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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

MANDEL JCC OF THE PALM BEACHES

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

Opportunity for Impact

Palm Beach County is the third-most populous in Florida, experiencing an exciting and ongoing growth surge in the suburban population. 

A new community study confirms a growing, decentralized and diverse Jewish Palm Beach:

  • 167,000 people living in 78,000 households
  • 21% increase in population growth 
  • 13% increase in the number of households
  • Significant increase in population of children growing to over 17,000 (0-18 years of age) 
  • Greater generational diversity throughout the community
  • Significant growth in interfaith population among adults and children.

The early results of this demographic snapshot indicate that Family, Youth and Interfaith engagement will be critical service delivery initiatives for the coming years.

The leadership of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches (Mandel JCC) views the appointment of its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as a compelling opportunity for a visionary leader, with an inspirational voice, to lead the JCC into a new chapter of innovative programming, service excellence and long-term sustainability. The CEO will be an organizational and community leader, with the opportunity to have a significant impact on the lives of Jews and non-Jews of all ages through their engagement with the JCC; an opportunity to transform this center for Jewish life, strengthening and building community collaboration and crafting a new vision and narrative for the central role of the Mandel JCC across the entirecommunity. 

The Mandel JCC seeks a creative, energetic and entrepreneurial CEO who can position the JCC to play a significant role in modeling how they think about community, Jewish continuity and the expression of the Jewish values that will drive the community for years to come. The community’s leadership is deeply committed to successful modeling of new proactive strategies and opportunities for growth in this area.

The CEO will thoughtfully and intentionally pursue bold new opportunities to diversify the Mandel JCC member base and enhance engagement opportunities by promoting the JCC to new audiences and prospects, by generating interest and support, and by forging new relationships and leveraging current ones.

 

Background and Mission 

The Mandel JCC’s mission is to build community, strengthen and preserve Jewish culture and values, connect to the State of Israel, promote respect for diversity, and enhance the well-being of the members and the communities it serves through cultural, educational, recreational, social, wellness and child development opportunities. 

The Mandel JCC needs to become a Jewish gateway where all are encouraged and inspired to participate, providing quality experiences through a mix of formal and informal Jewish educational, recreational, and cultural activities, while building a strong community that cares for one another.

The Mandel JCC is a large enterprise that needs a broad range of excellent programs and services to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community. The Mandel JCC experiences are currently organized around eight program areas on two campuses (Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach), totaling 115,000 square feet of facilities on 26 acres, and include:

  • After School Programming
  • Cultural Arts
  • Early Childhood
  • Family Events
  • Fitness
  • Special Needs
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Summer Camp 

The Mandel JCC has an operating budget of $11 million, of which $1.25 million is raised annually from supporters, has an endowment of $2 million, and approximately 116 full-time and 260 part-time employees. 

Additional information about the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches can be found on their website at https://pbg.jcconline.com/ .

 

Position

The JCC of the Palm Beaches seeks a proven, dynamic and inspiring leader with superior relationship skills and demonstrated success in building capacity and increasing engagement to become its Chief Executive Officer

The Board seeks a thought leader whose interests, creativity, curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to help the Mandel JCC expand and grow to meet new opportunities and challenges; someone with a passion for Jewish life and whose intelligence, style, communication and executive leadership skills will stimulate creativity in programs and services, as well as maintaining excellence in how they are implemented and funded. 

The new CEO will be a customer-centric professional with demonstrated experience and success in executive leadership, organizational management and business modeling. S/he must be conversant with a broad range of Jewish community and public policy issues locally, nationally and internationally, and be familiar with the systems that address these concerns. Transparency and integrity are key personal traits.

The Chief Executive Officer will be the Mandel JCC’s chief spokesperson and will build trust and collaboration throughout the community. It is expected that s/he will be visible and accessible to agency staff, leadership, members and other stakeholders. S/he will be active in relationship-building with funders, donors, synagogues, other Jewish communal agencies and partners, and is expected to play a significant role in further developing the fundraising activity of the organization. 

