Organization: Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

Location: Tampa, FL

Express Interest!

About Gulf Coast JFCS:

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. (Gulf Coast) is committed and dedicated to serving its fragile, at-risk, and/or disenfranchised clients by providing essential human services to individuals and families in times of need. The agency’s vast array of services and programs serve a diverse Jewish and non-Jewish client population of all ages, faiths, cultures, and lifestyles across the state of Florida.

Gulf Coast has provided community and facility based services to Florida’s most vulnerable populations for over 50 years. The agency opened its doors in 1960 to provide counseling and family support services to the Jewish community in St. Petersburg/Clearwater. Today, Gulf Coast provides a wide array of supportive services to over 30,000 people in 37 Florida counties each year and is one of the largest JFS agencies in the country.

Gulf Coast’s comprehensive programmatic offerings include, but are not limited to:

Children and Family Services: Foster Care Licensing, Child Protective Services Supervision, Violence Prevention Program, Woman-to-Woman Program.

Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services: Outpatient Counseling Services, Residential Treatment System, Extended Geriatric Residential Treatment System, Adele Gilbert Residential Treatment Facility, Alternative Family Program, Older Adults Support Team, Brief Intervention and Treatment for Elders, Young Adult Transitional program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Outreach, Supportive Housing/Living Program.

Refugee Services: Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, National Partnership for Community Training, Refuge Youth Services Program, VOICES Program, Refugee Resettlement & Placement, UnAccompanied Children Program (UAC).

Elder and Disabled Services: Community Care for the Elderly/Disabled Adults, Homemaker Services for the Frail Elderly, Elderly Counseling Services, Myrtle Oaks, Egret Housing.

Employment Services: Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program.

Jewish Family Services: Senior CareConnect, Holocaust Survivors Program, Emergency Family Support Services, Yad b’ Yad, Food Pantry.

Gulf Coast receives funding from a number of sources including federal, state, county governments, United Nations, and numerous corporate, foundation, and private funding streams. Gulf Coast is a Medicare and Medicaid provider and maintains offices in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Broward, Miami-Dade, Sarasota, Alachua, and Volusia Counties. Gulf Coast employs over 600 staff members. The agency has an operating budget of approximately $39M and is governed by a 21 member Board of Directors.

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The Opportunity:

Gulf Coast seeks an experienced and passionate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the agency, building upon its strong reputation to continue identifying innovative and effective ways to meet the needs of underserved populations throughout the state of Florida.

The CEO will ensure the agency’s continued success by providing exceptional vision and leadership as well as the fundraising and administrative skills necessary to leverage the expertise and commitment of the Gulf Coast staff, Board of Directors, and community partners to establish a clear, thoughtful strategic direction to expand and deepen the agency’s impact and reach.

In addition to ensuring the operational effectiveness of Gulf Coast and the adherence to the highest standards of services offered, the new CEO will work closely with the Board of Directors on issues of governance, finance, fund development, and strategic vision. This individual will provide strategic direction in establishing priorities for the geographic reach of program offerings throughout the state of Florida, in addition to leading efforts in how GCJFCS can thoughtfully respond and adapt to changes in government funded services.

Gulf Coast’s CEO serves as the primary public representative for the agency, playing a significant external role as the agency’s chief relationship builder, advocating and interfacing with agencies and legislators at the federal, state, and local level to ensure and expand the agency’s role as a preferred provider of services in the communities we serve.

CEO candidates will ideally bring experience advocating for social service policy and funding, exceptional relationship building and communications skills, a genuine personal commitment to serving those in need, and a strong leadership approach that is grounded in business discipline, including data-driven decision-making and the ability to develop and implement an effective strategic vision for a large and complex organization.

