Director, Community Assessment & Planning (CAP)

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
February 22, 2018
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Job Title: Director, Community Assessment & Planning (CAP)

Department: Foundation for the Jewish Community

Reports to: Chief Philanthropy Officer

Job Classification: Exempt, Salaried


Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Jewish Federation of St. Louis supports more than 90 agencies, programs and services in St. Louis and around the world to ensure a thriving Jewish community, respond to emergencies and care for our most vulnerable.

In December 2017, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Board of Directors approved a Strategic Plan that shifts our organizational structure, positioning Federation as a community development foundation, taking a “needs first” approach to develop a case for giving based on community needs. The Plan also seeks to foster greater community engagement among all segments and members of the St. Louis Jewish community.

The Jewish Federation will focus its work on achieving the following core commitments:

  1. Expand and strengthen an engaged, vibrant and flourishing St. Louis Jewish Community
  2. Secure the wellbeing and safety of individuals within the Jewish community
  3. Strengthen our connection to Israel and the Jewish People worldwide
  4. Develop the financial and human resources, and infrastructure, needed by our community


The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is looking for a dynamic, data-driven, innovative community planner.  The Director of Community Assessment and Planning (CAP) will be a collaborative team player who shows initiative and is looking to re-envision the way the community assesses needs and plans for those needs.  The right candidate will join a team of risk-takers and out-of-box thinkers in implementing a strategic plan that will revolutionize the Jewish community by ensuring that the needs of the St. Louis Jewish community are clearly identified and prioritized on a regular basis through the lens of the Federation’s core commitments.  The successful candidate will also develop effective and impactful responses to the prioritized needs. 

The Director, CAP will work closely and collaboratively with the entire foundation team, in particular the Director, Community Investment and Manager of Evaluation, to develop processes to implement the “needs first” approach envisioned in the new Strategic Plan.  The Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and other lay leaders to establish funding priorities and assess the community’s needs relative to those funding priorities.  And, then develop the plans to meet those needs.


Management of a staff and working collaboratively to achieve the following:

A.  Develop a map of the ecosystem of the services provided in the community

  • Develop and maintain strong community partnerships with area social service agencies, universities, civic organizations, religious institutions, government entities, etc.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with national and international partners and social service agencies.

B.  Identify gaps in the services provided to understand the needs of the community

  • Facilitate ongoing, substantive dialogue with Jewish community agencies and organizations to understand current needs and anticipate future needs.
  • Analyze the data of the Jewish community study, census data and other data sets to bring statistical rigor to the needs assessment process.
  • Develop a list of emerging unmet needs in the community.

C.  Prioritize

  • Develop and refine a methodology for prioritization of the community’s needs.
  • Assist in regular and ongoing training volunteer leadership on usage of methodology.
  • Develop a vehicle (e.g., a dashboard) for communicating the priorities to the community to gain alignment.

D.  Plan Development

  • For each of the prioritized needs, research different modalities for service delivery to address the needs; both symptoms (e.g., unemployment) and underlying causes (e.g., illiteracy).
  • Develop one or more plans to address each identified need; in appropriate circumstances issuing RFP’s from other organizations to gain understanding of other perspectives.
  • Identify the outputs and outcomes expected of the plans and how the needs will be addressed.
  • Develop metrics by which the Federation will hold itself and the service providers accountable.

E.  Case for Giving

  • Collaboratively with others, develop a “case for giving” based on the prioritized needs and plans to inspire donors to invest in the community.


  • One or more Community Assessment and Planning Associates (or, Senior Associates)
  • Resource Assistant


  • Graduate degree in social work, public policy, community/urban planning and/or related field highly preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in community planning, leading community and/or organizational planning.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in a professional planning environment (i.e. community, organizational, and/or corporate).
  • Preferred planning methods should include experience working with data to develop assessments and make recommendations.


  • Demonstrated data analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with agencies and service providers.


  • The incumbent will operate a PC and at times will sit for long periods of time.
  • The incumbent will be required to work longer days or spend time at night or on weekends in order to attend events and meet deadlines.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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