Executive Director- Toronto


Since its founding in 1901, Jewish National Fund/Karen Kayemeth (JNF) has been committed to building Israel’s future as well as responding in times of crisis and need.  A vital part of Zionist history, JNF achieved its goal of purchasing the land that would become the State of Israel and then helped to develop that land into a thriving nation.


Over the past 115 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting 250 million trees, building over 240 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, bringing life to the Negev Desert and educating students around the world about Israel and the environment.



The Executive Director is responsible for the overall coordination, design and implementation of programs, public activities and fundraising for the Toronto Region of JNF.  This includes working collaboratively with the JNF Toronto Board of Directors and other lay leaders, community representation, financial resource development, office management, and programming.

The challenge of this opportunity is to marshal JNF’s full organizational and philanthropic potential in order to engage, inspire and strengthen the Jewish community as well as non-Jewish supporters of Israel throughout the GTA and highlight JNF’s impact in Israel and around the world.

The scope of responsibility of the Executive Director includes, but is not limited to the following:

Fundraising & Execution:

  • Provide ongoing strategic direction and developing and implementing a sophisticated plan for the growth of fundraising initiatives.
  • Guide and assist the local President, Board and committees to envision and initiate key annual programs and to organize special events while building solid relationships with donors.
  • Overall responsibility for organizing the Annual Negev Dinner, guiding the Selection Committee in choosing an Honouree and supervising the implementation of a successful dinner.
  • Generate, prepare and apply new marketing strategies to increase affiliation and fundraising.
  • Create and execute new programs that will target specific audiences such as Young Leadership, non-Jewish supporters, etc.

Internal Management and Operations:

  • Create and move forward the image of JNF as a unique Israel based organization gaining interest and support.
  • Recruiting, training and mentoring JNF Toronto staff..
  • Developing and managing the operating budget of each region.

·         In partnership with the President and committees, ensure lay involvement in all activities.

  • Liaise with institutions, corporations and other community organizations to establish and help implement shared programs.



  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at a high level of management in a complex organization, preferably with some time spent as Executive Director or General Manager or comparable position
  • Experience with fundraising and major gift cultivation and solicitation, as a professional or lay leader.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure, have independent judgment and work within strict deadlines.
  • Can demonstrate having worked well with lay leadership and professional co-workers.
  • Displays evidence of working with diverse groups and an ability to resolve differences.
  • Familiarity with the Canadian Jewish Community.
  • Solid public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Works well with grassroots community groups.
  • Appreciation of and commitment to Israel and Jewish values.
  • Keen understanding of media and marketing.
  • Has a strong ability to manage time, people, projects and material.
  • Working with a fundraising database, ideally Raiser’s Edge.
  • A track record of effective staff management.
  • Financial acumen.
  • Marketing savvy.



  • Managing Diverse Relationships

Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, types and classes; open to differences; effective, open and flexible and able to build diverse networks, quick to find common ground; treats difference fairly and equitably; respects everyone as a preferred advocacy client.

  • Relating Skills

Skilled at building personal and organizational relationships with key local stakeholders, has a strong ability to manage time, people, projects and material.

  • Making Tough People Calls

Reads people accurately; can diagnose strengths, weaknesses, and potential, knows what skills are required to fill a job or role; hires the best.

  • Closing Major Gifts

Evaluate, develop and implement all aspects of a comprehensive major gifts program; be a key contributor in motivating individuals, corporations, and foundations to become major donors.

  • Being Organizationally Savvy

Must have high motivation, dedication to detail and accuracy while working independently or as a member of a team.


  • Delegation

Manages people well; gets the most and the best out of the people he or she has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, gives credit for achievements and provides useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; implements coaching for today and for the future.

  • Making Complex Decisions

Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at deciphering meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.



University degree, postgraduate or professional degree preferred.


To apply in confidence, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to

Dawn Banks


Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.