The Hamilton Jewish Federation seeks a dynamic, visionary leader who can help transform the federation and its position in the community.
The CEO serves as the chief professional officer and provides the overall leadership to, and management of, the organization. This includes financial resource development, campus redevelopment, organizational representation, community relations and development, management of human and financial resources including budgets and allocations, , advocacy, community programming and governance. The CEO will report to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors through the (lay) President. The CEO will oversee all staff.
The challenge of this opportunity is to marshal the full organizational and philanthropic potential of Hamilton’s Jewish community, in order to inspire and strengthen all members of the community.


Vision & Leadership

  • Provide ongoing strategic direction and professional leadership to the organization
  • Collaborate with the professional and volunteer teams to ensure sound implementation of these plans and evaluation of impact

Financial Resource Development

  • Reinvigorate the fund development strategy with a particular focus on the Annual Campaign
  • Develop and actualize plans to enhance donor relations, increase and diversify giving, inspire and engage volunteers
  • Assure the management of all administrative aspects of the campaign including the campaign data bas
  • Develop a planned giving program that harnesses the generational transfer of wealth
  • Grow and manage endowments and bequests
  • Diversify the funding streams including grants and other potential revenue streams
  • Manage a capital campaign in collaboration with other community partners.

Board of directors/Executive relations

  • Inspire, engage and manage lay leadership’s continual and dynamic involvement and oversee a plan for succession, as appropriate.
  • Ensure that committees, the board of directors, and the executive are provided with appropriate resources and information to maximize their contribution to the organization.

Programs & Services

  • Supervise all programmatic initiatives.eg Holocaust education week
  • Cultivate good relationships with the beneficiary agencies
  • Determine annual allocations in collaborations with the lay leadership
  • Reassess and realign the programmatic functions as needed

Internal Management & Operations

  • Create an organizational structure that responds to the requirements of the strategic plan
  • Recruit, train, supervise & mentor staff.
  • Develop & manage the operating budget.
  • Develop & implement a comprehensive marketing & communication plan.
  • Liaise with appropriate national organizations to maximize services and information.
  • Provides professional leadership to the campus redevelopment project.

Tagged as: CEO, Federation, Jewish

Community Description:

Hamilton is a vibrant Jewish community composed of 5110 members. As a smaller Jewish community, located in a bustling city of more than 330,000 people, Hamilton is booming with growth and development opportunities and an extremely high quality of life as residents enjoy world-class environment, healthcare and education.

The Hamilton Jewish Community Center (JCC) has just been sold and the community is poised to undertake a redevelopment project that brings together the JCC, the Federation and all other community services into one integrated campus.

The Federation, as the central communal organization, is committed to building a strong, vibrant and enduring Jewish community in Hamilton, in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. The Federation is guided by the values of “Tikkun Olam” - “Repair of the World” and by “Klal Yisrael” – “The responsibility of each Jew for one another.”

This is an extremely exciting moment in the community’s history, as an ambitious campus redevelopment is being planned.

Work Remotely: no

The CEO must be a passionate, strategic, energetic, visionary leader committed to all aspects of community development and to building the capacities and position of the Hamilton Jewish Federation.

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • At least five years experience in a senior management position.
  • Combination of business/managerial experience and exposure to or working within a not-for-profit organization in a lay or professional role preferably in the Jewish community
  • Appreciation of, and commitment to, Israel and Jewish values.
  • Proven track record in fundraising.
  • Superior interpersonal, management and organizational skills.
  • A proven track record of effective staff management.
  • Financial acumen.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a complex array of stakeholders – donors, colleagues, volunteers
  • A team builder,able to inspire, influence, and build credibility.
  • Diplomatic, respectful, and able to manage conflict.
  • Extremely organized and capable of multi tasking.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Energetic, proactive, flexible, decisive with a positive approach to work.
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving abilities, with an ability to make decisions quickly.
  • Impeccable integrity.
  • Familiarity with the Hamilton Jewish community
  • Flexible work schedule

Education Requirements:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Education, Social Work, Business or other related field
Send resumes and cover letter to:

Send cover letter and resume to Linda Kislowicz, CEO Jewish Federations of Canada- UIA, LKislowicz@jfcuia.org