Position SUMMARY

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Senior Chief of External Affairs serves as a strategic partner on organizational initiatives, strategic planning, and policy execution, and ensures that the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s (JFGP) strategic goals are met in effective and efficient ways.

A trusted advisor, this person will work intimately and collaboratively with the President and CEO to further the organizational mission by setting professional and operational standards that enable JFGP to effectively fulfill its commitments to staff, donors, community members, Board members, institutional partners, and other constituents.

This is a highly strategic, visible and facilitative role that requires operational expertise, political savviness, collaboration skills, ambition, and exemplary communications skills. The person in this role must be able to successfully partner with stakeholders across the entire organization and externally to advance strategic priorities and ensure business results are delivered.


Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Partner with and be a trusted advisor to the President and CEO. Liaise with the Senior Leadership Team, Advisory Board, the larger Philadelphia community, and external partners
  • Be an advocate and role model for the culture of the workplace. Champion the connections between mission  and operations at every level and be a positive and effective agent of organizational change
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the Senior Leadership team to strategically plan, implement and facilitate work processes and procedures to achieve organizational goals

Strategic leadership and project management

  • Assist President and CEO and Board of Directors on strategic planning efforts; Disseminate strategic direction  and goals to teams across the Jewish Federation, determine tactical plans in concert with members Senior  Leadership Team, and track Jewish Federation-wide progress to goals
  • Identify and pursue strategic institutional partnerships in order to broaden the public reach of the Jewish  Federation; Serve as lead project manager and supervisor for such initiatives
  • Responsible for working in concert with President and CEO to ensure the effective operation of the Jewish  Federation in keeping with appropriate standards of quality and excellence 
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to representing the President and CEO at meetings and  events, participating in planning efforts, iterating and communicating internal and external policies, and  managing day to day institutional priorities and concerns as they emerge 


  • Elevate issues about which the President and CEO should be aware, and, conversely, represent the President  and CEO’s position to constituents internally and externally throughout the Jewish Federation
  • Proactively monitor trends within and across business support teams to iterate and improve workflows and  communication in conjunction with the CFO and other department heads
  • Manage the collection and communication of data to inform business decisions, monitor performance, and  achieve objectives. Provide regular and clear reporting to President and CEO and other stakeholders on  business and team performance
  • Actively cultivate contacts within the Jewish Federation field, and philanthropic community. Keep abreast of  relevant trends and issues in the Jewish Federation field. Advise President and CEO on such matters insofar as  they are germane to institutional advancement and the Jewish Federation’s strategic priorities

organizational culture

  • Work closely with members of the Senior Leadership Team to identify and implement solutions to workplace challenges
  • Promote teamwork and mutual respect across the organization 
  • Serve as a supervisor, role model and be an approachable advisor for the team 
  • Fully support organizational decisions and communicate the same to the team. 
  • Ability to communicate performance and behavioral expectations to the team, and address deficiencies when appropriate 
  • Identify gaps in performance and identify learning opportunities and development of the team

The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time at Jewish Federation’s discretion. Employment is at-will and this job description is not an employment contract and nothing herein shall be deemed to create in any way whatsoever an employment contract.

QUALIFICATIONS and Job requirements

  • Results/action-oriented; self-directed, highly organized, strategic thinker with a get-it-done attitude
  • Proven experience in a management role; sharpened business administration, strategic planning, financial  reporting, supervision and performance management is essential 
  • Relationship builder with a successful record of galvanizing partners (internal, board, donors, community) and managing relationships within a complex, multi-faceted organization
  • Highly developed communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy 
  • Organizational and political agility; developed negotiation skills 
  • Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust 
  • Good sense of self and strong personal presence 
  • Willingness to work hard and take direction—but also creatively solve problems for which the answers aren’t always obvious
  • Tested ability to manage and motivate staff from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment 
  • Nimble; comfortable operation with varying degrees of ambiguity and with broad guidance in a fast-paced  environment 
  • Must maintain a positive attitude at all times, despite organizational challenges and shortcomings, as well as be viewed as a positive influence amongst the team. 
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite; expected to gain familiarity with Jewish Federation’s project and business management software 
  • The successful candidate will be diplomatic, discrete, proactive, a direct communicator, a highly organized  project manager, and committed to the vision and values of the Jewish Federation 


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a major organizational development role, with at least five to seven years of successful experience in a senior management position
  • Bachelor’s degree required and an advanced degree preferred
  • Experience representing an organization externally and promoting programs to private and public funding sources

work conditions and environment

Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Also requires ability to  communicate and exchange information, collect, compile, and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain  work files, as well as sitting at a computer desk. Travel by automobile will be required regularly. Work usually  performed in a general office environment, but currently employees are working in part remotely. The position  requires the availability to work evenings and weekends at various community and organization-sponsored events. 


Qualified candidates may submit their resume and cover letter to jobs@jewishphilly.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, vision, Rx, dental, disability and life insurance, generous vacation time and a 403b retirement savings program. 


The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia mobilizes financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world.


We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.