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Customer Service Representative

Dallas, Texas, United States
March 02, 2018

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Jay Podolsky

Cell Phone: 215-***-**** Email:


Distinguished visionary and solution-focused manager, offering a 28+ year career as a Jewish Communal Services Professional, directing profitable growth, educational programs and community building in the non-profit sector. Executive team level experience spanning many facets of the non-profit sector for Jewish organizations. Instrumental in the success of community building programs and fund raising success in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and in Rochester, New York.

Proven leadership, communication and active listening skills, nurturing and guiding human resources to improve productivity, while encouraging and preserving organizational vision and values. Acquired reputation for creative problem-solving and recognized expert in building collaborative intra-staff relationships as well as productive relationships with donors and volunteers. Career goal: To return to the non-profit sector as a Senior Development Director. AREAS O F P ROV EN P ERFORM ANC E

Allocations & Planning FoundationDirector Supervisor Program & Education Board and Staff Development Fund Raising Director Stakeholder Engagement Budget Formation Israel Mission Director Strategic Planning Corporate Sponsorship


Major Gifts Event Director

Executive Team Decision


Major Gifts Solicitor


SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS Assistant Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, New York November 2007 – September 2015

Managed, directed and planned the annual campaign, raising $4.2 - $4.9 million annually, winning the Jewish Federation of North America’s Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence in 2008 and again in 2013. Lead staff person for major fund raising events each year, responsible for contracts with booking agents, venues, catering, and marketing strategies. Directed and supervised the Jewish Foundation of the Jewish Federation, with assets exceeding $44 million, distributing an average of $4 million annually and raising between

$3 - 5 million annually. Familiar with Foundation instruments, planned giving models and marketing strategies.

Founder and director of Corporate Sponsorship program that raised over $344,000 in its first 5 years, with great potential for continued growth, with staff and volunteer engagement. Supervised Financial Resource Development (FRD) professional staff including the Director of W omen’s Philanthropy and the Director of the Community Campaign and Young Leadership Development, and 3 administrative FRD staff. Lead staff member for all Israel Missions, responsible for development of itineraries, recruitment, marketing, transportation and ground arrangements, working with Israel-based ground and itinerary professionals.

Participated in end-of-year budgetary process of the Planning and Allocations Committee. Director - Bucks County Region of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia January 1997 – November 2006

Managed and developed Board of over 50 volunteers for a growing Jewish community with a Jewish population of more than 50,000 and 15 synagogues. Developed fund raising organization and volunteer team that increased fund raising results 4 fold over 9 years. Increased annual campaign from $400,000 to over $1.6 million. Founded and directed community-wide Jewish educational programming and well-attended institutes of Jewish learning for adults and teenage children.

Created new and innovative community building strategies that resulted in a more cohesive, cooperative and unified Jewish community, where a dysfunctional, non-unified, siloed community had had existed before.

Managed staff totaling 3 professional staff and 2 administrative staff. Founded Bucks County Board of Rabbis, Bucks County Synagogue/JFGP consortium, and Planning Committee that resulted in strengthening community building and outreach programs, aided in solving community disputes, and benefited fund raising in Bucks. Created innovative Super Sunday fund raising phone-a-thon organization that resulted in increased community participation, from 80 volunteers and a one-day achievement of $96,000 in 1998, to 300 volunteers and an average one-day achievement of $400,000 - $500,000 each year from 2000 – 2005.


Development Director – United Jewish Federation of Stamford, Connecticut January 1996 – December 1997

Associate Director – United Jewish Appeal / Federation of Greenwich, Connecticut July 1995 – January 1996

Capital and Annual Campaign Director – Wexner Jewish Student Center at The Ohio State University Center For Jewish Life – Hillel Foundation January 1992 – June 1995

Regional and Membership Director – B’nai B’rith District Three B’nai B’rith District Three – Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia 1987 – 1991


Temple University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education and Special Education 1977 University of Haifa – Haifa, Israel – One Year Program for Overseas Students 1974 – 1975 World Union of Jewish Students (W.U.J.S.) Program – Arad, Israel 1980 – 1981 Villanova Law School – Rosemont, Pennsylvania

September 1985 – December 1986

Brandeis University – Selected as outstanding Jewish Communal Service Professional in 1997 and participated in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University – Summer of 1997 ADDIT I ONAL RELAT ED EXP ERI ENC ES

USA Representative for Rife News, a multi-million dollar Canadian-based Import Company of Italian Manufactured Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Playing Cards and Greeting Cards. 1 Applewood Crescent, Concord, ON L4K 4K1, Canada. Supervisor: Jack Gabay, President. Phone number: 1-647-***-**** Hire date: January 2016 until present

Teacher of Hebrew Language and Judaic Studies – Akiba Hebrew Academy, Melrose Park, PA. 1984 – 1985

Lived in Israel for 7 years, from 1971 – 1983. Served in the Israel Defense Forces (I.D.F.) 1981 – 1982 as an academic officer in Nachal. Served as a combat medic in the reserves, 1982 - 1983

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