Position Description




The Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM; www.cajm.net) represents 80 museums, galleries, historic sites, historical societies, and cultural centers across North America that engage with Jewish culture. The Council currently serves its members through an annual conference, a website and monthly e-newsletters, a growing network of collegial groups, and professional development opportunities.

Mission Statement:  The Council of American Jewish Museums is an association of institutions and individuals committed to enriching American and Jewish culture and enhancing the value of Jewish museums to their communities.

Core Beliefs:

  • American Jewish museums and related organizations strengthen their communities by preserving, presenting, and transforming Jewish culture.
  • American Jewish museums and related organizations encourage learning and reflection, supported by scholarship.
  • American Jewish museums and related organizations reflect the diversity of American Jewry and respond to the diversity of our audiences.
  • American Jewish museums and related organizations promote international perspectives and participation in the global community.

Over coming years, the Council seeks to expand its role as a convener and forum, as a center of research on key ideas and issues, as an organizer for professional development of the field, as a catalyst of collaborations and resource-sharing, and as an advocate for Jewish museums, Jewish cultural organizations, and Jewish culture.

Vision Statement:  CAJM strengthens American Jewish museums and related organizations by promoting critical thinking, innovation, and imagination. It does so by creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue among its members, conducting forward-thinking research about major issues in the field, and initiating collaborative projects among its members and their peers.


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of CAJM, responsible for its overall leadership, operation, and performance. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she/he has responsibility to support the Board in fulfilling the association’s mission, marshaling resources and alliances, and achieving strategic, programmatic, and financial objectives.

CAJM is seeking a dynamic Executive Director who will be the Council's primary professional voice and leader, charged with developing and promoting the Council's capacities as a convener, communicator, and catalyst. The organization is positioned for growth.  The Executive Director collaborates with the CAJM Board in visioning, strategic thinking, and resource development (fundraising, partnerships, and strategic alliances). The ED manages, coordinates, facilitates, and administers all Council programs and services in line with board policy, plans, and directives.

The CAJM ED may work from any locale and site in North America. Use of computer, scanner, teleconferencing, and social media will be required. The position is considered to be full-time (40 hours per week), with flexible hours. Limited part-time support staff assist the Executive Director.

Specific responsibilities of the CAJM executive director include: 

  1. Communicates CAJM’s policies, goals, mission, and vision to constituents and the public, orally and in writing. Develops CAJM's brand and markets CAJM programs and services to members and affiliates. Ensures that CAJM and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in strong and appropriate images to relevant stakeholders; ensures that the Council is recognized nationally through well-conceived branding strategies; serves as the chief spokesperson for CAJM and travels on its behalf. 
  2. Serves as a thought and capacity leader in the development of new initiatives and partnerships with other groups, agencies, and organizations to advance the field of Jewish museums in alignment with CAJM’s mission, vision, and goals. Facilitates and informs strategic thinking and policy-making by the CAJM Board. Provides strategic vision for the Council, including short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning, and develops ideas for new initiatives that expand CAJM capacity and enrich service to the field.
  3. Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates CAJM operations and programs including the annual CAJM conference, the CAJM website and e-newsletters, professional development and networking activities, and all services to CAJM members, as well as CAJM's membership program. Recruits and supervises CAJM staff, volunteers, consultants, and contractors. Establishes priorities in consultation with the Board and directs professional activities, monitoring work in progress. Conducts project evaluations and carries out annual performance reviews for staff.
  4. Develops, in partnership with the CAJM Treasurer and Finance Committee, operating and project budgets for Board approval, tracks financial status, manages spending, and prepares periodic financial reports. Together with the Board, leads CAJM's fundraising efforts to assure CAJM's sustainability, including identifying potential individual, corporate, foundation and public funding sources, establishing strategies to approach and cultivate funders, reviewing proposals and supporting and maintaining funding relationships. Seeks opportunities that will advance the field and support CAJM.
  5. Builds and maintains relationships with stakeholders, including reports on funded projects, new initiatives, and other initiatives. Creates and maintains relationships and partnerships; seeks and facilitates strategic alliances to extend CAJM’s capacity, reach, and impact. Oversees the membership program (renewals, recruitment, and reciprocity).     

Qualifications: The CAJM executive director will hold a degree (preferably a graduate degree) in museum studies, the arts or humanities, organizational leadership, or a related field and will have a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience. The CAJM Executive Director will be a person who:

  1. Demonstrates passion for Jewish culture and cultural organizations, as well as an ability to energize and inspire CAJM’s stakeholders (including board, staff, members, partners, and external constituencies) around value and mission.
  2. Understands best business practices, including innovative and entrepreneurial leadership, consensus-oriented management, effective decision-making, and the importance of strategic visioning coupled with effective management.
  3. Is willing to be adventurous and intellectually playful, while skilled in institution-building and the enhancement of organizational capacity.
  4. Interacts and communicates with a wide range of people, recognizing their specific interests and aspirations and creating a community of shared interests. 
  5. Executes well-formulated plans and creates an organizational culture that is outcomes oriented. Has strong organizational and administrative skills, and demonstrates a knowledge of fiscal management and effective fundraising.

Compensations and benefits:  Commensurate with experience.  CAJM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please send--in confidence--a current resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter (not to exceed two pages) explaining your qualifications for the position and your salary requirements via email to:    

Avi Decter, Board Chair, CAJM       


All applications will be promptly acknowledged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Closing date for receipt of applications is June 16, 2014.