Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer will report to the Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, Claudia Gould, and will serve as one of two Senior Members (in tandem with the Senior Deputy Director) on the Leadership Team. The Chief Operating Officer will oversee approximately 25 staff members.

The Jewish Museum has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group in the search for a Chief Operating Officer. You may view the position prospectus or submit an application via this link.

Department: Director's Office
Reports to: Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time


Financial Oversight:

  • oversee short- and long-term strategic financial planning—ensuring the long-term stability of the institution and alignment with the Director’s vision
  • supervise all audit and accounting functions, including oversight of the external audit and preparation of the Museum’s Form 990
  • ensure regulatory compliance and the highest ethical standards
  • lead the annual operating budget process
  • serve as the key staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees of the Board
  • Oversee organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Develop effective reporting and analytic tools to keep the staff and Board apprised of the Museum’s financial status
  • Provide tactical recommendations that further the Museum’s mission and strategic direction; and
  • Stay abreast of new regulations and trends, ensuring best practices in non-profit philanthropic financial management.

Administrative Oversight:

  • As part of the Senior Leadership Team, drive strategic and tactical planning efforts that strengthen the Museum’s infrastructure and sustainability
  • Help prepare for and execute major capital projects, renovations, and building repairs
  • With the Senior Director of Operations & Exhibition Services and Associate Director of Security, ensure the functional integrity and security of the Museum, including oversight of its security systems, building maintenance, and mechanical plans
  • With the Director of IT, optimize technology across the Museum to increase organizational efficiency, improve information accessibility, and ensure data security
  • With the Director, Human Resources, oversee human resources management—including recruiting and retention, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and training and development
  • Report to the Board of Trustees, government agencies, and other external stakeholders on areas of operational significance.

Leadership and Relationship Management:

  • Lead, mentor, empower, delegate to, and evaluate the performance of a diverse team of professional and technical staff—listening to their ideas, understanding their strengths, and encouraging each individual’s professional growth
  • Promote a culture of respect that rewards collaboration, learning, accountability, and initiative.


The Jewish Museum seeks a Chief Operating Officer with:

  • A commitment to, and intellectual curiosity about, the mission of the Jewish Museum—to illuminate the complexity and vibrancy of Jewish culture for a global audience
  • Sophisticated financial acumen, at both a comprehensive and granular level, with a proven ability to deliver measurable outcomes
  • An ability to build and refine systems that enable efficient budgeting, financial controls and quality, and timely reporting
  • Strong analytical and financial modeling skills, as well as knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for non-profits, and philanthropic financial management
  • Knowledge of non-profit governance, including experience interfacing with governing boards, and a deep understanding of mission-driven organizations
  • A track record of strong leadership and collaborative management skills that have influenced business culture
  • The initiative needed to take on new projects and to strive for continual improvement
  • Unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values
  • Creativity, and the ability to think conceptually and analytically
  • A sense of humor and a sense of joy in one's work, as well as a calm, yet authoritative, demeanor.
  • A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of financial and administrative management experience, with at least five of those years being at a senior managerial level.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Jewish Museum and the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. To apply for this position, visit: Chief Operating Officer, The Jewish Museum. To nominate a candidate, please contact Ron Schiller, or Ashley Buderus, All inquiries will be held in confidence.

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.