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Sid Singer

Summary

Driven non-profit executive with demonstrated experience leading mission-driven organizations and heading major initiatives. Sharp understanding of Jewish non-profit sector and teen program landscape, along with strong background in operations, budget/finance, strategic planning, staff supervision/training, marketing, program evaluation, and project management. Recognized by supervisors, peers, and subordinates as an effective, empowering team leader and diplomatic consensus builder. Thoughtful, big-picture approach, along with proficient written and oratory skills, resulting in high-level performance.

Work experience

Aug 2014Present

Chief Operating Officer

Jewish Council for Youth Services

Oversee operations and $11M budget, supervising directors of four early childhood
centers, overnight camp directors, and facilities director.
    

  • Work with center & camp directors to develop annual budgets, prepare budget
    presentations for board, and monitor revenues/expenses.
  • Work closely with lay leadership and facilitate programming and scholarship committees.
  • Conduct major operational hires, including recent new directors at agency's largest center ($3M budget) and newest center ($1.5M budget) following $5.6M capital campaign.·      
  • Report directly to agency CEO; conduct research/analysis for CEO and present as needed in board/executive committee meetings or for special initiatives.·      
  • Oversee agency’s IT portfolio, including cloud migration and technology policies; development of new agency website; and new platform to run agency ECE business.·      
  • Serve on communal steering committee for Jewish early childhood education.·      
  • Work with HR director on personnel-related policies & programs, including annual review of agency health insurance costs and annual “HR road show” for staff.
Sep 2011Aug 2014

Acting Executive Director/Associate Director

Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago

Directed $1.7M agency during transitional period in which agency’s core funder
conducted evaluation in preparation for absorption and subsequent restructuring.

  • Assembled advisory team and led strategic planning; wrote resulting strategic plan.
  • Engaged board through individual meetings and committee work, including strategy process.
  • Increased participation in agency’s 8th grade Israel Experience program,
    including enrollment increases of 60% and 40% in consecutive years.
  • Kept agency within budget despite mid-year 4% decrease in primary annual allocation.
  • Wrote grant securing $25K in program funding; provided support for additional $100K grant.
  • Provided support to directors of adult Jewish education and early childhood consulting.
Dec 2006Sep 2011

Director, Informal Education Services

Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago

Co-directed annual Eighth Grade Israel Experience program and provided community leadership and programming for teen/youth advisors.

  • Oversaw all aspects of 8th Grade Israel Experience program, including marketing, recruitment, program, staff, parent communication, data management, scholarship, and evaluation.
  • Coordinated annual professional development conference for teen/youth advisors
    and chaired “Teen Professionals Kehillah,” convening senior staff of local
    youth organizations monthly for synergistic planning and collective growth.
  • Consulted for local youth professionals in areas of organizational planning,
    programming, and leadership development.
  • Selected among 14 recipients for Jim Joseph Foundation Fellowship focused
    on creating online communities of practice.
  • Provided support on agency website, social media, e-newsletters,
    and technology solutions.
Jan 2000Dec 2006

Executive Director

Camp Moshava of Wild Rose, WI

Directed educational overnight summer camp with 450-500 campers and 125 staff members; managed year-round business and on-site summer operation at 240-acre facility.

  • Developed $1.3M annual budget and managed overall financial operation; implemented controls including audit, payroll service, and expense reporting; reduced operational expenses by $100K.
  • Spearheaded $1.2M major gifts capital campaign for new gymnasium and swimming pool; developed team of lay leaders and solicited major donors; secured acceptance into Harold Grinspoon Foundation matching gifts program netting $175,000 for capital projects; architected community-wide $100K memorial campaign; coordinated annual major fundraising event.
  • Earned accreditation from American Camp Association, industry leader overseeing 2,400 camps.
  • Hired and managed senior educational and program staff.
  • Conducted recruitment programs and open houses; produced promotional DVDs/CDs;
    designed and wrote marketing materials and fundraising literature.
  • Oversaw multiple capital improvement projects, including new gymnasium, swimming pool, staff housing, synagogue, zip line, and new bathing facilities; coordinated scope of design, competitive bidding, architectural work and consultation, contract review, and oversight of general contractors.
Apr 2000Jan 2001

Senior Editor

Zipple.com
  • Wrote news, features, and personal column; hired and managed freelance writers.
Sep 1995Apr 2000

Campaign Associate/Staff Writer

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Wrote news and feature stories for monthly newsmagazine with circulation of 40,000.
  • Learned the mechanics of Jewish community’s central annual campaign.

References

David Rubovits

Senior VP for Planning & Allocations, Jewish United Fund

Max Wasserman

Former Board President, CFJE

Dr. Barry Chazan

Director, MAJPS , Spertus Institute

Dov Shandalov

Former Chairman, Camp Moshava

Aaron Cohen

Vice President, Communications, Jewish united Fund

Randy Deutsch

Architect who designed/consulted on multiple capital projects at Camp Moshava.

Education

Strategic Planning

Marketing

Writing/Blogging

Education/Prof. Development

Certifications

American Sport Education Program

American Sport Education Program
Jan 2014Dec 2015

CPR

American Red Cross