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The Central Ohio Jewish community (Columbus and surrounding counties) boasts a Jewish population of 22,000. With an Annual Campaign of $7.0 million and Jewish Foundation assets of $100 Million, we are a thriving Jewish community with two day schools, eight synagogues, Hillels, Kollel, Chabad, JCC, JFS, comprehensive residential services for the aged and those with special needs. Home to the largest state-university in the United States -The Ohio State University, the community also benefits from some of the most internationally recognized Jewish philanthropists including The Wexner Foundation, The Schottenstein Families and the Melton Family.

For more information about the Columbus Jewish community and the Federation, visit the website at

The Vice President – Leadership Programs is a multi-faceted role. First, this individual is responsible for the development, rollout and ongoing management of The Columbus Jewish Leadership Institute (CJLI). This Institute seeks to transform Columbus into a community that recognizes, celebrates and incorporates leadership development, innovation and collaboration amongst it institutions, volunteers and communal professionals. The programs themselves will:

· Engage train and inspire volunteer leadership

· Support and maximize the capacity of existing boards while increasing the partnership between agencies and synagogues

· Provide professional development, Jewish learning and collaborative opportunities for Jewish communal professionals.

Secondly, this individual is responsible for the vision for and program management of our Young Adult Division (YAD). This area focuses on a variety of activities including: social, spiritual & social action programming, connecting with Israel Experience participants prior to and upon their return to Columbus and tracking the achievements of the Growing Jewish Columbus program. Similarly this individual is responsible for Outreach programming with disparate groups including new members of the community, LGBT, Russians and others who are reluctant to participate in “formal” events within the Jewish community. There are two direct reports in this area.

This position reports directly to the President/CEO of the Jewish Federation and is a member of the Senior Management Team.


Leadership Development

· Develop and rollout a comprehensive Leadership Development program for both lay and professionals that will expand over time to encompass a variety of programs and audiences.

Young Adult Division & Outreach

· Develop social, social action, networking and spiritual programming for Young Adults (ages 20-35). The target population includes but is not limited to the unaffiliated, inter-married couples, married with young families, Russians, LGBT and new community members

· Programming may include networking and affinity events, mentoring and skill-building. Social action programs should be developed in cooperation with JCRC and could include environmental projects and interfaith programs.

· This group should also be used selectively to provide advice to Federation leadership about the direction of the community based on their lifestyles. Over time, these young adults should be tapped for campaign gifts


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or business field is required.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in general management, leadership development programming, or outreach is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of related supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community and its institutions is strongly preferred.


  • Excellent people skills and the ability to successfully interact with senior executives and high net worth individuals.
  • Proven ability to supervise, coach and develop a team of professionals.
  • Direct experience with organizational change initiatives.
  • Ability to think strategically and guide others in a strategic planning process.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong knowledge of social networking and e-communication technology and methodology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with proven organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including both verbal and written. Strong public speaking skills.
  • Willingness to work some evenings, weekends or irregular hours as necessary to interact with donors and prospects and attend relevant meetings and community events.

About Jewish Federation of Columbus:

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Columbus is to serve as the central address for the central Ohio Jewish community and to strengthen and enrich the central Ohio Jewish community through the support of and service to the Jewish community through its family of social service, human service, Jewish educational and spiritual agencies, synagogues and organizations. This shall include advocacy for and support of Israel and world Jewry

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