Location: West Hartford, CT
Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS) was founded over 100 years ago, in 1912, when thirty charitable organizations came together as United Jewish Charities with the mission of providing financial assistance to those in need. In 1968, the agency became Jewish Family Service and subsequently Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford.
Overview of the Organization and Programs
Throughout its existence, program growth and offerings have reflected community needs. For example:
Current program offerings are organized into three program areas:
A 501c(3) nonprofit corporation, JFS employs approximately 35 staff and 75 care givers and is overseen by a Board of Trustees, currently comprised of thirty-four civic and community leaders. The organization’s annual operating budget is approximately $4.3 million, inclusive of the JFS Care at Home program.
Having been with the organization for more than thirty years and as its CEO since 2002, JFS’s deeply committed and highly respected CEO will step down from her position effectively June 30, 2020. A nine-member search committee, comprised of current and former board members, has been appointed to lead the search.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The CEO will have the opportunity to lead a comprehensive and innovative social service agency that has been serving the Jewish community and Greater Hartford for more than 100 years. High priorities for the CEO include:
Desired Credentials/Profile of the Ideal Candidate
Skills and Experience
Strategic and Innovative Executive
The CEO must be aligned with and enthusiastic about JFS’s mission and programs, able to engage in “big picture” thinking and champion entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. Also, as the agency’s chief executive officer, the leader must be an adept multitasker, able to oversee the organization’s operations, finances, programs and staff, decisively and efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to set and achieve ambitious strategic goals, while also holding self, staff and the board accountable to measurable goals, institutional values and high expectations. The CEO will also serve as the primary liaison to the Board of Trustees to proactively engage it in effective, collaborative and representative governance.
Exceptional Networker and Communicator
The CEO must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be eager to serve as JFS’s primary spokesperson and be a consummate networker, able to interact and communicate equally well with clients, staff, board members, community leaders, partners, funders, etc. to proactively build and sustain thoughtful, supportive, caring and mutually beneficial relationships to ensure JFS is well-positioned to delivery exceptional services to communities and individuals in need. The CEO will also be skilled at creating effective internal communication processes, so all staff members are equally well-informed, -engaged and -aligned.
Inclusive Community and Culture Builder
The CEO will join an agency with a very positive, warm, supportive and compassionate culture, one that is accepting, inclusive and respectful. Demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, the leader must be aligned with and a champion of this culture. In addition, the CEO must build on the exceptionally strong relationships JFS has with the Jewish Community, including the federated organizations, and throughout Greater Hartford, while also ensuring that JFS broadly embraces diversity at all levels so all clients in need feel they can be served by JFS.
Skilled Fundraiser and Creative Marketer
The CEO must execute on an existing, broad-based fundraising program across a range of funders, including individuals, foundations and government agencies which collectively provide approximately $1.7 million in philanthropic support annually. The new leader must be eager, poised and proactive in enhancing and solidifying the CEO’s role in fundraising and utilize available relationships, including board members, to achieve significant financial results. The leader must also be able to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy and program to expand awareness of JFS to grow participation in its programs and to increase financial support.
Empowering Teambuilder and Manager
The CEO of JFS will discover a staff that is experienced, committed, compassionate, caring and passionate about the agency’s mission. An active listener, the leader will need to commit to valuing the contributions of senior administrators and all staff members to build consensus and buy-in. Ideally, the CEO will have worked in a leadership role in a social service agency of similar size and will have shown success in inspiring, developing and empowering staff and teams; in delegating effectively; and in ensuring that decisions are made in an inclusive, collaborative, decisive, timely and fair manner, all while generating trust and respect across the entire organization.
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks with transition consultant John Tarvin. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential. Interested candidates should submit materials to:
Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, information regarding how you learned of the position, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match JFS’s needs and mission. All submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget and in conjunction with JFS’s benefits package.
JFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. JFS offers a safe supportive work environment with opportunities for training and professional development. JFS is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and licensed by the CT State Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Families. JFS offers flexible working hours and health coverage as well as generous vacation and sick time.