The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul stands today as a solid and steady presence in the community, poised to embrace change and new innovative ways of doing business to promote growth and deeper engagement. The Federation seeks a CEO who is an energetic, visionary, and passionate leader; a professional who possesses excellent strategic and management skills with a proven track record in fundraising, relationship development and community building. The CEO will build on the successes of the past with its dedicated traditional donors while enabling the Federation to enter a new era in meeting current and future opportunities. The CEO must be skilled at developing and leading a staff team as well as a cadre of devoted volunteer leaders; a strong communicator who can articulate a vision for the Federation and articulate it in the community; and will demonstrate a passion for and commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values and Israel.
About the Federation
After tenure of 17 years, the current CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul is retiring, and the organization is seeking a successor. For over 85 years, the Federation has been the St. Paul Jewish community's central address for meeting Jewish needs -- responding to crises, fighting poverty, strengthening Jewish identity and promoting social justice.
In the Federation, philanthropy, volunteerism and shared commitment come together to make a difference and repair the world. The Federation takes pride in working collaboratively and partnering with its beneficiary agencies, enabling them to perform their life-changing work. The mission of the Federation is one that unites, sustains and enhances the St. Paul area Jewish community and strengthens bonds with Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. This mission is fulfilled through financial resource development and planning, and by working in partnership with social service agencies, educational institutions and synagogues.
The Federation conducts an annual campaign that raised $2.25 million in 2016. It operates with nine staff and a very active, dedicated and engaged lay leadership. Its last community capital campaign was in 2002; $12 million was raised to support infrastructure upgrades for Jewish communal agencies.
The Federation and the community recently completed a major strategic planning process. Jewish communal life is being transformed locally and nationally by changing demographics, views about Jewish identity and practice, and shifting levels and forms of affiliation. The community planning process focused on understanding what this means for the community and how strategic priorities are set and informed by reliable data and input from across the community. The goal is to build, strengthen and sustain the community over the next decades. Over 350 St. Paul Jewish community members participated in 37 facilitated Listening Sessions and discussed what they value in the community and their concerns. A Leadership Team of agency executives, lay leaders and rabbis reviewed the data and chose five community priorities, as well as a guiding principle, for the community to address. 50 community volunteers now serve on Research and Recommendation Panels convened by the Federation. They are conducting in-depth research to learn the best methods to implement our priorities. Each panel is recommending strategies to realize the vision for a dynamic, engaged and enduring Jewish community. The Federation has assembled an Implementation Committee to review proposals to execute the recommendations. These priorities are:
- Warm Welcoming Connections
- Engage the Next Generation
- Inspire Giving
- Strengthen Jewish Education
- Enhance Cooperation Between St. Paul and Minneapolis
About the St. Paul Jewish Community
The Jewish community of St. Paul numbers approximately 10,000. It is a connected, engaged community with an affiliation rate of approximately 50%. It is a diverse Jewish community, home to one Reform synagogue, two Conservative synagogues, and one Orthodox synagogue which includes the Lubavitch community. Along with its synagogues, the Jewish communal agencies in St. Paul work very well in partnership, and include the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, Talmud Torah of St. Paul, Sholom Home, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Hillel of Minnesota, Minnesota Jewish Theater, and the Minnesota Jewish Historical Society. The Jewish community of St. Paul works in collaboration with the Jewish community of Minneapolis, operating a number of cross-river cohort groups and programs.
About the City of St. Paul
The City of St. Paul has a population of more than 300,000 people. The Greater Twin Cities metropolitan area has a population of over 3.5 million and is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the US, growing faster than most other cities in the Midwest. St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, is called “The Most Livable City in America” and boasts a healthy outdoor lifestyle – yes, even in the midst of winter – with more city shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other city, and is seated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Over 70 languages are spoken in St. Paul public schools, with primary being English, Spanish, Hmong and East African languages. It is home to elegant Summit Avenue, the longest preserved Victorian avenue in the country. In addition to being the site of the Governor’s Residence, authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis both lived on Summit Avenue at one time. Other famous residents included playwright August Wilson and cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts).
