Job Opportunities

Available Positions:

Chief Development Officer
Life Guard Positions
Swim Instructors
Internship Opportunities

Chief Development Officer

Metropolitan Louisville, with a population of over 700,000 (over 1 million in the greater metro area including southern Indiana) is a modern, vibrant and sophisticated city with a rich blend of Southern, Mid-western and East-coast traditions. Newcomers to Louisville will find a comfortable cost of living, low crime rate, temperate climate and natural beauty. A strong public education system, world class health and medical services, University of Louisville basketball as well as top level performing and cultural arts institutions and a wide range of recreational options make Louisville an attractive city. Louisville has five Jewish synagogues spanning Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements, women’s groups including Hadassah and National Council of Jewish Women, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, community Hebrew and High Schools, Chabad, and a Vaad HaKashruth and mikvah. More information about Louisville is at and more information about Jewish Louisville is at our site,

Migrating up from the South in the 1800s, itinerant Jewish peddlers and trades people made their way to Louisville, settled there and created a network of religious, social service, health, cultural and educational institutions. In 2009, the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville and the JCC of Louisville merged to form the Jewish Community of Louisville, an integrated agency that serves as a central address for the social, cultural and philanthropic activities of its Jewish community of 8,500 and the broader Louisville community. The JCL operates with a single board, budget and staff and is a member of both the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA). Additional JCL operations include administering the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Hillel, BBYO and a Jewish community newspaper.

The CEO seeks a dynamic and creative Chief Development Officer (CDO) with proven philanthropic skills to join his cabinet and help deliver on his vision of creating a sustainable, vibrant and welcoming Jewish community for generations to come. The candidate must be able to inspire confidence and trust from Louisville’s Jewish community, helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals with the knowledge that their contributions are stewarded with the highest degree of professionalism and efficiency.

The CDO will report to the CEO, oversee a staff of direct and matrixed reports and an administrative assistant and be responsible for all philanthropic activities in the JCL Strategic Plan.


  • Provide vision for the Jewish Federation of Louisville Annual Campaign through clear positive messages about the current state and future of the community, execute the annual campaign calendar, organize all events and regularly communicate status.
  • Develop strategies for cultivating relationships with supporters of the JCL to encourage after life and next generation giving to the Jewish Foundation of Louisville.
  • Recruit volunteers, train them and plan succession.
  • Develop and steward positive relationships with outside funding sources including government, foundations, and corporations.
  • Manage the donor database (recently updated to Abila Millennium), researching trends, conducting gap analyses and developing strategies to reach untapped potential donors.
  • Remain current in e-philanthropy trends and other related technological advances and utilize them where beneficial to community development.
  • Prepare for a future capital campaign to revamp the current JCC building.
  • Lead supplemental giving campaigns for JFNA initiatives and for the JCL’s internal needs.


Functional Skills

  • Demonstrable record of personal contributions toward fundraising success including campaign planning and operations, endowment creation and growth, grant writing and corporate solicitations.
  • Financial literacy.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communications skills.

People Skills

  • Track record of successful donor and corporate cultivation and stewardship.
  • Experience building strong teams and collaborating with community stakeholders.
  • Ability to promote a productive work environment.
  • Consensus builder.
  • Inspires trust and credibility.

Personal Qualities

  • Passion for the mission.
  • Ability to make difficult decisions when necessary.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Dynamic communicator.


  • Ability to model positive Jewish behaviors.
  • Ability to inspire innovation and creativity.
  • Ability to foster excellence.

Other Requirements

  • 7+ years progressive responsibility managing complex philanthropic efforts.
  • Annual campaign experience, especially in the Jewish Federations of North America system, desirable.
  • Familiarity with planned giving strategies, vehicles and implementation.
  • Knowledge of the organized Jewish community, and its challenges, including relevant global issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree, graduate degree preferred.
  • Desire and commitment to make quality gift to each annual campaign.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits and relocation assistance are being offered.

Please email resume, cover letter and professional reference list to the JCL’s Human Resources Director, Lisa Moorman, at

Life Guard Positions – All Shifts

Job Skills/Requirements

The Louisville JCC is currently hiring Certified Lifeguards. Persons must have all current Lifeguard Training and First Aid along with CPR and AED certifications as well as a Board of Health Permit. Wages are determined from experience.

Certification Requirements

  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Screening Requirements

  • Drug Screen

Please contact Johnny Kimberlin at 238-2742, or

Swim Instructor

Job Skills/Requirements

The Louisville JCC is currently hiring Swim Instructors for the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Swim experience is needed. We will train you in the SwimRIGHT method.

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen

Please contact Johnny Kimberlin at 238-2742, or

Internships at the JCL

The Jewish Community of Louisville internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to supplement their education and professional experience by working in a not-for-profit organization. JCL internships offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from gifted and interested individuals.

The JCL was created in 2009 through the merger of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community
Federation. It is the central organization of the Jewish community in the Louisville metropolitan area. JCL interns will have the opportunity to work with both the fundraising and development and the programming sides of the organization.

The JCL is umbrella fundraising organization for the Jewish community. Through the annual Federation
Campaign, the JCL raises more than 2.5 million dollars for Jewish organizations in Louisville and around the world. The JCL also provides leadership development, community planning and public relations for the Jewish community in Louisville, and publishes Community, a monthly newspaper.

The Jewish Community Center is the programming arm of the JCL. The JCC is a human service agency committed to enhancing the quality of family life and promoting the physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness of the individual. It provides health-related activities, cultural and educational programs that serve the community at large, including populations at risk.  Membership and services are offered to the Jewish and general community.

There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year. Internships require a minimum
commitment of 20 hours per week for three months, during which time interns complete a specific project as well as daily assignments. Interns also participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs, as well as attend JCL events.

The Jewish Community of Louisville seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.

The Application Process

Applications may be submitted electronically by emailing and attaching your application form, resume and samples or portfolio by the appropriate deadline. Include your school’s credit requirements in the e-mail.

Application materials are under review for approximately three to four weeks after the deadline. Candidates for interviews will be notified by e-mail. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The JCL offers unpaid internships three times throughout the year. Students interested in cooperative education or academic credit should contact their college placement office or counselor for more information.

If you have questions about applying for an internship, please email ( or call 502-238-2703. You can also mail applications ATTN: Shiela Wallance, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville KY, 40205

Application Deadlines (three yearly)
Fall Term (September – December):     August 26
Winter/Spring Term (January – May):   November 11
Summer Term (May – August):     April 20

Internships are offered in following areas

Graphic Design/Social Media Internship
The JCL Graphic Design Intern will assist with the creation of internal and external marketing and program materials.  Projects may include but are not limited to; designing logo and posters, creating new and updating website pages, designing advertisements and other design projects on an as-needed basis. Interns will need to be very proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe Dreamweaver, Joomla or Adobe Premiere experience a plus. Interns must have completed at least one year of college to apply.

Community/Marketing Internship
The JCL Community/Marketing Intern will help prepare Community on a monthly basis. Duties will include but are not limited to story research and writing, taking photos and working with archive materials. Interns will also write press releases and handle media requests. Interns will need a background in newspaper writing and Microsoft Office experience. Photo experience a plus. Interns will also complete other Marketing functions as needed. Interns must have completed at least one year of college to apply.