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Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Jewish Federation of Nashville

Principal Responsibilities:

The Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is responsible for providing a 21st century business and philanthropic perspective in managing a non-profit organization by creating a Jewish communal environment that demonstrates great optimism, enthusiasm and a climate for substantive and systematic change and sustainable growth in the Jewish and broader Nashville communities. The Executive Director is also responsible for providing a vision for the community upon which to base a compelling case for philanthropic growth and enhanced volunteer engagement.

The Executive Director will report to the President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation. The person will bring the skills to inspire confidence and trust from among the Jewish Federations leadership and stakeholders and to lead this vibrant, growth-oriented community into the future. The new CEO will manage a staff of 17 FTE including 12 full-time employees.

The successful candidate will have a significant background in financial resource development including soliciting and stewarding of major gifts. A background community strategic planning and implementation, organizational management and board governance is critical. A complete job description is available. The successful candidate will begin approximately June 15, 2018

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Application deadline is December 15, 2017.

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Agency Information:

The Jewish Federation of Nashville is the central voluntary communal organization of the Jewish community. Through its fund-raising, planning and community relations efforts, either independently or in partnership with other Jewish organizations, the Federation works to promote the general welfare, viability and cohesiveness of the Jewish community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the world.

Jewish Nashville has its roots in the 1840's when enough Jewish men were available to hold religious services. By 1851 a burial society was established and over the next 100 years, with increasing numbers of Jews finding their way to the city, a sophisticated network of synagogues and human and social service organizations was established.

Today, this diverse, thriving and growing Jewish community supports five synagogues, the Akiva Community Day School, the Jewish Family Service, Vanderbilt Hillel, the Gordon Jewish Community Center, a Holocaust Memorial and several national and regional Jewish organizations. For a complete description please the 2017 Guide to Jewish Nashville, which can be accessed online at The Jewish Federation also publishes the Jewish Observer, a monthly Jewish newspaper. The Jewish Federation is housed at the Gordon Jewish Community Center located on the 60 acre Eugene and Madeline Pargh Jewish Campus.

Over the past seven years, the Jewish Federation has engaged in two major strategic initiatives, Best Jewish Nashville (BJN) and Best Jewish Nashville 2.0 (BJN2.0), that has created a Jewish communal environment that demonstrates great optimism, enthusiasm and a climate for substantive and systematic change and sustainable growth in the Jewish and broader Nashville communities. The Jewish Federation, through BJN processes, has reinforced its historical role as the central convener in the Jewish community and serves as the lead agency in identifying, cultivating, stewarding and increasing the philanthropic investment of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish population which, according to a 2015 Jewish Federation funded population study, numbers some 8,000 Jews along with 3,000 other individuals living in an estimated 4,700 Jewish households.

The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a recognized leader in the Federation movement and its volunteers and professional staff have served in numerous leadership roles in national and international Jewish organizations.

Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee. Long before it was nicknamed The Music City Nashville was a thriving community dating back to the late 18th Century. Over the next two plus centuries, Nashville grew to become a sophisticated city that today enjoys a reputation for leadership in the areas of health care, finance, tourism and entertainment. A few years ago a major profile story in the New York Times labeled Nashville the It city. It continues to enjoy sustained growth and active development across the entire city.

Also known as the Athens of the South, the city boasts a rich and diverse cultural life including a host of art galleries and world class museums, the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, not to mention the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, Opryland and the Music City Convention Center. Nashville has an impressive academic history and is home to Vanderbilt University, nationally recognized and with a growing Jewish student and faculty population. In addition, Nashville is home to Tennessee State, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities as well as Fisk University, among the earliest institutions of higher learning for African-Americans that today enjoys a stellar reputation among its peers.

Nashville possesses a four-season climate (with relatively mild winters) which provides multiple opportunities for recreation pursuits. For sports enthusiasts, there are the NHL Nashville Predators, the NFL Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Sounds Triple-A minor league baseball team as well as Vanderbilts football, baseball and basketball teams.