CJH seeks an experienced executive with passion for Jewish history and demonstrated experience and success in three critical areas: fundraising, executive management and marketing/branding. The new CEO will work closely with the Center’s partners to advance their work as well as on collaborative efforts to enhance the Center. S/he will work with the partners and board to develop a renewed vision for CJH and work to build the brand and awareness of its resources and programs. The CEO will partner with the Center’s Academic Advisory Council and with outside institutions on joint programs, build relationships with scholars and academic institutions and envision public programs that will draw diverse audiences to the Center. The CEO will have a significant responsibility for fund development and oversee the staff that operates the Center’s facilities.
As a public representative of the Center, the new CEO must be able to convey the unique role and resources of the Center and inspire appreciation and support for the Center’s values to diverse audiences and future generations. The successful candidate will also have an understanding of, and interest in, Jewish history and the Jewish cultural landscape.
The CEO will have direct oversight for an executive team of 7, a budget of $9 million, a 120,000-square-foot facility and a total of 60 employees. In addition, the CEO will work in close connection with the 5 partner organizations and an additional 60 employees who call CJH their home. The CEO will report to the Chair of the Board of Directors and work closely with the Board’s Executive Committee.
A deep interest in Jewish history.
A persuasive and passionate communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills. Skill in presenting oneself and communicating in a manner that will challenge and inspire donors and professionals.
The ability to interpret the Center’s materials to the general public and act as a storyteller for the collections housed at the Center.
Experience with the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors is critical.
Excellent interpersonal, political and diplomatic skills, along with the ability to lead and partner with integrity and inspiration. Flexibility and openness to working with professional and volunteer leaders community-wide. The ability to both lead and collaboratively partner with the Center’s partner organizations.
The ability to work closely with the Center’s Academic Advisory Council and to utilize the talents and skills of the Council.
Strong leadership skills including the ability to set and articulate an organizational vision; see and manage from a big picture perspective; be decisive and inclusive in the decision-making process; be proactive and employ critical thinking skills.
Demonstrated success in developing, empowering and leading team members, resulting in high performing teams.
Experience in leading an organization through change.
Experience as a senior executive in an organization or agency (not-for-profit or the business community) comparable to CJH in either size or complexity.
Professional experience and demonstrated success in all areas of fundraising, planning and implementation/financial resource development. A proven track record and the willingness and desire to be personally involved with these efforts.
Knowledge of the Jewish community, especially in New York, and potential audiences for support, programs and partners.
Experience with managing the operation and maintenance of a large physical facility, and the ability to create a vision for monetizing the facility and the various public spaces therein.
Proven experience in working with a team to create an effective and innovative marketing and communications plan which will seamlessly integrate the use of social media and technology into all aspects of organizational development and positioning.
Experience working with, leading or serving on a volunteer board of directors
Keen understanding of running a mission-based organization. Able to integrate the use of business models and sensibility with the core values of CJH.
A diplomatic problem solver who can build consensus and engender cooperation between lay leaders and professionals from the breadth of interests and perspectives in the Jewish, museum and cultural communities.
Creative and innovative manager; comfortable leading in “fluid” environments, taking risks and experimenting.
Ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards.
Transparency, consistency and integrity are key personal traits.