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Executive Director

The Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson (JCC) seeks an experienced and dynamic Executive Director to lead the agency through an exciting and pivotal moment in its history. Working collaboratively with the Board of Governors, staff, and many diverse constituent and community groups, the Executive Director will help the agency achieve ambitious goals within the near future while building for the long-term sustainability of the organization.

The JCC is in the process of enhancing its impact by providing more comprehensive cultural, educational, social and recreational programming and services to the Westchester Rivertowns community and beyond, while at the same time increasing its physical footprint through the planned completion of its new 75,000 sq. ft. facility. The Executive Director must have strong leadership, management and communication skills, along with the passion, energy and drive to elevate the JCC through its next phase of growth. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the Executive Director will be responsible for leadership and management of the entire organization (internal); will act as the primary external affairs and institutional advancement officer; and will provide strategic direction, spearhead fund-raising, and oversee programming.

The following key qualifications and attributes are essential for this leadership position:
• A results-oriented management approach.
• Ability to build relationships that mutually benefit constituents and the JCC.
• The capacity to thrive on continual engagement with many others, and work closely and collaboratively with diverse individuals and groups both inside the organization and throughout the Rivertowns communities.
• A documented track record of delivering sustained financial results through earned income and philanthropic giving, and of working within existing fiscal constraints while securing growth opportunities for the future.
• Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
• Ability to inspire teamwork and empower highly motivated senior staff.
• A BA degree; ideally an MBA, MPA, CSW or related advanced degree.
• Minimum of seven to ten years as a director, manager, or senior manager within a non-profit agency (or similar).
• Demonstrated success in securing major gifts and grants from individuals, agencies, and foundations.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Management:
• Serve as the JCC’s chief executive officer, reporting to the Board of Governors and providing strategic leadership over all operational aspects of the JCC.
• Manage/Supervise the Budget in a manner consistent with the organization’s fiscal capabilities, and help to increase and expand the budget over time.
• Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff, from the senior-most managers to dedicated volunteers, and ensure the continued productivity of a professional and efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable the JCC to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives.
• In collaboration with the Board of Governors, shape the vision of the organization; devise and implement plans to achieve those goals while ensuring that all activities are aligned with the JCC’s core mission.
• Attract, supervise, manage, develop and retain a best-in-class staff team that embraces the JCC’s goals and produces exceptional program quality in all of its service areas.
• Serve as the organization’s chief liaison among external Jewish agencies and synagogues throughout the River Towns and region.
• Inspire, create, develop, cultivate and maintain relationships with all internal and external partners, including representatives from certain commercial, social, educational, religious, cultural and civic/political entities throughout the region.

Financial Management:
• Working closely with the Board, CFO, and senior staff, prepare the yearly budget, ensure adherence throughout all departments, and manage tightly to top- and bottom-line targets; review budget at all Board meetings, with YTD totals and close-of-fiscal-year projections.
• Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long- and short-range financial plans in collaboration with the CFO and setting financial priorities to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff.
• Direct a multi-year budget planning process that supports the strategic vision.
• Work closely with fund-raising staff to assess needs and expand budget over time.

Oversight of All Programs:
• Oversee, inspire, and empower senior staff to propose, plan and implement outstanding programs, including high-profile adult classes, and programs aimed at seniors, preschool, youth camps, teen and after-school
• Such programs will include those related to fitness and aquatics; special needs; arts and cultural performances; and other events.
• Establish high-profile partnership programs (Jazz Forum, Tarrytown Music Hall, and others) to expand JCC capabilities, build awareness, and generate revenue
• Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization.
• Collect, review with staff, present to the Board, and analyze program data to continuously improve quality, relevance, and revenue-generation.
• Increase efficiencies and consistency throughout the organization by developing and implementing standardized programs, services and program office marketing.

Management of the Facility:
• Oversee all operations of the facility including strategic investment (grants, budget allocation, etc.)
• Use best efforts to manage the safety and security of the facility and all of its users, occupants, visitors, guests, etc.
• Work closely with JCC’s security team and staff, as well as law enforcement officials, to ensure best practices.

Marketing & Communications:
• Measure effectiveness of programs, events, and operations through both quantitative and qualitative data; devise and formulate, with program heads, methods of recording and tracking data; share and discuss data with Board.
• Devise ways of learning from members, using digital means to glean audience needs, wants, desires, and levels of satisfaction (i.e., online surveys, etc.).
• Oversee and work with Marketing Group to create comprehensive marketing, branding, and communications campaigns designed to foster the most positive perception of the JCC, while generating enthusiasm and increased attendance at programs and events.
• Oversee the organization’s press and media coverage, and its social media and digital outreach to better facilitate online engagement.
• Rapidly respond to, direct, and supervise communications that may become necessary as a result of unforeseen events or circumstances.

Fund-Raising and Development:
• Develop, cultivate and maintain a strong relationship with UJA Federation and other Jewish support organizations.
• Plan and establish a comprehensive fund-raising program and provide data to the Board about possible donor prospects (whether such prospects are individuals, families, philanthropic organizations, or local, state, and national government agencies.
• Introduce, foster, and cultivate an ethos of giving back to the JCC.
• Ideate, plan and implement fund-raising strategies aimed at members and constituents who most frequent the JCC, based on data tracking.
• Devise other ways of generating revenues.

Community Relations and Partnerships:
• Serve as the face of the JCC to the community, stakeholders, affiliated and partnering organizations, media, and the general River Towns community.
• Engage stakeholders and the community to raise JCC profile, grow its influence, and attract resources.
• Plan and cultivate strategic alliances and possible partnerships with external area businesses and organizations with the goal of increasing membership, sponsorships, participation at events, and expanding a donor base.
• Identify and cultivate relationships with leaders of other area Jewish and non-Jewish religious organization to deepen community ties.

Board of Governors:
• Cultivate and maintain a transparent and strong working relationship with the Board.
• Help build a diverse and inclusive Board that represents and reflects the membership and the community, as well as the JCC’s mission and objectives.
• Work with the Chairperson and Executive Committee of the Board to elicit the best thinking and contributions of each Board member.

About the Harold and Elaine Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson
The JCC is a welcoming, inclusive gathering place that seeks to enrich the greater community by offering social, recreational, educational and cultural opportunities guided by Jewish values. A non-sectarian community center, the Shames JCC on the Hudson is located in Tarrytown, New York. For more information, please visit www.shamesjcc.org

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.
Application Process: Send cover letter and resume to: ShamesJCCSearch@gmail.com

The Shames JCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender orientation or expression, marital status or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic under applicable federal or state law.

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