The CEO is responsible for building a new vision and for shaping the strategic direction of the JCC, and so must be an entrepreneurial leader who can engender confidence and engage the resources necessary for long-term sustainability and growth. The CEO must also be able to engage the Board, participants, and others in envisioning new directions and programs which fulfill the mission of the agency within a sustainable business model. S/he must be conversant on new programs and developments in not-for-profit and Jewish community leadership. S/he must also be responsive to the unique needs reflected in the community while encouraging strong engagement and collaboration.

While the CEO has overall responsibility for the operations of the agency s/he must be willing to balance the business needs with a focus on the advancement of the mission and vision. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer of the Mandel JCC will report to the President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. 

 

Key Responsibilities 

Strategic Visioning, Executive Leadership & Organizational Management

  • Working closely with the Board and other key stakeholders, articulate and implement a shared vision and programs that reflect the unique mission of the Mandel JCC and its potential impact in the Jewish community and the community at-large. Provide inspirational, operational and creative leadership to the staff, Board and the community.
  • Set and advance a positive, success-oriented culture within the organization. Ensure that the Mandel JCC’s vision, values and brand are evident and consistent in every aspect of the organization, including its staff and programs.
  • Promote the identification and tracking of trends and thought-leadership around the role of the Mandel JCC as a model for excellence in the Jewish community and beyond, and its contribution to Jewish continuity.
  • Balance current needs with strategic vision and investment to ensure long-term success and sustainability.
  • Serve as the chief professional officer responsible for developing the professional team, administration, planning, program development and evaluation, community relations, fundraising, finance and marketing.
  • Maintain a focus on proactive planning that will identify and take advantage of, or respond to, emerging trends and needs.
  • Set, foster and model a positive, trusting, transparent and collaborative environment within the organization that ensures the achievement of strategic objectives.
  • Create strong strategic alliances and relationships within the Jewish community as well as the general community; work closely with these partners to impact the future direction and success of the Mandel JCC, the Palm Beach County Jewish community and the community at large.

 

Operational Management and Team Leadership

  • Provide oversight and responsibility for all business and financial operations including: annual planning, human resources, budgeting, building and facilities, marketing, branding, and technology;
  • Review and evaluate the current operations and, if necessary, restructure to better meet mission and organizational objectives;
  • Lead, supervise and evaluate a high-performance senior management team and staff at all levels. Provide ongoing supervision and guidance to staff members; attract, recruit and retain qualified professionals for open positions as needed;
  • Maintain a flexible leadership style that motivates, inspires and empowers staff through active communication and delegation, and promotes intra- and interdepartmental/agency teamwork;
  • Focus on professional development; including performance measurements, individual coaching and team-building; foster an environment of achievement and ensure staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined and measurable goals.

Fundraising and Member Engagement

  • In partnership with the Board, the Federation and development professionals, play a strategic leadership role in developing and executing financial resource development strategies and methodologies to meet established goals; this should include developing a keen understanding of the importance of planned-giving as well as trends in “next gen” philanthropy.
  • Work closely with the Board leadership, development staff and outside consultants (as needed), on various campaigns to raise necessary funds to enable the Mandel JCC to meet the current and anticipated future needs of the community.
  • Maintain a proactive approach in raising funds through relationship building, cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective donors.
  • Working in partnership with the entire team, design and implement a sophisticated strategy that integrates all engagement tools and will generate short-term results as well as sustainable growth; 
  • Motivate, inspire, and mentor both lay leaders and professionals in their fundraising efforts. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with foundations, agency partners and affiliated professional organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Work to “push the envelope” on new revenue and funding opportunities to support current and new initiatives, as well as additional expansion and program development. 