The Twin Cities is home to five professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Vikings football team, the Minnesota Twins baseball team, the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team, the Minnesota Wild hockey team and Minnesota United soccer team. The St. Paul Saints are a popular independent league baseball team and the Minnesota Gophers play nearby at the University of Minnesota. With over 200 parks, many lakes and countless miles of bike trails within the city, St. Paul is known for promoting an active outdoor lifestyle. Famous for its Winter Carnival, activity doesn’t stop in the winter. Showcasing ice sculpting, a city-wide treasure hunt, parades and in some years, an ice palace, the St. Paul Winter Carnival attracts over 350,000 visitors.
Cultural activities abound in St. Paul and in the greater Twin Cities, with a lively arts, theater and music scene. World-class museums and performing arts centers attract performances and exhibits that rival cities of much greater size. Many large corporations are headquartered here. St. Paul is second in the U.S. in the number of higher education institutions per capita. The Twin Cities were recently ranked as the fifth best city for foodies by Travel & Leisure magazine.
CEO Success Factors
Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership
The CEO will be a warm and engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence and a positive approach. The CEO must be a highly accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies from the most seasoned lay leaders to new young leadership, professional staff colleagues and government officials to those not yet engaged. A forward thinking, energetic individual, the CEO will promote a culture of innovation and be a change agent to create a new level of excitement in the community.
Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership
The CEO will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the community and represents the strategic planning and priorities that are already in place as well as carves out a path for a more robust, engaged and involved community. The CEO must inspire and model participation in the St. Paul and broader Twin Cities Jewish community and proudly represent the St. Paul Jewish community to both the Twin Cities Jewish community and the greater St. Paul public. The CEO will actively engage with the CEO of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, working to support existing metro-wide collaborative programs and envision new ways for the communities to work together. The CEO must see the big picture - managing current issues while thinking long term.
Proven Ability in Fundraising and Resource Development
As the Federation’s lead fundraiser, the CEO must engage and steward donors, and close gifts of significance. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, the CEO will direct cutting edge practices in donor development to enhance and improve the community’s potential. Highly visible in the community, the CEO will reach out and cultivate new potential donors at all levels.
Demonstrates a Passion for and Knowledge of the Jewish World and Israel, and Promotes Jewish Values
The CEO is passionate about and fully understands the issues that impact the Jewish community locally, nationally and world-wide. Understanding the Israel-Diaspora relationship and the importance of the community’s relationship to Israel is crucial. The CEO is committed to the totality of Jewish life, including local synagogues and Jewish communal agencies as partners with the Federation in promoting a strong Jewish community. The CEO acts with Jewish values at the forefront, is an articulate spokesperson for the Jewish community and actively participates in the life of the community.
Displays Sound Staff Management Skills
The CEO will create a culture of positivity and productivity in the work environment, inspiring, engaging and empowering the professional staff of the Federation. Through selecting, developing and motivating staff, the CEO will foster innovation, teamwork and collaboration to ensure that best practices and cutting edge developments are the norm.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of strategic leadership and management experience in Federations, Jewish communal organizations, business, and/or non-profit sectors. An advanced degree is preferred.
- A proven record of successfully building trusted relationships with a variety of constituencies and stakeholders.
- Understanding of, and successful experience in, all areas of fundraising and financial resource development, including major gift fundraising. A willingness and desire to be personally involved with these efforts are required.
- A successful track record of working with a board and understanding the volunteer-professional partnership.
- Enthusiasm about the Federation’s mission and the ability to inspire others to create a community dedicated to that mission.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- High level of personal and professional integrity
A competitive compensation package including relocation is available for the successful candidate.
JCC Association is conducting the search on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul. Qualified candidates can apply for this position at jccworks.com/stpaul – please include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.
Deadline to apply: February 17, 2017