Allan Finkelstein will step down as president and CEO of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (JCCA) at the end of this year.

Finkelstein has served in his current roles since 1994. His retirement announcement was made Thursday.

"Allan has provided strong, capable leadership, presiding over an extraordinary era of vision and growth," Paula Sidman, the outgoing chair of the JCCA, said in a statement. "Over these past four years working with him, I have witnessed firsthand the passion he holds for our agency and for the JCC movement as a whole."

According to the JCCA, Finkelstein began his JCC career at the JCC of Greater Buffalo, NY, where he held several positions. In 1982, he became the executive vice president of the Leo Yassenoff JCC of Columbus, OH, where he served until 1991 when he became executive vice president of the JCC of Greater Los Angeles. Finkelstein worked there before coming to the New York-based JCCA, which serves as the umbrella organization for more than 350 JCCs in North America.

The JCCA has created a search committee to find Finkelstein's successor and began the search at its Biennial 2014 convention in San Diego. The convention kicked off today and lasts through next Tuesday.