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Chief Executive Officer
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209

Principal Responsibilities:


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus (JCC) is a welcoming and vibrant presence in the Columbus Ohio community, with a culture of innovation and inclusion, and enjoying a period of significant growth and engagement. The JCC seeks a 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 and community building. The CEO will build on the successes of the past while enabling the JCC to enter a new era in meeting current and future opportunities. The CEO must be skilled at developing and leading a staff team as well as a cadre of devoted and engaged volunteer leaders. The CEO position begins on or about June 1, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:

CEO Competencies

Provides Exemplary Executive Leadership

The CEO will be a warm and engaging leader who is accessible and listens to all viewpoints, demonstrates confidence and a positive approach. The CEO must be a highly accomplished relationship builder, comfortable with all levels of constituencies from the most seasoned lay leaders to new young leadership, professional staff, general members and those not yet engaged. A forward thinking, energetic individual, the CEO will promote a culture of innovation and be a change agent to create on-going excitement for the JCC in the community.

Presents Visionary and Strategic Leadership

The CEO will promote an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the JCC and robust, engaged and involved community going forward. The CEO will actively engage with other Jewish and general community organizations, working to support existing collaborative programs and to envision new ways to work together. The CEO must see the big picture - managing current issues while thinking long term.

Proven Ability in Fundraising and Resource Development

The CEO must engage and steward donors and seek gifts of significance. Entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns, the CEO will direct cutting edge practices in donor development to enhance and improve the communitys potential. Highly visible in the community, the CEO will reach out and cultivate new potential donors at all levels.

Demonstrates Skill in Operational Management

The CEO provides leadership to all aspects of the JCC operations and is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the JCC. This includes an understanding of the physical plant, technical support systems and running the various businesses of the JCC. Visibility and responsiveness to members is a strong value. The CEO will be decisive in action, adaptable and accountable.

Displays Sound Staff Management Skills

The CEO will create a culture of positivity and productivity in the work environment, inspiring, engaging and empowering the professional staff of the JCC. Through selecting, developing and motivating staff, the CEO will foster innovation, teamwork and collaboration to ensure that best practices and cutting edge developments are the norm.


The ideal candidate will have:


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

To Apply

Qualified candidates please include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

Deadline to Apply: January 20, 2019 - sooner is preferred

Agency Information:

About the JCC of Greater Columbus

Since 1913, the JCC has been the Columbus Jewish community's central address for meeting the social, recreational and cultural needs of the Jewish community. The JCC currently has an $11 million annual budget and operates on four sites. The JCC's magnificent 130,000 sq. ft. main facility that was renovated and updated in 2013 sits prominently on 25 acres of land on College Avenue, where it has been since 1949. This site includes a second 7,000 sq. ft. camp building with an outdoor splash pad. In addition, in 1965 the JCC acquired a beautiful, rustic 25-acre off-site day camp located on Hoover reservoir. The Northeast JCC in New Albany, built in 2008, is a 48,000 sq. ft. building operating an extensive early childhood program and is shared with the Columbus Jewish Day School. The fourth site is located in a synagogue in northwest Columbus, where six classrooms are rented for an early childhood program. The JCC currently enjoys 4,800 units of membership and is growing. The JCC is financially sound, with committed and engaged lay leadership, a talented staff of 400 employees and outstanding programming.

The JCC is a human service agency offering a varied program that is Jewish in nature. It is committed to enhancing the quality of individual and family life through the promotion of the physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness. It provides educational and cultural programs that reflect the Jewish heritage, health related activities and many other services to the community at large. Through its wide array of programs, the JCC pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community.

The JCC nurtures a passion for Jewish learning and living. Through programs and services, the JCC provides comfortable and inviting environments in which the community can thrive.

The JCC strives to maintain the highest standards of programming, and offers classes, services and events that are contemporary and effective, yet grounded in traditional Judaic values. This includes three thriving early childhood sites  the largest in Columbus; a 4,500 sq. ft. fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a full complement of group exercise classes; three pools (one indoor and one outdoor/summer only at the main facility and one outdoor pool at the Hoover Family Park campgrounds); Kaleidoscope for creative after-school childrens activities; a renowned cultural arts program including film, music, dance and educational forums, highlighted by the Gallery Players, a distinguished community theater company in existence for over 70 years, which performs sophisticated productions in the newly renovated 329-seat theater; and a robust series of programs for adults. The JCC is also a major provider of kosher catering for the community. In addition to serving over 13,000 kosher meals on wheels to frail older adults, the catering department caters community and private events of all sizes on and off site.

About the Columbus Jewish Community

The Jewish community of Columbus numbers approximately 23,000. It is a connected, engaged and active community. It is a diverse Jewish community, home to ten synagogues, including three Reform, two Conservative, three Orthodox, one Chabad and one New Age minyan. There are two day schools, one orthodox and one community/egalitarian that combined serve over 300 children. Along with its synagogues, the Jewish communal agencies in Columbus work well together in partnership, and include a variety of organizations, educational opportunities, and more. This is a time of exciting, dynamic change within the organized Jewish community, as the Federation and Foundation have just merged into one unified entity, and new executives are being sought for several agencies. The community is united in the view that it is moving forward with a strong vision toward an exciting future.

The Jewish community in Columbus is multi-generational, with deep roots in the Jewish community and within its organizations. Columbus is proud of its international reputation in Jewish philanthropy, serving as the home of visionary philanthropic families such as the Schottensteins, the Wexners and the Meltons.

About the City of Columbus

Columbus OH, the state capital, has a population in the metropolitan area of over two million people. Columbus is one of the fastest growing and more affordable cities in the US. It teems with art, music, theater, museums and culture, and thanks to the sprawling Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the US, and an array of businesses, it is also home to a diverse and energetic workforce. Columbus is home to Fortune 500 corporations including LBrands, Nationwide Insurance and Cardinal Health; Amazon, Discover Card and Morgan Stanley Chase all have a large regional presence in Central Ohio. A prosperous economy and lower cost of living draws millennials (the median age in Columbus is 36), creating a vibrant atmosphere throughout the city. Columbus is perhaps best known for its unbridled passion for college football. Fierce loyalty for the Ohio State Buckeyes is a significant part of life here during football season and all year long. Columbus is also home to the NHL Blue Jackets and MSL Crew, as well as the #1 rated zoo and aquarium in the country.

Columbus has the 4th hottest housing market in the US, is the 14th largest city in the country, and National Geographic has called Columbus the newest of the hip and cool cities. Money Magazine ranked Columbus as one of the six best big cities in the US and best in the Midwest.