Director, Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest NJ
Job Title: Director, Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest NJ
Department: Planning & Community Services
Date: December 2021
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest NJ (JHSGMW), a department of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ, located in Whippany, NJ, seeks a dynamic leader with proven development experience to serve as its director. Supported by a strong community presence, the Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, maintain, and promote the history of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community. The JHSGMW has a rich archival collection, strong programming, and numerous historical publications. Annually, the JHSGMW has approximately 1-2 exhibitions, six programs, and a consistent number of individuals and researchers who use the archival collection. The JHSGMW has recently transitioned from an independent agency to become a department of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
The Director will be responsible for implementing the transition plan with emphasis on expanding the committee’s profile, strengthening governance, growing membership, and increasing revenue and monetary support from individuals, foundations, and businesses to support the work of JHSGMW.
The Director will work with the JHSGMW committee chair and advisory committee.
The ideal candidate will be an outgoing professional with a proven record of success in fundraising, grant writing, community collaborations, donor stewardship, and volunteer management. Also essential is a passion and knowledge of Jewish culture and history, and the ability to lead both committee and staff.
- Ability to organize and manage a budget to effectively assure the financial health of the JHSGMW.
- Fundraising and donor cultivation from both individuals & corporations, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for heritage organizations.
- Increase public awareness of the mission and programming offered by JHSGMW to attract visitors, donors, and volunteers to our programs.
- Create and implement exhibitions, oral history projects and programming.
- Implement the new vision of the JHSGMW’s transition plan that increases fundraising and community engagement while maintaining and preserving the mission and traditional qualities of the JHSGMW.
- As the public “face” of the organization, demonstrate superior communication skills in promoting JHSGMW and expanding its base of support.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners and local, state, and national institutions.
- Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, Public History, Judaic Studies, Education, or similar field.
- Minimum of five years leadership experience in a non-profit heritage organization or similar organization with knowledge of archives/collections growth.
- Experience with creating and implementing exhibitions, oral history projects and programming.
- Knowledge of social media, websites, and electronic communications essential.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Interested in applying? Send cover letter and resume to HR@jfedgmw.org, reference JHS.