Marketing and Community Relations

  • Serve as the primary vocal supporter and spokesperson for the Mandel JCC with private and public funders, with national and international Jewish organizations, and in the religious, cultural and social activities of the community at large;
  • Be an active, visible and engaged community leader alongside other non-profit and business leaders in a diverse range of civic activities and organizations;
  • Develop and nurture a culture of cooperation with affiliated agencies, synagogues, and other organizations throughout Palm Beach County. Build the Mandel JCC’s role as a resource, a convener and a facilitator of strategic partnerships, programs and initiatives;
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the Board, staff, members, community and media; including effectively managing any crisis that might arise using superior decision-making skills, in consultation with Board leadership and senior staff. 
  • Maintain and advance the Mandel JCC brand; have primary oversight responsibility for communications – both written and oral – regarding the JCC’s vision, values, programs, challenges and achievements; 

Board and Volunteer Engagement

  • Provide professional guidance to the Board Chair, the Board and its committees to shape, focus and prioritize vision, planning and objectives; and act as the primary liaison between the Mandel JCC Board and professional team.
  • Plan Board and Executive Committee meetings and agendas.
  • Advise the Board on significant trends, programs, changes in conditions and market directions; 
  • Serve as advisor and resource to the Executive Committee and the Board in all areas of finance, policy, programs and governance. 
  • Partner effectively with the Board and its committees to maximize their efforts and maintain a focus on the mission and vision for the Mandel JCC; including expanding their role in fundraising to meet the needs of the mission.
  • Partner with the Board leadership to identify, cultivate, recruit and empower new board members by creating dynamic and supportive relationships.
  • Provide a high level of support to board members and other key volunteers in ways that show appreciation, develop their skills, inspire them to action and strengthen their intellectual and emotional commitment.

 

Program and Service Development

  • Provide aspirational leadership to professional and volunteer team members in setting goals for cutting-edge programs that have vision and that strive for creativity and excellence.
  • Ensure that programs are aligned with the Mandel JCC’s mission and community priorities.
  • Work with staff to monitor program costs and effectiveness. Institute a consistent system of accountability and a constructive means of critical evaluation of the effectiveness, success and impact of activities and programs
  • Communicate regularly with other organizations and synagogues to seek collaboration and partnerships in program development. 

 

Qualifications 

  • Minimum 10 years of significant practical experience and skills as a senior executive in the nonprofit and/or business sector with a record of achievement in organizational leadership, management, administration, and financial operations.
  • A skilled communicator able to articulate an inspiring organizational vision; able to effectively and persuasively represent the Mandel JCC to current and potential members, users, donors and various stakeholders throughout the community.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to see and manage the agency from a “big picture” perspective; be decisive and inclusive in the decision-making process; be proactive and employ strategic and critical thinking skills.
  • Skills and experience to manage and lead an enterprise of this size and scope with profit & loss responsibilities.
  • Creative, innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic inclinations; intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence.
  • A dynamic, collaborative, and mentoring leader who inspires trust and respect; demonstrated success in developing, empowering staff, resulting in high performing teams.
  • Keen understanding of running a mission-based organization; able to integrate the use of business models with a sensibility to the core values of a mission-based agency.
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, Jewish communal structures and issues and their relationship to Israel; commitment to enhancing Jewish life, culture and values through a pluralistic lens that embraces diverse perspectives. 
  • Successful experience with Board and volunteer development; a diplomatic problem solver able to build consensus and engender cooperation between lay and professional leaders and professionals from the breadth of interests and perspectives in the community. 
  • Professional experience and demonstrated success in all areas of fundraising, planning and implementation/financial resource development. A proven track record and the willingness and desire to be personally involved with these efforts; experience with the cultivation and solicitation of major donors is critical. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to present oneself and communicate in a manner that garners trust and will challenge and inspire volunteer leadership and professionals.
  • Creative, innovative manager; comfortable leading and taking risks in a forward-thinking environment. 
  • Experience working with organizations focused on continual improvement, growth, excellence and sustainability. 
  • Ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards.
  • Experience in program development, organizational and/or institutional growth and facilities management preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Track record of collaboration and community building; willingness to invest the time required to steward relationships and be visible throughout the community.
  • Strong budgeting and financial acumen required;
  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, MBA or equivalent preferred.

This position description is based upon material provided by the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, equal opportunity employers.

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