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Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford


The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH), located in West Hartford, CT, a vibrant community in central Connecticut, seeks a dynamic leader with proven development experience to serve as its executive director. Supported by a strong community presence located on the Jewish Community campus, the Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the Greater Hartford Jewish community. The JHSGH has a rich archival collection, strong programming and numerous historical publications. Annually, the JHSGH has approximately 1-3 exhibitions, 12 programs, bus tours, and a consistent number of individuals and researchers who use the archival collection. The JHSGH has recently completed a new strategic plan and the new executive director will be responsible for implementing the plan with emphasis on expanding the organization’s profile, strengthening governance, growing membership and increasing revenue and monetary support from individuals, foundations, and businesses.


The Executive Director will work with the President and report to an engaged and committed Board of Directors, providing strategic vision, direction, development, and administrative leadership for this vital membership organization. The Executive Director directs staff and volunteers and is responsible for daily operations.

Ideal Candidate

 The Executive Director of the JHSGH is the chief executive officer, responsible for fiscal leadership, general management and operations, including programs, partnerships, budget, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and marketing. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with all constituents to develop, articulate and implement the strategic direction of the JHSGH to accomplish its mission.

The ideal candidate will be an outgoing and personable heritage professional with a proven record of success in community engagement, fundraising, grant writing, administration, community collaborations, donor stewardship, and volunteer management. Also essential are a passion for and knowledge of Jewish culture and history, effective written and verbal communication skills, financial literacy, and the ability to lead both board and staff with tact and diplomacy. The JHSGH has two part-time employees, an archivist and an administrative assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Minimum of five years leadership experience in a non-profit heritage organization or similar organization with knowledge of best management practices for non-profit operations, staffing and archives/collections growth and oversight. Experience in handling human resources.
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a budget to effectively assure the financial health of the JHSGH.
  • A track record as successful fundraiser, including capital campaigns, individual & corporate donor cultivation, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for heritage organizations.
  • Increasing public awareness of the mission and programming offered by JHSGH to attract visitors, donors and volunteers to our programs.
  • Implementing the new vision of the JHSGH’s strategic plan that increases fundraising and community engagement while maintaining and preserving the mission and traditional qualities of the JHSGH.
  • As the public “face” of the organization, demonstrate superior communication skills in promoting JHSGH and expanding its base of support. Knowledge of social media, websites, and electronic communications essential.
  • Experience with creating and implementing exhibitions, oral history projects and programming. Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with community partners and local, state, and national institutions.

Qualifications: Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, Public History, Judaic Studies, Education, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred.


Salary and Benefits Statement:

Employment Type: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week; occasional evening and weekend hours for meetings and programs

Benefits: Paid time off and retirement program

Salary Range: Based on experience


Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. JHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application Process


Applications must include cover letter, résumé and contact information for three professional references. Application deadline Tuesday, October 15, 2019.   Email to Estelle Kafer, Executive Director. Email ekafer@jewishhartford.org. No phone calls, please.