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23 Jan 2018

Full-Time Executive Director

Yad Chessed – Posted by nkarasic Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Yad Chessed is seeking a talented and passionate Executive Director whose core beliefs are aligned with the mission of Yad Chessed – supporting the most vulnerable in our community with dignity and compassion.

The mission of Yad Chessed

Yad Chessed’s mission is to help relieve financial distress of Jewish individuals and families and support them in reaching financial stability, while preserving the dignity of each and every client.

In order to accomplish these goals, Yad Chessed {‘Hand of loving kindness’} maintains several vitally important financial assistance programs. In the past several years, the organization has grown from one run by a single volunteer director into a small professional charity with a staff of five and a Board of Directors, all of whom bring expertise as well as compassion to their work.

The Executive Director is the public face of the organization and is responsible for the oversight of both the day-to-day operations of social work and administrative staff, and for all donor relations including research, solicitation and stewardship. The Executive Director also has responsibility for the financial transactions and record keeping for the organization. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated history of effective fundraising, be able to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders (both agencies and donors), and mobilize support for Yad Chessed’s work. The ideal candidate will also have 5-10 years of experience in non-profit management and a proven history of leading teams, departments and organizations. The candidate must be a capable manager with strategic vision who is excited to grow an organization that is much needed in its community. Other preferred attributes include: knowledge of poverty or another social service area, familiarity with the Boston Jewish community, and working knowledge of Boston’s philanthropic landscape. Ability to learn and manage donor, financial, and clinical databases is also essential.

The Executive Director has primary responsibility in the following areas:

Fundraising, External Relations and Outreach

  • Build a major gifts strategy by maintaining and building on relationships with existing donors.
  • Prospect for new individuals and family foundations to support our efforts.
  • Support an annual campaign that includes periodic solicitations each year and a special Purim collection
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • Raise Yad Chessed’s profile in the community through outreach and public appearances including working with synagogues to reach both potential new donors and clients
  • Represent Yad Chessed at CJP-organized interagency meetings and agency sponsored events while working to ensure Yad Chessed remains a communal priority
  • Prioritize open and strong communications between Yad Chessed and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish Family Service Metrowest and Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Manage social media and online presence in support of our efforts

Management of Internal Operations

  • Work to ensure the implementation of and modification of our strategic plan
  • Hire all staff and recruit interns and volunteers as necessary
  • Manage Senior Social Worker and oversee distribution of financial assistance to clients
  • Manage Associate Director to ensure smooth internal processes
  • Review and improve internal processes and operations
  • Manage interns to support aspects of programming and/or support other new initiatives
  • Oversee the implementation and accuracy of all databases. Extract requisite reports to evaluate data and desired outcomes.

Board relations and financial oversight

  • Maintain strong Board relations, meeting with the Board president and other members regularly and providing accurate and strong communications in advance of Board meetings
  • Collaborate with the Board Governance committee to ensure high levels of Board involvement in fundraising and other outreach efforts
  • Lead Fundraising, Finance and Marketing Committees with respective committee chairs
  • Help to recruit Board committee members as appropriate
  • Work with finance committee chair on monthly financial reporting and oversight
  • Oversee annual audit

The position requires evening hours with some regularity and, less frequently, some weekend hours.

How to Apply

Please send your resume (pdf or Word format) and cover letter to

Job Categories: Non-Profit. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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