Chief Operating Officer

National Council of Jewish Women

POSITION

Chief Operating Officer

ORGANIZATION

National Council of Jewish Women

LOCATION

Washington D.C.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

National Council of Jewish Women’s History

For over 125 years, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has boldly imagined a world that values and supports women, children, and families and has had a role in the passage of every major piece of civil rights and economic justice legislation in this country. NCJW’s work has shifted over time to ensure we remain focused on addressing the most pressing challenges facing not only Jewish women but all vulnerable women, children, and families. Today, NCJW advances its mission across three core pillars of work: protecting and expanding abortion access; safeguarding and promoting the right to vote; and pushing for fair, independent, and qualified judges on federal courts.   

Today’s Impact

NCJW’s long tradition of nonpartisan progressive social change-making through a powerful combination of community organizing, education, direct service, and advocacy has never been more important.  NCJW’s intersectional work in progressive and Jewish spaces has resulted in deep partnerships with secular and faith-based human rights organizations, BIPOC-led grassroots organizations, and governmental allies. NCJW had lead roles in many progressive coalitions and legacy networks.

With 50+ local sections in 30 states, NCJW has long been mobilizing a grassroots network of 200,000+ advocates to fight for what is right and just. In the past year alone, the organization doubled their number of advocates, in large part because of the unabashedly Jewish and feminist framework NCJW uses to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children today. As NCJW continues to   grow and expand their impact, a new operational leader will be charged with ensuring talent, finances, and all enabling systems facilitate even greater organizational effectiveness and sustainability.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) seeks a Chief Operating Officer to develop a growth strategy, lead internal operations, and appropriately align core functions of the organization towards rapid expansion. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Katz, the Chief Operating Officer will serve as an organizational leader responsible for setting and articulating a compelling operational strategy and overseeing the day-to-day management of the organization. Broad areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to talent, finance, operations, and technology. 

The Chief Operating Officer will establish the infrastructure needed to achieve organizational objectives and monitor progress that demonstrates and articulates NCJW’s impact. This position will develop scalable systems and processes, drive their adoption, set operational goals, and coach and manage department leaders. As a key cultural leader, this person will be a champion of women’s and children’s empowerment and promote an organizational culture that emphasizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Organizational and Strategic Leadership

  • Support the development of the NCJW organizational vision. Establish an aligned operational vision, strategy, and goals as well as budgets and long-term financial plans aligned to the growth strategy.
  • Oversee the development of a strong change management plan to achieve NCJW’s vision including metrics, indicators, and key initiatives.
  • Cultivate and promote a culture of collaboration, transparency, accountability, and empowerment.

Operations and Financial Oversight

  • Define and ensure operational excellence and cross-departmental alignment while taking ultimate responsibility for operational performance and outcomes across the organization.
  • Assess and identify areas for infrastructure improvement and anticipate future needs of the organization. Identify any gaps and proactively propose solutions.
  • Promote the organization’s financial health by providing financial updates and respond to requests from the Chief Executive Officer and the Board.
  • Partner with the Director of Finance to guide analyses including comparisons of budget and actual expenses, forecasts, audit, and risk management.

Human Resources and Administration

  • Oversee NCJW’s human resources function to execute talent acquisition, onboarding, professional development, policies, and performance management processes that foster positive staff experiences and individual growth.
  • Develop clear roles, responsibilities, and reporting structures for NCJW staff and consultants to maintain a strong, high performing organizational culture.
  • Manage implementation of HR policies and procedures to ensure equity and compliance.
  • Oversee general office management and facilities.

Technology and Data

  • Supervise staff and vendors to maintain smooth technology operations and assess existing and potential new technologies.
  • Oversee technology solutions including hardware, software, website hosting, and network services.
  • In partnership with internal team members and consultants, utilize software programs and databases to streamline internal operations.
  • Oversee systems and infrastructure to support accurate data collection and analysis to effectively communicate NCJW’s impact to a variety of stakeholders.

ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:

The successful candidate will be a cross-functional, systems thinker, and culture champion capable of managing multiple internal workstreams simultaneously. They will be an engaged, values-driven, agile, curious, and approachable executive who fosters an environment of joy and collaboration. The Chief Operating Officer will be a hands-on leader within the organization who is excited to apply their broad skillset to an organization that drives social justice for women, children, families across the world.

You should have/bring:

  • At least 8 years of senior management experience overseeing a team or department, preferably from a nonprofit organization, with the ability to lead operations, finance, IT, and HR functions.
  • Proven track record of results in increasing efficiency and operational performance of organizations through creation, streamlining, or digitization of processes.
  • Ability to rapidly transition from the highly innovative and strategic to the tactical.
  • Knowledgeable of talent practices and HR procedures.  
  • Effective and inspirational manager with experience managing a broad array of functional areas and teams of people to the successful completion of ambitious goals.
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, and receptivity to feedback.
  • Demonstrates discretion and excellent judgment. Strong communicator, verbal and written.
  • Experience with and demonstrated impact of leading change management efforts while instilling confidence in a new path forward.
  • Strong organizational, time, and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities, short-term needs, and long-term planning.
  • A commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and passion for social justice and the organization’s greater mission.

COMPENSATION: $175,000-$200,000. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, 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.

The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: NCJW@sandlersearch.org