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Opening: Vice President, Portfolio Management and Grantmaking

Publication date: 
August, 2023
Position: Vice President, Portfolio Management and Grantmaking
Organization: Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)
Location: Boston, MA


Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and a leader nationally, seeks a strategic, community-focused, results-oriented leader to serve as its inaugural Vice President for Portfolio Management and Grantmaking (VP). This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with grantmaking and/or portfolio management expertise and strategic implementation leadership to take a lead role in developing, operationalizing, and leading CJP’s portfolio management and grantmaking.

Overseeing 6+ direct reports and a staff of twenty and working in close collaboration with the Strategy and Impact (S&I) team, this VP will oversee CJP’s grantmaking portfolio totaling over $40M annually. The team currently distributes funding to over 80 partner organizations around the world, including portfolio areas such as Caring and Social Justice, Israel and Global Jewry, Arts and Culture, Teens, and Young Adults.

As VP, this leader will build and lead an effective grantmaking team; develop and implement CJP’s best-in-class portfolio management and grantmaking processes and systems, work to more closely align CJP’s strategic priorities, impact areas, and grantmaking portfolios; and serve as an integral staff member of CJP, both internally and externally. They will also work closely with CJP’s lay leaders, board, and community partners. To be successful in this role, the VP must be skilled at developing and operationalizing strategy into implementation and be an experienced relationship-builder and manager of people and teams. Lastly, this leader must be committed to excellence, be a strong oral and written communicator, and have an interest in Jewish communal engagement.

Founded in 1895, today CJP is a vibrant non-profit organization with an operating budget of over $65M annually, an annual campaign of approximately $46M, and total assets under management of over $2B due to a robust donor advised fund. The vast majority of CJP’s resources are from the generosity of its donors, who number over 12,000 a year. CJP is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and has consistently received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Recognized as the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, CJP’s reach is felt around the world, and it is one of the most innovative and successful Jewish Federations across North America. For over a century, and through its philanthropy and grant-making, CJP has been bringing together people, partners, and resources to lead and serve Greater Boston’s diverse Jewish community. As an organization, CJP seeks to establish a community rooted in compassion and justice that cares for the vulnerable, engages deeply with Israel, and embraces Jewish life and learning, all with a focus on engaging the community in vibrant Jewish life, both now and into the future.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience, with an anticipated salary range of $200,00-$230,000.

CJP has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Vice President, Portfolio Management and Grantmaking. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with letters of interest should be directed in strict confidence to the search team via the link below.

CJP Vice President of Portfolio Management and Grantmaking

Rebecca Swartz, Partner
Angelo Alexander, Senior Associate
Rachel Banderob, Senior Search Coordinator


CJP is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, women, veterans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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