JOB SUMMARY: We are seeking a bold, innovative, experienced leader with a successful history in network building and partnership development, as we continue to define our aspirations and update our strategic plan. This is a unique opportunity to have an enormous impact within the organization and with our constituents, as we expand our reach and deepen our relationships with not only other Jewish organizations in greater Boston, but also non-Jewish community organizations.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of the organization, providing leadership toward the achievement of its mission, vision, annual goals, objectives and growth. Supported by a small staff, a committed Board of Directors, volunteers and community stakeholders, the ED must harness these resources, develop and maintain relationships to effectively implement the VILNA’s strategic goals and objectives, and work with partner organizations and various funding sources. The ED at the VILNA is engaged in strategic and granular work, often concurrently, as is the normal situation in a small agency with an operating budget of under $1 Million annually.
Our next Executive Director needs to have:
- Executive leadership experience working closely with a committed Board of Directors
- Successful philanthropic fundraising track record
- A successful history in network building and partnership development
- Understanding of financial systems, data analysis and financial reporting, in order to build the financial health of the entire agency
- Experience in making significant strategic organizational decisions
- Genuine and compelling passion for the Vilna’s mission and type of work
Additional key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Serve as the primary spokesperson and advocate for the VILNA to promote its mission by clearly articulating its programs and impact on the community.
Provide oversight or direct management of all operational functions of the organization, including financial management, program development, management and administration, community relations, fund development, human resource management, marketing, volunteer leadership, facilities management, and infrastructure growth.
Play a major role in fundraising, pursuing an agenda of donor outreach and exceptional donor stewardship to increase the organization’s financial resources. Develop effective partnerships, collaborations, and strategic alliances with foundations, corporations and individuals, government, other funding sources and service partners. Ensure alignment with key stakeholders, including Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Lead the staff team to strengthen and support the programmatic, financial and operational goals of the VILNA, including attracting, retaining, developing and motivating qualified staff. Ensure opportunities for ongoing staff development and mentorship. Instill a culture of performance management and improvement achieved through an ongoing process of defining goals, developing strategies, implementing systems and measuring performance results.
Ensure the organization is operated on a sound fiscal basis and directed towards long-range organizational sustainability. Oversee the development of the VILNA’s budget, manage within the budget, and manage the audit processes.
Encourage an engaged Board of Directors in the work of the organization, by developing structures that enable productive contributions by the Board members to achieve agency goals. Provide timely and accurate information to the Board so it can effectively execute its oversight role. Contribute to the selection and recruitment of new Board members.
Plan and lead the organization through the next phase of the historic building renovation and a Phase II Capital Campaign.