The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Federation) is the cornerstone of the Detroit Jewish Community. We are committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future, in Detroit, in Israel, and around the world.
As the principle engine of Jewish philanthropy and planning in the Detroit area, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit works in partnership with its network of agencies to reach and serve the needs of people at every age and stage of life in the Jewish community.
Locally, Federation supports a family of 17 social service agencies, community organizations and day schools across Metro Detroit. Working with its national and global partners, the Federation positively impacts the lives of thousands of Jews throughout Israel, in the Former Soviet Union and in 60 countries around the world.
Through the Annual Campaign, Federation raises and allocates funds to its partner agencies to provide critical assistance to those in need, including individuals and families, seniors, people with disabilities, and the unemployed. Federation builds and sustains a vibrant Jewish community, creating avenues for Jewish education and identity, fostering close ties to Israel and engaging the next generation of Jewish Detroiters.
Committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future in Detroit, in Israel and around the world, JFMD:
Builds Jewish Community
Through the work of our partners, as well as through Federation’s direct service programming, we build and sustain Jewish Community here in Detroit, in Israel and around the world. Federation is the community leader in Jewish engagement and, in particular, has led a revitalization of young adult engagement in the Detroit area.
Strengthens Jewish Identity
The Federation supports Jewish education, culture, heritage and other essential ingredients of our individual and collective Jewish Identity. In fact, your dollars help most of our congregational education programs and Jewish day schools in metro Detroit, as well as Jewish camping and other experiences.
Grows Jewish Philanthropy
Support for the Annual Campaign and other fundraising vehicles is essential for building and maintaining a strong Jewish community. This means providing for our most vulnerable individuals including seniors, the unemployed, individuals with disabilities and families in crisis, as well as an investment in Jewish engagement and community-building.
About the Detroit Jewish Community
Detroit’s Jewish community has earned a reputation as one of the most generous and philanthropic communities in the world. With 72,000 people, as of the most recent survey, Detroit gives more money to the Federation per capita than any other major Jewish community. With an annual campaign of over $30 million, Detroit proudly supports 17 agencies and has strong relationships with Jewish organizations throughout Detroit and beyond. The JFMD proudly has an office in Jerusalem and the Galilee of Israel to support its partners in Israel and strengthen the Detroit Jewish community’s presence in Israel. The Detroit community has nearly 40 synagogues and thriving Jewish day schools and yeshivas serving families ages 2 through 12th grade.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (JFMD) seeks a professional leader with a vision for Jewish community and Jewish life, and the ability to build relationships throughout the community by sharing this vision in a compelling and meaningful way. This is a unique opportunity for a professional to lead an organization where relationships with the community agencies are strong, where the Jewish community Foundation works in lockstep with the Federation, and where the community of lay leaders is committed to supporting its high performing team. The Jewish community of Metropolitan Detroit has had a deep and strong culture of philanthropy and is committed to guiding a new CEO through a smooth transition to continue to build and develop this prestigious community.
Engagement of donors will be the highest priority for the new CEO. The CEO must be able to manage a portfolio of the community’s leading donors by stewarding relationships with people at all levels of engagement. This includes maintaining and stewarding relationships with current and prospective donors, community foundations, and with donors from multi-generational families who have been the historical foundation of the Federation's support.
This new CEO will also assume responsibility for leading a high performing professional staff who have ranked JFMD with very high scores as a “great place to work.” Managing a senior team from diverse backgrounds, the CEO will also be the professional executive with oversight of the United Jewish Foundation of Detroit, which has nearly $600 million in assets under advisement.
The CEO must be a community leader who will develop relationships with agencies, organizations, day schools, synagogues and other professionals in the community, with the goal of building on the collaborative and innovative ethos with which JFMD leads. The new CEO will be a results-driven leader and, accordingly, prioritize, maintain, and expand existing programs to increase opportunities for community members to engage and strengthen connections to Jewish life. While continuing to steward philanthropic advancement and to deepen Jewish knowledge, the CEO is a key leader of the Jewish community and plays an integral role in ensuring Detroit’s Jewish communal values endure.
Lead the professional team responsible for planning and executing financial resource development within the community, with emphasis on the development of effective strategies and solicitation training to increase both the funds received for the annual campaign and the number of donors.
