Full Time

Executive Director - Northwest Indiana

The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana Munster IN

The Jewish Federation of Northwest IN, a non-profit organization based in Munster, IN, is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for day to day Federation operations, reports to the Board of Directors, and provides professional support to leadership and members.

Position Qualifications:

  • Past experience working for a multifaceted non-profit organization
  • Experience in financial resource development and fiscal responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to build close relationships within the community
  • Ability to foster the creation of a sustainable fundraising model along with the necessary infrastructure
  • Staff and donor management experience
  • Proven track record of successfully meeting fundraising goals
  • Knowledge of and ability to provide leadership and experience in the areas of major gift solicitation, fundraising initiatives, annual giving campaigns, social media/e-fundraising, volunteer management and fundraising events
  • Ability to manage simultaneous, multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills with people at all levels and in all settings relevant to the mission of the organization
  • Ability to properly manage volunteer and fundraising events
  • Exceptional leadership, management, supervision and motivational skills. Functions well as the leader of a participative, engaged organization, fostering a trusting and respectful environment
  • Ability to relate to a diverse environment including Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, community leaders
  • Ability to function productively in a fast-paced environment, work independently and accept direction
  • Encourage and promote accountability at all levels
  • Good judgment, discretion, confidentiality, diplomacy and patience
  • Work closely with the Board, partner agencies, and member congregations to drive shared goals
  • Seeking out and expanding opportunities for partnerships both within and outside the Jewish community
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, database programs, social media platforms and website
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Other responsibilities, as needed

Position Responsibilities
General Duties

  • Act as spokesperson for the organization
  • Execute Board approved policies
  • Direct and oversee short and long term strategic plan
  • Maintain a competent and effective managerial staff
  • Provide leadership to organization personnel through effective objective setting, delegation and communication
  • Conduct staff meetings to discuss pertinent information
  • Coordinate and direct employees
  • Oversee office procedures, outlining specific duties and area responsibilities
  • Ensure that job descriptions are current
  • Conduct performance appraisals as required
  • Formulate and implement corrective action as needed


  • Ensure administrative staff remains current to organization business and Board directives/approvals that affect their functions and areas of responsibility
  • Work with the Board of Directors on governance policy issues by providing support and initiating approved recommendations or actions
  • Recommend to the Board changes to policies and procedures that would improve the organization
  • Maintain an effective and cost efficient office environment
  • Develop, maintain, and update job descriptions pertinent to the organization
  • Determine staff training and/or equipment needs of clerical and administrative employees
  • Submit all information, reports, and records as requested or required by law to appropriate government officials or the Board of Directors
  • Develop and implement operational plans, policies, and goals that further strategic objectives


  • Maintain full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the organization
  • Ensure that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and the control of operating expenses within budget
  • Ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting
  • Ensure the preparation of the annual budget for Board approval


  • Responsible for overseeing all functions of donor database management
  • Oversee timely donor acknowledgment, including thank you letters
  • Cultivate and solicit major gift donors for annual campaign
  • Implement on-going personal/written/phone contact with major donors and potential donors
  • Develop an annual campaign strategy with timeline and target dates for all campaign tasks, activities and events
  • Develop/oversee annual mail solicitation campaign
  • Work with volunteers on Annual Campaign

Who we are:
The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana services six member congregations spanning three counties. We are housed in a 17,000 square foot, modern community building that includes a spacious lobby with displays, a large community room, administrative offices, a classroom wing, a library/Senior adult lounge, conference room, a food pantry, and a kosher kitchen, all situated on a 3 acre campus. The outdoor space is used by our K’ton Ton early childhood program, JCY summer camp for adolescents, and young and old for community events such as picnics and movie nights under the stars.

The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana is the cultural center of Jewish life in our region. The Federation serves the Jewish people, locally, in Israel, and throughout the world. We do this through our Jewish Community Services, day camp, coordinated fundraising, community-wide programming, and educational activities.

Our Jewish community includes active Reform and Conservative congregations, as well as our Chabad. While there are no specifically designated kosher grocery stores in our region, they are easily accessible by a drive to the north side of Chicago.

Where are we:
The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana is located Munster, Indiana, 30 miles from downtown Chicago, with easy access to all that metropolitan Chicago region has to offer. Northwest Indiana is a bustling region that represents a cross section of the nation. We have small towns surrounded by farmland. We have suburban subdivisions with nearby shopping districts. We have a strong historical industrial base, with steel and oil industry along the lakefront. We have easy access to the arts, outdoor recreation, and the abundant resources of numerous colleges and universities, including Purdue Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Valparaiso University. The Indiana Dunes State Park and the recently designated Indiana Dunes National Park have consistently been voted among the most family friendly and best attractions in the Midwest.

In recent years, in migration, primarily from Illinois, has begun to grow the general population as families seek Northwest Indiana’s good schools, lower taxes, affordable and attractive housing stock, good parks and open spaces.

Numerous commercial, retail and residential projects are currently in development. Additionally, the South Shore Railroad, an electric inter urban passenger train service between Chicago and South Bend, is in the midst of two major expansion projects to enhance access, speed and safety. This convenient transportation service enables many to commute to jobs in Chicago while enjoying Northwest Indiana’s more suburban lifestyle.

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To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to searchcommittee@federationonline.org