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17 Aug 2014

Full-Time Executive Director

Judaism Your Way – Posted by Judaism Your Way Anywhere

Job Description

Judaism Your Way

Executive Director

Job Description



Judaism Your Way (JYW) is a ten-year-old, Denver-based non-profit organization that pursues Jewish Community outreach and engagement using a variety of strategies.  JYW currently serves Denver, Boulder and surrounding metro communities. For more information, visit:



JYW’s vision is an “open tent” Jewish Community that is inclusive of, responsive to, and engaged by all Jews and their loved ones.  JYW’s mission is to offer innovative opportunities for all Jews and their loved ones to connect Jewishly.



JYW is seeking a passionate and strategic Executive Director.  JYW has demonstrated effectiveness in delivering a range of outreach activities including holiday services attended by over 1,500 people, life-cycle events including weddings, funerals, and B’nai Mitzvah (coming of age) ceremonies, and a variety of educational programs.  The new Executive Director will lead a team in building on this impressive history. The position is located in Denver, Colorado.


This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic and innovative leader with a successful track record developing, administering and evaluating high-impact programs, scaling fundraising efforts, and building broad-based, stable, sustainable and growing organizations.  The ideal candidate will have a proven record of successful, proactive, change management taking organizations to the next level of growth and excellence.  The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated success building and leading development programs that materially increased fund raising.  The position reports to the Board of Directors.


  • Works closely with the Board of Directors and the Rabbis to develop, implement, and evaluate JYW’s strategic vision, goals, objectives and policies including preparation and updating of JYW’s strategic plan and development plan
  • Provides executive leadership on all programs, services, and activities in fulfillment of JYW’s mission
  • Maintains effective communication and collaborative relationships with the Board, Rabbis, staff and donors
  • Leads the organization’s fundraising efforts and delivers on both short and long term objectives
  • Oversees budget development and fiscal management
  • Maintains effective relationships with Jewish community organizations 

Position Duties


Provide robust leadership to all professional and administrative staff; oversee all office operations and policy implementation; ensures sound Human Resource practices.



Build, lead and maintain a high-performance team, and provide collaborative leadership and mentorship.  Foster a culture that promotes collaboration and excellence while working closely with the Rabbis.  Participate in key management processes such as interviewing, hiring, and training new employees, regular performance reviews, staff development, and retention activities.


Programmatic Success

Supervise JYW staff and volunteers to create programs that offer innovative opportunities to participate in meaningful Jewish experiences.

Ensure programmatic and financial success by translating strategic plans into operational benchmarks / goals.


Financial Management

Work with Board and staff to develop and maintain a balanced annual budget, provide financial reporting.  Engage deeply in reviewing and interpreting financial results and closely managing activities to ensure on-budget performance.



Work effectively with the Board of Directors on all aspects of organizational stewardship.  Support the Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities, and implements Board adopted policies.  Work with the Board to recruit and orient new Board members.



Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan that addresses both JYW’s long and short term financial needs.  Actively engage in all aspects of the development plan including but not limited to: creating a strong fundraising message, cultivating individual contributions, soliciting major gifts, building endowment/planned giving, grant writing, direct mail, on-line giving, and securing foundation grants.


Special Events and Programs

Oversee planning and implementation of all JYW community, educational and fundraising events.


Marketing and Outreach

Work with staff to develop and implement a marketing and outreach plan using online, social media, print, press release, word-of-mouth, and face-to-face approaches.  Communicate to a wide variety of audiences about JYW.



Implement and manage a tracking plan to garner valuable information about donors and program attendees that can be used in fundraising, marketing, program assessment and program development.



Create and manage program evaluation plans and tools to improve JYW’s effectiveness.



Advocate for the importance and uniqueness of JYW in the Jewish and interfaith communities.  Develop and maintain relationships with the local nonprofit community. Establish collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations embracing diverse approaches to 21st century Judaism.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A passion for and demonstrated commitment to JYW’s mission, preferably with knowledge of and connections to the Denver Jewish community.
  • Eagerness to be part of a cutting edge organization at the forefront of the rapidly evolving world of Jewish outreach.
  • A successful track record of significant professional achievement in an innovative and successful non-profit environment.
  • Extensive experience in fundraising. The ideal candidate has built a high-performing fundraising operation that increases the recurrence and predictability of contributions, as well as long-term engagement of both institutional and individual donors.
  • Demonstrated success recruiting, retaining, and supporting the professional development of a highly diverse and talented team.
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, with the ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Strong financial management skills including budget development and management, oversight of preparation of monthly statements, and delivery of clear reports.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, updating and implementing both strategic and fundraising plans.
  • Successful experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Ideally, extensive networks of the region’s Jewish and philanthropic communities.
  • Strong communications skills including public speaking, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.



This executive level position will require working beyond traditional office hours including some evening and weekend hours.  Additionally, the Executive Director works on some Jewish holidays including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, the eighth night of Passover, and occasionally on Shabbat.  As programming evolves, working on additional holidays may be necessary.



Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes health and dental insurance, and other benefits.


To apply:

Email resume and cover letter with subject line: E.D. Position to:

Applications are due by August 25, 2014

How to Apply

To apply: Email resume and cover letter with subject line: E.D. Position to:

Job Categories: Non-Profit. Job Types: Full-Time.

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