Evolve Giving Group Seeking CEO for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

April 23, 2024 – The economic strength of the non-profit field has increased in recent years and it is now the third largest employer in the U.S. This has certainly kept search firms busy. Chicago-based executive search firm Evolve Giving Group was recently retained by the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte to lead in its search for a new CEO. Senior consultant Sue Sherr-Seitz is leading the assignment.

The leadership of JFGC seeks a CEO with successful executive management and relationship–driven development experience who appreciates Southern Jewish life. The CEO reports to the chair of the board and is accountable to the board of directors and executive committee. The CEO also plays a significant role partnering and engaging with agency  partners both on and off the park. The federation currently manages 24 professional staff  (full and part-time) including a senior management team of three who report directly to the  CEO. The CEO will continue the healthy, caring, and empowering culture of the professional team.

Those applying should have executive experience in an organization or agency comparable to the federation in either size or complexity. They must have a proven track record of fundraising, understanding of fundraising in the Jewish community, donor stewardship, and appreciation for new donor engagement  strategies. Evolve is looking for candidates with an open, accessible and accountable leadership style and approach; showing sensitivity to all viewpoints and active listening skills. They need to have the ability to partner with and engage  professional and volunteer leaders of community agencies, synagogues, institutions, and organizations. Lastly, the firm notes that candidates will have a personal commitment to ethical behavior  in all aspects of professional practice and a  personal commitment to life in Charlotte as well as the values of the Jewish community, Jewish identity, and Israel advocacy

Serving the Jewish Community

For 85 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte has and continues to play a pivotal role for the Charlotte Jewish community. A steady steward of Jewish life, JFGC’s fundraising, programming, advocacy, and convening of community partners and key stakeholders ensures the continued growth and dynamism of Jewish Charlotte.

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Evolve Giving Group, a full-service fundraising and nonprofit management firm, was founded in 2020 by a team of non-profit professionals who have served more than 300 organizations. “In the ever-changing nonprofit space, to succeed is to evolve,” the firm said. “That’s why our team partners with organizations to raise more money, develop stronger boards, recruit top talent and build the infrastructure they need to thrive.”

The Decade Ahead for Non-Profits: Great Pressure, Transformation and Big Impact on Talent
It’s the turn of a new decade, and several social, technological, economic and political forces promise to shape the future of the non-profit sector. Some are already in play–or have been for some time –and are already challenging non-profit organizations.

These ingredients have the potential to fundamentally transform the sector, says James Abruzzo, global non-profit practice leader at DHR International. “A convergence of these factors will alter the landscape, necessitating a major shift in the way non-profit organizations operate,” he said. How talent is sourced and recruited, already a major challenge across the sector, will also undergo a radical shift.

Specializing in C-suite and development searches in the Jewish philanthropic and social justice sectors, Ms. Sherr-Seitz brings over 25 years of leadership experience in talent development, fundraising and turnaround management in the non-profit sector to her search practice at Evolve. Some of her clients include: Mosaic United, Birthright Israel Foundation, National Runaway Safeline, Central Conference of American Rabbis, HeadCount, HANC, URJ and SCN (Secure Communities Network). At Evolve, Ms. Sherr-Seitz’s search portfolio focuses on national organizations, religious organizations and Jewish federation and fundraising positions in development, operations and executive leadership.

Current Search

Evolve Giving Group is also currently seeking a major gifts officer for  Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Beth Greenberg is leading the assignment. Evolve is seeking a motivated, flexible, detail- oriented, and proactive major gifts officer who will work with a passionate team of Federation professionals to increase the impact of the organization’s work in Atlanta, in Israel, and the world.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree with five plus years of experience in non-profit fundraising, sales, leadership development, or equivalent. They will need to have experience soliciting gifts of $10,000 or more.

Related: Searching for Non-Profit Jobs as a Person of Color

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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