Executive Director – Center for Jewish Education | Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

CJE- Jewish Federation of Greater DallasMersky, Jaffe & Associates, a national executive search and consulting firm, has been engaged to conduct a search for the next Executive Director, Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (Jewish Federation).

Background and Mission

The Center for Jewish Education (CJE) is a fully-funded department of the Jewish Federation. The Dallas Jewish community has more than 50 agencies/organizations including Jewish day schools, synagogues, community organizations, Jewish Community Center and a variety of Federation-supported agencies. Dallas is home to approximately 70,000 Jews representing a broad spectrum of Jewish life and identity.

Emerging out of the Department of Jewish Education, the CJE was created in 2004 to lead the Jewish community on issues pertaining to Jewish education, to enrich existing programs and serve as a catalyst for new Jewish educational initiatives in the community. A lay-professional Advisory Committee works with the CJE and its Executive Director.

Position Description

The Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas seeks a visionary, Jewish educational leader who will advance the role of Jewish education in Dallas. The Executive Director of the CJE will be the primary representative for Jewish education of the Jewish Federation and serve on its senior management team. S/he will convene community professionals and serve as a resource to Jewish Federation community partners while leading a team of professionals at the CJE. The Executive Director is also a scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation and the community.

The Executive Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Federation and supervises these staff members at the CJE: Director of Institutional Development & Advancement, Director of Programs & New Initiatives, and Coordinator of Projects & Administration.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will:

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for Jewish education in the Dallas community.
  • Direct the work of the CJE and supervise its professional team.
  • Coordinate major annual event to raise funds in support of CJE as well as development efforts with donors who support the work of the CJE for particular projects.
  • Work successfully with the CJE Advisory Committee of volunteer leaders charged with advancing the mission of the CJE.
  • Create and monitor the budget of the CJE, with input and guidance from CJE team members and the Jewish Federation.
  • Meet with community leaders to educate and raise awareness of the CJE’s activities through one-on-one meetings, board presentations, and advisory committee meetings.
  • Participate in ongoing dialogue with other central agency executives to stay abreast of cutting edge issues on the Jewish educational horizon.
  • Collaborate with other departments of the Jewish Federation as an educator and resource and serve as an ambassador of the annual campaign including solicitation of gifts.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Jewish education or a related field.
  • 7 + years’ experience in Jewish education and/or non-profit management.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Proven nonprofit leadership, with experience in supervising program directors and managers, including a local and remote workforce.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and lay leadership.
  • Strong fiscal and business management skills including proficiency in developing budgets.
  • Command of education-related issues and the current Jewish educational and community landscape.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to plan, prioritize and complete multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • A deep level of Jewish content knowledge and profound commitment to pluralist and inclusive Judaism.                                                                                                        

Mersky, Jaffe & Associates is proud of its association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and to be conducting the search for the next Executive Director of its Center for Jewish Education. If you, or someone you know, might be a suitable candidate for this position, please forward, in confidence, the person’s name, cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information to Kerry Olitzky