Chief Executive Officer
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
Bender JCC is looking for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to
lead the organization through its next chapter of growth.
The Board of Directors seeks a strategic and visionary leader
with a passion for Jewish life and whose knowledge, communication
and executive leadership skills will stimulate creativity and
innovation in programs and services both in development and
delivery, as well as maintain standards of excellence in how
services are implemented and funded. The CEO will be a visible
organizational and communal leader, not only within the JCC but
also throughout both the Jewish and general community.
In collaboration with the Board, the CEO is responsible for
determining the future direction of the organization as part of a
strategic planning process based on currently defined strategic
objectives.The first task will be developing and implementing a
post Covid-19 strategy that includes reopening the JCC to the
public, a reexamination of fundraising priorities and a road map
for financial sustainability and building for the future.
Implementation of and getting buy in for the plan from
employees, board and community will be critical to the future
success of the organization.Building the JCC brand, a strong senior
staff team, growing member loyalty and building visibility of the
full range of activities offered is also a top priority.
Strategic vision and leadership
Lead and execute the strategic, operational and creative
direction of the Center. Working with the Board and staff,
articulate and develop strategic plans and initiatives.
Refine, articulate and implement a shared vision and programs
that reflect the unique mission of the JCC and its potential impact
in the Jewish community and the community at large. Maintain a
focus on proactive planning that will identify and take advantage
of, or respond to, emerging trends and needs.
Provide inspirational leadership and direction to the senior
team and ensure the continued development and management of a
professional and efficient organization; establish effective and
transparent decision-making processes that will enable Bender JCC
to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives.
Lead and participate in strategies to expand the use of JCC
facilities as well as strategies for outreach and
community-building beyond the walls of the JCC facility.
Lead the JCC staff and community through a post-Covid transition
back to the building and beyond with transparency and
Executive Management and Talent Development
Lead, motivate, supervise and evaluate a high-performance senior
management team.Attract, hire, retain and promote qualified
professionals, developing the ability to delegate and distribute
Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen
internal communications with staff throughout the organization.
Create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment
that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy,
operational methods, and data collection needs.
Set and advance a positive, success-oriented and collaborative
culture within the organization.
Ensure that the JCCs vision, values, brand, and strategic
priorities are evident and consistent in every aspect of the
organization, including its staff and programs.
Resource Development and Fundraising
Work closely with the Board leadership and development staff to
raise necessary funds for enabling the JCC to meet the current and
anticipated future needs of the community, its members and
Play a leadership role in fundraising efforts including
participation in events, cultivation of current and prospective
donors, and solicitations.
Develop new funding opportunities to support existing and new
initiatives and programs.
Responsible for determining and meeting financial goals, annual
budgets and metrics.
Responsible for the overall operational performance of the
Center and for ensuring that revenues and expenditures are
consistent with the budget approved by the Board.
With the CFO, and senior management team, ensure strong fiscal
management, systems and accurate reporting for the agency.
Oversee the financial status of the organization including
developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the
budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place.
Set financial priorities to ensure the organization is operating
in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff.
Lead staff in assessing and revising goals pertaining to program
creativity and excellence.Maintain a focus on proactive planning
that will identify and take advantage of, or respond to, emerging
trends and needs.
Ensure that programs are aligned with the JCCs mission and
Work with staff to monitor program costs and effectiveness.
Institute consistent methods of program evaluation that are
appropriate to the mission of each activity.
Together with the Board Chair, serve as a key spokesperson of
the JCCs vision, values, programs, challenges and
achievements.Represent the organization throughout the Jewish
community and the community at large, with private and public
funders and national and international Jewish organizations.
Continue and improve the constructive relationship with the
leadership of the Jewish Federation, Jewish and secular nonprofit
organizations in the area.
Cultivate opportunities for collaboration with relevant
Minimum Qualifications: Strong leadership skills including:
ability to articulate an inspiring organizational vision; manage
the agency from a big picture perspective; lead and foster
inclusive participation in the decision-making process; and employ
strategic and critical thinking skills proactively.
Senior executive experience in the nonprofit and/or business
sector with a record of progressive achievement in organization
leadership, management, administration and financial operations and
Experience managing a budget that includes numerous profit and
loss centers, a large facility and around 100 employees.
Ability to balance and integrate the core values of a nonprofit
mission-based agency with the use of business models and tools.
Excellent interpersonal, communications and diplomatic skills;
ability to partner with professional and volunteer leaders and
communicate in a manner that garners trust and inspires volunteer
leadership and professionals.
Financial savvy and political acumen; the ability to set clear
priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems;
keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which
support and enable sound decision making.
An open, flexible and inspiring leadership and management style
conducive to fostering creativity, collaboration, growth and
Strong commitment to the professional development of staff;
successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse
Successful track record of fundraising, stewarding relationships
with funders, board members, and foundations.
Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to
communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and
external stakeholders and organizations.
Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the
experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson,
relationship builder, and fundraiser.
A passion for issues affecting Jewish communities and
Israel.Commitment to enhancing Jewish life and culture. Pluralistic
non-judgmental view and comfort with all sects of Judaism.
This position description is based upon material provided by
Bender JCC, an equal opportunity employer.
This search is being conducted by DRG Search.
Agency Information: About Bender JCC
For over 100 years, the Bender JCC of Greater Washington has
been committed to a single mission: promoting and creating Jewish
continuity, identity and community in an atmosphere of warmth and
The Bender JCC plays a vital role in many of its members lives.
Since 1913, the JCC has worked hard to create a warm, inclusive
neighborhood within its walls, where Jewish life and values are
celebrated and all are welcome to make new friends, shmooze, work
out, learn a new skill, discuss a book, listen to a concert, see a
film and much more. The facility boasts a 40,000 square foot Health
and Fitness Center, and approximately 35,000 individuals, from the
very young to the young at heart, are enriched by attending JCC
classes or programs each year.
Diverse and vibrant, the Bender JCC community and Bender JCC
membership is open to everyone of all religions, backgrounds, and
walks of life, with comprehensive programs, facilities, and
services that offer a natural gateway to Jewish life.
The Bender JCC is an active member of the JCC Association, a
network of more than 200 JCCs across North America, has received
numerous awards for its innovative programming, and is nationally
recognized for inclusionary programming for children, teens, and
adults with special needs, including the award-winning Camp