President & CEO Search

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island (the “Alliance”) seeks a President & 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 President & CEO will build on the Alliance’s successes of the past with its dedicated traditional donors while enabling the Alliance to enter a new era by meeting, embracing and taking advantage of current and future opportunities. The President & CEO must be skilled at developing and leading a staff as well as a cadre of devoted volunteer leaders, effectively communicating a vision for the Alliance to the local Jewish community and community as a whole, and demonstrating a passion for and commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values, and Israel.

About the Alliance
In 2011, Rhode Island’s Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, and Bureau of Jewish Education integrated into the Alliance. By joining three communal organizations into one, including combining fund raising and program operations, the sum of the parts has strengthened the mission, quality of programs, and operational efficiency of the component agencies.

Today’s Alliance serves to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Rhode Island, in Israel and around the world. The Alliance meets this goal through philanthropy, planning, education and wellness opportunities, community relations, and volunteer recruitment and training. The Alliance brings together service agencies, synagogues, and organizations to address issues of common concern including the ‘Living on the Edge’ anti-poverty initiative. Together, the Alliance transforms Jewish tradition and values into action.

The Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center (JCC) is nearing completion of a $7.5M renovation. Housed within the walls of the Alliance’s JCC, one can find programs such as the David C. Isenberg Early Childhood Center, the Summer J-Camp, the Eides Family J-Space after-school program, Kosher Senior Café, the community’s Israel Desk, and J-Fitness.

About Rhode Island’s Jewish Community
Rhode Island is home to approximately 18,500 Jews — about 1.75% of the state’s population.
It is a diverse Jewish community which is home to many synagogues and congregations including Touro Synagogue—America’s oldest synagogue founded in 1763. Along with its synagogues, the Jewish communal agencies in Rhode Island work well in partnership, and among them include Jewish Family Service, Jewish Seniors Agency, the Jewish Community Day School, Providence Hebrew Day School, two Hillels (one serving the University of Rhode Island and the other serving Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design), Camp JORI, and the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center.

About Rhode Island
Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 as a colony for those seeking religious and political freedom. It is home to several large cities, including Newport, which is famed for sailing and Gilded Age mansions, such as The Breakers. Providence, the state capital, is home to Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams Park, Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, with the famed WaterFire art installation, and the newly constructed Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial. Known for sandy beaches and seaside colonial towns, Rhode Island is also home to renowned colleges and universities, as well as several major hospitals including Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. And thanks in part to Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island features an award-winning culinary scene.

President & CEO Success Factors
Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership
The President & CEO will be an engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence, and a utilizes a positive approach. The President & CEO must be a highly accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies (including seasoned lay leaders, new young leadership, those not yet engaged, professional staff, colleagues, and government officials). The President & CEO must be organized, able to multi-task, and manage diverse groups of staff and middle management in fund raising, community development, and program and service delivery. A forward-thinking, energetic individual, the President & CEO will promote a culture of innovation and be a change agent to create the next level of growth and commitment in the community.

Displays Sound Management Skills
The President & CEO will create a culture of positivity and productivity. The President & CEO will be responsible for a staff of 100+ full- and part-time employees. The President & CEO will foster innovation, teamwork, and collaboration to ensure that best practices and cutting edge developments are the norm. The President & CEO will maintain and apply a broad understanding of financial management principals to ensure decisions are fiscally sound and responsible.

Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership
The President & CEO will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the community and represents the strategic planning priorities that are already in place, and will simultaneously carve out a path for a more robust, engaged and involved community. The President & CEO must inspire and model participation in the greater Rhode Island Jewish community and proudly represent the Jewish community to the public. The President & CEO must see the big picture – managing current issues while thinking about the long-term.

Proven Ability in Fundraising and Resource Development
As the Alliance’s lead fundraiser, the President & CEO must engage and steward donors and close gifts of significance. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, the President & CEO will direct cutting-edge practices in donor development to enhance and improve the community’s potential. Highly visible in the community, the President & 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 President & CEO will be passionate about and fully understand the issues that impact the Jewish community locally, nationally, and globally. Understanding the Israel-Diaspora relationship and the importance of the community’s relationship to Israel is crucial. The President & CEO is committed to the totality of Jewish life, including welcoming local synagogues and Jewish communal agencies as partners with the Alliance in promoting a strong Jewish community. The President & 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.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in Federations or Jewish communal organizations desirable but not required.
  • Proven success as an executive level manager, preferably within a non-profit organization with a budget in excess of $6M+.
  • A proven record of donor cultivation and stewardship with a history of successfully building trusted relationships with a variety of constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Ability to articulate and implement a shared vision and programs that reflect the unique mission of the JCC system and its potential impact in the Jewish community and the community at-large.
  • A demonstrated ability to build effective teams who successfully work in complex, high-growth environments.
  • An understanding of all areas of fundraising and financial resource development, including major gift fundraising, corporate relations, program income and membership. 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 Alliance’s mission and the ability to inspire others to create a community dedicated to that mission.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A high level of personal and professional integrity and financial acumen.

A competitive compensation package including relocation is available for the successful candidate.

To Apply
Qualified candidates can apply for this position by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Gail Putnam at

President & CEO Search

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