Regional Director

Illinois

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. In addition to its New York headquarters and Office of Government & International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has regional offices and affiliates across the U.S. and overseas in addition to a multitude of global partnerships.

Among Jewish organizations, AJC is the preeminent leader in the global arena. With a presence in Belgium, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Brazil and Switzerland, AJC’s network of relationships with, and access to, key decision makers and thought leaders on every continent is unmatched. AJC is recognized by foreign leaders, the Israeli and U.S. governments as an effective and trusted interlocutor for Jewish issues, human rights and advocacy for democratic values. Today, AJC proactively tackles the greatest concerns of Jewish communities around the globe.

The Regional Director of AJC’s Chicago regional office will provide dynamic, visionary creative leadership to:
  • Establish a highly visible presence for AJC in the community
  • Advance AJC’s global advocacy agenda at the state and local level
  • Recruit, develop, and inspire lay leaders
  • Grow the annual fundraising campaign
The Regional Director must possess enthusiasm, drive, and the ability to translate his/her own and others’ passions into effective actions.

Position responsibilities:
  1. Manage the AJC Chicago regional office, including budget, staffing, facilities, etc.
  2. Oversee fundraising activities in concert with regional development director, secure major gift funding, foster a culture of development and client service, and identify and raise other revenue streams to support AJC’s mission.
  3. Execute AJC’s strategic goals and objectives at the local level, together with the regional board of directors and in coordination with the national office.
  4. Design and implement advocacy and programmatic initiatives that link the region to AJC’s global advocacy program, advance national strategic goals and objectives, and offer a compelling case for involvement with and support of AJC’s work.
  5. Identify, recruit, develop and inspire lay leadership, including younger members (including through the AJC ACCESS program).
  6. Serve as a spokesperson and official representative of AJC to influential stakeholders in the community and public at large.
  7. Nurture interfaith and interethnic relationships in the community, through collaborative initiatives with a variety of partners including Latino, African-American, and Asian-American communities.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience including experience and / or familiarity with Jewish community relations, fundraising, staff and volunteer management.
  • Experience with fundraising and a proven track record of securing major gifts.
  • Passion for AJC’s mission, including:
    • promoting Israel,
    • safeguarding world Jewry,
    • combating anti-Semitism,
    • advancing human rights,
    • advocating for comprehensive immigration reform,
    • advocating for energy security and independence, and
    • protecting civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Political savvy; strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of the state and local political landscape; established community relationships not required but a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills, experience with board management and governance matters, and experience delegating roles and projects to staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work collaboratively with lay leaders and colleagues.
  • High energy and enthusiasm – a self-starter who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Confidence as a public figure within the Jewish and general communities.
  • Ability to manage complex initiatives and oversee budgets, planning and financial management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience with social media and online advocacy and communications.
  • Experience leading a team to cultivate donors and secure major gifts.
  • Knowledge of Jewish and non-Jewish leadership in the community.
  • Ability to make tough decisions and implement agreed upon initiatives.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as to lead boldly when needed.
  • Experience leveraging social media and designing/executing a marketing strategy.
  • Availability for evening meetings and willingness to travel.
  • Strong ability to cultivate, develop and maintain relationships with board leadership and external stakeholders. Desire and ability to promote and implement the AJC lay-professional partnership.
To Apply:
Please submit your application to https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/regional-director-chicago/

AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer