Executive Director

National Council for Jewish Women | Los Angeles, California

Background

Envision Consulting has been exclusively retained by National Council of Jewish Women LA to place their next Executive Director.

National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles (NCJW|LA) is a grassroots organization committed to the welfare and well-being of the entire Los Angeles community. NCJW|LA is a section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

NCJW|LA serves Los Angeles through our community mental health programs and supportive services and educational and youth engagement programs and services. NCJW|LA’s social justice programs build awareness and advocate for vital issues that affect the women, children and families of Los Angeles including children’s rights, economic justice, healthcare, human trafficking, immigration reform, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and gender-related violence.

Job Summary

NCJW|LA is a dynamic organization seeking an experienced Executive Director who is in alignment with our values, ethics and vision and has strong leadership, strategy and business management skills coupled with a passion for social justice. This position will oversee the success and growth of NCJW|LA’s community programs, services and social justice activities, while ensuring operational excellence and financial sustainability. A key element of the Executive Director’s responsibilities is oversight of NCJW|LA’s $9.5 million retail enterprise.

The Executive Director will partner with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a new strategic plan for 2018 and beyond. The ideal candidate will have experience in developing organizational strategy, managing finances, meeting resource development goals (both contributed and earned income, with some experience in social enterprise), and overseeing a network of programs. He or she will be the chief spokesperson for the organization and build teams and collaborations. Operations, staff management, compliance and risk management are also important responsibilities of this position.

Responsibilities

Organization Strategy and Leadership

  • Oversees all programs, services, and operations of NCJW|LA, ensuring they contribute to the mission and priorities of NCJW|LA.
  • Partners with the Board to develop a strategic plan to continue growing the organization while maintaining effective operations to achieve the mission.
  • Engages in periodic review of organizational strategy and community trends to stay abreast of and be responsive to changing community needs.
  • Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and supporting the Directors to fulfill their governance function.
  • Creates agency culture that attracts and motivates a diverse staff of top quality employees.
  • Maintains a productive relationship with NCJW and represents the Los Angeles section in strategic and fund development activities with the national organization.

 Organization and Program Management

  • Manages all day-to-day operations, including: administration, programs, development, thrift stores, human resources, finances, planning and implementation.
  • Oversees design, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, services and social justice activities.
  • Defines, delivers, and evaluates current programming for measurable impact. 
  • Builds strong teams of staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to efficiently carry out all programmatic objectives.
  • Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

Resource Development and Financial Management

  • Oversees business strategy and operations of retail social enterprise (thrift stores).
  • Works with Board to develop and direct a fundraising strategy and plan, to ensure adequate and diversified funding including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources and strategies to approach funders.
  • Creates and leads partnerships with high-level corporate, nonprofit, and community partners to promote the mission and drive fundraising initiatives. 
  • Leads financial planning, forecasting, and analytical activities; ensures alignment of financial plan with vision and strategy.
  • Directs and implements appropriate financial and legal compliance, reporting and auditing activities to ensure the financial integrity and viability of the organization.
  • Builds annual budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.

Community Engagement and Partner Relations

  • Serves as primary spokesperson for NCJW|LA and positions organization as a leader in social justice advocacy for vital issues that affect the women, children and families of Los Angeles.  
  • Oversees marketing, communications, and public relations, assuring the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to stakeholders and public. 
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key constituencies, partner organizations and stakeholders, and participates in local, state, and national advocacy efforts as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree required; preferably in a social services or social justice related field or a commensurate combination of education and experience.
  • 7 to 10 years experience in progressively responsible positions managing a nonprofit organization, including raising funds, managing staff and teams, overseeing finances and building budgets, working with a Board of Directors, and leading community and public relations.
  • Direct experience managing a social enterprise, ideally with a retail focus, is preferred.
  • Experience managing community programs, services and social justice activities.
  • Is committed to social justice values that are consistent with the vision, mission and principles of NCJW|LA.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, and experiences.
  • Exceptional ability to build rapport and connect with individuals at all levels.
  • Experience managing a local chapter/affiliate of a national organization is preferred.