Executive Director, Project Interchange

Washington DC

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 and 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, Switzerland and Brazil, AJC’s network of relationships with, and access to, the 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.

Project Interchange (PI) is an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) which brings American and international leaders to Israel for weeklong educational travel seminars to inform and deepen awareness of Israel and the challenges in the Middle East. Project Interchange organizes and leads between 20 - 25 seminars annually and connects with its 6,000 alumni with follow-up and ongoing educational programs. Project Interchange is primarily responsible for raising its $2.5 million budget and also maintains a separate Board of Directors and committee structure. PI, is based in Washington, D.C., has an office in Jerusalem, and additional staff in Los Angeles. There is a total of 13 global PI staff, 4 of whom are direct reports to the Director.

Responsibilities:

The Executive Director has overall managerial responsibility for the programmatic (American and international), financial, and development components of Project Interchange. These responsibilities require the Executive Director to develop Project Interchange’s goals and objectives and supervise their successful implementation. Programmatic responsibility requires the Executive Director to determine the most impactful groups to invite on seminars, and create an annual calendar of seminars that helps to fulfill AJC’s strategic priorities. He/she supervises a staff who customize unique high level travel seminars for each group. He/she ensures that the trips are organized and implemented in accordance with the donor’s wishes.

The Executive Director is also responsible for Project Interchange’s fundraising. This includes the acquisition of general support as well as restricted support for individual seminars and alumni programs. It requires close cooperation with AJC’s national development office, and travel to many of AJC’s regional offices and key donors for cultivation and solicitation.

The Executive Director also has primary responsibility for the stewardship of the Project Interchange national Board of Directors and its committees. The Executive Director is also responsible for the supervision of all Project Interchange staff and directly supervises the Deputy Director, the International Director for Communications and Marketing, the Operations Manager and the Israel PI Director. Likewise, the Executive Director is responsible for oversight of accounting and finances in cooperation with AJC’s Finance Department. He/she must assure that the use of funds is consistent with the donor’s intent.

Experience preferred:
  • Close familiarity with, and extensive experience working in, Israel.
  • In-depth professional experience in Jewish community relations, advocacy and/or Israel policy work. Past political experience is preferred.
  • At least 10 years management experience with a commitment to a collaborative leadership style.
  • Relevant master’s degree a plus.
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to, and enthusiastic about, the mission, goals and programs of AJC.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with the policy and current issues pertaining to Israeli culture and society, politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran and the overall challenges to Israel within the Middle East.
  • Demonstrated desire to educate and inform American and international leaders through introduction and exposure to a range of thought, analysis and policy meetings, site visits and touring of Israel.
  • Close knowledge and experience with the American Jewish community.
  • Demonstrated success, experience and comfort with fundraising, specifically face-to-face solicitation, major donor cultivation and foundation relations.
  • Professional experience working with non-profit organizational structures, boards of directors and non-profit funding streams.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills are imperative.
  • The intellectual depth and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including staff, lay leadership, funders, partners and outside vendors.
  • Persuasive, persistent, diplomatic and politically savvy;
  • Flexible and well organized, with appropriate attention to details.
  • Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and sensitivity to work with a diverse group of personalities.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the capacity to inspire teamwork, build consensus and motivate a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Poise under pressure; must be able to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment, and enjoy working on multiple complex projects in a changing environment.
  • Excellent project management skills, ability to manage data and develop, implement and oversee budget.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset; able to identify and pursue opportunities.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standard and values.
To Apply:
Please submit your application on https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/executive-director-pi/

AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer