Leadership JewishColumbus Program Director (PT)

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About JewishColumbus:

This is an amazing time to join JewishColumbus. We are two years into an integrated partnership of the Jewish Federation of Columbus and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Our annual campaign brought in over $5.6MM in 2020 and our Foundation holds $140MM in assets. We are the community convener; we respond to crisis and ensure a strong future for the Columbus Jewish community through robust and trusting partnerships with local Jewish agencies and synagogues. We are innovative. We are inclusive. We challenge the status quo and strive to be at the forefront of trends within the Jewish and non-profit communities. Work for an organization where your time and talent will be valued, and your voice will be heard. For more information about the Columbus Jewish community and JewishColumbus, visit our website at www.jewishcolumbus.org.

The Role:

The Program Director will have oversight and ownership for JewishColumbus’ leadership development program for high potential, young leaders in the community. The role will partner with JewishColumbus professional and lay leadership to continuously evaluate and improve the program lifecycle: participant recruitment and selection, curriculum, placement of graduates on local Boards or committees and continued engagement, retention and stewardship of participants.

Through the Leadership JewishColumbus Program, we aspire to accelerate young leaders’ growth over a one-year period and develop transformative, high-impact leaders to serve on Boards and committees across the community. The program consists of 20 participants that meet 1-2x/month and has three core components:

Leadership through the lens of Jewish values: Throughout the year, the leadership cohort studies Jewish values and ethics, sees firsthand the important work of our partner agencies and develops a deeper understanding of the needs and challenges within our Jewish community.

Experiential learning and leadership capability development: Through attending board meetings, making financial allocations decisions and conversations with community leaders, participants learn important board skills and have the opportunity to apply these skills to address areas of concern in our community. Participants also focus on leadership skill building embedded throughout the curriculum.

Board or Committee Placement: At the culmination of the program, participants are equipped to step into leadership roles where they will exercise transformative, inspiring leadership in our Jewish community.

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Span of control: No direct reports


  • In partnership with COO and Wexner Foundation, develop and execute an innovative curriculum, combining conceptual leadership theory through Jewish values, along with practical application of fundamental leadership skills.
  • Create success profile, reflective of key skillsets and experiences that will accelerate participants’ ability to become high-performing board members or committee chairs. These criteria will be critical in both developing the curriculum and selecting participants.
  • Build relationships with Wexner Foundation staff, JewishColumbus lay leaders and staff from other local Jewish agencies to identify appropriate facilitators and presenters for each session.
  • Plan and execute each session, ensuring facilitators and participants are prepared in advance with all necessary resources.
  • Execute mentorship program for Leadership JewishColumbus participants, pairing them with a tenured community lay leader.
  • Manage program budget, ensuring planning aligns with available financial resources.
  • Lead recruitment process for Leadership JewishColumbus, defining and executing the process, involving key stakeholders and recommending final list of participants based on target demographics and success profile criteria.
  • Develop evaluation process for continuous improvement through consistently soliciting feedback from program participants and facilitators.
  • Steward program participants, alumni and engrain within them a culture of philanthropy, leading to increased donor engagement.
  • Identify success metrics and build data-driven systems to track program graduates over time. Develop cadence to share metrics with appropriate stakeholders to demonstrate overall effectiveness of program.
  • Connect with Federations and other organizations who have leadership development programs in place. Learn best practices and proactively apply learnings to Leadership JewishColumbus as applicable.


  • 3-5 years of experience developing and executing all aspects of leadership development; familiarity and comfort with leading the following program components:
    • Curriculum development
    • Facilitator recruitment
    • Participant recruitment
    • Program management
    • Program graduate placement and continued engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex stakeholder groups.
  • Basic understanding of data analysis; ability to leverage data to meaningfully track program effectiveness over time and “tell our story.”
  • Comfortable with stewarding and soliciting donors.
  • Basic knowledge of Jewish community.
  • Available evenings and weekends (1-2x/month).
  • Basic understanding of zoom/virtual meetings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience creating and managing a leadership development program.
  • Previous work experience in a non-profit environment, managing lay leader and donor relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience planning engaging, dynamic meetings virtually.