15. August 2011

Executive Director

Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation (PHRF)



Philadelphia is home to the first Holocaust memorial built on public land in the
United States—the Nathan Rapoport Monument. For decades this monument has fostered remembrance and understanding. Bookending the Benjamin Franklin Parkway which begins with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the monument points to Philadelphia's City Hall and stands at Philadelphia's cultural, historical, and commercial nexus. The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation [PHRF], a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has been given a lease on the entire Holocaust Memorial Park and has been granted permission to create on the land adjacent to the Rapoport Monument an educational center. The monument alone can no longer carry the weight of remembrance to new generations who, increasingly, neither know survivors personally nor have internalized the facts and significance of the Holocaust.

The educational center will be built on the land adjacent to the monument,
providing a tangible parallel of its goal of building on the lessons of the Holocaust. The Holocaust constitutes the core, the unique experience around which universal applications emerge that reach out to the present to make history and its lessons accessible to all visitors to the educational center. Thus, through the educational center, the Holocaust will become a platform from which to learn how to view such recent and current injustices as Darfur, Cambodia, and Rwanda.

The educational center will not just be a learning space, but a living one. With
interactive exhibitions, films, and discussion rooms, it will be a place to talk, grasp, and understand the incomprehensible; a place where visitors can look back and then use what they have learned to improve the future. The educational center will be built on the belief that memories that are brought to life will live beyond the center’s walls to advance society.

Toward that end, architectural plans have been drawn by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Plans for design and programming are under development by the distinguished conceptual scholar, developer/museum planner, Dr. Michael Berenbaum.



  • Work with the Board to initiate fundraising efforts including the creation of
    appropriate fundraising material – written and audio-visual – pursuing, writing and submission of grants, liaison with foundations and individual donors. Indication of a proven track record is expected
  • Provide the strong internal leadership, creativity and management to help the PHRF realize its vision of becoming an institution of distinction and a regional center of Holocaust, genocide, human rights and tolerance education to the general community;
  • Lead the PHRF efforts in the areas of education and public programs,
    exhibitions and planning. As the project develops, the Executive Director will be responsible for planning visitor services, sales and marketing and, once open, facilities and operations;
  • Have authority for all personnel decisions required to create the PHRF’s team for the future and for preparation of the budget required to support
    programmatic and operational excellence;
  • Coordinate the planning of PHRF working closely with the Conceptual
    Developer, the Designer and the Filmmaker and the Architect to ensure the quality, timeliness and responsiveness of their work;
  • Manage and oversee the site development and construction process;
  • Initiate as appropriate and according to well-developed plans programming for the PHRF to raise its profile in the community and in advance of its opening to service the needs of the community;
  • Work with local and national organizations, toward the end of giving the PHRF institutional visibility in advance of its opening and in fulfillment of its mission;
  • Plan and implement educational activities primarily for teachers of Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance as well as for the community in advance of opening to demonstrate the potential uses of the PHRF;
  • Help create and deliver high-quality, innovative programs that will attract
    diverse constituencies to the PHRF both within the Jewish and general
    Philadelphia region and beyond;
  • Develop the systems necessary to ensure the productivity and operating
    efficiency necessary to support and sustain the PHRF’s future growth and
  • The Executive Director will report to the PHRF’s Chairman of its Board of



  •  A minimum of 5 years’ progressively responsible management experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, and/or administration. Prior experience in a successful capital campaign preferred;
  • Experience with web-based programming and other technological means for reaching a virtual national audience are highly desirable;
  • Prior leadership/management experience in a complex educational institution or a museum;
  • Knowledge of the Holocaust, genocide, human rights. An advanced degree and academic training are preferred, but comparable experience will be strongly considered
  • A demonstrated record of excellence in educational and public programming;
  • Knowledge of exhibitions;
  • Operational and financial management skills;
  • The ability to balance program delivery against the realities of a budget;
  • Collaborative leadership style and be able to work effectively with multiple and interfaith constituencies;
  • Experience in creating and developing an organization is strongly preferred.
    PHRF is looking for someone who can bring people together, who has
    confidence in themselves, can both support an ongoing process and lead that process and work with talented professional consultants with diverse areas of expertise;
  • Successful networking experience;
  • Understanding of public relations including experience in marketing oversight and assessment;
  • Strong communication skills, ability to speak and write persuasively about the PHRF’s mission, program, and needs;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, high integrity, intellect, and energy.



An attractive and competitive compensation package will be provided for this



Please submit a cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications and interest in this position. Include a resume (not to exceed four pages), salary history and/or expectations, and the names of at least three professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate's prior knowledge.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials by August 15, 2011

Marcel L. Groen, Esquire Chair, PHRF Search Committee
Fox Rothchild 10 Sentry Parkway, Suite 200
P.O. Box 3001 Blue Bell, PA 19422-3001
(MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only, please.)
PHRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.