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As it grows, Madison seeks new leaders

December 22nd, 2009

The Jewish Federation of Madison and its Jewish Social Services will both seek executive directors in 2010.

Previously, both organizations were under the professional leadership of the federation’s executive vice president, Steven H. Morrison, who has announced his retirement for Dec. 31, 2010. A search for his replacement will begin this month with hopes for a new hire by September.

JSS is now searching for its first executive director in its 31-year history and hopes to have hired by June 1. The change is a result of the JSS’ growth and was decided by separate strategic planning processes by the JSS and the federation.

“What was once a tiny agency with no assets has grown,” said Morrison, noting that the JSS now has six staff members, an endowment of $1.5 million and a budget of approximately $500,000.

Since its inception in 1978, the JSS has been an independent corporation that has received financial support from the federation. Other than the top leadership position, none of the other conditions of the relationship will change.