Job Openings

Executive Director


The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines’ Executive Director is ultimately accountable for
the successful achievement of the Federation’s vision and mission. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she
or he is responsible for the development, supervision and administration of all aspects of the operating and
capital budgets of the Federation. The Executive Director has the authority and overall responsibility for
fundraising, for developing new leadership and for the proper management of all personnel and operations
including all processes, systems and procedures of the Federation and staff. The Executive Director of the
Jewish Federation also serves as the Executive Director of the Des Moines Jewish Foundation with
responsibilities akin to those of the Federation. Given this, the Executive Director is significantly involved
with most Foundation solicitation. The ideal candidate will have conceptual, strategic and tactical ability
and, be able to work on multiple projects. This leader will be a visible, involved member of the community.
Above all, she or he will have a true passion for the Federation’s mission with the strategic, analytical
thinking and team-building skills necessary to lead into a strong future and address the needs of the

Primary Responsibilities

  1. FUND DEVELOPMENT: Initiates, develops and measures all fundraising efforts

a. Identifies new strategies and potential contributors for increased giving and cultivation of
Campaign volunteers;
b. Provides guidance and support to the Board and Campaign Committees for resource
identification and development in support of the Federation;
c. Communicates, promotes and strengthens Board and committee understanding about local,
national, and global needs to be met through the Campaign funds;
d. Takes responsibility for the staffing of the Foundation, supervising the accounting,
maintaining the by-laws, tax status, grants and Board activities related to Foundation
campaigns and solicitations; and
e. Develops awareness of the Foundation as one of the primary priorities of the Jewish

2. STRATEGIC PLANNING: Oversees all central planning efforts of the Federation

a. Develops and updates strategic and long term plans identifying changes that are likely to
occur in the community and prepares the Federation to meet the challenges and
opportunities of change;
b. Provides leadership in the planning process to determine the future social, cultural and
educational needs of the Jewish community as well as the financial resources that will be
necessary to meet those needs;
c. Identifies trends impacting the health and sustainability of the Federation and takes
appropriate action to address any issues; and
d. Maintains and manages the Federation budget, along with regular and routine reporting to
the Board on the results and status of those activities

3. GOVERNANCE: Serves as the liaison between the Board and the committees to fulfill and exceed
the requirements and directives of the Board.

a. Acts as primary liaison and contact with the committees and affiliates of the Federation;
attends the majority of committee and appropriate sub-committee meetings;
b. Actively informs the Board about the available resources to, and the financial status of, the
Federation as well as financial trends, potential problems, and opportunities that may affect
financial status;
c. Oversees leadership-training opportunities for volunteers to become more knowledgeable
about, and skillful in, serving the Federation and the community, as well as to assure
continuity in leadership; and
d. Assists Board officers and committee chairs in the identification and selection of individuals
for specific service as officers, Board, and committee volunteers.

4. OPERATIONS and MANAGEMENT: Oversees the performance of all staff and work output of the
Federation to include employment, performance, evaluation, separation, and all other related
personnel activity, in consultation with the Executive Committee and in accordance with the
Federation’s bylaws.

a. Defines position duties and responsibilities for all employees of the Federation;
b. Delegates direct supervisory authority and responsibility as appropriate; and
c. Keeps the staff informed of Board actions that affect personnel policies and/or practices and
job descriptions.

5. COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Works cooperatively with the rabbis, congregational leadership, and
others involved with the welfare of the Jewish community.

a. Fosters communication and relationships in the Jewish community and advances
understanding of Federation activities and Jewish community service in the general
b. Develops strong relationships on behalf of the Federation with regional, national, and global
agencies that are involved in Jewish community services and Israel advocacy; and
c. Collaborates with people and organizations working toward the welfare of the general
greater Des Moines community, including other voluntary health, welfare, educational,
religious, and cultural organizations, general community central organizations and central
community planning bodies.


  • Deep understanding of the values held by the Federation and the Jewish community.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Commitment to enrich and improve the quality of Jewish life in Des Moines, in Israel, and around
    the world.
  • Minimum of three years of experience successfully leading others.
  • Sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Exemplary interpersonal, oral, relationship, and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of organizational management and governance.
  • Demonstrated track record of significant impact on a program or entity.


For full consideration, please email all items below, combined into one document, to no later than 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, January 31, 2019:

1. A letter describing your qualifications for this Executive Director position, including your specific
interest in leading an organization whose mission is “To enrich Jewish living through connection,
education, and compassion” and a description of your salary parameters; addressed to:
Mindy Lubar Price, President & CEO, Leading Transitions LLC, 1345 North Jefferson St., Suite 350,
Milwaukee, WI 53202
2. A detailed and updated resume; and
3. The names of, your relationship to, and contact information for, three professional references.

Please note:
• References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.
• Background checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate permission.
• All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in strict confidence.
• The Board of Directors plan to have this position filled in April 2019.


More information about the Federation and its executive director position, click here