Be personally active in building relationships with major donors, including the community’s multi-generational families, and soliciting these major contributors to the annual campaign, designated campaign and endowment fund.
Establish and implement data-driven systems and structure to guide The Federation and the community enabling them to respond to, thrive, and understand the shifts and real-time demographics within the world of charitable giving and within a changing Federation world.
Leadership & Executive Management
Provide visionary and strategic leadership to the Board, staff and the community. Assess the current landscape and develop a plan to position The Federation as a central leader in the Metropolitan Detroit philanthropic community.
Provide on-going supervision, mentoring and professional development and growth to The Federation professionals. Set, foster, and model a positive and collaborative environment within the organization
Ensure that The Federation’s human resources, operations, data platforms, and technology are aligned to meet its goals and expectations effectively.
Work closely with the volunteer leadership and staff responsible for finance and administration, ensuring that fiscal oversight and management is in place for The Federation. Regularly evaluate the management and status of all financial resources and procedures.
Oversee the Board and staff process for developing The Federation’s annual budget.
Deepen and strengthen the culture of cooperation both within the Federation and with its constituent and affiliated agencies, synagogues and other organizations throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area.
Build The Federation’s role as a resource, convener and facilitator of strategic partnerships, programs and initiatives.
Serve as a primary spokesperson for The Federation, along with the lay president, throughout the Jewish and the Metropolitan Detroit community, with private and public funders and with national and international organizations, partners and beneficiaries.
Ensure that The Federation’s story, message, and positions are effectively developed and disseminated to the Jewish and general community.
Serve as a visible representative of The Federation (together with other staff and leadership) in the religious, cultural and social activities of the community.
Work with the Board and the past Presidents of the Board to develop short and long-term strategies for engaging and cultivating future lay leadership for the Federation.
Serve as a professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of finance, policy, programs, and governance.
Work with the Board to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to build agreement on issues, maximize their efforts and maintain a focus on the mission of the Federation.
Work with the Board to cultivate, recruit, and retain effective placement of, and maintain relationships with, top lay leadership and leadership prospects.
High emotional intelligence. Personable. Relatable.
Principled, courageous and centered leader.
Strong commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values with a deep understanding of Jewish history.
Understand what role the Federation plays in a larger community and can play in Israel and the world.
Curious lifelong learner.
Innovator - honors what is working yet pushes new models. Risk-taker.
Developer of people as well as ideas – knows how to bring people along
CEO candidates will have a significant history of fundraising success and a proven capacity to build trusting relationships with major donors and their families. The CEO must be able to sharpen and articulate the vision of The Federation and can communicate their ideas, experience, and knowledge in a manner that is engaging and compelling.
The new CEO must be a skilled organizational leader who can provide leadership to The Federation staff and the Board of Directors. The CEO must be an experienced manager, able to build and lead a staff of professionals in varied fields. The CEO must also have the skills to support and manage the work of the Board and its committees and to ensure both good governance and meaningful volunteer leadership opportunities.
The new CEO must be a strong communicator, internally and externally. As a senior community professional, s/he will serve as a convener and bridge-builder who will work to foster dialogue and planning community-wide. The CEO must be able to present complex issues clearly and effectively to build consensus around plans of action.
The successful CEO must have the skills and experience required to lead a complex institution that operates within an ever-changing organizational and communal environment. An important responsibility of the new CEO is to maintain and grow an inspired team of professionals and lead them through changes in The Federation’s vision, priorities, and operations. The CEO will continue to grow an already strong workplace culture that maximizes the skills and passions of the professional staff in their work with volunteers and the community.
The new CEO will have to be able to lead the Federation in developing strategies to adapt to an ever-changing philanthropic landscape. The CEO will have extensive experience in balancing the responsibilities of organization management with the external responsibilities of community development, relationship-building and work with key stakeholders. The CEO should have experience working with a COO, CFO and CMO and other senior team members who, in partnership with the CEO, are responsible for the day to day operations, program administration, and finance.
Finally, the CEO must understand organizational and political aspects of Jewish life locally, nationally and internationally and the ability to effectively engage and impact those systems and processes. The CEO must model and command respect throughout all segments of a diverse Jewish community.
This position description is based upon material provided by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, an equal opportunity employer.