board and its committees to maximize their efforts.
  • Ensuring that meetings are properly arranged, organized and conducted productively.
  • Working with leadership to develop the skills and knowledge required to build agreement on issues.
  • Serving as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of program, finance, agency policy and governance.
  • Implementing the community vision as established by the Board ofDirectors.
  • Cultivating, recruiting and maintaining effective placement of, and relationships with, top lay leadership and leadership prospects.


  • Securing financial resources necessary to operate the Federation and to continue its cherished role as a significant contributor to the needs of Jews in Lee and Charlotte Counties, in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world.
  • Developing approaches that maximize Federation fundraising potential and success.
  • Growing the donor base and increasing participation throughout metropolitan Lee and Charlotte counties, including outreach to growing remote communities.
  • Leading volunteers in cultivating and obtaining maximum pledges and gifts from all contributors on a continuing and growing basis.
  • Establishing relationships with our major donors and assisting in theirsolicitations.
  • Working collaboratively with the Jewish Community Foundation to further endowment giving.

Administration & Supervision

  • Administering the day-to-day operations of the Federation’s office and its personnel. Recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, motivating and dismissing staff.
  • Ensuring effective administration of human resources, insurance/risk management and information technology.
  • Developing and monitoring the budget in cooperation with the appropriate boarddesignees.
  • Regularly evaluating the management and status of the agency's financial resources and procedures.
  • Leading a team and cultivating an environment that attracts, fosters and retains both professionals and volunteers.
  • Gathering, analyzing and presenting relevant information to appropriate committees and the Board of Directors.
  • Ensuring thorough and timely follow-through during the planning, development and execution phases of all projects and programs.
  • Supervising the Senior Outreach and Food Pantry Coordinator concerning agency policy, client services and community awareness. Overseeing the day-to-day operations including financial assistance, information and referral and decision-making.
  • Overseeing and collaborating with the Program Director on program planning, scheduling, implementation and fundraising.
  • Conducting staff meetings to facilitate clear communication.


  • Maintaining relationships with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and other national Jewish agencies and organizations.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships and collaborations with area synagogues, other Jewish organizations and the community at large.
  • Ensuring that the Federation's mission, policy and message are effectively developed and disseminated to the Jewish and general community.
  • Serving as one of the primary representatives and spokespersons for the Federation throughout the community, with private and public funders and with national and international Jewish organizations, partners and beneficiaries.
  • Overseeing the publication of L’CHAYIM, the Jewish Federation’s monthly newspaper.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  •  A Bachelor’s or advanced degree.
  • 10+ years of employment in Jewish, not-for-profit organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and public communications skills and the ability to use social media platforms, and other forms of media (electronic and print).
  • Financial resource development skills including experience with fundraising, major gift cultivation and corporate solicitation as well as experience writing grant proposals and obtaining and managing grants and funding.
  • Strong financial management and oversight experience including human resources, insurance/ risk management and information technology.
  • Ability to build trust and be a diplomatic, honest broker in resolving community issues and managing change while respecting the diversity of Jewish life.
  • Innovative, collaborative, hands-on leadership experience.
  • Ability to relate to people of all ages, denominations and philosophies and build trusting relationships with individuals and groups inside and outside the Jewishcommunity.
  • A proven track record of developing and implementing programs that educate, engage and inspire within and for the community.
  • Ability to lead a team and cultivate an environment that fosters, develops and retains both professionals and volunteers.
  • An understanding of and familiarity with Jewish life and traditions in a small community.
  • Appreciation of and commitment to Israel and Jewish values; comfort advocating on related issues.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and to implementing its goals andpolicies.

To Apply
Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to sherriz62@aol.com by September 30, 2021.