Executive Director



Greater Chicago Area, Hybrid


Founded on the principle that every Jewish woman has the right to be safe in her personal relationship with her partner, SHALVA's mission is to support Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse through counseling, supportive services and community education. Since 1986, the agency has worked to break the cycle of abuse within the Chicago Jewish community. SHALVA is the oldest independent, Jewish domestic abuse agency in the United States, and has been instrumental in facilitating national and international dialogues on the specific needs of Jewish families experiencing domestic violence.

SHALVA seeks a seasoned, compassionate, leader to serve as Executive Director. The successful candidate is a strong manager, with a strategic mindset who-inspires innovation and is growth oriented. Working closely with the President of the Board, the Executive Director will oversee a $1.6M annual budget, manage all internal processes and procedures, and work closely with members of the board, committees, and funders to advance the goals and strategic priorities of SHALVA.

SHALVA is an equal-opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$115K - $130K

To apply

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Jamie Perry, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to a staff of 16; work with staff to identify goals and opportunities for professional growth
  • Directly supervise the Clinical Director, Director of Community Education, Director of Development, Director of Operations, and the Quality Improvement Manager
  • Attend and present at all Board meetings. Attend committee meetings as needed
  • Work in partnership with Board leadership to support Board initiatives, keep members apprised of key agency happenings, and develop members as agency leaders
  • Serve as the primary agency spokesperson and liaison to partner agencies,  community organizations and other key stakeholders; Create new opportunities for collaboration
  • In partnership with the Board and staff, develop and oversee the organization’s annual $1.6M growing budget
  • Work closely with the Director of Development to advance funder relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Utilize the agency’s events, board meetings, and key initiatives as opportunities to build and strengthen strategic relationships and advance fundraising goals
  • Ensure that SHALVA’s workplace is professional, engaging and productive; treat staff members with kindness and fairness
  • Review, analyze and incorporate SHALVA’s internal data collection
  • Maintain a vision for innovative programming and new initiatives
  • Work in partnership with the leadership team to continue to build a strong organizational culture and retain talented staff

Qualifications & Skills

  • 7+ years of director level management experience with a nonprofit organization; experience with a domestic violence organization a plus
  • Ability to lead with integrity
  • Outstanding relationship building skills
  • High level of emotional intelligence, non-judgmental and the ability to work under strict confidentiality
  • Successful track record of working with Boards and committees; comfortable working with all individuals, high- level donors, and philanthropists
  • Experience and understanding of events and fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; comfortable speaking and presenting to groups
  • High level of comfort working with business technology; willingness to grow the use of the agency’s technology
  • Strong understanding of Jewish culture, customs and traditions
  • Passionate and committed to the work of SHALVA
  • Ability to promote and communicate the mission and organizational impact to internal and external stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus

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