Career Opportunity: CEO, Atlantic Jewish Council







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The Atlantic Jewish Council is seeking a visionary and energetic professional leader who can provide overall management and leadership to the strategic direction and operations of the Atlantic Jewish Council.  This includes the capacity to engage all age and geographic segments of the community, develop their financial resources, and enhance strong relations with all parts of the broader community. The position needs someone with sound business and organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills and passion and commitment to the Jewish community.

Title:  CEO,  The Atlantic Jewish Council and the Atlantic Jewish Foundation

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Atlantic Jewish Council, headquartered in Halifax, maintains relationships with all of the Jewish communities in the Maritimes provinces in eastern Canada.   As such, it is responsible to ensure the continuity of Jewish life in Atlantic Canada, including supporting and developing  institutional and community relationships, campaign activities, educational programs, youth and young adult  activities, immigrant integration, and support for Israel in general and in particular through the partnership together relationship.

The population of AJC communities is approximately 5000<4000> closer to total Jews including a group of new immigrants from FSU/Israel who have settled there in the past few years. 

The AJC raises approximately $600K annually in a campaign that is co-managed by AJC and JFC-UIA.

The AJC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members.  A biennial conference is held for all communities to gather.

The annual operating budget is approximately $475,000

There are 2 synagogues in Halifax and several others including one in Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney, and St John’s Newfoundland.  There is a combined Hebrew school in Halifax  and  a talmud torah in Moncton and Fredericton

Camp Kadima (owned by the AJC) is located in Lunemberg, N.S. and offers a Zionist residential camp experience to youth from the Atlantic communities as well as other parts of Canada.

CEO Success Factors

Builds and Maintains Trusted Relationships - The CEO must be an accomplished relationship builder, who can reach out to those who have not been involved, as well as to those who have been actively engaged.  The CEO must have the capacity to positively represent the community locally, nationally and internationally.

Fund Raising Skills – The CEO must provide leadership and strategic direction to the fund raising initiatives of the council, including the annual campaign, and repositioning and rethinking local and international patterns of giving. The CEO must be able to work with campaign leadership and with the JFC-UIA team to develop the annual and legacy aspects of the campaign. 

Management – The CEO shall oversee all aspects of the operation including recruitment, hiring and supervision of staff, development and administration of the budget, development and management of programs and services, compliance with all regulations and laws, and providing support to the lay committees.  

Marketing/Communications – The CEO shall market the council including developing the appropriate tools and approaches to position the council, e.g. preparing the  quarterly news magazine, managing a community wide calendar, ongoing media relations, annual report etc

Community /Public relations – The CEO shall maintain sound relationships within the Jewish communities across the Maritimes, with the Jewish students groups attending university campuses across the province,  with other ethnic/religious groups, as well as relevant government leaders in the community.  The CEO will collaborate with CIJA according to the issues and themes that emerge.

Leadership Development – The CEO shall work with the professional and lay leadership to identify and develop the leadership potential in the community.


  • Commitment and knowledge of the Jewish community, its traditions, history, rituals and values
  • Demonstrated success in development and implementing cutting edge programs and activities that will engage the community  
  • Capacity to organize annual campaign, as well as occasional legacy/capital campaigns  
  • Understanding of the local, national and global Jewish needs, concerns and obligations
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, innovative and capacity to apply these skills to a small tight knit community and/or group of communities
  • A Masters level education in community non profit management or related field
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills – with people, budgets and projects
  • Computer literacy
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule and to travel (HAVE A CAR)

For more information please contact Linda Kislowicz


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