Executive Director of Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach (HMMB)
Since the Holocaust Memorial’s formal dedication in 1990, it has become a premier attraction over the past several decades, engaging at times more than 100,000 visitors per year. Of critical importance, HMMB reaches more than 10,000 students and hundreds of teachers annually, offering curriculum aligned with Florida’s Holocaust education mandate to all 67 counties throughout the State. HMMB does not only continue to fulfill the important vision of its founders as a memorial, but also serves as a gathering place and central address for the local Jewish community to come together to combat antisemitism and all forms of hate, and to stand with Israel.
By the end of 2023, HMMB anticipates breaking ground on the Memorial’s state-of-the-art Education Center, the highlight of which will be the Dimensions-in-Testimony theaters, which will memorialize Holocaust survivors by allowing them to present their recorded stories to the public via a hologram-like three-dimensional image. The “survivors” will be able to converse with visitors, allowing the stories and in some ways the survivors to live on in perpetuity, a unique way in which the Memorial will contribute to our collective responsibility of “Never Again.”
The Executive Director will provide outstanding leadership and vision and act as an effective advocate and spokesperson for the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, at the local, national, and international levels. They will oversee the administration, budget, programming, day-to-day operations and facility management of the Memorial. In addition, they will be responsible for planning program strategy, fundraising, external relations and collaborations related to the Memorial's exhibits and educational programs.
Additionally, the Executive Director will spearhead the ongoing development of a strategic plan and operating model for the Memorial in conjunction with the construction of the Memorial’s state-of-the-art Education Center. The creation of the new center will necessitate a growth in staff from a team of four to more than ten employees, as well as increased responsibilities for the Memorial in programmatic output, school outreach, facilities management, fundraising and marketing strategies, among other areas.
The Executive Director reports to the Director of Jewish Community Relations and Government Affairs at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead and facilitate the development of the Memorial's strategic direction, educational mission, and financial and marketing strategies;
- Work closely with Memorial and Jewish Federation professionals and volunteer leadership to develop strategy and build and maintain partnerships with other communal organizations;
- Conduct outreach to a variety of educational, cultural, business and civic institutions;
- Develop and implement collaborative projects and activities that fit within the Memorial's mission and programmatic strategy including but not limited to annual Holocaust Education Week, Kristallnacht Commemoration and Yom HaShoah;
- Substantially grow the number of student visitors to the Memorial, with a specific emphasis on the recruitment of diverse Jewish and non-Jewish middle and high school students to visit the Dimensions-in-Testimony exhibit and to experience the Memorial;
- Develop and implement methods to track and report key metrics including outreach, participation and impact
- Expand the Memorial's excellent reputation and forge new relationships with educators, schools, colleges, Jewish and cultural organizations and other institutions to draw visitors, speakers and financial support;
- Strengthen the financial health of the Memorial through fundraising, donor engagement, grant writing and effective budgeting;
- Provide primary staff support for the Holocaust Memorial Committee the and other standing committees of the Memorial and the Jewish Federation, as appropriate;
- Strengthen docent and volunteer program through recruitment, training and coordination;
- Oversee day-to-day operations of facility, grounds and security;
- Strengthen the Memorial's website messaging and branding in partnership with the Federation’s marketing department;
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Evidence of a personal commitment to the importance of Holocaust memory and education, and a deep sensitivity to the needs of Holocaust Survivors and the Survivor community;
- Experience (7-10 years) in working in Holocaust education, Jewish nonprofits, and/or other related education or advocacy arenas;
- College degree required; post-graduate degree in Holocaust Education or related field preferred;
- Understanding of the most recent pedagogies in Holocaust education;
- Demonstrated previous fundraising or sales success over an extended period of time;
- Previous management of an organizational or large departmental budget;
- Experience working with students and adult learners;
- General understanding of facilities management;
- Excellent people skills: ability to communicate and provide quality service to community members and donors;
- Highly efficient: good time management with ability to meet many deadlines;
- Fast paced: ability to work in a dynamic, active environment and able to shift gears as priorities change;
- Integrity: ability to deal with sensitive material discreetly and confidentially;
- Knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture preferred;
- Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits and generous PTO.
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation/Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Please submit cover letter and resume to: [email protected].