The CEO’s responsibilities include the following:

Leadership and Vision

  • Lead the Board and staff in shaping strategic priorities for programs and expenditures and oversee the implementation of related action plans.
  • Provide direction to the Board and staff to enhance both human and financial resources, ensuring continued growth and success.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for Gulf Coast by effectively representing its mission, as well as its goals and services to the Board, staff, and current and prospective supporters throughout the Jewish community as well as in the community at large.
  • Lead Board development processes, ensuring that the Board has members who can provide the leadership and professional expertise required to guide the agency in the future. Help recruit the right people, provide training, and motivate members to fulfill responsibilities.
  • Recommend appropriate program guidelines and modifications based on client and community needs and national trends. Demonstrate flexibility in a climate of changing funding and programmatic priorities.
  • Serve in leading the expansion of Jewish focused programs and formulating new programs, with participation of the Federation and other Jewish community agencies, schools, synagogues, and the community as a whole.

General Management

  • Build and maintain effective and trusting relationships with Gulf Coast’s senior management team and staff. Encourage and empower staff to maximize productivity, ensure professional excellence, and promote teamwork.
  • Work with both Chief Operating Officers to ensure that day-to-day operations and programs are effectively administered. Communicate with the Board about operational or situational challenges facing the organization.
  • Continue to recruit and retain the highest quality professionals to ensure that state of the art programs and services are available to Gulf Coast clients. Continue to provide appropriate training and professional development opportunities to ensure the growth and retention of staff.
  • Provide expertise and leadership regarding the ongoing evaluation of Gulf Coast programs; ensure that there is appropriate technology to support program review and evaluation.
  • Serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors, keeping it informed with appropriate information to support its policy-making responsibility.

Finance and Administration

  • Closely monitor the financial status of the organization and ensure that sound financial controls are in place and observed.
  • Work closely with the CFO and Finance Committee on all financial matters; ensure a budgeting process that provides both accountability and program creativity.
  • Evaluate the financial impact of ongoing programs and new initiatives.
  • Ensure that financial planning and oversight protects and grows agency assets.

Public Advocacy and Community Relations

  • Advance the agency’s public profile by developing new and innovative approaches to increase community awareness of its services.
  • Serve as an articulate, persuasive, and effective spokesperson for the organization to the external community, staff, Board, and donors.
  • Build significant relationships with government and other local, regional, and national constituencies (including other Jewish communal service agencies as well as those serving the community at large) to establish valuable potential opportunities for collaboration, funding, and increased awareness and overall visibility of agency programs and services.

Resource Development

  • Work with the Vice President of Development and Board of Directors in the design and implementation of fundraising activities, including cultivation and direct fund solicitation of key individuals, foundations, and corporate donors.
  • Steward ongoing relationships with current major donors and their families.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and constituencies, including funding organizations, e.g. Jewish Federation and United Way, individual donors, governmental bodies, and other nonprofit organizations.

Candidate Profile:

The incoming CEO should be a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and sound manager who is committed to the Gulf Coast mission and its diverse programming. S/he must be a confident leader with a demonstrated record of success in securing and expanding agency funding, and demonstrate integrity, diplomacy, and sound judgment while maintaining a sense of humor.

Other desired skills, qualifications, and characteristics include the following:

  • Track record of strong leadership, supervisory, organization, and analytical skills with a style that encourages creativity, growth, collaboration, problem solving, open communication, and accountability.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to connect with and inspire a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Professional experience that demonstrates progressively greater administrative and supervisory responsibilities in a large organization with a complex reporting structure; previous experience leading a nonprofit organization strongly preferred.
  • Solid grounding in core business practices of fiscal responsibility and data-driven decision-making.
  • Familiarity with the compliance and reporting requirements associated with public funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain partnerships between individuals, governmental organizations, corporations, and foundations both locally and nationally.
  • Understanding of major gift fundraising, with the ability and enthusiasm to involve and solicit the Board and other community leaders in the solicitation process.
  • An advanced degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience and demonstrated success as a sound fiscal manager.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteer committees.
  • Understanding of Jewish tradition and values preferred but not required.
  • Expertise in healthcare and/or human service delivery.
  • Familiarity with Florida is a plus (but not a requirement).
  • Compassion and understanding of the needs of Gulf Coast’s clients.
  • Commitment to and respect for the agency’s mission and history.
  • Impeccable integrity combined with the ability to provide calm, approachable leadership and direction under all circumstances.
  • Personal humility and empathy.
  • A sense of humor.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to assist in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan at

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit