Chief Development and External Affairs Officer (JSSA)

Rockville, MD

JSSA logoThe Jewish Social Services Agency, a one-of-a kind institution providing a vast range of clinical and social services for people of all faiths and at all life stages, is seeking a Chief Development and External Affairs Officer to lead an integrated marketing, development, and communications program that acts as a central hub for the advancement of the agency’s extensive support networks.

About JSSA: JSSA is dedicated to supporting people of any faith who are struggling in their communities and enabling them to live meaningfully at any stage of their lives. Working at a scope unparalleled by virtually any other organization, JSSA coordinates and provides clinical and social services for all in need, from the youngest child to the most fragile senior. Established more than 120 years ago, JSSA currently serves more than 30,000 people in the greater Washington region annually. With over 250 employees at 4 locations in Rockville and Silver Spring, MD and Fairfax, VA, the agency continues to develop innovative, evidence-based, and award-winning partnerships and programs that serve the “whole person” seeking assistance rather than just treating symptoms.

About the Development Program: JSSA has recently restructured its development department to create an integrated marketing, development, and communications program that will act as a central hub for the advancement of the agency’s support networks. While major health insurance companies recognize and reimburse JSSA’s health and mental health programs, philanthropic giving supports the spirit and scope of its work and ensures its
services can be offered to residents who are already taxed by life challenges. JSSA is integrating with traditional healthcare, cultivating pilots that intersect with the broader healthcare system. Fundraising currently generates approximately $4M of JSSA’s roughly $28M annual revenue. The next Chief Development & External Affairs Officer will take the lead in building the staff and strategies necessary to expand visibility and philanthropic giving and to integrate them into the agency’s new strategic plan and ongoing rebranding.

About the Opportunity: The Chief Development & External Affairs Officer will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to implement JSSA’s strategic plan initiatives, which include building a comprehensive fundraising, marketing, and communications strategy that expands JSSA’s visibility and financial support within and outside of the Jewish community. Actively participating as a member of the executive management team, the CDEAO will help create a vision for the agency’s future, overseeing the development of marketing and communications initiatives to forge its evolving brand and marshaling them in support of a comprehensive development program that solicits contributions from a wide array of prospects and a
new generation of donors. The CDEAO will build, lead, and manage a team of nine professionals and foster organization-wide communication and collaboration to achieve these goals.